I'm considering setting up 2 Toshiba IP Cameras at one of my facilities and creating a web portal to allow end users to see real time what is happening.
I am trying to understand the true cost of the bandwidth needs though.
I understand how to calculate the bandwidth going from the Wowza media server to the end user (download). That is pretty basic.
What I'm having difficulty understanding is how much bandwidth will be used from the camera source to the wowza server (upload).
As arbritrary numbers: lets assume the camera I'm using requires 10 Megabytes of bandwidth per hour.
If I have one camera and 5 people viewing that same camera for an entire hour, is the bandwidth consumption 60 Megabytes (one camera to Wowza @ 10 Megabytes, 5 users downloading from Wowza @ 10 Megabytes), or is it 100 Megabytes (5 users x 10 Megabytes from Camera to Wowza; plus 5 users x 10 Megabytes from Wowza to User)?
I'm quite certain it is the former but want to be sure.
I've edited the post above to calculate in Gigabytes for you.
Yes, it can be configured so that if no viewers are watching the stream then source is no longer active and wont be using your bandwidth until a client tries to view and at this point will get the source stream for you.