To run successful live streams, you will need to make sure that your IT network configuration can support it.
To do so, make sure you follow the below recommendations.
Let's assume you are using Zoom and OBS to produce your live stream.
For each computer using Zoom and OBS, you will need:
- Zoom: 2.0 Mbps of up and down bandwidth (per Zoom documentation).
- OBS: 2.0 Mbps of up bandwidth (per our OBS configuration recommendation).
This means you will need a minimum bandwidth of 2.0 Mbps down and 4.0 Mbps up for this setup.
Note that if you watch your live stream on Backstage or the web app, you will use an extra 2.0 Mbps of down bandwidth.
Because of this, and taking into consideration external factors, we recommend you have a minimum of 10.0 Mbps up and down bandwidth.
The following can help you further ensure a successful live stream:
- Use network cables instead of Wifi. These are more stable and allow for higher throughput.
- Make sure nobody else in the office uses high network usage software.
The most frequent ones are:
- Watching other live streams.
- Downloading or uploading large files (> 100 MB).
- Having Dropbox or alternative syncing many files.
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