9-Jul-2011 (Sat)
Wherein the network improves, and Justin.tv disappoints.

John and I spent a bunch of hours over the last few days improving the club's connectivity. It turns out that our wifi network is good enough now that a room full of people with iPhones were able to completely swamp our T1, and because we were never able to get traffic shaping to work properly under OpenBSD PF, that was killing the webcasts. So, we got a DSL line in addition to the T1 and shunted all of the wifi traffic off to that. Now phones can get 5mbps down, 1.7mbps up, which is pretty sweet.

Maybe we can ditch the T1 entirely and just use DSL for everything, but the last time I tried that (eleven years ago!) DSL was incapable of keeping up with a 24/7 video stream. Perhaps things are better now?

While testing our network changes, I was aghast to discover that the Justin.TV iPhone app, which used to be free, is now ten bucks! You must be kidding.

I guess it's time to find a different free video host. I know there are a bunch of them out there; which is your favorite? What I would like is: portable, embeddable Flash-based player; ability to watch the video for free on iPhone/Android; and the ability to feed it video from Flash Media Live Encoder 3.2 rather than from some Flash app running in a browser window (because without that, it can't be made to run unattended.)

Our espresso machine still doesn't work. To no one's great surprise, when the repair guy says, "Should be Friday, or Monday at the latest", what he really means is, "Or, you know, two weeks longer than that, maybe three." Apparently in a city where literally thousands of these machines are in daily use, he has to order springs and gauges from halfway across the country.

"Don't tell me when it should be done, tell me when it will be done" is something we say a lot around here.

6 Responses:

  1. AliusRatio says:

    Comcast?
    22/5 mbps is about $100 or 50/10 for $190

  2. Luke Lathrop says:

    Livestream works for me....and last time I checked their mobile site it worked well their too. no separate app on android

  3. Erik Johnson says:

    Heard ustream.tv works well. And its iphone app is free.

  4. Adam Perry says:

    I've got QoS working quite reasonably at a number of spots with a cheap router running Tomato-USB. After much pain (including pf on *bsd), spread over many years, I find that this is the only QoS solution that is both easy to set up, and actually works. (The "actually works" part is heavily influenced by the "easy to set up" part. Tomato also has the "ooh, pretty graphs" part down rather well, which is also a huge help in making it actually work.)

    Forget your room full of twittering iPhones: I can chomp down torrents with thousands of peers (swamping my 1.5mbps upstream and most of the 12mbps down) with a couple of Netflix "HD" streams (killing anything that's left), while the wife plays WoW on raid night. Everything works fine: The torrents (ala your iPhones) slow down automagically, Netflix stays relatively pretty, WoW has low latency, and general use (ssh/web/youtube/whatever) feels just as fast as it would on an unladen connection.

    (And, believe me: If there were anything wrong with the network on raid night, it would either be fixed immediately or I'd be sleeping outside in the car and asking permission to come inside to use the bathroom.)

    The router just sits in the wiring closet, quietly prioritizing packets. It doesn't ever need fucked with. And when I fuck with it anyway, it continues to actually work.

    I would not hesitate to use something like this to keep things sane in your environment. In fact, if I were local, I'd even drop off a mostly-configured box for you to play with.

    As to whether or not to drop the T1: Meh. T1s are supposed to be more reliable, but often aren't. They are always expensive, and they are always fairly slow. The SLA (if you've got one) doesn't help it actually work, either -- it just defines who it is that is at fault when it is not working.

    You'll achieve better reliability at far lower cost than a T1 by using DSL and another form of consumerish broadband (wireless? cable?) as a backup for times when one circuit or another is hosed.

  5. Bob R Kenyon says:

    Check out sonic.net Fusion.

    http://www.sonic.net/