Being the UC product manager I am lucky enough to be firnished with a few more devices than others in MS, this means I can sometimes take some of them home where normally they would be expected to stay in the office.
One such device is the Tanjay which I have temporarily (ahem) taken home and plugged into my home network. Now to set the scene, its probably worth giving you a tour of the jounrey it takes to get out onto the internet
- Tanjay plugs into a hub that my Media Centre, XBOX 360 and Wii and Tanjay share downstairs
- That hub then plugs into a Develo Homeplug, which connects to upstairs using electrical wiring in the house (how cool is that!?)
- The other end of the homeplug connects into a router
- And finally the router connects out to the internet at 1.2mbps down and 376kbps up (according to www.speedtest.net)
Now it goes without saying that there is no QoS on any of that connection and so when I phoned Gary Bellfield (Tayside Fire and Rescue) who is also using OCS, I was interested to see how it coped, especially as my wife was using her PC in the background.
The result was it worked, simple as that !, I will leave it for Gary to comment from his side of things if he wants to but from my end the call was clear and was pretty much the same experience as the one I have in the office. If I remember correctly Gary was also at home(?) so worth taking that into consideration.
Whoever in Redmond worked on the RTCAudio codec needs a big pat on the back and if I had a big enough house to have study it would certainly be a permanent fixture in my home office.
Anyone else out there using OCS at home? What’s the most ‘interesting’ connection you have had so far where you have used OCS to make a call and its been successfull?