Zoom Rooms


A Zoom Room is a software-based meeting endpoint that is available in certain Tufts classrooms and conference rooms. The Zoom Room touchscreen allows you to join and manage virtual meetings, and contains many of the familiar controls you would see in the Zoom desktop application. Each Zoom Room is configured to use its room’s audiovisual equipment by default.

Information about Zoom Rooms is provided below. In addition, you can walk through the brief Zoom Rooms online training module or view the Zoom Rooms Quick Start Guide.

Zoom Room interface


When planning to use a Zoom Room-equipped space, the following is recommended:

  • Schedule your meeting in advance using your usual method – Tufts Zoom website, Canvas course site, Outlook calendar integration, etc.
  • Bring a secondary device with you to the space, such as a laptop, smartphone, or tablet.
    • A second device is necessary to access certain “advanced” Zoom features, such as Breakout Rooms and the ability to suspend all participant activities.

Using a Zoom Room

Zoom Rooms are intuitive and easy to use, especially once you get the hang of it! When a Zoom Room is used to join a meeting, it will appear in the Participant panel with the name of the space it is located in, for example “Mugar 235.”

If the Host or a Co-host is on another device, they can manage the Zoom Room’s audio (e.g. mute it) just like any other Participant. The Zoom Room can also be given the Host or Co-host role.

Participant Panel


When you arrive to the class/conference room, there are typically a few things to look for.

  • Printed directions for using the space’s audiovisual equipment
  • A/V control panel (not present in some rooms)
  • Zoom Room control panel

To turn on the room’s audiovisual equipment, follow the printed set of directions. This is usually done on the A/V control panel. In many spaces, you may need to select “PC” as the source on the A/V control panel.

The space’s built-in speakers, microphones, cameras, and displays will turn on.

There are two main options for joining a meeting with a Zoom Room. Before deciding on which route to take, please consider the device requirements as well as the needs for your meeting.

Methods for Joining a Meeting on a Zoom Room

Option 1

Joining Directly from the Zoom Room Tablet

Option 2

Joining by Pairing with a Personal Device

Additional Device Requirements Does NOT require additional device Requires an additional device (laptop, smartphone, tablet) with Zoom application installed
Additional Notes  

Required for access to certain "advanced" Zoom features, including:

  • Responding to chat messages
  • Breakout Rooms
  • Polls
  • Suspending Participant Activities

Option 1 - Joining Directly from the Zoom Room Tablet

Note: When joining your scheduled meeting this way, the Zoom Room will have the Host role.

  1. Go to the Zoom Room tablet and tap Join in the left-hand menu.
  2. Enter the Meeting ID and tap Join.Selecting "Join" and entering Meeting ID
  3. Enter the meeting passcode and tap OK.Entering Passcode

Option 2 - Joining by Pairing with a Personal Device

Note: When joining your scheduled meeting this way, your personal device will have the Host role and the Zoom Room will be a Participant.

  1. On your personal device (laptop, smartphone, tablet), sign in to the Zoom application.
  2. Click the Pair button. Your Zoom application should automatically pair with the room.Pairing to Zoom Room
  3. Find the meeting and click Start.Start button


  4. Select Start from Room.Start from Room

Once the Zoom Room has joined the meeting, the tablet’s screen will look similar to what is pictured below. Keep in mind that the availability of certain options will depend on the Zoom Room’s role within the meeting (Host vs. Co-host vs. Participant).

Zoom Room interface


Audio and Video Options

microphone button

Tap the Microphone button to mute/unmute the room's microphone.

Video button Tap the Video button to turn the in-room camera feed on and off.
View button Tap the View button to change how remote participants' video feeds are organized on the in-room display, including speaker or gallery view.
Camera button Tap the Camera button to switch between in-room cameras, if multiple are available.
Camera Control button Tap the Camera Control button to manage the tilt, angle, and zoom levels of certain in-room cameras.
Volume slider Tap the volume slider to control the in-room speaker level.



Share button

Tap the Share button to share content from the in-room computer (if one is available), a mobile device, or one of the in-room cameras.

Note: You can also share content from another device (e.g. a laptop) that is also in the Zoom meeting.


Meeting Management

Security button

Tap the Security button to manage certain meeting settings (lock/unlock meeting, enable/disable waiting room, etc.) and participant privileges.

Participants button Tap the Participants button to open the Participant panel, where you can see who is in the meeting and potentially manage participant audio/video as well as other settings.
Chat button

Tap the Chat button to open the Chat panel, where you can read incoming messages and manage how the Chat panel and notifications appear on the in-room display. 

Note: A secondary device is required for responding to chats.



Recording button

Tap the Recording button to start, pause, or stop cloud recording.

Note: The Zoom Room must have the Host or Co-host role to manage recording. After the meeting, the cloud recording will be available for the meeting's scheduler on the Tufts Zoom website.


Leaving the Meeting

Leave button

Tap the Leave button to leave the meeting on the Zoom Room tablet.

Note: If the Zoom Room has the Host role, you will also have the option to "End Meeting for All."

  • Practice using the space’s audiovisual equipment before your actual meeting.
  • Bring a laptop or other device with you for access to more advanced Zoom features.
  • Use the room’s built-in equipment and remind in-room participants that they should not connect to audio on their own devices.
  • Give remote and in-room participants equal opportunities to participate.
    • Remote participants might need additional “wait time” to unmute themselves when necessary.
    • Keep an eye on the Participant panel for raise hands.
  • Mute remote participants to minimize distractions.
  1. Tap Presentation on the Zoom Room tablet.Presentation icon


  2. Follow the prompts on the tablet to share from a computer or mobile device.Presentation sharing options


  3. When you're done, tap Stop Sharing.Presentation Stop Sharing option