How to Setup a Private Scanner Feed in Under 30 Minutes

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Call for a pizza and let the race begin

Can you setup a private live scanner feed in less time than it takes to have a pizza delivered?


Do you want to set up your own scanner live feed?

How can you get started?

In this episode, I will walk you through how to set up a live feed of your scanner radio to be hosted on your home computer, from what hardware you need to specific software settings that need to be changed.

 

What You Need To Know

  • There is nothing wrong with streaming through Broadcastify, but you might want to set up your own feed on your own servers for a variety of reasons.
  • This quick setup is for Windows/PCs but can also work on Linux and Mac computers.
  • You only need 16-32kbps on your internet connection for a single live feed.
  • Your computer must always be on
  • I recommend a a wired connection instead of wifi.
  • You will need an off-the-shelf scanner.
  • You need a mono-to-mono cable to connect your computer to the scanner.
  • In case your computer doesn’t have a sound card, you can get a USB sound card; you can also use these to stack sound cards and stream more than one channel.
  • You need to know both your internal and external IP addresses.
  • I recommend a battery backup for his setup in case the power glitches – but this is completely optional 
  • To find your scanner’s IP address, go to the scanner’s menu, then Options, then IP settings.
  • Configure your audio setting to Mono, a sample rate of 16,000 & an mp3 bit rate of 16.
  • Click the webserver button to enter the server port; ProScan defaults to port 5000.
  • Once you have the webserver running, on your computer, type http://localhost:5000 or http://127.0.0.1:5000 to take you to the webpage hosted on your computer by ProScan.
  • To hear the live feed on another device, type http://, your IP address, :5000.
  • To set your levels, find an amateur radio frequency or something else to test with and increase the input volume level on your computer slightly, then adjust using the scanner volume.
  • Next, you need to tell your router that port 5000 belongs to this computer, and to never reassign this local IP address to any other piece of equipment in our network by going to www.portforward.com and following the instructions.

Visit www.canyouseeme.org and check your port on your IP address.

Links and Sources from this session:

East Coast Pagers

Be a guest on the Scanner School Podcast

Butel Software

National Communications Magazine

Scanner School Club

Ask Scanner School

Scanner School Facebook Group

Scanner School on Youtube

Scanner School Instagram

Scanner School Support

USB Sound Card

Proscan

www.portforward.com 

www.canyouseeme.org

Bonus Material:

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Download our new e-guide, “5 Thinks You Need to Know Before Buying Your First Scanner”.   This free PDF is about 30 pages long and has 5 things you should look for, plus a few extra bonus items to make sure you make an educated purchase.

 

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