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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


  1. Fast broadband internet connection => 256KiB/s kilo bytes per second. (Not required when connecting on campus)
    Test your internet connection speed at: 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.


Microsoft Internet Explorer does not work with this system, Google Chrome is the preferred web browser.

  1. Use the latest Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox internet browser.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Chrome or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Firefox (Google Chrome is preferred)
  2. If using Mozilla Firefox, install the Java Plugin.
  3. If using Mozilla Firefox, install the Adobe Flash Plugin.




  • Speakers/headset. (For viewers to be able to listen to the presenters).
  • Webcam with microphone or standalone microphone. (For presenters to able to talk).
  • Keyboard (For typing questions by viewers, in the chat box, for the current presenter).
  • Ask your local IT support for help to setup the hardware correctly.
  • Click here, for advanced hardware help.

Step 2 - 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.


  • Normally each session has a presenter, a number of viewers and a moderator who manages the session.
  • Click here, for advanced session help.

More Help

YouTube Videos

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.

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