To the team and everyone reading this:
In my previous stake, my stake center webcast using the old system was on a 1.54Mb DSL line, and in my stake we had 8 other meetinghouses with anywhere from 5Mbps to 15 Mb downloads. I successfully did 15-20 webcasts, multiple cameras, text overlays, etc... about 5-10 of those webcasts were multi-stake with upwards of 50 different meetinghouses connecting. The old rules were simple, the UPLOAD speed had to be the LEAST common denominator, the receiving stations were to be on Ethernet, and turn wireless off in meetinghouses so only the upload and download computers were using the bandwidth.
The current stake I'm in had very bad experiences in the past (I guaranteed them they wouldn't have it with me because I follow all the rules for a successful webcast), so I had a very uphill battle when doing the one I did the 2nd half of last year, and with the new system it's even easier to understand what's going on with the detail statistics pages provided. I did have a lot of issues with the internal audio/video of the stake center when I started testing, FM had to come redo all the cabling because the sound was dropping randomly, after the FM group redid my satellite cabinet it was smooth sailing. All the same rules still apply.
I don't buy it, The old system was successful, the new one is successful - It has nothing to do with some kind of hub or switched network. STS and Stakes who go out of their way not to use the systems are being extremely selfish in my opinion, they are 'separating themselves into an ISM' which we particularly don't want to do. Guess what, I'm not broadcasting in HD - nope, neither am I broadcasting in Widescreen, Nope, our broadcast doesn't have the same quality as broadcasting from the conference center. I do have multiple cameras, I have text overlays - I do all the fancy stuff, and I've done it in Rural areas where the providers are crap local cable, crap DSL, crap OTA Wireless microwave.
The new system works like a champ, it meets everyone's needs and even has some fantastic self-diagnostic tools. I also think it's very telling (about our church culture) to know that so many stakes think it's really important to do something different.
If you have enough time to research an 'alternative' method to the church system, you have enough time to research the OUTSTANDING and VALUABLE resources online, through recorded sessions, and through direct communication with the teams at the church.
“A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom.”
― Thomas Paine, Common Sense