It’s important to keep your meetings productive, organized, and not over-run with technical hiccups, especially from your meeting cameras. That’s why many meeting rooms have implemented technologies like WiFi and Bluetooth to facilitate smooth operation among participants. However, as with any device or process, meeting cameras are not perfect. Technological devices contain upsides and downsides. The same is true for Bluetooth and WiFi meeting cameras that have pros and cons depending on your company’s needs.
When you think about meeting technology, the first thing that comes to mind is collaboration software, video conferencing, and remote desktops. But there’s much more to it than just these. In fact, there are many different types of devices that can be used for conducting a meeting effectively and productively. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi meeting devices. Both of them have their own advantages and disadvantages.
In this blog post, we explore the disadvantages of using Bluetooth and WiFi as primary meeting cameras to help you determine if they are the best choice for your business.
Restricted WiFi access - Some meeting areas or venues may not allow wireless internet access.
Can’t Connect - WiFi connections are not always reliable. If someone has a poor connection or the WiFi is down, your meeting may be disrupted.
WiFi’s transmission range - WiFi’s range is not very significant. If you are in a large room, the signal may not reach the furthest person, causing issues with the audio and video quality.
Outdated hardware - Meeting devices such as video conferencing systems that rely on WiFi need to have compatible WiFi hardware. If they don’t, you will have to replace them.
Moreover, you have to ensure that your WiFi-capable meeting cameras disable “the passthrough of networking traffic in Wi-Fi AP tethering mod”. This will prevent others from using your devices as unwanted access points into your network.
Bluetooth interference - Since Bluetooth is a wireless technology, it is susceptible to interference from other devices. One way to mitigate this is to use Bluetooth repeaters to increase the range of your Bluetooth devices.
Bluetooth’s short lifespan - Bluetooth devices have a short lifespan. The average lifespan is about 30 hours of continuous use. This is enough time for a one-day meeting. After that, you will likely need to recharge the devices. This could be a problem if you take into account that it could take eight hours to recharge and be ready for the next day.
Additionally, make sure your meeting camera does not allow any attacker within Bluetooth range to turn the device into a rogue access point to your very own network.
Lack of Security
Information security is always a big concern for businesses, especially when it comes to internal meetings. WiFi and Bluetooth meeting cameras don’t provide the level of security that many companies need. If you want to ensure the security of your meeting devices, you may want to consider installing a VPN into your system.
Unauthorized Access Points - If you use WiFi as your primary meeting camera, you will have to have WiFi access points near every meeting room. However, meeting attendees may bring their own WiFi hotspots and create unauthorized access points that disrupt your device’s operation.
Unauthorized Access Points
This is a big issue with Bluetooth and WiFi meeting cameras, too. Wireless devices can become sources of attack by people who wish you harm. The issue exists because when in certain modes, the device remains connected to the Wi-Fi network and routes all traffic to the network instead of allowing only connections to your device instead. The vulnerability can be exploited without authentication. Make sure to consult your IT team if your meeting cameras are secure.
Meeting cameras such as WiFi and Bluetooth can certainly make your life easier when it comes to organizing meetings. However, these devices have their fair share of issues that may disrupt your meeting. If you are looking to get the most out of your meetings and are tired of dealing with WiFi and Bluetooth devices, you may want to consider upgrading to a more secure system.
While the ability to connect remotely with colleagues on virtual teams has many benefits, it also comes with a few challenges. These meeting cameras help us stay connected, but they have their downsides.
But remote meeting devices are here to stay. They allow virtual teams to communicate more efficiently and save time by getting everyone on the same page before meetings begin.
The advantages of using these devices do not always outweigh the disadvantages. Make sure you have reliable innovations in your meeting rooms that do not pose any threats to your company.
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