Audio Reflectors? IRC-Audio?

Kevin J. Sinclair (kjs@computer.com)
Tue, 20 Jun 1995 09:05:06 -0700 (PDT)


I am a novice CU-SEEME user, so please excuse me if this question has
already been answered.

Has anyone ever done an audio version of this process - an audio
reflector, if you will - so a group of people can share in a
conversation. Kind of like the Internet phone but for a group.

Two schools in different parts of the world for example could have a
conference. Or a family, spread out across the land.

Doesn't video take more bandwidth than audio? Wouldn't an audio
reflector be easier to run, bandwidth-wise?

In a couple of days on one of the kids services an oceanographer will be
present for taking kids questions - and it will be done using IRC chat.
Just imagine if we could do it with audio instead - it would be
wonderful.

You would need a way to control who talks if you had a lot of people.
One way would be to have a limited number of talkers, and lots of
receive-only connections - so if a talker signed off the talk connection,
someone else could ask to be a talker. Then you would not have too much
interruping. Maybe it could be an extension of IRC somehow; IRC-Audio.

Thanks,

Kevin

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