What Do I Need to Do Before Going Live?
This is a checklist we have put together to make sure you have the best experience possible for your first webinars. We split this post into three section:
Check out our quick video which will guide you through the best practices to consider when holding your webinar, along with what to check and do before going live!
Before you start
Before you start broadcasting make sure you have checked the basics:
- Use Chrome (always the latest version if possible)
- Clean your cookies
- Make sure you do not have the same (or another) webinar room opened somewhere else
- Make sure there's no multiple login through your host account
Check your hardware
Make sure your microphone and webcam are working properly:
- Does Chrome detect the mic/webcam?
- Is the hardware access authorized?
To make sure your hardware is properly plugged in and working, you can use our hardware check module. Double check if people can hear you:
If you'd like to switch devices at any point while on stage (for example use an external USB microphone or webcam), you can click on the little gear icon in the middle of the Dock. This will open your audio / video settings:
Now you can check if everything is working by asking your contributors to join the room ( don't start the webinar, they can join even if it has not started). If they can hear/see you then you're good to go. You can also try by using our meeting software, Livestorm Meet, that works in the browser, just like our webinar software.
Check your bandwidth
We can only make the best effort as we rely on your connection and your attendees' connection to have a good webinar experience. You can run an automated test here and send us the results for interpretation.
Here's what you can do to maximize your chances:
Make sure no firewall will stop you from broadcasting
Ask your system administrator the following:
- Is the port 443 open to download a video stream?
- Can we send and receive websockets?
- Is it possible to open UDP port 3478?
- For the best possible experience, is it possible to open UDP ports 1025 to 65535?
Make sure your bandwidth is healthy
- Can you download and upload 10mb/s?
- Is the connection stable (do you experience ups and downs in terms of quality? Is the connection breaking?)
- It's better to use an Ethernet connection instead of WiFi if there are too many people sharing the same network
Check your setup
There are a few things you can do to make sure you will host a good, professional webinar:
- Use earphones (iPhone ear-pods are great) to avoid the echo in the room
- If anyone is listening to the webinar in the same room, make sure they're using earphones as well otherwise the sound will loop back in your microphone and create a Larsen effect.
- Kill ALL the useless apps that might eat your CPU (computer power) and bandwidth. Google Drive or Dropbox syncs are typical in this case.
- Going to share your screen? Or a presentation? Check out our related articles here and here. When it comes to screen sharing, having a 2nd screen is the best setup. You can have the webinar room in one screen and something else on the other one: a presentation, a chat with your team, etc.
Having an issue with the connection? Try the following procedure:
- Use a different browser:
- As a host, make sure you are using the latest version of Chrome
- As an attendee, make sure they're using one of these browsers.
- Try using incognito mode
- If it worked, you have a cookie problem or a conflict with an extension. Clean the cookies, remove blocking extensions, logout from Livestorm and log back in.
- Try switching networks
- If it worked you probably have a network issue with a specific network, please refer to the bandwidth section of this page.
- Try using a 4G/LTE network
- If it worked you probably have a global network issue please refer to the bandwidth section of this page.