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Remote Participation

GigaNet's Communication Committee enables remote participation in most of its events and meetings. Through the gracious support of the Cotelco Lab at American University and Syracuse University, we utilize a webconferencing technology (Elluminate Live!) to allow remote participants to view, listen and interact with in-room presenters and audience.

According to Elluminate (and our experience), Elluminate Live! is:

  • Completely cross platform. Whether Windows PC, Mac, Solaris, or Linux workstation, people get the same user experience every time.
  • Optimized for low bandwidth. All-bandwidth connectivity means that users interact with no lag time or garbled communication, regardless of Internet connection speed, even at 28.8.kbps.
  • Designed to enable users with disabilities to fully participate. Elluminate Live! features and functionality facilitate accessibility for all participants, including those with physical impairments.
However, we are always interested in improving remote participation, so please let us know about your experience!

Participating in a Webconference using Elluminate Live!

To help you have a great experience we recommend pre-configuring your computer prior to the session. Please allow 5-10 minutes for the entire process. If you have previously installed and configured the required software, proceed straight to step #3.


1. Before you install the required software:

  • Ensure that your computer satisfies the minimum system requirements.
  • Ensure that your computer is connected to the Internet. A minimum 28.8 Kbps connection is needed.
  • Ensure that you have a microphone, speakers or headset to take full advantage of the audio capabilities during the session.
  • Ensure that you have administrator privileges on your computer and can install software. If you are unsure, please contact your system administrator.

2. Installing the required software:

  • Go to the support page and download the client.
  • Follow the three steps outlined for "First Time Users" (Java setup check, Complete your setup, Learn more) to install Elluminate Live!.

3. Joining an Elluminate Live! session: Once you have completed installing and configuring the required software, you can join the event.

  • On the day of the event, please go to the event's calendar listing or program, where you will find a link(s) to attend the meeting remotely.
  • Click on the link. Your browser will be redirected to a login page. Enter your preferred user name for the session, and leave the password field blank. Click the Enter button.
  • The java based Elluminate Live! client will open and you will enter the session. You should see your user name in the Participants box.

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