The Meeting OWL camera is thought of primarily as a camera (Learn more in our general introduction to the Meeting OWL.)  However, In this instance, you’ll be setting up the Meeting OWL camera for audio (speaker and mic) only.  Meanwhile, the PTZ camera will serve as your video source.


NOTE:  The Meeting OWL will always be on, so long as it is plugged in.

The following instructions will help you get up and running. 

  • After connecting your laptop or logging into the classroom computer, launch Zoom (or your preferred video conferencing program).

  • Find and select the settings cog (⚙)  in the upper right portion of the Zoom home screen:


  • In the settings section of Zoom, look for and choose the following:

    • Video

    • Audio:

      • “Speaker" and “Microphone” drop down menus:  choose “echo cancelling speakerphone (meeting owl pro).”

      • Click or tap Test Speaker. You should hear a chime emanate from the OWL. Click or tap Stop.

      • Click or tap Test Microphone.  Speak a few choice words. The application will record what you say and play it back to you from the Meeting OWL.  

        • Uh-oh: If you do not hear the chime, or your voice is not played back to you, or you do hear these things, but not coming from the Meeting OWL, check that the Meeting OWL is selected in both the Speaker and Microphone drop down menus (see above.)


Exit the Settings section of Zoom, and the Meeting OWL is now ready for you to start your Zoom meeting.

"It won't turn on"

We hear this a lot.  There are three common reasons to keep in mind:

Common reason #1:  If you're using a laptop, you have not connected it to the smart classroom.

Common reason #2:  Hurry up, will you OWL!?  If the Meeting OWL has has been off in sleep-mode for "a while," it can sometimes take a few mintues to boot back up. (Another reason why the Meeting OWL should always be ON).  When this happens, you'll see a gray screen in Zoom...

...which eventually will go away and show you the video feed.

Common reason #3:  Check that power cord coming from the base of the OWL and re-plug it if necessary.

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