Internet Connection Specifics
To broadcast events and upload VODs a stable internet connection is critical. Your best option is a stable ethernet connection as it is the most reliable. However, if one isn’t available, a strong Wi-Fi connection is a good second option. Be aware that the results may vary widely depending on the capacity of the system and the number of users on the network. Due to these constraints we may not be able to help with any Live Streaming issues if a connection is too poor.
A wireless hotspot (or MiFi) is an option if you are broadcasting from a location where Wi-Fi or a ethernet connection is not available.
If you have any issues securing a stable internet connection on your school's campus, contact your IT department.
Testing Your Internet Connection
To ensure your streaming at the best quality for your viewers, open speedtest.net in a Web browser. Click the “Begin Test” button to start the speed test (you might have to disable any ad blockers, if you have them enabled, for the test to begin). When the test concludes, take note of the upload speed.
An example of a speedtest.net result
Network Speed Requirements
To broadcast a high-definition (HD) broadcast, we recommend a minimum of 6 megabits-per-second (expressed as Mbps) upload speed. For a standard-definition (SD) broadcast, we recommend a 1.5 Mbps upload speed.
For any Pixellot connection regardless of location, we require a minimum of 10 megabits-per-second upload speed and a 10 megabits-per-second download speed. As a reminder, the Pixellot system must be plugged into a hard-line internet source (not wi-fi or cellular data).