January 17, 2014

How to set up streams availability monitoring

You must have already tried our free stream availability checker. based on WMSPanel and Nimble Streamer. It makes single check over via all existing checkpoints that are geographically distributed accross the globe.

Now, you want to secure your streming and be notified about any outages whenever they happen. That's what we've made the streams availability monitoring as part of our WMSPanel cloud control service.

Here's how it works for you:

  1. You sign up in WMSPanel.
  2. You set up the email where you want to get alerts to.
  3. You specify what streams need to be checked from which of the checkpoints.
  4. Dispersa monitoring will check each of the streams each 5 minutes.
  5. If any of the checkpoints fail to establish streaming connection, it will send alert.
Take a look at our screencast describing the set up process:

Let's see this step-by-step.

Here's the streams monitoring dashboard.

Streams monitoring dashboard.

You click on "Offline notifications set up" and see this page where you can enter emails and test them. It's also used for server downtime notifications feature.

Email set up.

Then click on "Add stream to monitor" in the dashboard to see the following dialog.

Setting up stream to monitor
Here you enter stream name and select checkpoints which will test your stream for availability. You may also specify a private checkpoint to be used in protected or closed network environments.

In addition you may specify whether Dispersa will notify you on any checkpoint's failure or only when all of them fail to check the stream.

Now save changes. You will see the stream added into the table. Right after that Dispersa starts the check over. 

Checking new added stream

The result will be show in the table. You may click on the status to see the detailed report.

Streams check over details.

That's it. Enter the streams you want to check and subscribe for our services if you'd like to check them after the trial is over.

Each stream has its history of check-overs in streams monitoring history. If you'd like to have same statistics within your monitoring or analytic tools, use Dispersa alerts push API to get notified about streams going offline and online.

If you want to control Dispersa streams dynamically, check Dispersa monitoring API.

Q: My streaming network is protected with WMSPanel hotlinking protection. Can Dispersa work here?

Yes, just set up allow list for Dispersa checkpoints IP range.

We plan improving this feature set going forward so please let us know of any suggestions or questions.

Related documentation

Dispersa stream monitoring, Setting up private checkpointsNimble StreamerWMSPanel: cloud reporting and control panelStreams monitoring history, Dispersa alerts push API

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