RingCentral Room Connector FAQ

Last updated on November 22, 2021

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The RingCentral Room Connector completes our video meeting room solution by allowing you to utilize your existing third-party SIP standards-based hardware to connect to RingCentral Video meetings. The RingCentral Room Connector bridges the gap for those who aren’t ready to replace existing compatible off-the-shelf room kits or appliances for RingCentral Rooms.
 
The following is a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the RingCentral Room Connector for RingCentral Video.

General Questions

Interoperability

What is RingCentral Room Connector?

RingCentral Room Connector is a backend service that allows third-party SIP-based room meeting hardware (e.g., hardware made by Cisco, Poly, Lifesize, etc.) to connect to a RingCentral Video meeting.

For which products and editions is RingCentral Room Connector for Video available?

It is an add-on license with RingCentral MVP (Standard, Premium, Ultimate) or RingCentral Video Pro+ plans.

What is the difference between RingCentral Rooms and RingCentral Room Connector?

RingCentral Rooms is the add-on license that allows customers to have video conferencing in meeting rooms based on our Video product and is available with the purchase of RingCentral MVP (Standard, Premium, Ultimate) or RingCentral Video Pro+ plans. 
 
RingCentral Room Connector is a separate add-on that allows customers to connect existing SIP endpoint devices to Video meetings.

The table below details the main differences, which can also be found in the RingCentral Room Connector datasheet.
RingCentral Room Connector RingCentral Rooms
Extend the life of your existing SIP-based hardware by allowing them to connect to RingCentral video meetings
Get the latest conference room technology for the best experience with the native RingCentral Rooms user interface
Used with SIP-based third-party video hardware from Poly, Cisco, Lifesize, and others
Use with various supported Rooms kits and appliances
Connect to RingCentral using the room conferencing interface of the existing hardware
Zero Touch Room features include proximity share, mobile-to-Room switch, phone as a controller, and voice commands
The hardware can only be a meeting participant, not a meeting host
Configure advanced management features from the Analytics portal
Cannot start instant meetings Meeting management features include manage participant list, chat, and invite participants
  The hardware can participate in and host RingCentral video meetings

How will the RingCentral Room Connector for Video be sold?

RingCentral Room Connector is sold as an add-on license, as a separate offering from RingCentral Rooms. You can purchase it directly through your RingCentral online account or contact your account manager to purchase the additional licenses.

Do RingCentral Rooms require a RingCentral Room Connector license?

No, RingCentral Rooms and RingCentral Room Connector licenses serve different purposes. 
 
RingCentral Rooms is the license that allows you to set up the Video-based meeting room, which can then join and host Video meetings.  
 
RingCentral Room Connector is a separate license that extends the life of existing third-party SIP-based room meeting hardware by allowing them to join Video meetings.

Will this be offered as a concurrent license or a per room dedicated license?

Concurrent. $49 monthly per concurrent endpoint or $468 annually (20% savings).

Do we support the H.323 standard?

No, we do not; however, most of the third-party hardware can also connect by SIP.

Can we make and receive voice calls on the SIP room system?

No, we do not support registering third-party SIP devices like phones. However, we do offer this feature via RingCentral Rooms with the Rooms as a softphone feature, which allows customers to use their room system setup to make and receive voice calls.

I have a number of room systems running third-party meeting software today (ex: Teams, Zoom, 8x8). Can I use RingCentral Room Connector for a Video license to connect to RingCentral Video meetings?

No, this is not supported today by Teams and Zoom.

What happens if I have a mixture of room systems (ex: RingCentral, Teams, Zoom)? How do all of these solutions work together?

Unfortunately, it is not possible to launch RingCentral Video meetings from Teams or Zoom Rooms. Please place a request to your representatives at those respective companies and contact your RingCentral representative as well.

Where can I go to find more information about compatible third-party SIP-based room meeting hardware?

Refer to this KB article for more information.
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