You want to setup your own Live Scanner Feed.... GREAT!!
.... I wrote this section in order to help you do just
start with the "disclaimers":
I do not guarantee that the instructions here will
work for you, they are a guideline to help you.
If they do not work or you have problems I will
try to help those who have donated to ScanOhio.com.
hooking up a feed does not give you the legal right
to "rebroadcast" that feed. I HIGHLY recommend
that you receive written permission from the agency
BEFORE you put your feed live on the internet.
you use this information to get a Live Feed running......
PLEASE let us know so that we can add a link to
That is enough of that.... Ready??? Here we go!!!
- You MUST have a permanent broadband
connection to the internet:
connections are bad!
& DSL Modems are great!
and/or T3 Connections are best!
"Static IP" from your Internet Service
Provider is recommended... But NOT required. We
will discuss this more later!
- You need an audio source:
old scanner - With an external speaker jack
single channel receiver - With an external speaker
that will pick up the frequency that you want to
use as the feed! - With an external speaker jack
- A PC with a sound card
- Cables to connect your audio source to your PC sound
- Your audio source will most likely have a 1/8"
mono output but your PC's sound card's line-in will
be a 1/8" stereo, you will need an adapter
- Here are my recommendations:
Shack 1/8" Stereo Phone Plug Adapter -
Part #274-368 ~ $2.00
Shack 1/8" Plug 6' Shielded Audio Cable
- Part #42-2387 ~ $4.50
you have your audio source within 6 feet of your
PC this should work for you.... If you have something
else your on your own.
- Software to "encode" the audio - We will
discuss this more later to help you choose the software
package that is best for you!
first thing you must do at this point is to get the
audio source connected to the PC sound card and get
an audio signal to your PC speakers.
the adapter into the EXT SPEAKER jack of the audio
the 6 foot cable to the adapter.
the other end of the 6 foot cable into the LINE
IN on your PC's sound card.
your audio source on and set the volume between
1/4 and 1/2
- DO NOT plug into your MIC (microphone) jack!
the sound to come out your PC speakers!
will either need to tune to a constant audio
source, like your local National Weather Service
station or turn the squelch all the way down
on your audio source.
goal here is to have a CONSTANT audio source
so we can see if everything is working.
might be a tricky part if you are not getting
the sound out now... You will have to go into
the audio properties in your computer and work
with the settings until the sound from your
audio source comes out your PC speakers. - This
is VERY important... Don't even try to go on
until you have accomplished this!
already have my internet access setup?". Well,
I hope so.. Otherwise this isn't going to work! - What
I mean is we need to set things up so that other people
on the internet can connect to your Live Feed!
you have a static IP address from your Internet Service
Provider you can skip this section... Assuming that
you know what it is!
addition, if you wish to use Shoutcast for your feed
you can skip this section too.
you do not have a static IP address... or don't know
if you do or not and you are not going to use Shoutcast...
will need to setup an account with a dynamic IP
service provider... Don't worry, there are several
free ones! The goal here is to have a name like
MYFEED.HOMEIP.NET so that people out on the internet
can get to your Live Feed! - I'm not going to go
into the details of how this works... there are
several sites on the internet that can explain this.
recommendation is a service called DynDNS - You
can go to www.dyndns.org for more information.
addition, if you are using a router and/or firewall
you will have to "NAT" the correct IP Port
to your internal server IP address. This is so that
your router/firewall knows what computer to point
the requests to! You will need to check the documentation
in the software you choose to find out what IP prot(s)
need to be routed. You will also have to check the
documentation of your router/firewall on how to set
up the "NAT" for this port(s).
we are almost done! Now we just have to get the software
to "encode" your audio feed so that it can
be broadcast on the internet. There are several to choose
from and each has advantages and disadvantages. The
setup for each one is different so just follow the instructions.
Here are a few suggestions:
Media Encoder 9
Media Encoder 9 is free and the easiest to setup. You
can download the software here.
The instructions are pretty straight forward.
/ WinAmp is also free but requires 3 pieces of software
(WinAmp, The ShoutCast Plug-In & The ShoutCast server).
The biggest advantage of this feature is that you do
not need a static IP address for people to find your
feed. The software connects to the ShoutCast web site
and "uploads" your information as well as
automatically adding you to the ShoutCast directory.
WinAmp is available for download here.
The ShoutCast Plug-in is
here. The ShoutCast server is here.
Step-by-Step instructions are available here.
** Note: This is the option that ScanOhio.com uses for
the Youngstown Fire Live! feed. ShoutCast / WinAmp also
gives you the ability to have a "Welcome"
announcement for your users!
Encoder is NOT free and I have never tried to setup
a Real Audio server because of the cost. If you wish
to pursue this option click here
to go to the Real Networks page.
That's it... Once you have completed these steps your
feed should be live on the internet!!!! There is only
one step left
FINAL STEP: EMail us and let us know about your feed!!!!