TeamSpeak installation and connection instructions
By Kent Blackburn
Here are instructions for getting started with TeamSpeak. It works well with Macs, Windows and Linux computers.
- I recommend using a Phoenix Duet Speakerphone if you have one. This will cut down on echos and feedback noise. As an alternative for reducing feedback noise, headphones will help.
- You can download the TeamSpeak software for free at http://www.teamspeak.com/?page=downloads . Here you will find different downloads specific to your operating system. Select the appropriate one and follow the installation procedures for your environment.
- Once you have the software installed, go into the Preferences->Capture-> Capture Device: and select your Phoenix Duet; it should be something like Phnx MT202pcs depending on the unit model you have. In the same preference subsection, I would suggest selecting the Push-To-Talk and selecting the hotkey that you press to speak. (The other options tend to either cut out your voice if you speak quietly or produce a feedback loop if there is ambient noise). I use the SHIFT key on my keyboard as the hotkey.
- NOTE: You should confirm each time connect with TeamSpeak that the preferences have still set to use the Phoenix Duet. This seems to wander a bit, possibly because of other software using speakers and microphones having been used in the interim.
- Now that this is set up, we can configure to connect to the TeamSpeak Server/Service setup at MIT. Under Connections->Connect->Server Address enter: zam.mit.edu , and for the Server Password: enter the server password. Be sure to specify a unique, recognizable name for yourself in the Nickname: text field. At this point, when you select the Connect button at the bottom you will be connected to the TeamSpeak service.
- This will place you in what is called the Default Channel. The meeting will be carried out in a different channel named "What comes next for LIGO?". You can change to that channel by double-clicking on it; no additional password will be needed.
TeamSpeak is voice and chat messaging only. No video and no phone bridge are available. There is an App for smart devices, but I think it ranges from $1-$2 dollars as a one-time purchase depending on when you buy and your target platform.
Typically, additional information is shared via links in the chat box or the application (located at the bottom in the MacOS
There are no practical moderator tools, like mute individuals or all, so please be aware of your microphone status and mute if not being used.
Additional useful information:
Clicking on the Microphone symbol with the X (red X) will mute your microphone, which has higher priority over the press to talk hotkey. This often catches people that think they are speaking because they pressed their hotkey, but in fact are muted because of the Xed out microphone symbol. NOTE: I do find muting the microphone is helpful when using the Press to Talk feature as this allows me to type and use the hotkey without turning on and off my microphone as Im composing text and possible confusing other participants as ambient noise is toggled on and off by my typing.
Occasionally, you will need to adjust your microphone gain and speaker volume. It is recommended that you do this in your operating system environment if needed. However, there are adjustments in the TeamSpeak Preferences that can do similar adjustments.
It has been reported on occasion that some labs blocks some ports, you may have difficulties and may need to request exceptions from your IT staff. These are the default ports used by TeamSpeak 3:
- Default voice port (UDP in): 9987
- Default filetransfer port (TCP in): 30033
- Default serverquery port (TCP in): 10011
- Default weblist port (UDP out): 2010
- Default tsdns port (TCP in): 41144
Another approach is to try the alternate server address/port: zam.mit.edu:80 , which might help with firewall issues
To turn off the vocal announcements you can either disable all audio notifications via Preferences --> Notifications --> Sound Pack: Sounds Deactivated, or if you want to just disable the "user joined/left your channel" messages you can modify Preferences --> Notifications --> Sound Pack: Client/Connection/Connected/Current channel and similarly Client/Connection/Disconnected/Current channel.