As Regeneration moves towards online groups, we are always on the lookout for solid, safe, secure tools to use for these groups.
We have gone with Jitsi, which is a Secure, fully-featured, and completely free video conferencing software. It offers End2End Encryption unlike Zoom and other popular video conferencing software.
Below is a guide on how to use this for Regeneration’s Online Groups.
Creating your meeting
There are two ways to create a meeting with Jitsi.
- You can download the Chrome Extension and link it to your Google Calendar and send invites that way.
- To create a meeting, follow the below simple steps
- Visit https://meet.jit.si/ and click the GO button to join a randomly generated meeting.
- Or create your own meeting name and paste it into your browser. For example, https://meet.jit.si/RegenerationMTG2020
- If you are creating a meeting from the Mobile App, the below settings vary a bit. But overall they work the same.
Getting to Know Jitsi
Below is an intro to the main screen and buttons of Jitsi in your browser. (We feel mobile screens are self-explanatory and more simple.)
Once in a meeting, you as the host have a few things to do.
You have done it! You have created a meeting but to make sure that it’s set up properly we have a few more steps to take care of before we send the invite out to the group members. Besides the obvious buttons you are used to, we want to highlight the Share Info and More Actions buttons in the bottom right-hand corner.
Set your name
By default, Jitsi is anonymous. Someone who joins shows up in the member’s list as anonymous. However, if you lead a meeting with multiple people it’s nice to know who’s present.
To set your username click on the More Actions buttons and select me.
Set a password
The Share Info is where you should go to set a password for your groups.
Just click Add password and use something “strong” when creating your password.
Depending on the use case, you may mute everyone at any time on the call by selecting mute everyone on the More Actions button in the lower right-hand corner.
One More Thing to Do! Share your meeting info.
If you didn’t use the Chrome Extension above and connected Jitsi to your calendar, then you need to share the meeting with your group members.
You can share your meeting info simply by clicking on the Share Info button and clicking Copy from the box that pops up. Then simply email or Text whomever you want in your meeting.
By default, Jitsi will use the default Video and Audio options you have set on your computer (or Mobile device). You can check or change these settings by going to the More Actions button in the bottom right-hand corner. You can either select settings or by selecting your name and then the Devices link on the left-hand side of the window below.
Any platform with a supported browser should work. As for supported browsers:
- Chrome (and derivatives, like Opera, etc)
- Firefox (latest release brought in some bugs, I’m not sure if we caught them all)
- Safari (audio only, as it doesn’t support H.264)
- Edge (beta)
- IE (via a plugin, so the experience is not great)
As we continue to use Jitsi and come to grips on the settings, how to make it work better for Regeneration, we will continue to update this page as we know more.