Connect the Teradek Cube to Wowza Streaming Engine

Teradek Cube hardware encoders provide a wireless solution for generating and publishing live video feeds to Wowza Streaming Engine™ media server software. Integration with Wowza Streaming Engine enables you to automatically configure the Teradek Cube encoder with live application connection settings in order to publish streams to live applications.

Notes:
  • The Teradek Cube is integrated with Wowza Streaming Engine 4.0.4 and later.
     
  • Teradek is a Works With Wowza™ partner.

Video: Connect the Teradek Cube to Wowza Streaming Engine


Authenticating live source connections


By default, Wowza Streaming Engine requires that RTMP-based and RTSP-based encoders provide a source user name and password before they can connect to live applications and publish a live stream. This section describes how to create a source account and manage source authentication for the Teradek Cube encoder in Wowza Streaming Engine Manager.

Creating source accounts

A source account is used to authenticate incoming connections from live sources (encoders or cameras) to live applications in Wowza Streaming Engine. You can create and store multiple source accounts for the Wowza Streaming Engine instance.

  1. In the Server contents panel, click Source Authentication, and then click Add Source.


     
  2. Add Source User Name and Password information, and then click Add. The Source User Name and Password values are case-sensitive and can only contain alphanumeric, period (.), underscore (_), and hyphen (-) characters.

Managing source authentication settings

By default, Wowza Streaming Engine requires that RTMP-based and RTSP-based sources provide a source user name and password for a source account to connect to live applications to help secure the connection. This section describes how to manage the source security settings for the Teradek Cube encoder.

  1. In the live application contents panel, click Source Security, and then click Edit.


     
  2. In the Source Security page, under RTMP Sources, configure security options to manage incoming connections from RTMP-based sources, and then click Save.


     
    • The Require password authentication option is selected by default for each source type. To use this option, you must create a source account on the Source Authentication page in Wowza Streaming Engine Manager to require that sources supply a matching source user name and password for the source account to connect to the live application.
       
    • The Open option enables sources to connect to the live application without providing a source user name and password.
       
    • The Publishing not allowed option blocks all connection attempts from encoders to the live application.

Connecting the Teradek Cube


The Sources (live) page for live applications in Wowza Streaming Engine Manager enables you to configure and deliver connection settings for the application to the Teradek Cube, which can then load the connection settings in order to connect to the application automatically.

  1. In the live application contents panel, click Sources (live).


     
  2. In the Sources (live) page, click Teradek.
     
  3. If necessary, adjust the application connection settings for the live application from their default values.


     
    • The Server IP Address and Port values are the default streaming host port settings (IP address and port) for the virtual host (VHost). By default, Wowza Streaming Engine uses TCP port 1935 for all forms of streaming. To change streaming host port settings for the VHost, go to the Virtual Host Setup page in the manager.
       
    • The Stream Name is the name of the incoming live stream and automatically defaults to myStream. Change this value if desired.
       
    • In Source User Name, select the name of a source account. If the live application requires that incoming RTMP connections be authenticated with a password (the default setting), the Cube settings will use the source name and password for this account to connect. If the live application doesn't require that incoming RTMP connections be authenticated, the selected Source account information isn't used.
  4. Click the Generate button to create a shortened configuration URL that has the connection settings. You can email the shortened configuration URL to remote Cube users.


     
  5. Log in to the Cube web interface and create the encoding parameters for your video on the Encoder Settings page (Video Setup > Encoder Settings) in the Cube Dashboard. Then navigate to the Stream Settings page (Video Setup > Stream Settings) in the Cube Dashboard.
     
  6. On the Primary Stream tab, select Wowza Streaming in the Stream Mode list.
     
  7. Click the Enter Configuration URL button, enter the shortened configuration URL that you generated in step 2 into the Config URL box, and then click the Load Configuration button to load the application connection settings for the live application. Be sure to click the Apply button at the bottom of the Stream Settings page to apply the settings.


     
  8. Wait for the Broadcast Status to display Ready, then either click the Start Broadcast button or press the Stream joystick on the Cube to automatically connect to the live application in Wowza Streaming Engine.

Verifying the connection


To verify that the stream is published, click Incoming Streams for the live application in Wowza Streaming Engine Manager, and then click the stream name.



The information page for the stream displays the uptime, network throughput, and other information about the published stream.

Testing playback


Playback URLs

To test playback, you need the playback URLs for your stream and the playback types, or streaming protocols, you want to test. You can get playback URLs from the Test Playback window in Wowza Streaming Engine Manager or by entering information about the stream on the Video Test Players webpage. For more information about playback URLs, see About playing Wowza Streaming Engine streams.

The Test Playback window generates playback URLs for each protocol based on the page you're on when you click Test Playback. You can also edit the Server (IP address or domain name), Stream or Media File Name, and Application fields to update the playback URLs for all protocols as needed.

Test players

To play your stream, enter the playback URL into your player or a mobile browser, depending on the playback type. To learn more about stream playback, see the Players and Playback articles.

You can also test playback using the Video Test Players webpage. Select the tab for the protocol you want to test and enter the playback URL above the player. Entering the server (IP address or domain name), stream name, application name, and application type (VOD or live) will also generate the playback URLs for each protocol. Click Start to play your stream, and then click Stop when you're ready to end your test.