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Old 03-09-2005, 03:58 PM   #1
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Linux, Internet Radio and Static IP address


(((Sorry, the title should say dynamic not static...)))



I need some info on this. I have Road Runner Broadband and a dynamic ip address. What I want to do is use my computer for a couple of hours a day to broadcast. Now the problem I have is that I have a dynamic ip address. So I need to know if it is at all possible to do this and if so how can linux, Mandrake 10.0 Official, help me. I need some kind of broad casting program, with a gui, that constantly monitors my ip address.

If it is only a couple of hours a day then I don't see a problem with the ip address but I still want to monitor it. I called and asked Time Warner about the ToS and they said I could do this and it didn't conflict with the ToS. Does anyone else see any other problems I may encounter? This is new to me so any info would be great.

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Old 03-09-2005, 04:22 PM   #2
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you want two things here I think.
http://www.dyndns.org/
will give you a free domain name from a select list that can attach to a dynamic ip, you just re-register each time before the broadcast if the IP has changed. You then need to set up an icecast server which runs off your ip - there is no need to worry about your own IP as you give users your dyndns url which obviously stays constant. See the linux link tech show as an example of how this works - they use this setup i believe.
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Old 03-09-2005, 04:40 PM   #3
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Wow these are both great. It is more then I was hoping for. I look forwrd to getting things set up now. Thanks.

I have a question. I m not sure how this works. When I broadcast I am uploading the music to the internet. Now will I need bandwidth for each person listening or will it be one consistent number and the ones download or listening are then using their own bandwidth. For example if my upload speed is 250 kb then and my broadcast is set to 50 kb, will I need 50 kb for each person? Sorry I am new to this and I am not sure I explained that correctly.


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Old 03-09-2005, 08:14 PM   #4
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Also, you may wish to review how dynamic your IP address is. I use dyndns.org's CustomDNS service ($24.95 a year) but I don't really need it - as my IP address (with Comcast) hasn't really changed since I've arrived at my current location.

As far as bandwidth, yes - you will need to consider bandwidth for each listener (in most cases).

For your average home high speed internet connection upstream (about 256k or a little more), you'd probably be able to do two to three 56k streams at once. Overhead, Internet Traffic, and other running apps will probably prevent you from doing anything more than that.

Figure a max 75% of your upstream for outgoing music. Even then, with peak traffic, your listeners will probably still notice some drops.

Unfortunately, most HSI providers don't think that upstream is as important or cost beneficial at this point.
 
Old 03-09-2005, 10:29 PM   #5
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My upload is around 350. So that makes 3 or 4 that can listen. I am not sure if this is going to work. Is there another alternative rather then using something like 365live or something paid? Probably not but I needed to ask.



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Old 03-10-2005, 01:10 AM   #6
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Yes and no. There exists infastructure in the Internet designed to acheive what you are looking to accomplish. The problem is that these require certain IP addresses, routing requirements, etc...

For all practical purposes, you can't acheive your intentions for free.

You may wish to review these articles:

http://www.teamsolutions.co.uk/streaming.html

http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/sound/chapter/ch05.html

I haven't had to do this, but you could either Google around for "Streaming Hosting" or "Content Delivery" ... but you'll probably be best off with Live365.com (if they have a live streaming option.)

Alternatively, you can call your ISP and ask if you can pay ala carte a few more bucks a month and up your upload speeds.

Remember, if you go with a company that will host your streaming (IE, their servers log into your home machine and "rebroadcasts" the stream) - you'll want to differentiate the companies that offer streaming off of playlists or files and actual "live streaming". Some may refer to "live streaming" when it's actually just a plain static stream.
 
  


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