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18th May 2007, 22:15
Hello guys, first time here. Im thinking about setting up a server to stream some videos, but Im worried about the bandwidth... I have seen, for example, that desync.com streams at 800kbps and right now they have 244 users connected. How can they achieve that?
A rough calculation says that they are streaming
650kbps x 244 = 158 Megabytes per second? What kind of server can do that?
18th May 2007, 22:34
divided by 8 bits per byte.
18th May 2007, 22:42
thanks, that still gives around 20mbps... Im looking for hosts now, and the ones I have seen are only "cheap" with ports that work at 10mbps, unmetered... what does the people of desync use? do they post in the forum?
18th May 2007, 22:59
maybe Fiberoptics I dont know, somebody round here uses two fibreoptic links on a server
18th May 2007, 23:02
with fiberoptics you mean a hosting provider? or the technology?
19th May 2007, 00:03
fibre optic link to some 66mhz pci card.
19th May 2007, 00:08
I see, and where can I get that? How much does it cost?
19th May 2007, 01:04
Streamsolutions provides quality Shoutcast / NSV hosting.
The RadioToolBox website also maintains a listing of Shoutcast / NSV hosts. www.radiotoolbox.com/hosts/
19th May 2007, 12:34
But you'll have to pay good ^^
It's cheaper to get a dedicated server with 10mbit link, and set up shoutcast yourself, usually. you also have those 100mbit to 1020$ as I have seen, but I'm not sure about the quality.
19th May 2007, 15:22
Thanks to all, Im considering Softlayer as my hosting provider, the specs sound right:
Core 2 Duo
250GB HD (RAID 1)
100 dollars per additional monthly TB
19th May 2007, 22:49
video streams are straight up bandwidth detroyers. my 100mbit server maxes its connection out around 280ish viewers, and we only stream at 300kbps (of course the actual bitrate fluctuates with the video)
i have 2 softlayer servers, and i can definitely recommend them to you. the server specs are great with the price, and you can work around the monthly limit if you play your airing time right (i only had to buy a second server to distribute viewers across for when we get 400+ people watching). also, the support is fantastic, and the network very solid.
protip: you can get 2 250gb hard drives if you use the promotion code HDD. when you're signing up click that you want 2 hard drives and enter the promotion code and it won't charge you for the second one (if the promotion is still in effect)
20th May 2007, 01:04
Limited bandwidth is best for on demand streaming or limited airtime, as that will most likely not always max out.
20th May 2007, 01:33
Awesome whatapath, thanks for the tip.
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