You need a few things to turn a room into a video conference space with Google Meet hardware. To get started, make sure you can meet the following requirements. For more details, read the Room Design Guide.
Set the display on a table against a wall or attach it to a wall. If you attach the display to a wall, you might need to drill holes and conceal cables. If you already have a video conferencing system in the room, you might be able to repurpose the existing setup for your Chromebox system.
- Your device works with LCD, LED, plasma, and projector-type monitors and televisions.
- The display must have an HDMI, DVI, or DisplayPort input.
- The screen resolution must be at least 1280 x 720 pixels. For best video quality, we recommend 1920 x 1080 pixels.
Depending on your setup, you might need the following:
- Cable concealers to attach to a wall (if needed, buy separately)
- CAT 5 Ethernet cable for wired network connection (included)
- Chromebox wall mount to attach to a wall (included)
- USB extension cable for camera for distances exceeding 5 ft (one 5-ft cable included)
- USB extension cable for speaker-microphone for distances exceeding 3 ft (one 3-ft cable included)
Tip: You might need additional USB extension cables. If you need extension cables for the camera and the speaker-microphone, buy one for each. For more information, see Qualified peripherals for Google Meet hardware kit.
Network requirementsGeneral network requirements
- Your device works with wired and wireless networks. We recommend a wired network connection for the best sound and video quality.
- Make sure your bandwidth is sufficient for the video quality and number of users required by your organization.
- When your network hardware is in place, read Prepare your network to optimize your network software.
- A DHCP server is recommended, but not mandatory. To set a static IP, move to Chrome OS mode, set up the network to use a static IP and then reboot the device in CFM mode.
- Disable firewalls.
- When considering the network setup, consider a Chromebox unit a “user”.
For more information, see Enterprise networking for Chrome devices.
While the Chromebox will operate with bandwidth speeds as low as 300 kbps, video and audio quality might be poor. To provide High definition (HD) or Standard definition (SD) quality video, we do not recommend operating Chromebox units in lower bandwidth scenarios than those described below.
HD video quality bandwidth requirements
- Latency should be less than 50 ms when pinging Google's public DNS server at 22.214.171.124.
- Outbound signals from a participant in all situations must meet a 3.2 mbps bandwidth requirement.
- Inbound signals depend on the number of participants:
- 2.6 mbps with 2 participants
- 3.2 mbps with 5 participants
- 4.0 mbps with 10 participants
SD video quality bandwidth requirements
- Latency should be less than 100 ms when pinging Google's public DNS server at 126.96.36.199.
- Outbound signals from a participant in all situations must meet a 1 mbps bandwidth requirement.
- Inbound signals depend on the number of participants:
- 1 mbps with 2 participants
- 1.5 mbps with 5 participants
- 2 mbps with 10 participants
Use the Google Admin console to manage the network options (including proxy settings) for the devices enrolled in your domain.
In the Admin console, go to Menu DevicesNetworks.
- Add a Wi-Fi or Ethernet configuration and specify a direct, manual, or automatic proxy setting.
For more information about Chrome device networks, see Manage networks .
The following items are not supported:
- 802.1x certificates
- SSL MiTM Packet Inspection
The supported ports are the same as those required to optimize your network for Google Meet.
Service requirementsGoogle Workspace requirements
To use Google Meet hardware, you need an edition of Google Workspace. Also, you must have at least one user for any Google Workspace edition that includes Google Meet.
Organizations that previously purchased Meet hardware without Google Workspace can continue using their devices. However, we strongly recommended that you purchase a Google Workspace subscription to get the best Google Meet hardware experience.
You must register your organization's network domain (or create a new one) when you sign up.
To use your Google Meet hardware device for Meet calls, your organization needs:
- A supported version of Google Workspace
- The Meet service turned on
The only calendar service that is fully compatible with Google Meet hardware is Google Calendar. To schedule meetings from Calendar and join them from your Google Meet hardware device, you must also have:
- The Google Calendar service turned on
- A calendar you assign to your device in the Workspace Admin console
To schedule a call and join it from a Google Meet hardware device:
- Schedule a meeting in Calendar.
- Add a Meet call to the event.
- Add a room to the event (if applicable). Devices with personal calendars assigned can skip this step.
If the device has been configured correctly and the room calendar has been assigned in the Workspace Admin console, it should appear on the agenda and be joinable with a tap.
By default, a Meet call is added to every new Calendar event. For details, go to Adjust video conferencing preferences.
You can schedule a Calendar event on a room calendar that is assigned to a Google Meet hardware device. If there is no associated Meet call, the event will still show up on the agenda displayed on the device (without the ability to join a Meet call for that event).
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