Videoconferencing Cisco 7985 phones

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Jan 23rd, 2008

Hi-I am looking to deploy 7985's to selected users to enable desktop videoconferencing. Do the 7985's support multipoint conferences using the CUCM conference bridges, or do I need another device? How many simultaneous endpoints do the 7985's support? Thanks!

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Brandon Buffin Wed, 01/23/2008 - 12:54

You would need an MCU to support multipoint conferences. In this scenario, the 7985 would only support one simultaneous endpoint. You cannot display multiple video streams simultaneously on the 7985.

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gbrome Wed, 01/23/2008 - 12:59

Hi Brandon,

Thanks for taking the time to respond to my post. I was wondering if I was going to need an MCU. So, just so I understand, if I were to intitiate a video conference with four participants, I would need an MCU to be the endpoint for all the attendees? What would Attendee 1 see on his screen? I am familiar with the Polycom 512's where you could do a multipoint conference, but have window-within-window to see all the parties. How does a 7985 handle that?


Brandon Buffin Wed, 01/23/2008 - 13:09

Yes, the MCU would be the endpoint for all attendees. The image on each attendees screen can either be voice activated or the conference manager can determine that all attendees will see a particular location no matter who is speaking.

Hope this helps.


gbrome Wed, 01/23/2008 - 13:11

Hi Brandon,

It certainly does! Looks like I better get a quote for an MCU from my vendor.

take care,



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