Streaming Media Monitoring Tools
Our unique Streaming Media Monitor software was developed as a key operations
tool for satellite broadcasters and webcasters. The goal was "automated eyes
and ears" monitoring of IP multicast streaming media. The tool provides a
single screen monitoring point for up to 36 multimedia streams, with visual
cues, alarm dialog boxes, bandwidth monitoring, paging, and email alerting
if a problem develops with any of the monitored data, audio, or multimedia
products. Continuous human monitoring of multiple streaming products would
be tedious, if not impossible, and thereby subtle problems may go unnoticed.
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- Monitor any multicast stream such as Windows Media, Real Audio,
Quick Time Video, MPEG Multimedia, Stock Ticker, Internet Radio, and virtually
any other TRUE multicast stream.
- RTP and other point-to-point variants are not supported. These protocols are not true multicast.
- Provide continuous reliable monitoring of high value streams.
- Maintain Multicast Group stream continuity.
- Edge monitoring capability. Remote instances may be duplicated on
a central monitoring location.
- GUI display indicates problems at a glance.
- Detect black, frozen, or static MPEG video.
- Detect keep-alive frames.
- Detect dead-air (audio loss).
- Detect missing streams.
- Detect packet loss or fragment truncation.
- Detect bandwidth changes.
- Alert operators visually as well as by e-mail and pager
- Bandwidth monitoring and alarming
- Alarm condition will send an email alert.
- Alarm condition will dial a pager
- Uncorrected alarm conditions will generate another alarm, email,
and page to be repeated every 15 minutes (configurable).
Mature, cost effective, multicast stream monitoring software in continuously
in use by satellite broadcasters and streaming media content providers since
Troubleshoot IP Multicast Enabled Networks
Test IP multicast configurations on routers and switches. By using bandwidth
monitoring functions at various locations along a route, dropped packets,
dropped fragmented packets, packet errors, etc. can easily be detected and
monitored. Streaming Media Monitor will keep multicast routes open through
routers and switches even when there are no active users. Edge monitoring
may be setup using the remote status reporting capability and may be displayed
on a central NOC location.
Remote monitoring from a central location may be accomplished by placing
Streaming Media Monitors at various strategic locations along the multicast
route. Multicast enabled routing and switching problems are readily detectable
and if properly configured, will generate alarms.
Capability of monitoring up to 36 IP Multicast streams per system assuming
sufficient bandwidth and memory.
Requires Pentium PC with Microsoft Windows operating system, single or
multiple ethernet network cards, access route to SMTP server, dial modem
(if the Dialup-Paging option is used).
USER GUIDE - Streaming Media Monitor
Create Desktop Shortcuts
After completing software installation, the user should create a suitable
number of desktop shortcuts to Streaming Media Monitor. Each shortcut will
start an individually customized instance for monitoring up to six multicast
Preparing the shortcut to identify multiple instances of Streaming Media
By editing the shortcut properties, Target command line option -n [instance
Name], a unique name can identify each individual instance of the Streaming
Media Monitor. In this case, the user identified the second shortcut as 'Group
If you are configuring a 'Remote' instance shortcut, append the command line (prior to the instance name) with -rmt [NIC]:[port] --OR-- -e [port].
Example: ""C:\Program Files\StreamingMediaMonitor\StreamingMediaMonitor.exe"" -rmt 192.168.1.101:7070 -n remote
--OR-- ""C:\Program Files\StreamingMediaMonitor\StreamingMediaMonitor.exe"" -e 7070 -n remote
Configuration Tabs - (File/Properties)
Each instance may be individually configured using the File/Properties
Configure the dotted IP address, port, 5 character label, and nominal
data rate for each stream to be monitored. IP address changes do not take
effect until the Streaming Media Monitor is restarted, however changes to
bandwidth and labels are changed when Apply is clicked.
Alarms may be enabled, configured to Re-Send the alarm every N minutes
if the condition is not corrected, configured time-out before alarm is activated,
and configured for a threshold bandwidth. In the example below, the first
multicast will alarm if the bandwidth drops below 2.5 mbs for 300 seconds
When an alarm condition occurs, an email may be sent to operating personnel,
a text pager, SNMP manager, or group. The Email tab sets the target email
address, SMTP server host name, and the senders name. A test button will
send a sample alarm email if the 'enable' box is checked and applied.
When an alarm condition occurs, an internal or external modem may be used
to send a numeric page. Configure the Modem dialer string, serial port, time-out,
retries, and enable checkbox. A test button may be clicked to verify configuration.
Logging may be enabled. Logs are written to the default drive in the DownLink
Remote Routing Tab
A UDP status packet may be routed to remote monitoring point. The IP address
and port of the remote machine must be configured. The status packet is outbound
only. Changes to this tab require restarting this instance of Streaming Media
If you are sending remote status packets, you must configure the Remote Computer's shortcut command line to accept the packet (see the section ""Create Desktop Shortcuts"" above.) You must also enable the firewalls to pass the UDP status packets.
NIC (Network Interface Card) Tab
If the host has more than one Network Interface adapter, the local IP
address of the desired adapter must be configured.
Adding a Comment to the Log
A comment noting changes to configuration etc. may be logged by using
the Log menu.
Using the Bandwidth Cursor Display
By positioning the cursor over the service ID label, the 3 second and
2 minute bandwidth averages are displayed.
Alarm Display Message Box
A large red message box is displayed if bandwidth drops below the configured
threshold for more than the prescribed time. If Re-Send Alarm is enabled
the message box will pop up again each configured period if the condition
is not corrected.
Indicator LED Colors
The indicator lamp will show RED if the stream is in keep alive mode (about
2% bandwidth), YELLOW if the bandwidth has dropped below 80% of normal (indicates
frozen or static image in streaming video), GREEN if the bandwidth is normal,
and DARK if no bandwidth is present.
About Streaming Media Monitor
Prior to completion of the 30 day trial period, contact support by email
or by telephone at +1-410-573-4700 for a registration key. License fees
must be received prior to key issuance.
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