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egd
2006-06-21, 06:12
Hi

I've been having trouble connecting to a few radio stations that are all streamed by the same company - this is whether connecting via Squeeze network or via slimserver. In an attempt to resolve the issue I consulted the forums and thereafter got in touch with the streaming company. They have provided alternative URL's, however the problem remains the same - see email exchange below which sets out the problem and the response from the streaming co. I'd really appreciate some assistance resolving this.

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The streaming provider's response
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In response to your streaming query:

I am not entirely certain why you cannot reliably connect to our streams using the Squeezebox. If the device supports Windows Media ASF streams, there should not be any issues - I would suggest that you contact the manufacturer about this.

As far reception or delays of reception of our streams are concerned, this may be a result of your accessing the streams from Australia, a potentially long way away from the stream source... My guess is that perhaps you are sourcing the streams directly from South Africa instead of via the international stream caches in London and New York (that you should automatically be accessing the streams from, depending on the routing of your ISP). An automated election of which cache you source a stream from is based on the routing 'distance' away from the stream source in ZA - it may well be that this election process is erroneously selecting the ZA stream sources for you.

Try the following alternative URLs below to see whether your streaming connection improves:

London cache:
http://netcache1-ldn.is.co.za/196.35.64.36/highveld_22
mms://netcache1-ldn.is.co.za/196.35.64.36/highveld_22
http://netcache1-ldn.is.co.za/196.35.64.36/5fm_22
mms://netcache1-ldn.is.co.za/196.35.64.36/5fm_22
http://netcache1-ldn.is.co.za/196.35.64.36/702_16
mms://netcache1-ldn.is.co.za/196.35.64.36/702_16

New York cache:
http://netcache1-ny.is.co.za/196.35.64.36/highveld_22
mms://netcache1-ny.is.co.za/196.35.64.36/highveld_22
http://netcache1-ny.is.co.za/196.35.64.36/5fm_22
mms://netcache1-ny.is.co.za/196.35.64.36/5fm_22
http://netcache1-ny.is.co.za/196.35.64.36/702_16
mms://netcache1-ny.is.co.za/196.35.64.36/702_16

South Africa direct:

http://196.35.64.36/highveld_22
mms://196.35.64.36/highveld_22
http://196.35.64.36/5fm_22
mms://196.35.64.36/5fm_22
http://196.35.64.36/702_16
mms://196.35.64.36/702_16


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My query to the streaming provider
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Hi

I've been trying to connect to the 702 , Highveld and Radio 5 feeds utilising my Squeezebox ( http://www.slimdevices.com/index.html ) and
find that that this sometimes works, whereas connecting via windows media player establishes a connection every time. I have the same issues with any radio feeds from Antfarm, but never have this issue when accessing other radio feeds eg BBC and NPR. Also if I manage to get a connection and then decide to switch to another Antfarm feed it is pretty much game over and there is no way to reconnect without a significant wait (60 mins plus). Not sure whether this is a deliberate action by Antfarm to discourage non windows media player clients or a bug?

The url's I'm using are as follows:
http://196.35.64.36/702_16 or
http://196.35.64.36/highveld_22

or

http://www.antfarm.co.za/clients/702/702_16.asx
http://www.antfarm.co.za/clients/highveld/highveld_22.asx