Project USB: Addressing USB Connectivity for Multiple Cisco Endpoints
USIS AV's CTO, Todd Hutchins, took a deep dive into Cisco’s “Project USB” to solve a client’s workplace challenge
USIS AudioVisual CTO, Todd Hutchins, recently took a deep dive into Cisco’s “Project USB” to solve a client’s workplace challenge.
The Need: an enterprise client looked to use a laptop connected via USB to their Cisco room devices (Room 55 & 70, Room Kit Pro, Plus, and Mini), utilizing camera, microphones, and speakers via USB to launch MS Teams and Zoom video conferences.
The Challenge: currently only the Room Kit Mini has the ability for USB passthrough without adding any additional hardware or programming.
The Solution: Cisco’s “Project USB”, underway to address USB connectivity for other Cisco endpoints (Room 55 & 70, Room Kit, Room Kit Plus, Pro, etc.). The solution consists of adding a third party HDMI to a USB capture device along with some custom macros installed on the endpoint. The result places a button on the Cisco endpoint touch panel that puts the endpoint in “USB Mode”. This allows an individual to walk in to a room, connect a USB and HDMI to their laptop, and then have access to the camera, microphone(s), speakers, and display of that endpoint.While Cisco shares this is not a Cisco TAC (Technical Assistance Center) supported solution, it has been wildly successful within both the end user community. Facing a similar challenge and want to learn more?