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Which Zoom License Is Best For You

Zooming in on Different License Options

This time last year, you may not have heard of Zoom, or maybe you turned to the platform once in a blue moon. However, if you’re like us, once the COVID-19 pandemic struck, Zoom became an everyday tool, not only for work but also to communicate with friends and family…from a distance. At this point, you’re probably a Zoom Pro and have likely even downloaded a series of backgrounds to go with your virtual conversations. But, how do you know if you’re utilizing the right Zoom license to best fit your workflow needs? Rest assured we have your back. We’re here to help you figure out which Zoom license is right for you.  

Zoom Options – Free or Paidfree and paid Zoom Licenses.

1) Non-Licensed Users

A Basic user is a user without a paid license. This user can host meetings with up to 100 participants, however, if three or more participants join, the meeting will time out after 40 minutes. Additionally, Basic users cannot utilize user and account add-ons such as a large meeting, webinar, or conference room connector. We recommend the Basic option for personal or social use. It’s a great way to keep in touch with your friends and family while we ride out the rest of this pandemic.

2) Licensed Users

A Licensed user is a paid account user who can host unlimited meetings on the public cloud. Compared to non-licensed users, paid licensed users have these additional features available:

  • Customize Personal Meeting ID.
  • Record to the Zoom cloud.
  • Assign an alternative host and allow others to schedule meetings.
  • Utilize account add-ons such as a conference room connector.
  • Be assigned user add-ons such as a large meeting, webinar, or personal audio conference.

There are three different options in regard to paid Zoom licenses. The first option is the Pro license, which is an ideal solution for small teams. With a meeting duration limit of 24 hours, Pro users have access to user management and admin feature controls. There is also an option to purchase up to nine hosts per account, whereas the Basic plan is restricted to one host per account.

Next up is the Business license, which is an ideal option for small to medium size businesses.  Where Basic and Pro are limited to 100 participants, the Business option includes 300 participants, which is a great option for webinar applications. Our favorite feature of the Business plan is the option for customization. You can add your company’s branding to your own customized page where attendees go to join a meeting. You can also create a branded email template to send customized invites to attendees as well as a unique URL (yourcompany.zoom.us).

Lastly, there’s the Enterprise license, which is ideal for large corporations and educational facilities. With unlimited cloud storage, Enterprise includes 500 participants, and for a step beyond, Enterprise Plus includes 1,000 participants. Enterprise users will be matched with a dedicated customer success manager to ensure your platform is always running smoothly. Additionally, this license option offers bundle discounts on Webinar and Zoom Rooms–which will bring us to our next point….

 


Zoom Rooms
Zoom Rooms License Overview

Aside from the fact that it sounds super cool, Zoom Rooms are smart conference rooms that make it easy to run or join video meetings with a tap of a button. With Zoom Rooms, users can seamlessly start a meeting, schedule a meeting and share content with attendees. A Zoom Room utilizes its own PC and hardware, allowing the platform to always be “online” and available to employees. Its native DSP audio processing offers reliable and high-quality audio to enhance the video conferencing experience. Our favorite features of Zoom Rooms include its HD video quality, one-touch to join, one-click wireless sharing capabilities and powerful meeting security to ensure disruption-free sessions.


Let’s Talk Audio
Lets Talk About Microphones

We know what you have to say is important, and we don’t want to miss a word. Combine Zoom’s cloud platform with a microphone best suited to fit your needs in order to enhance the audio quality of your meetings. At MXL, we have a range of UCC microphones that feature USB plug-and-play compatibility with any Mac or PC.

For your individual collaboration needs, our go-to mics are the MXL AC-404 and AC-44. For Zoom Rooms, in particular, check out the MXL AC-360-Z V2.

The AC-404 features a three-capsule design for 25-ft. audio pickup range in a 180° arc, and the AC-404-Z variant comes with an installation kit specific for Zoom Rooms. For a more hip aesthetic, the AC-404-LED  features eight preset color modes, offering a cool range of customizable options including white, yellow, red, green, blue, purple, magenta, and auto-blend. Perfect for limited space applications, such as your work from home setup, the AC-44 offers pristine audio quality in a compact design.

Designed for use in corporate communication settings, the AC-360-Z V2 is compatible with licensed Zoom Rooms software and features 360° of audio pickup for a 25-ft. range. MXL continues to work alongside the Zoom team and tailors its products to work seamlessly with Zoom’s DSP audio processing. This brand partnership also allows customers to take advantage of some exclusive Zoom features, including the upcoming Speaker Switch system. As daily Zoom users ourselves, we are more excited than ever to continue to grow our Zoom-compatible product line.

Need help selecting the best MXL microphone for your specific Zoom-ing needs? We’d be happy to help – reach out to us on any of our social media platforms or email sales@mxlmics.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

MXL's Guide To Remote Work

A Guide to Working Remote and Building a Mobile Workspace

It seems like a lifetime ago when we could simply pop by our colleague’s cubicle to ask a question or brainstorm an idea (or you were just looking to chat). With many employees working from home for the foreseeable future, it is crucial to take advantage of the many tools and products available to help improve your remote workflow.

When we first went into lockdown, you likely found yourself transforming a corner of your home into an office space and acquainting yourself with a host of new digital communication platforms. It may have felt like a shock to the system at first, trust me – we get it, and we hope that you have overcome some of the initial hurdles of transitioning to remote work. However, if you’re looking at your makeshift (or nonexistent) workstation and thinking there might be some room for improvement, then you’re in the right place. Let’s take a closer look at how to build the ultimate mobile office to help you thrive while we ride out the rest of this pandemic.

The Remote Worker’s Digital Toolkit

  1. Communication – Let’s start with the basics—how are we going to effectively communicate now that we are no longer in the same room? Don’t worry, speaking with colleagues is still an easily achievable task, it might just take an extra keyboard stroke or mouse click, or two. Conversations that used to take place in person, whether an office meeting or water cooler talk  are now taking place virtually using a range of platforms that include Zoom, Slack, Microsoft Teams, Google Hangouts, and the list goes on. What used to be once-in-a-while tools are now a part of our everyday lives, and we’re okay with that.
  2. Collaboration – Now that your coworker is stationed 40 miles away from you, rather than 40 inches, you won’t be able to simply slide documents across their desk. However, digital services like Dropbox and Google Suite, allow you to seamlessly share your work with colleagues, but instead of moving from desk to desk, your work will move from screen to screen. Added bonus: you’ll save a tree or two.
  3. Task Management – From calendars to to-do lists, there are a ton of digital platforms available that will help you to stay organized while away from the workplace. Some of our favorites include Google Calendar, Trello and ToDoist. Also, to help you connect with clients or customers without double booking, it might be a good idea to download a scheduling platform. We prefer mobile apps including Square and Acuity Scheduling.

 

The Essential Gear


Now that you’re comfortable with all of your digital communication and collaboration platforms, let’s talk gear. Are you frustrated with blurry and echoey video chats? If so, we’re here to help. In addition to a desktop or laptop, there are just a few pieces of gear you’ll need to enhance your virtual communication while working remotely.  
 

  1. Cameras – We did not have much time to plan before going into lockdown, so we won’t blame you for having to resort to your laptop from 2010, which doesn’t have the best camera. But rest assured, there’s a way for you to be seen clearly without breaking the bank for a new computer—all you need is a new camera. Some of our favorite cameras that can be plugged into any computer by USB connection are the Marshall Electronics CV-610 and the Marshall CV503.
  2. Lighting – In addition to a high-quality camera, lighting plays an important role in capturing clear video. While working remotely, no longer confined to an office with florescent lighting, you might be in too dark of a space to be seen clearly during a video conference. Lighting is an easy fix, especially with the Lume Cube Video Conference Lighting Kit. Compatible with both laptops and desktops, Lume Cube’s Panel Mini LED light provides soft and professional illumination with fully adjustable controls.
  3. Microphones – Now we can see you, but the audio isn’t great. At MXL, we understand how important it is to use something other than your computer’s built-in microphone if you want to be heard clearly. Our new AC-44 Conferencing Mic is the perfect solution for your mobile workstation kit. With a compact footprint, crystal clear speech intelligibility, and powered by a USB-C connection, the AC-44 offers a simple plug-and-play solution to enhancing your audio quality on a budget.

To learn more about the MXL AC-44 or for additional tips on how to improve your remote workstation, visit uc.mxlmics.com or feel free to contact us via our contact page or social media.

 

Amwell Enhances Audio Capabilities on its Telemedicine Carts With MXL’s AC-404

Amwell – C250 Telemedicine Cart

The telemedicine industry, and the product manufacturers that support virtual patient care, is experiencing a massive surge in demand amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Amwell, a leading telehealth solutions provider, rose to the challenge by continuing to equip clinicians and patients with the tools needed to continue conducting quality care visits, virtually. As the company searched for an enhanced microphone solution for its C250 Telemedicine Cart, it turned to MXL Microphones’ AC-404 USB-Powered Microphone, which offers pristine audio clarity. For this OEM application, a customized casing mount allows the AC-404 microphone to easily affix to Amwell’s C250 Carepoint via a magnetic connection, simplifying the setup process for users.

Replacing the microphones that previously sat on Amwell’s C250, MXL’s AC-404 is now the company’s primary microphone option for this cart. As a compact solution, the AC-404 meets Amwell’s requirement of integrating a microphone that seamlessly fits within the cart’s worksurface while still providing best-in-class audio performance in challenging acoustic environments. In addition to its small size, Amwell also chose MXL’s AC-404 for its sleek design, which aligns with the overall aesthetic of the C250 Telemedicine Cart.

C250 Telemedicine Cart

Supporting the Nation’s Top Docs

“The value of telehealth has never been clearer than it is today,” says Merrill Roller, Senior Product Manager, Connected Devices, Amwell. “Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of providers at the nation’s top hospital and health systems depend on telehealth carts to safely meet with patients and ensure that everyone in need of care could access it. Our C250 cart is unique in that it allows hospitals to connect to the Amwell provider network as well as to their own providers, offering access to thousands of specialists on demand. This has been especially critical during the pandemic, as it means that hospitals in geographies with higher patient traffic could leverage additional providers when needed to support the demand.”

Amwell’s C250 cart has consistently been one of the company’s most-loved and well-utilized Carepoints since it was first released. By adding the MXL AC-404 worksurface microphone as a standard accessory, and as telehealth continues to prove its value in the hospital setting amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Amwell expects more organizations to turn to its C250 cart to gain access to thousands of virtual care providers across a wide variety of use cases.

The Value in Dependable Solutions

“Feedback from clients has been very strong,” adds Roller. “One client mentioned that the AC-404 with the C250 Carepoint performed better than any other audio solution they have used—even in their CT room, which proves to be a very challenging audio environment. When lives are at stake, the last thing you want to worry about is the reliability of technology, and thankfully, MXL’s AC-404 microphone has provided our clients with dependable audio capabilities, allowing clinicians to accurately assess and listen to patients in order to provide the best care and experience possible.”