Using Lifesize Connect (BYOD)

Lifesize Connect provides you with the ability to join video conference calls hosted on third-party meeting services, such as Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Cisco Webex, Google Meet, etc. using your own computer with the professional meeting room camera, microphone, speaker(s), and main system display instead of those built-in to your machine. This is commonly referred to as a "Bring Your Own Device" or "BYOD" meeting capability. 

Connecting Your Computer

Lifesize offers two easy to use solutions. The first is a simple two-cable solution.

Pressing the Connect button on the Phone HD will start the setup process, whereby the system will guide users via on-screen messages to:

  1. Connect the HDMI and USB cables to their laptop computer
  2. Configure their video and audio settings on the third-party meeting software app to select the Lifesize camera, microphone, and speaker output devices in the meeting room

Following the on-screen instructions the user needs to confirm each setup step, click Next once the cables are connected, and click Done once the appropriate audio and video devices have been selected on their computer. 

Once all steps are completed the system will perform a simple check to verify the status of the USB and HDMI cables. If no signals are detected, the Phone HD will show an error message requesting the user to re-check the cable connections. It can sometimes take a couple of seconds to reflect the signal statuses. 

If the signal check is successful, the system will enter Lifesize Connect mode. This mode activates DND (Do Not Disturb) to automatically reject any inbound calls dialed directly to the system. This ensures that an ongoing meeting using the system camera and other devices will not be disrupted. 

The second solution is equally straightforward but uses an app for your computer and a single cable connection.

Pressing the Connect button on the Phone HD will start the setup process, whereby the system will guide you via on-screen messages to:

  1. Ensure you have the Lifesize Connect App installed and running on your computer. If you do not have the app, the on-screen prompts provide the URL to download the latest version via your browser. 
    https://getconnect.lifesize.com/latest
  2. Connect the HDMI cable to your laptop computer.
  3. Configure your video and audio settings on the third-party meeting software app to select the Lifesize camera, microphone, and speaker output devices in the meeting room.

Following the on-screen instructions, confirm each setup step, clicking Next once the app is running, once the HDMI cable is connected, and clicking Done once the appropriate audio and video devices have been selected on your computer. 

Once all steps are completed the system will perform a simple check to verify the status of the HDMI cable and the peer-to-peer network connection between the Lifesize system and the Lifesize Connect App. If no signals are detected, the system may show an error message on the main display requesting that you re-check the cable connection. It can sometimes take a couple of seconds to reflect the signal statuses. 

If the signal check is successful and the peer-to-peer connection is established, the system will enter Lifesize Connect mode. This mode activates DND (Do Not Disturb) to automatically reject any inbound calls dialed directly to the system. This ensures that an ongoing meeting using the system camera and other devices will not be disrupted. 

During Your Meeting

Once in Connect mode, the Phone HD status LEDs illuminate purple (red + blue) to show that the microphone is active and ready to send audio to the computer. The Phone HD shows only the Camera and Volume piano key controls allowing a user to move the camera position, recall a preset, or adjust the room system speaker volume. 

Microphone and video mute controls, screen sharing, and other functions should be controlled from the user's computer. No microphone mute control is available on the Phone HD when in Connect mode, to avoid conflicts with the software app status. 

NOTE: If you disconnect any of the cables or lose network connectivity during the meeting, the Lifesize Connect session will be lost and the camera, microphone, speaker, or display output may automatically terminate. 

After Your Meeting

 You can end the session by pressing the back arrow and confirming that you would like to disconnect from your computer. Disconnecting the cables from your computer should also automatically terminate the Lifesize Connect session, returning the device to normal operation. 

NOTE: If third-party AV peripherals are installed within the meeting room which sit in-between the your computer and the video system, this may prevent the changing of signal condition which can trigger the termination of the Lifesize Connect session. In this event, you should manually exit Connect mode by pressing the back arrow.

Similarly, AV peripherals may also interrupt the automatic pairing between your computer and the Lifesize system, if using the Lifesize Connect in Presentation port configuration.