I'm experiencing audio issues in my conference. What should I do?
Audio problems can be caused by either an issue with the audio bridge, or by user error and misuse. You can troubleshoot the following audio issues on your own:
- Echo or feedback. Echo and microphone feedback are generally caused by the improper placement of hardware, or potentially the misconfiguration of either hardware or software settings. You can determine the caller that is generating the echo/feedback by muting all callers, then unmuting each of them until the noise is heard again. The person last unmuted is the source of the echo/feedback.
- Cannot unmute or be heard. If you are unable to be heard by other callers, you can do the following:
- If you are the organizer, re-enter your Organizer PIN and attempt to mute/unmute your line again by pressing *2 (using the Phone Commands) or clicking the green Microphone icon (using the Web Controls).
- If you are a participant, press *2 to unmute your line. If the organizer is in "lecture mode," then they have muted all callers on the line, and you will need to raise your hand by pressing *9 to show you would like to be unmuted. If you are still unable to unmute your line, try an alternative audio device.
- Poor VoIP audio quality. If you are using a softphone (i.e., software that allows you to make telephone calls from your computer using VoIP), this may be caused by a lack of bandwidth. You can run the connection wizard to test your network settings, or switch to a traditional phone and call in to the conference.
If you are experiencing other audio issues, including dropped calls, busy signal, distorted audio, poor PSTN (phone call) audio quality or inability to access your conference, you can call Customer Care (by clicking Call Support at the bottom of this article) within 24 hours of the incident occurring. If Customer Care determines that a support ticket should be escalated, please copy and paste the following template into a text editor and fill in the fields to provide as much detail as possible. This will assist with further investigation of the issue.
Note: We cannot investigate incidents over 24 hours old as the carriers do not keep call logs for more than 24 hours.
Date the incident occurred:
Time the affected call began (including time zone):
Approximately when did the issue occur:
Conference number called:
Access code or OpenVoice Conference room number:
Phone number you called from:
Were you able to reproduce the issue? Yes/No
If yes, steps to reproduce:
Why does the audio disconnect after one hour?
Although the admin can configure your conference management settings to allow a conference call to continue after the organizer leaves, the maximum length of time the call can continue is 60 minutes. Organizers can change the amount of time the call can continue (i.e., after they leave) by logging in at https://global.openvoice.com > Settings > Yes next to "Conference can continue after you leave" > fill in the number of minutes (1-60 minutes) > Save.