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Technical specifications

We designed Samba Live with the user in mind, aiming for simplicity and ease-of-use from the outset. Seamless connection to the service is critical so we set three key aims: no need to download or install software, accessible from anywhere, 24/7 availability.

Client system requirements

Windows

For participants:

2.0GHz CPU with dual-core processor minimum (Recommended: Quad-core i5 processor or better)

4GB of RAM minimum (Recommended: 8GB or more)

Mac

For participants:

Mac computer with an Intel processor (Recommended: Dual core 2.0GHz or faster)

4GB of RAM minimum (Recommended: 8GB or more)

Linux

For participants:

2.4GHz or faster x86-compatible processor or Intel® Atom™ 1.6GHz or faster processor for netbooks

4GB of RAM minimum (Recommended: 8GB or more)

Windows

Microsoft® Windows 10®
Chrome v50 or higher (recommended for best performance), Firefox 49.x or higher

Microsoft® Windows 8.x®
Chrome v50 or higher (recommended for best performance), Firefox 49.x or higher

Microsoft® Windows 7® SP1
Chrome v50 or higher (recommended for best performance), Firefox 49.x or higher

Mac
Mac OS X v10.8 or higher
Chrome v50 or higher (recommended for best performance), Firefox 49.x or higher
Linux

Red hat® enterprise linux (RHEL) 5 
Chrome v50 or higher (recommended for best performance), Firefox 49.x or higher

Novell SUSE® 9.x or higher
Chrome v50 or higher (recommended for best performance), Firefox 49.x or higher

Ubuntu 10 or later
Firefox 49.x or higher, Chrome v50 or higher (recommended for best performance), Firefox 49.x or higher

Solaris
Solaris 10
Chrome v50 or higher (recommended for best performance), Firefox 49.x or higher

We highly recommend making sure your browser is always keep up to date.

Mobile support coming soon
Audio

Minimum 50 kbps upload/download
(100 kbps recommended)

Video
Minimum 100kbps upload/download 
(200 kbps recommended)
Video (HQ and resolution)

Minimum 500 kbps upload/download 
(1 mbps recommended)

Screen sharing
Minimum 800 kbps upload/download
(1.5 mbps recommended)

While Samba Live is designed to use bandwidth efficiently, and even though it does try to degrade gracefully, it is still a broadband platform. For best possible and most reliable experience do not use WiFi equipment and use a high-grade, dedicated, low-latency broadband internet access. Use our System Check application to test your connection prior to attending a conference. Please consider packet loss, latency in round trips and jitter value of connections used.

If you are using the Samba Live cloud service (on https://samba.live), you may check your ports and our server IP addresses on our System Check Tool. If you are a server client, please refer to your own system check tool (installed with your Samba Live) or contact support.

WEB SERVER
  • https traffic on port 443.
SIGNALLING SERVER
  • https traffic on port 443 (recently changed from port 80).
MEDIA SERVER API
  • https traffic on port 443.
MEDIA SERVER

The following port options are available to you, in order of decreasing performance.

1. Allow RTP Traffic UDP:1024-65535
This will give the best performance, as it provides a direct connection path to our media servers. 

2. Allow RTP Traffic UDP:80 or UDP:443 (incoming/outgoing)
This will allow UDP connections to our media servers via a TURN server on port 80. UDP is the preferred transfer protocol for real-time communications. However, the single port could cause performance problems if there is a lot of traffic between our networks. 

3. Allow RTP Traffic TCP:80 or TCP:443 (incoming/outgoing)
This will allow TCP connections to our media servers via a TURN server on port 80. TCP could cause issues, especially when there is a lot of traffic or poor connectivity. Additionally, the single port could cause performance problems if there is a lot of traffic between our networks. 

NOTE: For security reasons, we do not allow direct TCP connections to our media server.

What happens if you only open a few ports to the Media Server?
We require four ports per user for UDP streaming. Ports cannot be shared by users, and ports are assigned in a random fashion from any available server port in the range of 1024-65k. If the ports the service attempts to connect to are not available on the client then the system will fall back to relaying via TCP over the signalling server. So, if you happen to be extremely lucky, and all four ports you are assigned happen to fall into the IP range you opened then you will connect via UDP. This is not recommended.

Server system requirements

Please note: On-premise deployments are not supported until further notice. We are fully committed to serving an optimized and secure Samba Live cloud infrastructure, to customers of all sizes.

Hardware

CPU: 4 cores

RAM: 4GB

At least 60GB disk allocation

Operating system

Linux Ubuntu 16

Software

Details available on request

NOTE: Two media servers are required. These specifications can vary depending on client use case. Please contact us for more information.

Hardware

Minimum:
Intel Xeon E3-1230
4 GB of RAM
300MB of available disk space for installation, 10GB+ recommended for Content Storage
CD-ROM Drive (optional)
100 Mbps Network Adapter
RAID Drive (optional)

Recommended for up to 2000 concurrent users:
Intel Xeon E3-1231v3 or better
32 GB of RAM or more
2x4 TB SATA in hardware RAID 1 or better
500 Mbps outbound
100 Mbps inbound

Operating system

Linux recommended

Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® Server 6.6 64 bit

Linux CentOS 6.6 64 bit

Microsoft® Windows Server® 2012 R2 64bit

Microsoft® Windows Server® 2008 R2 64bit

Software

Apache 2 with mod_rewrite, or nginx 1.10 or newer

PHP 5.6 (NTS)

Zend Guard Loader

MySQL 5, or MariaDB 10.1 or newer

ProFTP or similar

Hardware

CPU: 2 cores

RAM: 4GB

At least 80GB disk allocation

Operating system
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional

Software

Microsoft Office 2016

Adobe PDF Reader 10.x or later

Samba Live Media Converter 5.x
(OMC5 and iOMC)

Microsoft .NET Framework version 4.5.2

NOTE: Two converter servers are required. These specifications can vary depending on client use case. Please contact us for more information.

Hardware

Intel Xeon E5 3.5GHz or better

64 GB RAM

1 TB Disk

Operating system
Cent OS 6, 64-bit

Software

FreeSWITCH — version 1.4.15

CDR stats (optional)

PhoneSync server should be in same LAN as Media Server for optimal performance.

Hardware

CPU: 4 cores

RAM: 4GB

At least 60GB disk allocation

Operating system
Linux Ubuntu 16

Software

Details available on request

These specifications can vary depending on client use case. Please contact us for more information.

Hardware

CPU: 4 cores

RAM: 4GB

At least 60GB disk allocation

Operating system
Linux Ubuntu 16

Software
Details available on request

NOTE : Multiple recording servers are required dependent on number of concurrent recordings are running. We strongly recommend cloud EC2 instances which can be started when required. These specifications can vary depending on client use case. Please contact us for more information.

Hardware

2x Intel Deca-Core Xeon E5-2650v4

128 GB RAM

12x4TB SATA

RAID 10

1 Gbps link

Software
VMWare vSphere ESXi 6.5

These are sample hypervisor specs. Specifications could vary depending on client use case. Please contact us for more information.

Supported input devices

Windows

Any camera or video card compatible with the Windows Driver Model (WDM)

USB and FireWire supported

Samba Live has been tested and works well with most Logitech Web Cameras. Logitech C920 and later models recommended

Mac

Any camera or video card compatible with the QuickTime driver model

USB and FireWire supported

Linux
USB and FireWire supported
Windows

Any microphone or sound card compatible with the Windows Driver Model (WDM)

USB and FireWire supported

Headsets or echo-cancelling microphones are strongly recommended

Mac

Any microhphone or sound card compatible with the QuickTime driver model

USB and FireWire supported

Headsets or echo-cancelling microphones are strongly recommended

Linux

USB and FireWire supported

Headsets or echo-cancelling microphones are strongly recommended

Supported file types

Image

PNG

GIF

JPG

Video

MP4

M4A

MP4V 

Audio
MP3
External sources

YouTube ®

 

Files supported by Samba Live converter will be automatically prepared for online presentation by the Samba Live conversion software. All ASP customers enjoy this service. Due to the great diversity in video codecs and Digital Rights Management (DRM), some video files may fail to convert even though they carry a file extension listed above. Contact us if you want to present a file that is not listed above, or use the inbuilt screen sharing feature to instantly broadcast your desktop.

Image

 

Video

 

Audio
 
MS Office, text and PDF

PPT, PPTX

DOC, DOCX

XLS, XLSX

TXT, RTF

PDF