Connecting to PORTS is easy. PORTS and the K-12 High Speed Network (K12HSN) have successfully partnered since the inception of our program and we’re pleased to announce that we will continue to leverage the power of the K12HSN by using their Multipoint Conference Unit or “Bridge” services for connectivity this school year.
All PORTS Distance Learning Parks will be accessed by a single IP address, also known as the PORTS Bridge. By calling this IP address you will have access to the conference menu for all the PORTS Distance Learning Parks. You will need to access the “far end” camera control, or enter the room number depending on the machine you are using to gain access to each program.
Using the PORTS Bridge allows districts that use SIP and/or E164 to connect with us easily. Each PORTS Distance Learning Park has a specific CalREN number that is applicable to SIP and E164 dialing protocol.
Test connections will be conducted on the PORTS Bridge. The test conference is available 24/7. If you are connected properly you should hear and see a video.
The PORTS team has developed a series of documents that will hopefully answer any questions you have regarding dialing into a bridge, troubleshooting issues, etc.
Connecting to California State Parks PORTS Programs (PDF)
This one-page document walks you through the basic steps of setting up your videoconference machine and conducting a test call.
California State Parks PORTS Dialing and Contact Information (PDF)
Looking for the IP address, CalREN number of contact information for a specific PORTS site? This document has them all.
Troubleshooting Tips (PDF)
A basic guide that addresses common questions of issues related to videoconferencing and using a bridge.
California State Parks
Interpretation and Education Division
Joe von Herrmann
Statewide Technology Support