Attempting live video feed on website

  Amadas 09:49 19 Oct 2006

Ok, where do I start.

I have a client that will have 36 cameras set up in a kennel to monitor dogs. The customer dropping off these dogs will be provided a URL and username/password so to view 'fluffy' while on vacation.

We have the scripting, database, dedicated IP, secure servers, SSL and security certificates in place.

Problem is, since this cleint is on satellite internet access with 2.0Mbps down and 1.0Mbps up, we fear they will exceed bandwidth thresholds and begin to be 'fapped'. (FAP, Fair Access Policy, meaning if thresholds are exceeded, the speed will drop to 0 and won't recover to 100% for 6-8 hours). Where our problem lies is we're not quite sure what bitrate these cameras are set at (haven't arrived or been installed as yet) to calculate what the upload speeds would be.

We've restricted the cameras to a maximum of 6 at any given time. Therefore, should a 7th, 8th, etc visitor arrive to view their 'fluffy', they would be put into cue.

Any ideas on how we might be able to overcome this obstacle, other than installing a T1 line?

If I've missed something, please advise and I'll provide you with as much information as possible.


  Amadas 18:57 19 Oct 2006

I too use to be on dial up. I have exactly the same system as this client, and must say that despite some issues with weather, satellite is considerably faster than dial up, mind you, not as fast as DSL or cable, but nevertheless, I'd never go back.

I understand your concerns on predictability, the weather issue never came to play as it's not a common occurence. (The weather would have to be quite severe to interupt service), however, it must be placed within the equation just the same.


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