Our system-checker can determine whether you
have the software and hardware installed on your computer
to watch and listen to video and audio. If you have Windows
Media Player installed, you will be given the option to run
a firewall check, to ensure your network will allow you to
stream. Where a problem is encountered you will be given the
option to install the player, or follow a link to find out
why you cannot hear the audio test-file.
Players. In order to listen
to/view streaming media, firstly you require a 'player' installed
on your computer. Most computers have Windows
Media Player already installed.
When you are given links to streaming media, you will be told
which of the above formats the stream is sent in. You will
therefore need to know which, if any, players are installed
on your computer. You will then be able to decide which format
stream to choose, or whether you need to download one of the
free players that are available for each format.
Hardware. To listen to audio, you need to have a sound
card installed in your PC. Most PCs will have a basic sound
card installed, which should be sufficient, provided you have
either speakers, or a set of headphones attached in order
to hear the audio. Similarly, for video your PC requires a
video card installed. Most PCs will have a functional video
card already installed.
Firewalls. Once you know you have the software installed
on your computer to view a stream, you need to ensure that
you are not protected behind a firewall. If you are part of
a Corporate Network, it is quite possible that you may need
to make some adjustments to you settings in order to allow
a stream through to your PC.
In certain cases, you may have to contact your Network Administrator
so that they can configure the network to allow you to view