Hello all, I am grateful for the advice I have received here, I am grateful for having found Jitsi and I have been delighted with the product’s functionality and especially impressed with the dedication of the work of it’s developers. We were never going to use Jitsi Meet to run our own instance of Jitsi, it was always to use the public instance. We have tried for 5 weeks, 3 times per week to deliver our Japanese Taiko Drumming classes using Jitsi. A section of our students, even those with huge broadband speeds, have failed to make Jitsi work. I have concluded that it works fine on Macs, but it runs rubbish on MS Windows. We even did a test using 8x8, in case the application worked better, but it was still quite poor. We then jumped over to Zoom and Boom Zoom works perfectly.
We reviewed CPU usage in our tests and saw that Jitsi uses a huge amount of CPU, even with just 4 video windows open. I have a 27" iMac and the cooling fan was going crazy, when we were using 8x8. With Zoom nothing, perfectly clear video coming from the other 3 attendees.
So it is with regret that we will say goodbye for now, or maybe until there is a public instance that is robust and will work properly as an app maybe, instead of a browser version. We know that Zoom displays the same issues in a browser, but for some reason their app/client can manage things better.
Keep up the great work, I will let you know how we get on with Zoom for our next 5-week course, which starts June 29.