With video catch ups now often being preferred to face-to-face meetings, investing in the best video conferencing solution for your business is likely to be high on your priority list.
One such system that is proving to be popular amongst many successful businesses is the installation of Microsoft Teams Rooms (MTR). Read on to discover the answers to the most frequently asked questions about Microsoft Teams Rooms.
1. What is a Microsoft Teams Room?
Essentially, a Microsoft Teams Room is a dedicated piece of hardware, typically instated in a room (such as a meeting room) that provides enhanced video conferencing capabilities. This is managed using a central device that is compatible with Microsoft Teams.
In our opinion some of the best devices for running a Microsoft Team Room include:
These devices feature everything needed to get your meeting room(s) video conference ready. Obviously the suitability of each of these devices is dependent on the room, available budget and what is required. However, these devices are great choices because they all offer a range of benefits, which you can learn more about in question 7.
2. Is any meeting space suitable for Microsoft Teams Rooms?
The beauty of a Microsoft Teams Room is that it is fully scalable. This means that it is compatible with small and large meeting rooms.
By adding an external microphone(s) to your package, you can also turn a large presentation space or even town hall into a Microsoft Teams Room, as well as a ceiling microphone system such as Shure MXA910 for a large meeting room or boardroom.
3. How much does a Microsoft Teams Room cost?
Microsoft Teams Room prices will vary depending on the size of the existing room you wish to convert. Below are prices typical of what you may expect to pay for common meeting room sizes:
- Huddle room – 2-4 people – £2250.00 + VAT
- Small meeting room – 4-8 people – £2750.00 + VAT
- Large Meeting Room – 8–12 people – £4000.00 + VAT
It is important to note that these prices will be dependent on there already being a working TV in the room.
Additionally, you may wish to budget for having your Microsoft Teams Room installed by authorised AV integrators, such as MVS Audio Visual. Our prices for installation start from just £450.00 + VAT.
For more information, read our article on the advantages of using an AV Integrator.
4. What is the difference between Microsoft Teams and Microsoft Teams Rooms?
Microsoft Teams is team collaboration software. If you have an Office 365 account, you will already have access to this included within your subscription.
A Microsoft Teams Room is the physical space that encompasses this software with the AV hardware required for enhanced team collaboration. It allows you to enter the room and join a pre-arranged meeting with the touch of a button, call another Microsoft Teams Room and much more.
5. Do I need a licence for Microsoft Teams Rooms?
A Microsoft Teams licence is included as part of your Office 365 package. To run a Microsoft Teams Room an additional licence is required.
6. Are there any other uses for Microsoft Teams Rooms?
As well as offering superior video conferencing functionality, Microsoft Teams Rooms can be used to:
- Perform standard audio phone calls *licensing required
- Seamlessly share content via HDMI
- Link with interactive screens
7. What are the benefits of Microsoft Teams Rooms?
The primary advantage of a Microsoft Teams Room is that it offers you one dedicated piece of in-room hardware that includes everything needed for effective video communications. You’ll also benefit from additional features (such as dual screen presentations) which are not possible on a traditional laptop setup.
This hardware, whichever brand you opt for, is designed with ease of use in mind. This means that any member of your team should be able to schedule and join meetings in the room without issues. Typically, these devices feature ‘one touch to join’ technology making things even more simple.
You also benefit from centralised management within the Cloud.
8. What is the Microsoft Teams whiteboard feature?
This is a software feature that’s integrated within Microsoft Teams and can be used as a collaborative tool within a video call.
9. Who can install a Microsoft Teams Room?
Generally, the easiest way to install a Microsoft Teams Room is with the help of an AV integrator.
Most of the recommended Microsoft Teams Room hardware suppliers, such as Crestron, Logitech and Lenovo, will have a list of certified integrators. These are AV installers that they recommend as having undertaken a high level of training and demonstrate a strong level of expertise when it comes to their video conferencing solution. MVS are proud to hold certified integrator status for all three of these Microsoft Teams Room hardware providers.
Alternatively, if you feel that you have the required expertise in-house, there is nothing stopping you from installing a Microsoft Teams Room yourself.
10. What hardware is essential for Microsoft Teams Room?
When you purchase a Microsoft Teams Room kit, it includes everything other than the TV screen. This is the only additional requirement for your room – you don’t need to worry about cameras, microphones or any other pieces of hardware.
11. Should I choose Microsoft Teams Rooms or Zoom Rooms?
It really depends on what collaboration software your teams are already using, and for a lot of companies they are using a mixture both.
As it stands today, a Microsoft Teams Room can join Microsoft teams Calls, Skype for Business Calls, Cisco Webex Calls, and Zoom calls are coming soon. With a 3rd party subscription you have the ability to open up your Microsoft Teams Room systems to any other SIP/H323 video calls.
12. Is this solution suitable for use in a home office?
Yes, as the only requirement is a physical room / meeting space and a TV screen, it is easily integrated into a home office. With working from home becoming the norm, we have been busy installing many Microsoft Teams Rooms in home offices. All of the same benefits of using a Microsoft Teams Room in a workplace environment apply to using it at home.
13. Can a meeting room booking panel be used with Microsoft Teams Rooms?
Yes, a meeting room booking panel can be integrated into a Microsoft Teams Room as a useful add-on for checking room availability and booking out spaces.
We recommend and can supply and install the Crestron or Evoko panels. You can learn more about these in our article on the best meeting room booking panels.
14. Are Microsoft Teams Rooms available in all countries and territories?
Microsoft Teams video conferencing is available worldwide, as are Microsoft Teams Rooms. You should be able to purchase the kit you need locally, with many AV installers working nationally and internationally.
At MVS, our in-house experts can install a Microsoft Teams Room for your organisation (whether you have one office or multiple locations) across the whole of the UK and Europe.
15. Can I set up a Microsoft Teams Room on a video wall?
All Microsoft Teams Room devices offer content sharing via HDMI, meaning you are able to use the system in conjunction with a video wall if desired.
16. How do I buy a Microsoft Teams Room?
Contact our team for a tailored Microsoft Teams Room quote. If time is of the essence and you’re looking for a speedy installation, we can usually have our team of AV integrators at your premises within a few days.
Call our team today on 0203 4111 630 to get started with Microsoft Teams Rooms, or to find out more about any of the video conferencing systems that we offer.