YouTube Dominates the Streaming World
YouTube streaming has come a long way. We all remember the first-ever video posted on YouTube in 2005, named Me at the zoo. Now, over 500 million hours of video are watched on YouTube every day. A constantly growing part of that is IRL or 'In Real Life' live streaming, producing new content every minute.
IRL is one of the new niche online where people share their experience online through live streaming. Whether it's a hobby, travel adventures, food experiences, and more. Nothing seems to stop people from reaching their targeted audience.
Streaming requires high-speed internet access. Not just fast, but your internet connection should be stable enough to keep sharing your streams over YouTube.
With this article, we will show you how you can ensure that your streams will run smoothly.
Internet is an Integral Part of Live Streaming
IRL Streaming can be done with just your smartphone. You can use cellular data or your smartphone as a Wi-Fi hotspot for your Go-Pro or video camera. This is true, sometimes, but not in all of them.
You may experience low cellular coverage, especially when you’re at the outskirts of a city, or in an area that’s prone to poor mobile signal, like an underground passage or inside a building. That’s why it’s important to get your Internet from at least 2 different cellular carriers. This way, if one’s network fails, you can use the other.
But there’s one more thing: suppose you have 2 Internet sources with you. What will you do when one of them fails? Stop the YouTube IRL stream, setup the other connection and then resume it? That’s a big no! You need a channel bonding service that can combine BOTH sources into one solid and stable connection. Speedify bonding VPN is the answer to the question of how to IRL stream on YouTube without issues. You can bond connections from 2 smartphones on a Raspberry Pi, for example, and get uninterrupted connectivity!
The Gears We Used in IRL Streaming in YouTube
To get uninterrupted IRL streaming on YouTube Live, we used the following parts:
- Raspberry Pi 4
- Smartphones that you will tether to the Pi via USB
- Portable USB-C battery pack – to power the Raspberry Pi and, if needed, the smartphones you’ll use for connection bonding
- Smartphone or other WiFi-enabled camera to record – Go-Pro, etc.
- Backpack to carry the devices
How To Setup your IRL Streaming Backpack With Speedify
We will turn the Raspberry Pi into a bonding Wi-Fi router. Here’s what you have to do:
- Setup the Raspberry Pi by installing Speedify.
- Ready to IRL stream on YouTube Live? Plug the Raspberry Pi into the battery pack.
- Connect as many smartphones or cellular adapters as you can to the Pi and enable tethering. Make sure you leave the Pi’s internal Wi-Fi card not connected so you can use it as a connection sharing interface.
- Start the Wi-Fi hotspot – turn on Speedify and enable sharing.
To share over a Wi-Fi hotspot, select wlan0 as the sharing interface. Set a custom SSID and password for your hotspot and restart Speedify to apply the changes. If you’re using Speedify on the Pi graphically, you should see the connections show up as connection bubbles on the Speedify dashboard.
- Connect your YouTube Live video streaming device to the Wi-Fi hotspot.
If you’re using a smartphone as your YouTube streaming device, you can also run Speedify on it. This way, you’ll combine the bonded connection from the Raspberry Pi via Wi-Fi with your cellular connection!
Use the YouTube app to customize your live streaming settings. While connected to the hotspot, you should be able to IRL stream in HD on the go, without worrying about weak signal.