- Make sure that the browser you are using is up to date. Usually your browser will automatically update, but sometimes, if your settings have been changed, you will be required to initiate the update. Here are steps for updating Firefox. Here are the steps for updating chrome.
- Make sure that all other programs that could be accessing your microphone or camera on your device are completely shut down. This includes skype, facetime, etc..You can do so by selecting these programs in your dashboard, right clicking and selecting quit. Or you can open the program, and on the top left of the screen go to File then Quit.
- Make sure to check that you are sharing the correct camera and microphone and that you have elected to share them.
On Chrome, you will click on the video camera icon to the right of your url bar. This will pull up a gray box. Make sure the correct camera and microphone are selected. Also, make sure that allow or continue allowing WeCounsel.com to access your camera and microphone is selected. Once you have selected the correct options, press done. At this point you should refresh the browser window and then press start session once again.
On Firefox the process is similar. To the left of your url bar there should be a video camera icon. Click this icon if it is there and press Stop Sharing. Once you have done this or if if the icon is not there, press end session and refresh the page. Press start session again and the box requiring you to share your camera and microphone will appear. Make the correct selections and then click Share Selected Devices. This will immediately initialize the camera and microphone if they weren’t already being shared.
On Internet Explorer when you check into the room you will be prompted to install a plug-in to use video with. When prompted simply click open to install the plug in. Once the installation is complete, you will need to close and reopen IE. Once this is done the plug-in will activate when entering the session and should no longer need any assistance.
If the provider has chosen to conduct the session using the video plugin, you will find the camera and microphone settings under configuration settings at the bottom right of the video conferencing window. Select the correct camera and microphone if there are multiple options present, refresh the browser and start the session again.
Sometimes, if you are using the video plugin, you will have to manually activate the plugin. In the top right of your browser, click on your browser menu. Select settings in Chrome and add-ons in Firefox. Then in Chrome Select Extensions and in Firefox you will be on the plugin screen. From here you should select to always activate or allow the video plugin if it is not already selected.
- Have all participants on the video call end the session, refresh the browser page and then press start session again.
- Have all participants completely close their browsers by selecting quit, they open the browser back up and navigate to portal.wecounsel.com. Each participant should login once again and check in for the same session.
- If there is still difficulty connecting then the provider should schedule a completely new session with the participants. Then, each participant should check in for the new session.
- Each participant should clear their browser history. Then each person should refresh the window and start the session again.
- Switch Browsers. Participants can also try logging in and checking in for a session in a different browser than the one they are currently using. For instance, if you are in Firefox, switch to chrome.
Some additional helpful tips to have a clear successful session are to make sure that your browser version and operating system are up to date, make sure to be in a quiet well lit room, wear solid colors and headphones to reduce audio difficulties.