Your internet network is the most important factor for the quality of your video stream. There are four traditional options for setting up your network, which we’ve outlined in more detail below:
- Wireless router with access points (Recommended)
- Wireless router without access points
- Mobile data hotspot
- Hardwired Ethernet connection
Most Switcher Studio users want the flexibility of Wi-Fi and opt for one of the first three options. However, in instances where Wi-Fi cannot be optimized to support high-quality livestreaming, and if you have a designated studio setup, Ethernet is a reliable option.
Wireless router with access points (Recommended)
Access points extend a wireless network and have become increasingly more commonplace for non-residential network setups. We highly recommend using access points if you’re using Wi-Fi (as opposed to wired Ethernet) inside your church. Switcher Studio users have seen great success with Google/Nest Wifi and NetGear Nighthawk M1.
Wireless router without access points
Using a wireless router without access points can work if you’re using only one or two iOS devices for your video production, and if you can position them close to your router.
Recommendations for using a wireless router with and without access points
- Use a 5GHz Wi-Fi router.
- Use a network with an upload speed of at least 3Mbps. (You can use speedtest.net to check your connection, or you can download the Speed test app on your main switching device).
- Ensure the following router settings:
- Ports 1900-2100 must be open.
- UDP Traffic must be open.
- “Wireless Isolation" (sometimes referred to as "Client Isolation”) must be disabled.
- “Frame aggregation” (sometimes referred to as “Packet Aggregation” or “TX Bursting”) must be disabled.
- Avoid using an open or public wireless network.
- Position your devices near your router or access point.
- Make sure you have a line of sight between your devices and the router or access point. If your router or access point is on the floor or if there are walls in the way, it will have an impact on your connection.
Mobile Data Hotspot
If you’re unable to use a traditional router-enabled Wi-Fi, you can set up a 4G / LTE network using a mobile data hotspot. Your hotspot needs an upload speed of at least 3 MBps, and you’ll want to ensure your carrier does not throttle your data.
The biggest limitation with a mobile data hotspot is the distance between devices. We recommend positioning the hot spot at the center of your iOS devices and limiting the distance between devices to 10–15 feet (3–5 meters).
Hardwired Ethernet Connection
If you don’t need the flexibility of a wireless network setup, using an Ethernet connection to hardwire all your devices to the same local network provides an extremely reliable way to stream live video. Check out this article for a step-by-step guide on connecting your devices using hardwired Ethernet.