How to Set Up the Livebox Internet Bonding Device?

Double, triple, quadruple your Internet speed by using the Livebox Internet Bonding device. If you are facing network failover or if you want to maintain the bandwidth robustness while on live, you can gallop your current Internet connections to new speeds by using this bonding device.

To initially set up your Livebox Bonding device,

  • Turn On the Livebox Internet Bonding device.
  • And access the device interface on your PC using the IP 192.168.95.1.
  • On the device interface, pick up the Device ID and Hardware Key and send it to the IVB7 support team through Email.
internet bonding device
  • The IVB7 support team, in turn, will send you the License Key.
  • So, after entering the License Key, you can click Save.
Internet bonding device from Livebox
  • Now you will be taken to the Livebox Bonding device login interface and you can login. (The IVB7 team will provide you the login credentials)
Livebox Internet bonding device
  • Back on your system interface, you have to reboot the server first.
bonding device
  • Then go to “Settings” to configure your Bonding device.
  • To configure the device, enter the Server IP and Server Key provided by the IVB7 team and click “Submit” button.
Internet bonding device for fastest internet
  • Now “Insert SIM cards” with data in the slots given on the device.
  • Then you have to reboot each SIM card.
Bonding SIM reboot
  • Then you can set your SIM cards status.

Note: 

  1. Master- When you set a SIM as Master, it plays the role of the main SIM card.
  2. Backup- When the Master SIM card fails, the Backup SIM becomes
    the Main card.
  3. ON- All the turned ON SIM card data combines to the Master
    SIM card.
  4. OFF- You can Turn OFF the SIM you are no longer using.
  • You can also select the Network for each SIM card. 
Bonding Network

Once you set up the above settings, the bonded Internet of your SIM card data will take into new speeds. 

And you can use your blazingly-fast bonded Internet either through LAN or Hotspot option.

360-degree Video Live Streaming

The Livebox streaming server supports the live streaming of the 360-degree camera and its source. So, to live stream a 360-degree source in Livebox you can’t do in the regular streaming way, as you have to enable a few settings in the player settings.

To Live stream a 360-degree source,

  • Login Livebox.
  • From the Livebox dashboard, go to Channel Settings.
channel settings
  • In Channel Settings, go to the Player Settings.  
player-setting
  • In Player Settings, turn On the Video360 setting.
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  • Then click the “Save” button beneath the player on the right side.
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  • Now make sure that you have connected your 360-degree camera to the encoder.
  • Then stream the video source captured to the channel you have enabled the Video360 setting using the RTMP URL of the same channel.
  • To preview your source go the Dashboard and click on the player and navigate to the other sides captured by your 360-degree camera.
360-degree

Create Livebox TV Channel

How to create a channel in the Livebox TV?

 Before you create a channel on your Livebox TV, you have to create the categories to keep your channels organized. To create your categories,

  • Login to your Livebox TV.
  • Go to “Categories” from the navigation menu.
adding categories on Livebox TV
  • A page with the category specifications opens, under which go to “Add Category” to create your category.
  • In “Add Category”, give your category name and set a thumbnail.
  • Then give “Submit”. And your category is added.

Note:  In the Parent Category option you can set your category as the Root menu or Sub-category within your main category.

add a category

Now to create your channel,

  • Go to “Channels” from the navigation menu.
add channels on Livebox TV
  • In “Channel”, go to “Add Channel” and give your channel name.
  • If you want to distribute your Livebox streams or recordings to your subscribers, then select Livebox as your video type.
  • Then select the Livebox channel from which you want to distribute the content.
  • Once you select your channel, the embed code of your Livebox channel will auto-appear in the Embed code bar.
  • Then give your Livebox TV channel description.
  • Browse and set the thumbnail.
  • And finally, give “Submit” to distribute to your subscribers.
Livebox TV set up

Note:  You can also distribute videos from YouTube, Vimeo, and your other recordings.

To add Youtube videos to your TV channel,

  • Go to the YouTube video that you want to distribute across your TV channel.
  • Right click on the video and click the copy embed code option from the pop-up menu.
Livebox TV set for online broadcasts
  • Now go to “Channels” from the navigation menu.
  • In “Channel”, go to “Add Channel” and give your channel name and category.
  • Select your Video Type as YouTube and paste the embed code.
  • Give your channel description.
  • Set your thumbnail and click “Submit”.
  • The YouTube source is added for distribution across your channel.
private IPTV set up

To add captured source or recordings to your channel,

  • Go to “Channels” from the navigation menu.
  • In “Channel”, go to “Add Channel” and give your channel name and category.
  • After entering your channel name and category name, select “Video Type” as “Others”.
  • In “Embed Code” bar, enter the URL of your source in m3u8 or MP4 format.
  • Then click “Submit”.
IPTV Station

You have successfully created your channel on your Livebox TV as well as distributed your content across your channel.

Multi-bitrate Streaming Using Encoder Software (New Version)

How to Start the Multi-bitrate Streaming Using the Encoder Software?

  • Go to Multi-Bitrate from the navigation menu.
  • In the Multi-Bitrate settings, select your streaming channel first.
  • Now turn on the Multi-Bitrate button.
  • And select any preset of resolutions of your choice by clicking the drop-down menu.
  • Then click the “Save” button.
Multi-bitrate-settings
  • Now give “Service Restart”.
service restart

Now the Multi-bitrate settings have been applied to the Livebox streaming server. You can start proceeding with the Encoder settings.

MBR-changes-applied

Open the Mixer and Playout software. You can either set up your streaming source from your camera device or by using the playout software.  

  • So, after setting up your camera or adding the streaming source using the playout, open the Encoder window.
encoder-mixer-playout-software
  • On the Encoder settings window, click the gear icon to create presets for the resolutions you have selected.

Note:  It is advisable to create presets for the Multi-bitrate streaming beforehand for the resolutions you prefer.  

Encoder software new version
  • Now on the settings, you can create Presets by entering the Audio Bitrate and Video Bitrate for each resolution.
  • So, to get the Video Bitrate and Audio Bitrate values of your resolutions, go to the Livebox Multi-bitrate settings.
preset-settings
  • On the Multi-bitrate settings, click the edit icon.
Edit-Presets
  • A dialog box opens, where you can get the details of the resolution preset you have selected.
Preset-Values
  • And here you can click the drop-down menu to select the specific resolution and to get its values.
Create-a-new-Preset
  • Back on the Encoder settings, you can enter the Video Bitrate and Audio Bitrate of the resolution you have selected.
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  • Also, select the pixel of the resolution for which you are creating a preset.

Note: 

  • 144p- 2560×1440 px
  • 240p- 352×240 px
  • 360p- 480×360 px
  • 720p- 1280×720 px
  • 1080p- 1920×1080 px
encoder software from Livebox
  • Then click the “Save Preset” button.
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  • Now you can give a name for your preset. Likewise, you can do the same for all the other resolutions.
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  • Back on the Multi-bitrate settings, first, copy-paste the channel RTMP URL on the Encoder settings.
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  • Followed by the channel RTMP URL, also enter the URLs of resolution.  
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  • Then select Presets for each resolution. (Presets you have created for each resolution)
Select-a-Preset
  • Now click the “Start button” to initiate the live on your server channel with streaming qualities (resolutions).
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  • Have a look at the server dashboard. And it will display your live streaming source along with the streaming resolutions.
Multi-bitrate-Preview

You can go on by pushing the live stream to all your social media accounts, where your viewers can adjust the video quality according to their bandwidth.

Website Encryption

How to Encrypt a Website Created within the Livebox?

After creating your website from Livebox, if your site shows to be Not Secure, then follow the given below steps to secure your website.

website encryption
  • Go to Websites from the navigation menu and click on Global web settings.
global web settings
  • Global Web Settings page opens, under HTTP Settings select your site by clicking the drop-down menu.
websites on Livebox
  • After selecting your site, click on the Secure this website icon.
mark website as the default website
  • A request is sent to secure your website. It might take you a few seconds.
Website settings
  • Now go to your website in the fresh tab of your browser and you can see your site is secured.
websites created within Livebox
  • Likewise, to renew the SSL certificate of your site, click on the Renew HTTPs SSL certificate for this domain and the certificate will be renewed for your website.
Websites encryption

Livebox Player Customization

To customize the Livebox player,

  • Go to Channel Settings from the navigation menu.
channel-settings
  • In Channel Settings, go to the Player Settings.
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  • Select the streaming channel to which you have to do the player customization.
streaming-channel
  • On the right side of the Player Settings, you can adjust the color of the control bar and the player button.
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  • Then after adjusting the color theme, you can preview your color changes.
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  • And if you want to save the previewed color changes, then click on the “Save”.
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Likewise, you can also change the player Warning Message.

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player-warning
  • After changing the warning messages, you can click the “Save” button.
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  • Then preview the changes you have made in your channel player.
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The next time while previewing your live streams on the Livebox dashboard or even on your websites, you can see the updated color theme and the warning message on the player.

How to Monitor the Converter (UDP) Device from the Livebox Server?

 

Now it’s been made possible from the Livebox server to control and monitor your Instacast Converter device activities remotely.

The Instacast Converter device converts the video streaming sources in HTTP and RTMP protocols to UDP streams for broadcast.

So, to monitor or to control your converter device from the Livebox streaming server,

  • Go to Device Monitor under System from the navigation menu.
Device Monitor
  • Click the drop-down menu near “Select Device” to select the Converter option.
converter device
  • And immediately you’ll be provided with your Converter device details.
  • You can use the controls provided under the “Action” menu.
  • You can also use the gear icon to perform the other specific actions in depth.
  • On clicking the gear icon, you can remotely access the main functions of your converter device.  
choose the converter device action
  • By choosing presets, you can even kick-start your streaming video conversion process right from the Livebox server.
conversion of streaming sources

To know how to convert your streaming video sources, click here.

How to Configure Livebox to Use the GPU for Live Encoding and Transcoding?

While using graphics processor fixed to your server to minimize the CPU load, you have got preset setting involved before converting or transcoding videos through the queue feature. In this article, we will focus on how to change the settings within the queues to use the GPU fixed inside the server. Supported GPUs: NVidia Geforce, Tesla and Quadro models.

Note: This article is only applicable for Livebox servers with in-built NVidia GPUs so make sure that you have a GPU enabled server before you follow the following steps.

  • Go to Queues from the navigation menu.
  • Under Queues, go to “Create Queues”.
  • In Create Queue, click on the “Preset” button located on the right corner.
GPU preset
  • You can click the plus icon to create your own preset. 
GPU preset settings
  • You can set the Video Settings with the required values. You can also click the drop-down menu to select values on video settings.
  • The video Codec setting is usually h264_nvenc
GPU
  • The same way in Audio Settings, the Codec is aac
GPU for live encoding and transcoding
  • If you are not sure about the video and audio settings, you can select the readymade presets for graphics processor (GPU).
  • Even if you want to create a new preset for GPU, you can copy the values from the readymade GPU presets and create a preset with a new name. And by doing so, you can share the GPU load while streaming/converting/transcoding videos through one or more GPU presets.
GPU presets for live encoding and transcoding streaming

So now, let’s see how to set a GPU preset while using the Queue feature,

  • Create a queue and a task by giving priority, delay and the number of attempts.
  • In “Source”, add a source either from YouTube, RTMP server or UDP sources, local files, and playlist.
  • Then go to “Destination”.
  • After selecting your destination, now select a “Preset”.
  • You can select the readymade GPU presets or the one you have created it.
GPU presets
  • After selecting your preset, you can click on the “Add” button.
  • Then go to the “Queues Dashboard” and start the queue.
destination-preset-settings

So, with the Livebox queue feature, multiple GPU presets can be created to share the server workload efficiently.

How to Conduct Multi-Bitrate Streaming Using Livebox?

There are primarily two different ways to do adaptive bitrate streaming. One method is called Transcoding and the other method is using Multi bitrate streaming aka MBR. Transcoding is recommended in most cases since it is hassle-free and the conversion to multiple bitrates happens at the server end on the fly as you stream. Also, it can be turned on with a click of a button for any channel. If your Livebox does not have transcoding enabled, contact the Livebox team to upgrade to a box with transcoding, Also, Check out our other articles about the transcoding to learn more about transcoding.

As for Multi bitrate streaming, it has to be manually streamed in multiple qualities from the encoder, be it a hardware or software encoder. Some encoders support streaming in multiple qualities and some encoders don’t. For some software encoders, you may need to open multiple instances of the encoder on your PC. As for hardware encoders, MBR can be used only if the hardware encoder supports MBR.

In this article, we’re going to see how to achieve MBR using the encoder provided for download along with your Livebox server.

  • Go to Manage Channels from the navigation menu. Under manage channels select Multi-Bitrate.
multi-bitrate streaming
  • On Multi-Bitrate page, select your channel and turn on multi-bitrate.
Select channel
  • Once you turn on Multi-Bitrate, new preset options will appear. You can set the required resolution and click the “Save” button.
set preset in Multi bitrate streaming

Note: You also have options to edit or set your required preset.

  • Once you click save, RTMP URLs for your resolution gets listed below. Make a note of the required RTMP links and click “Save”.
  • With each URL of definite qualities (resolutions), the player will adjust video quality to that of viewers bandwidth.

*The first given URL is the RTMP URL of your channel. The remaining URLs are RTMP URLs with resolutions.

Note: The RTMP URL should be used to initiate the live streaming on your server channel. And the other RTMP URLs of resolutions can be used to deliver the same streaming content in different resolutions. 

  • After clicking save, give Service Restart to get your changes applied. 
service restart
  • Now on your preferred encoders, add a source either from your camera device or any video files.
  • Then copy-paste the RTMP URL and other streaming URLs of resolutions on your encoder stream settings
multi bitrate streaming

(The highlighted part of the streaming URL is the Stream key)

  • To view your live MBR streaming status with the definite video quality, go the Livebox Dashboard and check on the player for your resolutions. 
streaming in different resolutions
  • Then go to Viewers Report to check the RTMP stats of your streaming channel. It shows audio and video bitrate of your channel. 

You have successfully did Multi-bitrate streaming.

How to Enable Low Latency Streaming Option?

Latency means delay, that is, the actual time lag that exists during the transmission of streaming content to the viewer’s screen. The latency range widely experienced commonly is between 30-60 seconds.

Latency occurs due to various reasons, like,

  • Poor encoding efficiency
  • Wide audience spectrum
  • Different geographical locations
  • Local network problems
  • Low bandwidth
  • Traffic load
  • Device/server compatibility

So to achieve immediacy in live streams besides all the above latency reasons, Livebox has come up with a solution for every use case.

“A low latency settings added on Livebox to deliver consistent viewing experience to the end-user.”

  • Go to Streaming Server settings.
streaming server settings
  • Scroll down and turn on Low Latency setting and then click ‘Save’.
low latency settings on Livebox
  • Then go to the ‘Channel Dashboard’ and check the preview player.
  • There will be an option given on the player to switch from the default player to a low latency player. 
low latency streaming on Livebox
  • You can also get the Low Latency Embed Code on clicking the ‘Embed Code’ button.

Note: Each streaming channel on Livebox has unique auto-generated embed codes. And these codes can be used to embed the player on your blogs/websites.

low latency embed code

You have successfully turned on the low latency setting on your Livebox server.