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This page contains instructions on how to use the big blue button (BBB) webinar server for an online meeting/presentation using the Stellenbosch University Library webinar server.

Please do a test, with a colleague/friend on the internet, before going live - the server is available for testing any time of the day

Step 1 - Check requirements


The latest Microsoft Internet Explorer and Firefox web browsers work if the following are installed.

  1. Java Plugin: http://java.com/en/download
  2. Adobe Flash Plugin: http://www.adobe.com/support/flashplayer/downloads.html


Audio Setup Video

See video below.

Advanced Hardware Help

Click on the heading above.

Webcam Best Practice

See video below.


  1. Fast broadband internet connection => 256KiB/s kilo bytes per second. (Not required when connecting on campus)
    Test your internet connection speed at: http://fast.com OR http://www.speedtest.net
  2. Ensure that your internet connection does not block the ports required by BBB, namely 80 (HTTP), 9123 (Desktop Sharing), and 1935 (RTMP).
    If you have strange problems when connecting, ask your local IT support for help to ensure the ports are open to the internet.

Step 2 - Check that the technical setup detailed above is correct

Go to the following link;


If there are any problems, return to the setup steps above and try to fix the problem.

If you need to, ask your local IT support for help to setup the software and hardware.

Step 3 - Join the "Demo" Webinar Session

Go to the following web address:

  1. Type in your name. (Your first name is good enough)
  2. Click JOIN.
  3. Follow the instructions for audio configuration.

Screen Layout

  1. Users: Refers to all users. You should be able to see the names of all the users once they have logged in.
  2. Webcam: Real-time image of presenters.
  3. Chat: Area where you can type questions to the presenters.
  4. Presentation: This is where the presenters will display and manage their presentation.

Session Help

Viewer Overview

Presenter Overview

Advanced Session Help

Click on the heading above.

Time Zone Conversion

Please check the links below to synchronise times on different continents for meetings.

South Africa is in the following time zone: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_African_Standard_Time or UTC+2:00

Advanced System Configuration