Volicon recommends that you assign a static IP address to each Observer server. If you are relying on a public network (such as the Internet) for connecting your various server deployments, additional considerations apply.
If you are using the Internet for your connections, place firewalls both between your Observer Encoder servers and their Internet connection, and between your Central/Web server and its Internet connection.
Firewall Configuration for Observer Encoder Servers¶
On the firewall protecting your Observer Encoder servers, you must open:
TCP Ports 4504/5502 for content streaming (to client PCs). Port 4504 allows A/V streaming.
TCP Port 3306 for database updates. Open Database Connectivity (ODBC), a standard programming language middleware API for accessing Database Management Systems, uses TCP port 3306.
Port 8080 for Mobile device streaming
Port TCP 3389 or a VPN connection for support
Ports TCP 80 for the HTTP (Web frontend and client PCs)
Port TCP 25 SMTP for Hmailserver outgoing email alerts
Port 943 and 4504 for Silverlight
Be sure to provide sufficient bandwidth between server and the monitoring facility. Size the bandwidth to provide 1.2-1.5 times the sum of the viewed stream’s bandwidth, with a minimum connection speed of 10 Mbps
See the Observer Site Prep Guide for details.