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Looking for advice - video conferecing with Grandma and Grandpa
Posted by: pdq
Date: April 19, 2018 12:22AM
The good news is that G+G are still living independently and together after 60 years. And they’re at least semi-computer literate and mentally clear.And they loooove to teleconference with the grandchildren scattered around the country. But with them both over 90, mobility issues are a problem.

Calls generally come in on their ~2011/2012 iMac, in their office room. But Grandma’s been having back problems and spends most of her time in an comfy recliner in their main room. Grandpa, who is only a little more mobile, prefers to hang out in the office room with the iMac, which takes Skype and Facetime calls.

So when grandchild A calls in, it’s to the iMac, and Grandma has to get up and (painfully) go to the other room to see. She prefers the proposed idea of her getting an iPad she can use for this purpose and join the conversation fromher easy chair.

But how? Free FaceTime doesn’t do multiple person videocalls, yet, IIRC. Skype does, I guess for free (for now?) Then there are business-oriented go-to-meetings which generally require a host. And Facetime messenger and the like, which I’m not familiar with.

At first I thought the iMac would take the calls, and screen-share with the iPad (possible?) Then both Grandma and Grandpa could see grandchild A in their usual locations on a simple two person call. But Grandma wouldn’t be able to talk to gChild A. Or do I get them Skype on both, and show the grandchildren how to call Grandma and Grandpa at the same time in Skype? Or something else?

Any suggestions?
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Re: Looking for advice - video conferecing with Grandma and Grandpa
Posted by: davester
Date: April 19, 2018 12:27AM
We do Skype to our friends and relatives overseas. Works great for multi-person calls.



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Re: Looking for advice - video conferecing with Grandma and Grandpa
Posted by: pdq
Date: April 19, 2018 12:30AM
Is it possible (and easy) for the originator of the Skype to call two recipients at once? Or do you have to call one, and then add?
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Re: Looking for advice - video conferecing with Grandma and Grandpa
Posted by: Sarcany
Date: April 19, 2018 06:44AM
Amazon Echo Spots and Echo Shows will allow you to video-chat with your friends and loved ones. The downside is that you'll need to share your contacts with the Amazon echo app.



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Re: Looking for advice - video conferecing with Grandma and Grandpa
Posted by: sekker
Date: April 19, 2018 07:50AM
Google hangouts can do multiple site connections.
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Re: Looking for advice - video conferecing with Grandma and Grandpa
Posted by: beagledave
Date: April 19, 2018 08:14AM
Another vote for Google Hangouts, I've had good experience using it.
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Re: Looking for advice - video conferecing with Grandma and Grandpa
Posted by: testcase
Date: April 19, 2018 10:04AM
x3 for Google boink smiley
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Re: Looking for advice - video conferecing with Grandma and Grandpa
Posted by: michaelb
Date: April 19, 2018 12:18PM
I would use facetime. It just seems really unlikely that you would get them to both join a Skype call and that would be worth doing. Maybe once or twice, but my guess is every time you tried to get this working would be another 30 minutes of support calls and emails and frustration. Facetime will work and they can work it. Talking to each one one at a time would still be worth doing.

I do think you can project facetime onto a TV using screensharing to our appletv, since I have done that. But I don't do that enough to really weigh in on how practical that is.
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Re: Looking for advice - video conferecing with Grandma and Grandpa
Posted by: JPK
Date: April 19, 2018 02:14PM
I use skype, but it is now a Microsoft and starting to get a little microsofty. I use several times a week to video conference with my company HQ in Switzerland.

JPK
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Re: Looking for advice - video conferecing with Grandma and Grandpa
Posted by: bhaveshp
Date: April 19, 2018 05:29PM
Just used Snapchat for a three person video call with my wife and Daughter. Works great!

But that UI might be a bit much for G+G...
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