View Full Version : Is there a maximum number of listeners
5th June 2007, 03:53
I am a web designer and am building a site for a local radio station. I have used shoutcast before to stream another station on their website... The station I am building the site for now wants to stream it on the web. When i told them how i was going to stream the station, they told me that shoutcast has a maximum listener number. I've never had a problem like that before. I can see their point, maybe the stream could become choppy or lag a little when there are a lot of listeners. I could be wrong but I think thats more of a server issue then shoutcast right?
It's a bandwidth issue, each listener takes bandwidth.
As Sawg points out - the maximum number of listeners any Shoutcast server can support is determined by the bandwidth pipe that it utilises to stream to listeners with.
For example -
100 concurrent listeners on a 128kbps bitrate server would require a bandwidth pipe of approx 15 Mb/s to comfortably cope with such a demand.
What bitrate are you looking to stream at ?
What capacity has your server got - or are you looking to utilise a third party stream hosting service ?
5th June 2007, 13:30
We're probably going to start the stream off with 128kbps and see where it goes. If i run into a problem i'll reconfigure it to run lower. As i said in my origional post, I am a web designer... actually own the company. I'm also a hosting company so i have my own servers. I'll run the site and the stream on their own dedicated server. I have a fios line i'll put the server on. They aren't a big enough station to pay for a T3 line so thats the best i can do for them. The server they will be on is a Dell blade, so there won't be a problem there.
5th June 2007, 16:49
hi bit of a strange question considering
''As i said in my origional post, I am a web designer... actually own the company. I'm also a hosting company so i have my own servers''
listner settinge can be set as high as you like, there is no max but it doesnt mean your can serve that amount of listeners without having problems like buffering or skipping etc :up:
There used to be a limit to 1000 users per instance of the DNAS (not a limit of the DNAS just of the yp). I suppose this can be considered a limit but it is doubtful you would have the ability to exceed 1000 users on one machine (you can always run multiple instances of the DNAS on a single machine).
6th June 2007, 03:41
Thats the answer i was looking for Tom... thanks. Its a small station to begin with, so you're probably right. I just needed a solid pitch to get them to stream. Thanks!
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