thanks for your explanations. I am still impressed about the level of
discussion in firstname.lastname@example.org. How even higher sophisticated must the
discussion be in the developpers mailing list.
Well a video conference is a complicated topic and deploying sometimes
can be complicated.
Embarrasingly there is nobody
with questions as simple as my questions - but I am still trying to get
jitsi running -
- I tried to open a conference and indeed seemingly a jitsi-meet window
openes when I entered
https://frank-thinkpad-t420/Trial in my Firefox.
But: Should I have entered "https://meet.jit.si" instead of
"frank-thinkpad-t420" (which is my local computer) during installation?
No, this should be the domain name for you deployment.
Will others anyway be able to join a conference when I use
(I can not imagine how that should work)
You need to register a domain name and set it up so it is pointed to
the ip address of the server where you have installed your jitsi-meet.
If not: How can I add or at least replace "frank-thinkpad-t420" by other
hosts that allows others to access a conference?
In order to use a name that is not resolvable using dns, you need to
go on every client that will use your deployment and edit his
/etc/hosts file and add an entry like:
Where 220.127.116.11 is the public address of your PC. Doing a deployment on
PC with a private address comes to setting up your router to forward
ports 10000-20000 UDP, 4443 and 443 TCP. And also setting up jvb to
know the public address of your router.
Whenever I tried to repeat the installation with another host name it says
that jitsi meet already is installed and I found no instructions how to
remove that installation to replace it by a correct one.
There are two options to reconfigure the debian packages or purge them
(using apt-get remove --purge and make sure there is no /etc/jitsi
What happens if there are two groups that wish to open a conference of the
same name using https://meet.jit.si/something?
They will enter in the same room.
Even if "frank-thinkpad-t420" was correct this denomination might be used by
more than one user. What happens when these both open a conference?
However in the lower right corner there is a small window that says "me" but
there is nothing shown from my webcam and in settings I can't select my
webcam nor microphone - nothing. Pushing the camara icon does not help,
Are all these settings only available after the choice of a correct host?
Do I have to start a conference before I can change these settings?
Is the use of a gravatar obligatory?
No this means your deployment has problems which you need to debug and
fix. When you have questions like that, you can always open
meet.jit.si and check how it behaves.
For which service, which server do I login using the Login-button under
Autenticate in Profile?
Not sure why you see this, but this must be configured, it can be your
xmpp server as well as google account, it can be used for several
How is encryption done when I and other participants only enter the url of
The transport between the web server and you is https, and the media
between every participant and the jvb is also encrypted. Search for
How is privacy assured?
Will the invited parties asked for a password?
If you setup it by locking the room.
Which password would that be?
The one you setup.
As soon as I get a conference running with 3 participants working using
different OS I could write step by step a german documentation for jitsi
meet. Do you know where should I post it to? In which format?
Publishing it in some public blog will be ok and sending the link here
so people can look at it.
On Fri, Dec 30, 2016 at 5:33 AM, Frank <IanMcBike@web.de> wrote:
Am 23.12.2016 um 01:49 schrieb Boris Grozev:
On 22/12/2016 18:13, Frank wrote:
Hi you "more-geeks-than-me"
There are lot of instructions, lots of features described-however I am lost:
1. Do I have to run an own server to use jitsi-meet?
No, you can use someone else's deployment, e.g. https://meet.jit.si
2. Do I have to make a new installation (of which component?) each time
I want to open a conference? According to the instruction below the
host name has to be entered during installation. Confusing.
At most I would make installations on host/servers once and leave
them allone for unlimtted future use from persons that have the
3. Also confusiong according to that instruction you only need to
install jitsi-meet but no videobridge?
Correct. Why is it confusing?
4. Can others just use the conference without the person that
originally organized it and made the installations?
Yes, depending on configuration.
5. Which servers (within the EU) are there where I can just open
https://meet.jit.si has servers located in EU, which will be used if you
open a conference from EU.
6. Which of them support video?
All of them.
7. Which pieces of software have to install those that just wish to
join a conference?
They need one a WebRTC-capable browser (Chrome, Firefox, Chromium).
8. Which software has to install the person that organizes the
conference - on which computer? In my opinion should be as easy as
to open a new whatsappgroup.
No additional software required.
9. Is jitsi and/or jitsi-meet still alive? In the web I find a lot of
stuff from 2014 and older that I am unsure if instructions given
there are valid for the current releases.
2015) says that still improvement is needed. After such articles I
would expect a reply in "News" or "Media" (Article in Media from
2013! No updates after that).
They are both alive. I count 4150 commits this year for jitsi-meet related
10. Which restrictions are there from different browsers and operating
systems? In my conferences individual persons come together that use
mainly different windows, some Linux (Mint(Ubuntu)) like me,
Browsers are the IE, Firefox and don't know what else. I want to
transmit the webcam from all of them to all of us with audio and
chat. Audio+video-chat all together is a must, encryption and
support of mobile phones just a bonus.
I used instructions from
I am geek enough for hours of patience to fight through and understand
software that finally has to turn out as simple.
I want avoid Skype because of its horrible general terms and conditions,
servers under control of the NSA.
The people I support expect click-install-run. Installation has to be
straight-foreward or last not longer than 20 Min.
By "people" do you mean users of the system? They simply need to open a link
in their browser.
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