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Why complex networks and IT policies can sabotage meeting room collaboration.

27th June 2018

Networks are a mess. They seem a black magic to many and trying to get a stable connection in a busy office network can be a daunting task. Speed and reliability of a connection is paramount in most cases, and with the advent of wireless presenting, this has raised the bar for speed and connectivity to another level yet.

When we are within the same Local Area Network (LAN) things are pretty simple. Technologies such as Zero-configuration networking can help, but this is rarely the case when we are talking about connecting across networks where such technologies fail.

We start to see things moving from a simple LAN in a small business to network topologies that become more complex in larger organisations, in turn creating more complexities for you to connect your laptop to your favourite wireless presenting solution.At DisplayNote we have worked long and hard to ensure this is as transparent for all our users by providing technologies that work across all networks, creating a smooth cross network experience.

Here is our approach.

The first thing we do… identify where Montage is on your network. We then try to connect across the LAN. Failing this, we move to connect remotely which generally means connecting across networks.

These networks could be in the same office space or across the globe – for us this isn't important.

This is where WebRTC stack comes to the rescue with the use of three IEFT NAT traversal standards: Interactive Connectivity Establishment (ICE), Session Traversal Utilities for NAT (STUN) and Traversal Using Relay NAT (TURN).

The combination of these three technologies facilitates peer-to-peer (P2P) communications to traverse Network Address Translation (NAT) and Firewalls which will be found when communicating across networks.

When we have established the P2P connection, we can then continue sharing our screen and other valuable information without worrying about being on the guest network, within the corporate LAN or even working from the home office.

With all technologies comes the challenge of making them simple and seamless and here at DisplayNote we strive to make this a reality across all networks.

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