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In addition to the ShoutCast Server software, you’ll also need the ShoutCast Plug-in.
The plug-in determines the stream attributes (bit-rate, stereo/mono, directory service, etc.) and is the output to the ShoutCast Server software.
You can run the WinAmp player, ShoutCast plug-in and ShoutCast server all on the same PC. I’m using ZaraRadio as my player software with the ShoutCast plug-in and server software.
I run my stream at 56K. Typically there’s only one or two listeners at at time so bandwidth hasn’t been an issue.
The trickiest part was the problem of having a dynamic IP address. You really need a static IP address otherwise you have to update your stream links everytime the address changes which I did for quite some time.
To get around that, a free service called DYNDNS allows you to have a “redirect” address that is linked to your IP address. Whenever your IP address changes, a monitor program on your PC updates the DYNDNS service. So far, it works great! My stream link is always http://mram.gotdns.com:8090/listen.pls even though my IP address may change.
I also stream NOAA Weather broadcasts from Akron, Ohio at 20Kbit as voice only streams don’t require as much bandwidth. This stream runs on an old Windows 98, 486 PC. The DYNDNS stream link is http://mram.gotdns.com:8000/listen.pls and it gets lots of hits.