Livestream Studio features the ability to stream via a bonded connection, allowing the user stream through multiple Ethernet, Wi-Fi or 4G/LTE network connections.
Important: this feature is only available when streaming to Livestream.
While Windows should recognize and automatically install any necessary drivers for USB modems, the drivers can also be manually downloaded from the modem vendor's site. Ensure that all networks can access the Internet.
In order to successfully stream with a bonded connection, ports UDP 2088 and TCP/IP 80 need to be open in addition to standard Firewall ports.
As a best practice, it's recommended that any USB modems be spread across the PC's various USB ports. This avoids taxing each USB hub and ensures that each modem's connection is used.
In Livestream Studio, navigate to the 'Stream' tab and login to your Livestream account.
Select your event, then click 'Advanced Settings.'
Check 'Use Bonding,' then click 'Done.'
In your network dashboard, each network connected to your account will have a 'Bonding' dropdown menu. Clicking it will reveal three options:
- Use: Streaming will occur over the network.
- Standby - use only when needed: This network will not be used unless other networks lose connection. For example, if you have a 4G USB modem plugged in with data caps, you may want to consider saving that as your backup to avoid data overage charges.
- Off: This network will not be used for your stream.
When you go live, your network dashboard will show information for each network, such as what bitrates are being distributed by each.