Whilst you need administrative access to install the old MSI installer for GoToMeeting. You can however install the ActiveX control in Internet Explorer which allows you to access meetigns in a browser.
Citrix have built the new version of GoToMeeting carefully so it doesn’t require elevated priviledges to install, making deployment in business environments easier. You may need to exlucde the core GoToMeeting executables from your firewall restrictions. You may also need to add the following filenames to AppLocker:
g2mcoreinsextractor.exe, g2minsthigh.exe, g2m.exe, gtm_download.exe, appcore.exe
Bandwidth usage partly depends upon the number of meeting participants, unless IP multicasting is enabled on your network. Multicasting allows you to send data once, and it is then replicated further down the network. You can set the screen bit-color, though the default 24-bit colour depth allows high quality imaging and transfer over relatively low bandwidth networks.
It’s important to notice the difference between latency and bandwidth here – bandwidth determines the amount of data that can be setn at once, latency the time it takes to get there.
There are some great iOS (iPhone/iPad) and Android GoToMeeting clients, but so far Blackberry isn’t supported on the whole. Blackberry Playbook support is something that Citrix are looking at. Citrix have already built Citrix Receiver for the Playbook, so hopefully a GoToMeeting blackberry app will be forthcoming. You might be able to get gotomeeting to work through a java or browser client on a blackberry.
If you desperately need blackberry support, Fuze or WebEx may be worth a look.
Here is a quick comparison of GoToMeeting and WebEx:
Very quick registration process
Can run meetings
Runs through firewalls
Up to 15 attendees, or up to 1000 with GoToWebinar
Pretty much the same features
Runs over WebEx’s dedicated network
Both offer solid functionality, usability and security. Costs are simliar at around 40 bucks a month.
To join a meeting with GoToMeeting just visit the join meeting link, or visit GoToMeeting.com and enter the meeting ID.
If GoToMeeting is already installed on your pc, find the shortcut called “GoToMeeting Quick Connect” and click it, then join. You may also wish to join an audio conference either through your computer or over the phone at this point.
You can also install GoToMeeting directly by downloading gotomeeting_download.exe and then running the installer.
Citrix has now build a GoToMeeting application for Android. 58% of companies use a virtual workplace (according to the Telework Coalition), 40% of smartphones are based on the Google Android ecosystem.
The GoToMeeting app for Android has features such as:
- Quick session joining
- VoIP Audio
- Zomming, even on small screensUsing Citrix Receiver and GoToMeeting you can join online meetings on the move.
It can suck if you want to download a piece of software but have to enter your information and register in order to get it. As GoToMeeting is a service as well as software you will have to register, though you can get GoToMeeting without a credit card.
You can also get an installer directly by searching for GoToMeeting_Download.exe, though you’ll need login details and make sure you download from a turstworthy source! Citrix also have a download section on their website that allows you to search through the downloads for all their products, such as GoToAssist and GoToMyPc.