Monitoring Your Stream's Live Feed
It makes little sense to establish a good quality stream, if it isn't consistent and reliable. Despite our very best efforts, stuff will happen. — Is My Feed Working... or NOT?
Staying Online — Restoring Service Quickly
As 'providers', we're concerned with three factors:
Audio In — Present, proper level, clean, 2 channels.
The Simple Way is, of course, Eyes'n'Ears on NOAAWeather Radio Org.
Although several PWS team members audit the site consistently for quality and offline streams, we cannot monitor and update every minute 24/7 — And Neither Can ANY Provider!
Simple Way Number Two is: Babysit the devices that are doing the work.
— But haven't we better things to do???
A pair of very friendly utilities that can help us with 'stream status'.. on, off, low volume, eg.
Both have very low CPU and Memory usage, and very minimal Bandwidth.
Both appear to be cross platform, (Win, Linux, etc) and both work extremely well.
Both can send an alert email — One for Audio issues — One for "NO Server" event.
Both can send a "restored" email — One for Audio restored — One for "Server" Now Up.
Both will run minimized in system tray.
Unfortunately, as this is written, we've not found a 'freebie' that will do both...
"Silence Detector" installed on the device that receives the audio signal input.
The Pira CZ Silence Detector will watch for silence on the input.
It can be set so a 'low' volume input is signaled as 'silence'.
Its response time to a 'failure' is configured in settings.
Once triggered, if configured, it sends an email:
Approximately one minute after the audio issue is resolved, it will clear the "silence" alert... ...and follow up with a 'resolved' email if set to do so..
MediaMon can be installed on virtually any WIN, MAC, LINUX device.
Can monitor multiple servers.
Uses virtually no CPU or Bandwith.
Checks the server several times a minute,
Mount Point/Server USER ID and PASSWORD are required for each server being checked.
Supports: Shoutcast v1.9.x; Shoutcast v2; Icecast v2 (standard and KH builds)
It WILL not work with Broadwave, e.g.
Once triggered, it can send an Alert Email:
When restored, it can send a notification:
They do NOT report poor signal, low or excessive Encoder volume settings, or aliasing, etc.
...and remember: — Excepting a fault in a NWR transmitter —
Quality and Reliability is the responsibility of each provider.
A daily, quick, online check of your stream will prevent many 'dead' or 'disabled' feeds.