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  1. Hello In either case, you can either license the software yourself or pay someone else a fee to use their servers. Most people who use Shoutcast are paying someone a monthly fee for the use of their server and bandwidth etc. You can run the streaming software on your own server, and buying a licence for Broadwave is one way of doing it. (Another way is to run a Shoutcast server yourself). Advantages of using broadwave - it's much easier to set up compared to Shoutcast - it can deliver live streams (one per soundcard on your PC, I think) - it can deliver pre-recorded mp3s - you have full control Disadvantages - you may run out of bandwidth / data usage from your ISP if you have many concurrent listeners (it's ok for a few) - you have to keep the server running Personally, I manage the IT for a small radio station. We use Shoutcast for the main delivery of the public internet stream as we don't have the bandwidth to support many concurrent listeners, but we also use Broadwave to allow the station manager & programme controller to listen directly for management purposes.
  2. Since my previous post, I've got an Android phone now. I've installed "Servestream" from the play store and it works just great. It takes a little longer to start playing than when I connect to a shoutcast server (for example), bit otherwise it does what I need.
  3. I always have my router set with UPNP disabled. I also use a different port number than the default one suggested by Broadwave, as the is often used by other services or even blocked by some ISPs (e.g. data on a 3G mobile network). I use a non-allocated number greater than 8000. As well as changing the port number in Broadwave's config, remember to change it in the PC's firewall too, plus in the port forwarding section of your router's config.
  4. Hi I don't think there is (though I'll stand corrected if anyone knows better). I use the id= tag in the URL just an a handy reference in my Winamp playlists to remind me which stream it is, rather than having to remember from the IP & port number.
  5. Hi Not everyone who contributes to the forum does so regularly, hence the delays in replying. It seems like this is a networking problem, could you please paste in the outputs of the "ipconfig /all" and "route print" commands. When you say "it doesn't have internet access" do you mean that system cannot access the internet? It sounds like the default gateway is via the 10... subnet, which I think it probably should not be.
  6. Hi, You can find connection logs in c:\ProgramData\NCH Swift Sound\BroadWave\Logs The text files just contain the same info as on the Broadwave window
  7. Hello Do you mean that they appear to connect, then disconnect then connect again, a few times? Could this be due to the type of player they are using. I would suggest trying it yourself with various media players to see if you can preoduce it with some but not others, e.g. Win media player, winamp, VLC, and so on.
  8. Yes, that works for me in most players
  9. Hello the extension to use will depend upon the format and which client you are using. I always specify mp3, which seems to work for me.
  10. Hi It's difficult to see what's wrong without looking at your config, but have a look at this post to see if it helps http://nch.invisionzone.com/index.php?/topic/13101-how-to-use-broadwave-to-stream-audio-being-generated-on-the-same-pc/
  11. Hi It will depend on the capabilities of your soundcard, as to whether the mic input and wave output can be combined. If you can hear both the music and your mic through your pc's speakers or speaker output, then it will work. You'll need to select the Stereo Mix to be used by Broadwave (see original post). If you can't hear both through the speakers, then it won't be possible with your computer's soundcard. Broadwave will simply stream what it's configured to stream, it's not a mixer. You would need to set that via the soundcard or use and external mixer and feed it to the PC's line-in as the input to Broadwave.
  12. I have an upload speed of 448kbps, and have had 6 connection running ok. You can limit the bitrate used if you specify the kbps= parameter on the URL. So perhaps lower the bitrate for some users, or all of them if it's speech. Best is to try it and see if the player reports that it's buffering rather than playing
  13. I have a Symbian phone (yes, old hat, I know), but I just put the full stream URL in my phone's browser and it plays just great.
  14. I don't use it through a website link either, mine is just for private monitoring of a radio station's output by the station engineer. The only suggestion I would make re controlling who can listen is to define firewall rules, either on your PC or modem/router. You could restrict it to known incoming remote IP addresses, though if a user had a dynamic IP address, then you'd have to change the firewall rule every time they were allocated a new IP address. Fortunately, in my case, the end-user has a static IP address.
  15. Hi, Just put ?id= and anything at all at the end of the URL string. For example (I've put spaces in so these are not real links) http:// mywebsite.com:2000 / broadwave.mp3?id=liveoutput http:// mywebsite.com:2001 / broadwave.mp3?id=studio1 http:// mywebsite.com:2002 / broadwave.mp3?id=studio2 and so on, with your own website name or IP address and port number.
  16. Hi Some quick answers, 1: Don't know, I don't think so. See below for an alternative handy name. 2: Yes, if you leave off the parameters it assumes the default live stream number 1 and the default bitrate. 56 or 64 whatever you configured. In fact, I append a handy reference name to the end of my string, which broadwave ignores, but allows me to see quickly which stream it is: http etc broadwave.mp3?id=myname Broadwave ignores the id, and myname is my handy tag to remind me which stream it is. Change that to whatever you want. 3: Sorry, can't answer that as my streams are not accessible from a website, but only for private streaming.
  17. Hi First thing to check is whether you can connect locally, i.e. from a second PC on your home network, using the local address, often something like 192.168.1.x. If that works, then the PC running Broadwave is configured OK. If not, then check your firewall as a first step. If the local PC works, then get someone try try from outside your network using your public IP address - make sure you use the correct one, not your local address. You might not be able to use your public address from within your own network. To find your current public address, do a google search for "my ip". If that doesn't work, it's your router's port forwarding / firewall settings that need to be looked at. Also, a useful bit of advice, don't use the default port of 88, choose another one as 88 is often used by other services. I suggest 8811 or something in that range. When you've tried these steps, please post back exactly what your tried and what you get at each stage, in detail, so we can help.
  18. Hi Hank With Broadwave alone, you need to specify the URL of the stream when connecting, either the live stream or a pre-recorded file, as far as I'm aware. However when you use Broadwave in conjunction with another program to select the audio, it's a very powerful combination. With XP and a good soundcard which allows "stereo mix" to be selected as a recording device in audio properties, then you use Broadwave to stream the audio being played by the PC. In my case, I use the program Zara Radio (the free version) to play either pre-recorded audio files or select the line in (Zara calls it "satellite input") to relay live audio though the PC's line in connector.
  19. For the live stream, you just need to publish the public URL of the mp3 stream, for example (without spaces) http:// : 88/broadwave.mp3 you can add ?kbps=56 if you wish to set the bit rate to a specific value. Just add that URL as a link.
  20. Hi, I'm a bit unclear as to the problem. If Broadwave starts running automatically, it should be able to accept incoming requests as soon as everything is in place - e.g. once the network connections are up and firewall permitting connections and so on. You can check this by requesting one of the saved sample audio files, to check whether the problem is Broadwave accepting any streams. If, on the other hand the problem is that the default live stream is connectable but silent when you first start, and you need to "click stuff" with the audio config of the soundcard or Windows, then you've hit what can be a common problem due to the soundcard drivers. I'm having this problem on a test on a new PC with Windows 7, and I can't send sound to Stereo Mix until I go via the audio settings. So, please describe exactly which of the two your problem actually is, and also tell me the exact steps you take to get it working, including the type of soundcard, and I'll try to offer some more detail if I can.
  21. Select the Broadwave menu item, then Settings. On the General Tab, there's a tick-box "Run when computer starts" and a drop-down to select how. I have it set as "Start before logon...." If that doesn't work, then you may have to have the server log in automatically upon boot (see Microsoft knowledgebase article 324737). I do that on XP, and set a short screensaver timeout which requires a password to unlock, so the PC is protected except for a few minutes after boot. My PC runs headless anyway, and I VNC into it.
  22. The 10-12 sec delay is a typical encoding delay, so it sounds like you have a loudspeaker playing the encoded stream which is also being heard by the cell phone? Also, phone lines will echo their audio, so try it without a phone line: try the CD audio into each of the inputs separately to see if the echo happens with only one, and if so, which one. If there's no echo with either, try two different audio feeds, perhaps two different CD players, but not the phone line. If there's no echo, then it's due to the phone line. Radio stations generally employ specialist hardware to allow phone calls to be taken on-air, and it's not as simple as just plugging the phone's audio into the mixer. I suspect the phone line is the cause of your problem.
  23. Feedback and echo like you describe is usually the result of one source of sound such as the "mix" being also selected as an input device. Think of it like when you have a PA system and the mic is too close to the speakers, you get feedback. Well, some setting somewhere may be causing similar feedback. I run Broadwave on Windows XP, but I had a look at the settings on my Win 7 laptop, and when I open the sound devices and select the Recording Devices tab, I can see a source called Rec Playback. When I select its Properties, there's a tab called Listen, and it has a checkbox "listen to this device" - which is unticked on my laptop. It's difficult for me to say what might be the cause, but have a look at your config to see if there's something similar, and if listen is ticked, try un-ticking it to see if that's the cause. If you cure it, please post back and let us know. Thanks.
  24. Hi here's my thoughts... > got access to the program and i am listen in lan. Is this from another PC on the LAN? If yes, then broadwave is working and your PC firewall is correctly configured. > Even in same pc try to get access from public IP but i dont have access to webpage to listen from any player This suggests that port forwarding is not correct, or your router does not support 'NAT loopback.' > step 3 not working You need to check the router configuration for port forwarding, or check the IP address you are using. If you google "whats my IP" it will tell you. You need to get this step working before worrying about static IP addresses or DynDNS. Don't worry about the link on your webpage yet, you have not got this far. You should try the URL (without the spaces) http:/ yourIP:88/broadwave.mp3 by typing that info Windows Media Player or Winamp. (BTW, it's not 'my' program, I don't work for NCH, I'm just a user. I have been using the program for a few years now)
  25. Hello George1 The free version should work fine. To begin with, use Windows media player or winamp to connect to broadwave, to make sure the server is set up correctly. Step 1 - make sure you can listen from another pc on the same local network. This confirms Broadwave is working and the firewall on that PC is open. Step 2 - open the port on the router and direct it to the local PC which runs broadwave. Step 3 - try to connect using the same URL as you did at step 1, but try from outside (somewhere else on the internet) using your public IP address. If this works, it confirms your router is 'port forwarding' correctly. Step 4 - if you have a dynamic IP address from your ISP, use a service such as dyndns to define a fixed URL which you can add to your website. Use this named URL instead of the IP address you used at step 3. This confirms dyndns works. Step 5 - add this to your website.
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