Testing Google Hangouts On Air And YouTube DOWNTIME Scenarios.
If you've been on the Internet for any time at all, you realize it is not a question of "if" it goes down, but a matter of "when."
You have to plan for downtime, no matter what you are doing – but this is even more important when you are doing live video. Connections can down – and often do – and if you have a number of people watching you live, what can you do.
I did a test of downtime on Google Hangouts On Air (streamed Live to YouTube). You can watch the video here – Google Hangouts On Air Down Time Scenario Testing – but, be warned, it's not that exciting.
Here's what I learned …
Google Hangouts On Air can handle 5 minutes of downtime without missing a beat. I didn't go further because, in my experience, internal redundancies can be brought up in that amount of time. I.e., I know that my connection is dead, I can bring up another one in 5 minutes.
Google Hangouts On Air can handle switching Internet connectivity without missing a beat.
And the big one, Google Hangouts On Air can deal with 5 minutes of downtime followed by a switch in connectivity.
I'm excited with these results and am thrilled that about 99% of my downtime issues can be handled.
I still have a few more things to test – like coming from different machines (i.e., if the admin machine goes down, can you pick that up on another admin machine?) but I'm happy with what I've found so far.
BTW, if you want to see how I did the testing, the video of what I did on my computer is here – Google Hangouts On Air Down Time Test – Behind The Scenes – YouTube Live Downtime – But, like the other one – it is not that exciting.
What are your downtime plans for streaming video. What have you tested? Does this test have any major affect on your streaming efforts? If so, please share them here.