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Setting Up & Using a Logitech MeetUp

This guide will cover the setup & use of the Logitech MeetUp.  The MeetUp is an All-in-One videoconferencing device with a camera, speaker, and microphone array. It connects to any computer using USB and allows easy setup for high-quality video conferencing for anything from meetings and interviews to smaller remote learning classes.

Pieces

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  1. Tripod: This collapsible tripod can extend up to 5 feet tall with its collapsible legs
  2. MeetUp: This is the main videoconferencing device.  It has a center camera with the microphones and speakers built into the sides.  The bottom also has an adapter that allows it to easily mount to the tripod
  3. Remote: This controls the MeetUp, allowing you to control functions like zoom, volume, and microphone mute.
  4. USB Cable: This cable connects the MeetUp to your computer.
  5. Power Cable: This cable connects the MeetUp to power.

Setting Up the Camera

1. Setup the tripod. Open the clasps to extend the legs and close the clasps to secure legs.

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2. Pull back on the handle's wheel to unlock tripod's head.  Then level the head and roll the wheel forward.

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3. Unlock the tripod head by pulling the lever.  Then place the MeetUp in the head and lock it in place by pushing the lever back.

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4. Connect the power cable to the MeetUp and to a power source2_Setup_-_Power.jpg

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5. Connect the USB cable to the MeetUp and the computer

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Using the MeetUp

To operate the MeetUp, use the remote

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  1. Mute: Mutes/unmutes your microphone so you cannot be heard. You will see a red light on the front of the MeetUp's camera when you are muted and a white light when you are unmuted.
  2. Start & End call: These buttons only work for very specific software and are generally not used.
  3. Bluetooth: You can press this button to connect to the MeetUp's audio via Bluetooth.  This can allow you to host a call from your cell phone using the MeetUp's speakers/microphones.
  4. Volume: These buttons adjust the MeetUp's speaker volume.
  5. Zoom: These buttons adjust the MeetUp's camera zoom.
  6. Pan/Tilt: These buttons adjust the Up/Down/Left/Right position of the camera.
  7. Home: This button centers the camera & zooms all the way out.
  8. Presets: These buttons allow you to save pan/tilt/zoom settings that you can instantly recall.  
    1. To set a preset, adjust the camera's angle and zoom, then hold a preset button down until you hear a notification sound from the MeetUp.
    2. To recall a preset, simple press the button once.

Adjust the Settings in your Video Conferencing Software

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  • For your camera, select "Logitech MeetUp"
  • For your microphone, select "Echo Cancelling Speakerphone (Logitech MeetUp)"
  • For your speakers, select "Echo Cancelling Speakerphone (Logitech MeetUp)"

NOTE: The menu pictured above is for Google Hangouts Meet.  The menu for other applications will look different, but option names should be the same.

Tips for Camera Placement for Remote Learning

The MeetUp works perfectly for teachers wanting to bring remote students into their classes.

Hosting Classroom, Option 1: Front-of-Classroom

This placement provides a good view of the teacher and screen (however it is still strongly suggested to screen share via Google Hangouts MeetZoom, or other video conferencing application from your computer, as this provides much better quality).  Due to the MeetUp's very wide camera angle, you can place it very close to the front of the classroom.  The disadvantage of this placement is that it does not allow remote students to see the rest of the class.

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Host Front-of-Classroom Placement (front view)

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Host Front-of-Classroom Placement (side view)

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This is a picture take by the MeetUp from the location pictured above.

 

Hosting Classroom, Option 2: Side-of-Classroom

This placement provides a view of both the teacher and the class.  When using this angle, also use screen sharing from your computer to ensure all members of the video conference can see your screen.  The disadvantage of this placement is that it does not face people head-on, decreasing perceived interaction.

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Host Side-of-Classroom Placement

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This is a picture take by the MeetUp from the location pictured above.

 

Remote Classroom: Front-of-Classroom

This placement is for a remote classroom with just students.  The camera's wide angle allows it to capture most seats of even the widest classrooms.  Placing the camera at the front of the room just below the screen allows students to look at the camera and screen at the same time, increasing perceived engagement.  When doing this, make sure the camera stays below the screen; placing it in front of the screen will cause the projector light to leak into the camera.

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Remote Front-of-Classroom Placement

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This is a picture take by the MeetUp from the location pictured above.

Questions

For questions about using the MeetUp, Google Hangouts, or other technology tools, contact IMT at x5050 or by emailing support@apu.edu.

For questions concerning effective teaching practices in a distance learning environment, contact the Office of Innovative Teaching & Technology (ITT) at (626) 387-5877 or by emailing ittsupport@apu.edu.

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