Audio Basics and Conference Bridges

BU Connect offers three options for the audio portion of your web conference.

  • Voice Over IP (VoIP) – You can use your computer with PC headsets/microphones to communicate with other web conference attendees using the Voice Over Internet Protocol (Voice Over IP or VoIP). If even one attendee can access audio only by telephone, however, you will have to rely on a conference calling audio bridge as described below.

Boston University has two choices for an audio bridge for your meeting. With this type of bridge, all attendees will dial in using a traditional conference call and listen by telephone. If a conference calling bridge will be necessary, please request the service at the same time you submit the web conference request.

  • Meet-Me Conference Bridge –A free conference service with the audio bridges reserved on a first come, first serve basis, the Meet-Me Conference Bridge is a basic bridge with no recording capabilities that allows a maximum of 30 participants. You must reserve this option well in advance of your web conference by calling the Boston University switchboard at  617-353-2000.
  • Premiere Global Conference Calling –BU has a relationship with Premiere Global Conference Calling and offers its service for a fee. This enhanced conference service features toll-free calling and the recording of the conference session. The cost per conference call is a domestic rate of 2.9 cents per minute/per caller—for example, a one hour, 10-person call would cost $17.40. You may request a Premier Global Conference Bridge by calling 617-353-HELP (4357) (your department will also need to submit an ISR).