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Re: Barix as backup STL
To: CRTech <crtech@crtech.org>
Subject: Re: Barix as backup STL
From: Kevin Trueblood <kevin@neptuneradio.net>
Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2017 12:22:56 -0400
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Good to know!  We actually have them both hooked up to an iBootBar, which does the same thing.  I just don't have the process automated yet.


On Thu, Mar 30, 2017 at 11:39 AM, Alex McKenzie <alex@kprd.org> wrote:

An IP Power Switch 7 from DLI can be set to ping any address local or external at defined intervals and reboot the selected device per IP address.  BIG help when running 4G modems that have a tendency to time out or just flake out under the load of a 24/7 stream.

I set it up to ping three addresses, Google, Local Router/4G Host, and the Barix itself.  If the Google or the Router don't respond, it reboots the router, if the Barix doesn't respond, it reboots the Barix.  That solves a lot of headaches when working on the cheap end of the STL spectrum!

It won't however solve just how poorly Barix performs on unstable internet, or how annoying it is to your listeners to drop and buffer audio pretty regularly!



Alex McKenzie
Chief Engineer
The Praise Network

On Thu, Mar 30, 2017 at 9:58 AM, Kevin Trueblood <kevin@neptuneradio.net> wrote:
I had 3 Barix 500's sitting on a shelf that are serving very nicely as a backup STL for my two FMs.  They are connected through 4G modems and work just fine for this application.  The main problems I run into are the modem hangs up and no longer pemits the stream.  So I have an output closure hooked up the remote control and lets me know if it gets disconnected for whatever reason.


On Thu, Mar 30, 2017 at 10:20 AM, Jim McDermott <jim@spiritfm.org> wrote:
I actually use Barix for STL's and I just set them to pick up my regular station AAC+ stream. At 48k, they sound acceptable to broadcast and I don't have to push a signal to them. If I had the money, I'd use Tielines everywhere, but $350 for one extremer versus $3000 for a pair of Bridge-IT's makes the Barix boxes a good choice. We have silence sensors on them that reboot them if they go offline for more than 90 secs.

Jim McDermott
President, Lake Area Educ Broadcasting
Spirit FM Radio & The Pulse Channel

Lake of the Ozarks, MO
www.spiritfm.org -- www.pulsechannel.org

On 3/30/2017 9:00 AM, Chris Wygal wrote:
What Bill said. Exactly.

We're in the middle of looking at a backup IP path, and considering codec options. We have a stack of Barix boxes lying around from old projects, but I'm still hesitant to use them...

On Wed, Mar 29, 2017 at 11:46 AM, Bill Hurne <billhurne@pilgrimradio.com> wrote:

The Barix work, but we found the extra expense of the Comrex BRIC-Link gives better performance than the low cost Barix.   The BRIC-Links have better buffering and pass audio more cleanly during times of poor internet connection or congestion.   The Barix audio has more tendency to break up during poor connections.





From: Dave Land [mailto:dave@klvv.com]
Sent: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 6:52 AM
To: CRTech
Subject: Re: [CRTech] Barix as backup STL


Also take a look at Comrex BRIC-Link. We have found them to be very good. NO problems for years (so far).


Chief Engineer

The Love Station, inc


On Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 11:20 AM, BIll Moede <bmoedereplay@gmail.com> wrote:

I'm looking to put together a backup STL system for use over an IP / Internet connection.  For those of you with experience with Barix, are these the two pieces I would need;   Barix Instreamer and a Barix Exstremer 100.




Chris Wygal
Audio Concepts <------side gig
Audio Production,Mixing & Mastering

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