How to ping Twitch, Hitbox, and Ustream’s servers

Last Updated: Nov 25, 2015 08:00PM HKT
Hello XSplit Users!

Sometimes, your streaming server’s response time might be slow. To see if this is the case, you can try to ping your server. Pinging your server involves sending a small packet of data to it and waiting for the server to send it back to you.

The time it takes the server to receive and send back the packet is called the ping time and is one measure of how fast or slow your connection to the server is. The shorter the ping time, the faster your server’s response; the longer the ping time, the slower your server’s response. Of course, you want to ensure you stream to the server with the lowest ping time.

How Do I Ping My Servers?

1. Open Command Prompt.

2. In the Command Prompt, type “ping [address of your server]” and press [Enter] and wait for the command to finish. To find out the address of your streaming server, open your Channel Properties in XSplit and match it with the Server Address Lists below. For example, if you selected “EU: London, UK” as your server in your Channel Properties in XSplit, type “ping”

Server Address Lists

A. - Copy the server address (what is between the “rtmp://” and “/app”) from this list 
B. Ustream - Copy the server address from your Ustream Dashboard -> Remote -> RTMP URL
C. Hitbox - Copy the server address (what is between “rtmp://” and “/push”) from the “stream_ingest_list:” in here.

3. If you get a request timed out or if your ping time is more than 150 ms, it could indicate that your server’s response time is slow.

4. If the above happens, to try to speed things up, select a different server from the server address lists (if possible).

Once you get an acceptable ping time, make the change in your Channel Properties and do a test stream to see if it will give you better results.

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