How can I stream audio from one computer to another over LAN?

Ronen September 4, 2011

I have a studio in which people record audio, mainly talk shows. I start and stop the recording remotely. I need an option to hear the audio in real time, from the recording computer to another computer within the same LAN, without using something like “GoToMyPC” – minimum interference.

  1. Jeffery Fabish
    September 5, 2011 at 6:41 am

    Smokey, Please, be altruistic and provide credits to the original author.

    • Anonymous
      September 5, 2011 at 8:56 pm

      Oh really.. Mr. Fabish..?
      That is what you are doing these days.. as, you have made makeuseof/answers you part time job or rather I should say your Full time job from which you are earning a decent income.. right?

      So, when you hopped onto this question (As you do on every question asked here.. whether it falls under your knowledge base or not), you, searched it on various sites/blogs/searched engines.. prepared your answer for pasting, and when you came back again to post it.. you saw that it was already been posted.. and as a human tendency.. you regretted that you missed another great chance to win those $$$ for answering that question.. and made everyone aware that Smokey is a Plagiarist and have just done copy/paste..

      So, now let me tell you why Smokey did not paste the links (bcoz you were unable to understand that):

      1) To make the answer readily available.. i.e. one would not have to redirect to another page to reach the answers.
      2) To let Ronen ask the doubts (if any) he would encounter directly here itself.. without switching between the pages.
      3) Maybe to add some of his own ideas/experience/problems in experimenting with the same thing.
      4) It even saves one step in which we've to enter the text in captcha when inserting links.
      5) Maybe the link could expire or get removed from its website later sometime. So, MakeUseOf readers can search the question and get a proper answer to it even in the future..

      Atleast, YOU don't teach those lessons out here and comment what is legible or not.. as (The MUO team/moderators are there to comment on such things).

      As far as Plagiarism is concerned.. Plz refer to the last few words:

      "Plagiarism is defined in dictionaries as the "wrongful appropriation," "close imitation,"
      or "purloining and publication" of another author's "language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions," and the representation of them as one's own original work."

      Smokey never stated that he wrote this article, it's just his suggestion about using VLC! Moreover WikiHow's article was published under 'Creative Commons License', which again is NOT a problem!

      And let me even tell you about MakeUseOf answers..

      It's a page where even a layman could get his query solved.. In the simplest way..!
      This section, expects To-the-point answers in an easy layman's language.. which would really sort out the problem.
      Surely, one would not like to navigate to another page to find the related stuff there.. but surely long answers with pictures are an exception.

      I even don't think.. that makeuseof would disagree.. if a solution can be provided in a piece of text been copied from another source (provided the text is not copyrighted) instead of relying on the link itself (as it may get deleted sometime or the other).

      So, Mr. Fabish, Why don't you better Mind Your Own Business..? post your answer and get going, without wondering what others are doing.. most importantly, think twice before adding such comments and be here to help others generously!

      • Mike
        September 5, 2011 at 10:28 pm

        And if you, Sir, read the Creative Commons and related Wikihow page you wouldn't have posted this comment either. you republish wikiHow content in another source, we require that you attribute wikiHow as the source of the information. your other stupid remarks:It doesn't matter whether a question is within once knowledge base or not. Actually, if you work within the IT sector part of your job is doing research especially into areas which are not within your hardened knowledge.I am sure no plagiarism was intended, yet if you decide to do a copy&paste it should be common decency to state the source regardless of the original content licencing.

      • Jeffery Fabish
        September 6, 2011 at 2:11 pm

        How hard is it to link to the URL instead (which is much more readable) or to simply say "from Wikihow"? Surely that isn't too hard. That's all I'm asking, you could have edited your original post and this could have been over.

        However, let's say that he won the make use of answer of the week based on that answer. Wouldn't you say that would effect everyone else as well, since he stole his answer? That's just a practical example.

        I don't know what you meant by "Smokey never stated that he wrote this article, it's just his suggestion about using VLC!" since every single word in his reply was from that page, lol. 

        • Tina
          September 7, 2011 at 7:00 pm

          Thanks for the sound replies Mike and Jeffery.

        • Tina
          September 7, 2011 at 7:00 pm

          Thanks for the sound replies Mike and Jeffery.

  2. Smokey12499
    September 5, 2011 at 6:24 am

    First, you need to download VLC.
    Install it on each computer that you want to be able to watch the streams.3
    Run VLC on the main computer. This is going to be the "master", which will be broadcasting to all the others. The "master" won't show video locally. You'll have to open a new VLC and connect like others if you want to watch on the main computer.4
    Click File, then Wizard (ctrl+W in XP). This opens the streaming/transcoding wizard. Make sure Stream to Network is selected and click Next.5
    For the Input screen, you have two choices. If the file/disc is already in the playlist, then go with Existing Playlist Item and select the appropriate item from the list you want to play. Conversely, you can Select a Stream to choose from a browse box which files/disc to play . After getting the playlist set up, click Next.6
    On the Streaming screen, select RTP Multicast. Below that, fill in the special Multicast address you will be broadcasting to (see Tips). Click Next.7
    Click Next again for the Encapsulation Format.8
    For Additional Streaming Options, enter one for Time-to-Live unless you have multiple routers on your network, which is pretty rare for home networks. You could put 2 or 3 just to be safe, if you suspect that there is more than one.9
    Under Time-to-Live is SAP announce. Check the box and enter a name or phrase that will identify the stream for people in their playlists, like Elm Street Theater, or Casablanca... whatever.10
    Now click Finish to begin the streaming of the files.11
    Open another VLC instance (on another computer or the same computer) and open the Playlist (ctrl+P in XP). Click Manage, Services Discovery, then SAP announcements. An item should appear in your playlist called, strangely enough, Session announcements. The default time for announcements is 5 minutes. After that time you should see the name or phrase for your stream under the Announcements item. Double click on the name and it should start playing.12If you don't want to wait for the SAP, go to File, Open Network Stream. Choose UDP/RTP Multicast and enter the multicast address that the video is being broadcast to/on. Leave the port numbers alone and click Ok to begin the video playing on the remote VLC. Do this for each computer who wants to watch. Enjoy.
    EditTipsThe multicast address is an IP address that falls within a certain range. Addresses from to are automatically recognized as multicast by your router (if it supports multicast at all). The range through are "administratively scoped", that is, not global addresses, so fine for using on your lan. The address I use is . Always works for me :).With this set up, you can have an extensive playlist multicasting and continually looping that anyone on your network can join at any time. You could set up a wireless broadcast channel and stream TV (yes, you can stream from a TV tuner card with VLC!), movies, - anything - to as many people as your network can handle. It intelligently 'casts to only requesting clients, so your computer isn't getting information after you stop watching, which potentially reduces network load.To change the default time for announcements, go to Settings, Preferences, Stream Output, SAP. Make sure "Control SAP Flow" is unchecked and then lower the interval to whatever you need.

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