The quality of your internet connection is going to determine the quality of your streaming. In almost all cases a simple ADSL (standard broadband) connection is not going to be sufficient.
As a minimum we would recommend 6Mpbs upload, you can easily check this at www.speedtest.net, but for best results we would advise 10+Mbps.
There are a number of challenges with getting internet connectivity into a church. Along with most churches being listed buildings, there are the obvious issues with digging trenches in church yards to run new cables and fixing wires to the outside of the building.
Fibre Internet - FTTC or superfast broadband. Where there is the possibility of running new cables into a church, or using existing cables, this is by far the best option. It's faster, more reliable and generally cheaper to implement than some of the other options. Check with us to see what services are available in your area using our contact form.
4G Mobile Data - Using a 4G router with high powered directional antenna, this is an ideal solution for rural buildings where fibre connections are not present. An unlimited data SIM card is not an expensive option, often comparable with the monthly cost of a normal FTTC connection, and can provide plenty of bandwidth from any of the 4 main mobile networks. We have already used 4G for church streaming with great results.
Point-to-Point WiFi - If there's another building close by with a good internet connection, such as the church hall, rectory, or church offices, there is technology available to effectively "beam" that internet connection to the church using WiFi. The technology is common and in use in a lot of commercial scenarios. A point-to-point WiFi connection not only avoids any issues with digging, it also means you don't need to have a dedicated internet connection if you've already got one elsewhere. Distance doesn't need to be an issue either, we have technology that can transmit a WiFi signal over many kilometres.
It's easy for us to check to see if there's a suitable service in your area. We have access to a wholesale broadband checking facility that lets us see exactly what services are available. We can also use mobile cell mapping utilities to see where the nearest 4G tower is. Simply drop us a message using the "contact us" form on the home page, with your name, address and postcode.
4G internet Connectivity