DFNconf at the Technical University of Darmstadt
Web video conferencing tool for online meetings

Via DFNconf – the conference service in the German Research Network (DFN) – you can organise video and audio conferences on the web or on mobile devices free of charge.

Note

Due to the increased use of the service in the current situation, capacity bottlenecks may be expected at peak times. DFN provides up-to-date information on this issue.

User groups

Employees can set up online events. For this purpose, an initial activation in the IDM Portal is necessary (see below “How can I use the DFN service?”).

Meeting participants receive an invitation e-mail from the organizer and have to click on the access link provided there in order to take part in the web conference.

Features

DFNconf offers...

  • webconferences
    • audio only
    • audio and video
    • presentation mode
  • participation via browser, smartphone app, telephone etc.
  • chat
  • desktop sharing
  • recording the audio/video conference
  • streaming

To be able to set up meetings as an organizer, you must take the following steps:

  • You activate your access to the DFN service in the IDM-Portal interface of the TU Darmstadt. This can be done in the IDM portal in the “Persönliche Accountverwaltung --> Zustimmungen” section.
  • With this activation you allow Hochschulrechenzentrum (HRZ) to forward displayed data to DFN via its authentication and authorisation infrastructure (DFN-AAI) with Shibboleth.
    Detailed Instructions for DFN-AAI activation
  • After a successful activation you can log on to the web conference tool of DFN and set up online meetings
  • stable Internet connection
  • supported browser (see chapter 9.1 of the manual (opens in new tab))
  • webcam/camera for meetings in video modus
  • optionally: headset (for better sound quality)