What Kind of Internet Connection I Need?

What Kind of Internet Connection I Need?

The new technology makes Internet Radio very simple in today’s world. Basically you can start streaming with the same computer  that you have at home and not need of special software to stream to 1 listener or thousands of listeners What is important is that you know how much bandwidth you need and the bit rate that you want to use to stream your music. The higher the bit rate the better.

Here is what you need to know:

Bandwidth – When referring to a data connection, bandwidth, communication speed, or connection speed is the total maximum transfer rate of a network cable or device. Essentially, it is a measurement of how fast data can be sent over a wired or wireless connection, usually measure in bits per second.This means, Small bandwidth, you will get a few listeners connected to your radio. A big bandwidth will allow you to have more listeners connected at the same time.

Bit Rate – Simply refers to the audio quality of the stream, this is measured in computer terms in ‘kbps – kilo bits per second’ or ‘k’ for short. If you listen to a station over internet with 128K would sound like CD quality, when is only 24 K would sound more like listening over the phone.

What Kind of Internet Connection I Need?

What Kind of Internet Connection I Need to Be Able To Broadcast?


Well here a brief idea:
1 MB = 1024 kb so that means if you stream at 128 kbps
1MB Upload connection = 8 Listeners
5 MB Upload connection = 40 Listeners
10 MB Upload connection = 80 Listeners
Here we got the typical upload connection speeds that most people have at home.

Also this will vary if you are surfing, streaming and using a home phone line to make a call.

If your use the same connection to do multiple things at the same time it could make your streaming skip and people hate that.

If your planning to have as many listeners as you can, We recommend you to get the services of an Internet Radio Server (shoutcast host).

Our service will give you the capacity to have multiple listeners keeping your home internet with low traffic to surf and stream at the same time.

Let say your connection is only 1 MB upload and you are streaming at 128 kbps, REMEMBER 1 MB is 1024 kb, that means you will only use 128 kb of the 1024. Your will use that 128 kb to stream to an Internet Radio server or hosting company and your listeners will connect to that server instead to your computer directly. Another big advantage is with this service you will have a static IP.

Static IP – This is the number of your computer when you surf online. It usually looks like this xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx (where x are numbers) You need a static IP  unless you have one it will change every time you access the internet. That means if you are streaming from your computer you will have to provide to your listeners the right IP of your computer every time you broadcast.

With Static IP number never changes so you can create a link to your Online Radio Station with that IP and you never have to change it.

That’s why an Internet Radio Server is so convenient not only will it give you a Static IP but also you have a fast internet connection.

In a simple summary, Bit rate + Listeners = The type of Internet Connection you will need.


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