Lync Meeting - Why do must I have a microphone connected to use Lync Audio


  • We have recently rolled out Lync at work and regularly used to use LiveMeeting to view our weekly team seminars.  Now we are trying to do this with Lync and using Meet Now, invite all our members of staff.  We then wish to use Lync for integrated audio and video but it seems to be impossible to use the audio element unless we have microphones plugged in to our client machines in addition to our speakers/headphones.

    Is it possible to just be a consumer of the meeting content audio and video, all we want to do across the organisation is watch the seminars that a colleague is delivering?

    I can't believe this is as designed as it seems to be a pretty big limitation.

    Friday, April 08, 2011 11:16 AM


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  • I'm having the same problem. 

    I have a standard deployment on 1 FE and 1 edge server.  Nobody is connecting through the edge server - the presenter and all participants are all on the same domain and on the same lan.

    The intention is to have one presenter who needs a microphone and a few dozen participants that won't speak and don't have microphones/webcams.   I found that when an online meeting is set up, I can invite people with webcams and they join without any problems.  Those without webcams get an error when joining:  Audio device is not configured.

    Our OCS 2007r2 didn't have this issue, so I'm pretty sure that it's a misconfiguration.  I sure hope it's a misconfiguration... 

    Have you come up with any answers since last week?


    Wednesday, April 13, 2011 1:47 PM
  • Nothing further at present, my colleague who is our Lync Admin still hasn't found anything either although he has been out on Client Sites quite a bit of late so haven't had chance to have a detailed discussion with him.  He's aware of the issue too but between us we haven't found anything yet.  So far it's really disappointing as Live Meeting as part of OCS just worked!

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    Wednesday, April 13, 2011 2:04 PM
  • Hi,

    I have tested on my computer use Lync client without audio device to try to join a meeting and got the same result,but if you drop-down the list of the button "Retry",you will see an option "Connect to the meeting" under "Call in seperate",select it then you can join the meeting.





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    Friday, April 15, 2011 8:59 AM
  • Your solution does allow an attendee to connect to the meeting, but then he or she cannot receive audio through the meeting like LiveMeeting did.

    I just submitted a service request to MS about this.  I should receive a call back within 4 hours.  There is a parallel thread running here:

    I'll add any new info in the other thread.

    Friday, April 15, 2011 4:02 PM
  • Just an update in case anyone on this thread is interested.  Lync 2013 fixes this problem.
    Friday, December 06, 2013 10:17 PM
  • I have tested in Lync 2013 and users without microphones get kicked out of the meeting with an error to set up an audio device.
    Thursday, March 06, 2014 7:36 PM
  • Any updates on this problem?  We are running Lync 2013 with Office 365.  We are having this same problem.  We did find that if you plug a headphone jack into the microphone jack it allows Lync to work for those without mics.  I believe I read in another thread from 2011 that this is a bug that Microsoft is not going to fix.  Any other updates?

    Wednesday, March 18, 2015 5:46 PM
  • No way to reply to teh OP, it seems

    Found out if you plug anything into teh mic port (doesn't have to be a mic), sound works in Lync 2010.

    Kind of insane, but it worked.

    Friday, April 10, 2015 3:57 PM