The Reflector service is a great way for Broadcasters to quickly and easily set up a unidirectional STL (Studio to Transmitter Link), without all the tedious business of having to configure IP networks, punch holes in firewalls or negotiate with your network administrator or ISP's tech support department. Reflector can also be used to link studio to studio for raw prerecord transfers and/or syndication, and remote to studio for "in the field" contributions.
Reflector can save you money, as IP connections are cheaper than most other types. And with the Reflector service, you don't need a 'Static IP address' (a way that your ISP has for charging you more money for your internet services). Sure, you pay for the Reflector service...but a lot less.
|Reflector Service Pricing
|Two Barix Devices|
Prices shown here are for monthly service only.
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So how does the Reflector service work?
- You first install a Barix encoder device (Instreamer 100, Exstreamer 500 are popular models for their respective feaures) at your source feed location (primary studio, remote/mobile local, etc.), and install the Barix Reflector firmware on it. This allows you to encode the audio and sends it to the Reflector service.
- You then install a Barix decoder device (Exstreamer 100 series, Exstreamer 200 series, Exstreamer 500, or Exstreamer 1000 are popular for their respective features) at your receiving location (2nd/remote studio, transmitter,etc.), and install the Barix Reflector firmware on it as well. This allows you to pull the audio from the Reflector service.
And finally, you tell the Reflector about your two Barix devices by using a simple, secure web based interface.
- You can refer to the Barix Exstreamer Family and Barix Instreamer Family product pages for technical specifications and features of each model.
Need more detail?
- In the image below, we are using an Exstreamer 500 as an example set-up.
- The sending device is a Barix Exstreamer 500, which encodes the input audio and then sends it to our Reflector server.
- The receiving device is also a Barix Exstreamer 500, which receives and decodes the encoded audio stream and outputs it as analogue/digital audio.
- The Reflector service acts as a relay and coordinates the two devices.
Once you've created an account using the Reflector server's web interface, you can then register your Barix devices as a Project, giving the unique MAC address of each plus a few other details. Once that information has been entered, the Reflector server will then locate your devices, and the audio data flow between them will begin!
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If you've signed up for a Reflector account, but you are having trouble with your projects or devices, you can either download the Reflector User Manual, or you can visit our Reflector Service FAQ's