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How Audio Streaming Works

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We’ve all been there. You’re out at your favorite restaurant and whether it’s the big game or some breaking news, you want to tune in and hear the experience. This can be difficult with all the noise in a busy establishment. Streaming local audio over wifi directly solves this issue by allowing your patrons to easily connect their personal devices to the source. Patrons have their choice of volume, channel, and can easily catch all the action at their choosing.

How Audio Streaming Works

Streaming is basically taking an audio or video source and broadcasting it out. The content must be sampled then encoded. In the case of streaming local audio over WiFi, the stream is encoded into WiFi packets.

How AudioFetch Streaming Works

The AudioFetch platform is a designed specifically for very fast sampling and encoding of audio to be distributed over WiFi networks.  To this end, there is a dedicated audio processor for each audio source.  The For business owners, this well thought out design results in a a simple “plug-and-play” process!

Plug: First, you connect the audio source to the AudioFetch system you’re using. It could be a television, satellite, cable or IPTV input if using the traditional multiple-channel AudioFetch system, or a microphone if using the portable, single-channel FetchExpress. Note that AudioFetch provides 3 different audio connection issues to ensure your sources connect today and in the future.  Next, you connect the AudioFetch system to the wireless internet router via the Ethernet jack.

And Play: Once connected to both the source and the WiFi, the AudioFetch system automatically broadcasts audio from the source through the local WiFi network.

Users that have downloaded the free AudioFetch app and are connected to the local WiFi simply launch the  App and the audio automatically is streamed on their smartphone or tablet.

How AudioFetch Audio Streaming Over WiFi Works

Learn more about how AudioFetch works.

Local audio streaming is an extremely effective way to reach your patrons quickly, easily and often very personally. They’ll be happy that they can choose what they want to hear and view.  THose that don’t want to hear are grateful for the lack of noise pollution. For more information on how AudioFetch can work for you, contact us today.

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How AudioFetch Stacks Up Against Other Wireless Audio Streaming Systems

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We often get asked by new customers how AudioFetch compares to the other wireless audio streaming systems out there. Our Competitive Comparison chart addresses the key features and benefits in a succinct and easy-to-understand manner. However, many businesses need more details to truly perceive the differentiating factors.

Below are specifics on how our products and services compare to others you may be researching:

Channel Options

When it comes to the number of channels and how they’re managed, you have options. AudioFetch Express is a single input unit to accommodate  a single audio source, or for multiple AudioFetch Express units to combine a few input audio sources to up to six channels on the AudioFetch App., we offer a single channel unit. For larger venues, the standard AudioFetch system can be expanded from 4 inputs all the way up to 64 inputs. Each AudioFetch chassis supports 16 inputs, and up to four AudioFetch boxes may be added to the network.Customers  can add 4-input cards in the field when expanding.

Additionally, you are able to label each channel so that users can quickly find “TV1,” “CNN,” “ESPN” or whatever makes sense for your venue.

Inputs & Outputs: It’s What it’s All About

When it comes to audio inputs, you also have options. Each AudioFetch unit allows for three different connectors–analog, optical and digital coax. This gives you the flexibility to install in whatever way works best for your business. It also eliminates the need for costly optical adaptor boxes. Less money, less equipment, less hassle.

Low, Low Latency

AudioFetch has one of the lowest latencies on the market. We wouldn’t claim lowest latencies, and neither should our competitors. That’s because each installation is different with unique circumstances–venue location, structure, your wifi network, surrounding networks, etc.–that could impact latency levels. Ours is low, and we’re more than happy to prove that at your venue. But don’t trust any company claiming lowest latency and be sure to read the fine print if they “guarantee” it.

Marketing So Simple Even Your Dog Could Do It

Regardless of their role–marketing, sales, admin, executive or owner–anyone at your organization can easily understand and manage the AudioFetch marketing portal for customizing the AudioFetch app. We provide some clear-cut instructions with your product, and that’s truly all you’ll need to get in there and create ads, view usage metrics, and download reports. App users tap your custom graphics and message then choose to be connected to either  a phone number, a website, or to send an e-mail.

AudioFetch Marketing Portal

The marketing for other wireless audio streaming products is so complex and cumbersome, they propose you pay them a monthly service fee just to manage it. That’s not a convenience fee, it’s because you’d never be able to use it on your own! We believe your resources, and your budget, can be used more wisely.

We Develop, Manufacture & Support Our Products

We don’t just sell AudioFetch products, we also continue product development of AudioFetch, develop each unit, manage manufacturing and assembly, and support each installation from our offices in Colorado. We do not private or white label any other companies’ technology or equipment. That means, we’re able to provide informed, effective and efficient support throughout the entire process, from installation to ongoing usage. There are no other companies, or board members to negotiate or appease and our design engineers and App developers are our own..

When you order an AudioFetch product, you work with AudioFetch exclusively. And when you work with AudioFetch, we work for you. Exclusively.

Custom-Designed Hardware

AudioFetch  is a custom-designed hardware platform to ensure the fastest, most efficient audio processing. We incorporate a microprocessor-per-input, so scaling multiple inputs is not an issue.

Other audio streaming systems use an off-the-shelf computer. These computers still need to run their normal operating systems in addition to the large software package required to process audio. These single processor units quickly become burdened, resulting in slower and less efficient audio streaming.

Barely Bigger Than a Tissue Box

Our flagship AudioFetch product is small, flexible and at 10”x6”x3”, it’s barely bigger than a tissue box. AudioFetch Lite is just 10”x3”x2” and FetchExpress, our single input, integrated-WiFi model is even more sleek. It’s about the size of a deck of cards (4.25”x2.5”x1”) and can easily be hooked on a belt or tucked into a pocket for hands-free usage.

Mounting Options

Due to the minimal size and weight of all AudioFetch units, AudioFetch can be installed virtually anywhere. However, for cleanliness and convenience, a lot of our customers like to tuck the unit out of the way. For these instances, we offer a single rack mount rail and all necessary hardware to flush-mount the unit within a standard 19 inch 4U rack space. If a unit requires rack-mounting, you should reconsider. This is a liability, not an asset.

Accessories ARE Included

Each AudioFetch unit comes with all necessary audio, ethernet and power cables at no additional cost. And this should always be the case, no matter what company or product you’re purchasing.

Simple, User-Friendly App

Our smartphone app was designed with simplicity and user experience in mind. We aren’t trying to recreate your website within our app with loads of links, information and distracting content. Our app has four main components–Main Menu, Available Channels, Volume Control and Advertisement space.

AudioFetch App Sections

The  simple interface makes the app intuitive for users of any age or tech-savviness. Once your customers download the app, they just need to open it and it will immediately locate the AudioFetch unit and connect. Your staff won’t have to spend their time explaining what it is, how it’s used or how to connect.

If you do want to provide an experience more akin to your website, you can always integrate AudioFetch into your own custom app through our API. Learn how this could benefit your business, and get instructions.

Monitor Usage & Performance

Through The Doghouse, our easy-to-use management portal, you can view usage metrics and download reports to learn how your customers are using AudioFetch to make improvements, and better understand your return on investment.

You can view reports such as Sessions Per Day, Listening Time, Session Length and Top 5 Channels. Access to these reports is provided at no additional charge.

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AudioFetch Metrics

Choosing the right wireless audio streaming system for your business can be a challenge. The more informed you are about the features and benefits will help you make a smart decision. If you have other questions about how AudioFetch stacks up, contact us today!

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Your Congregation Needs To Hear You This Holiday

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As the holidays approach, lights appear, carols are sung, and places of worship are packed! Religious leaders know to expect a few more sheep around the holiday, and welcome all the new faces.

With the blessing of larger crowds, however, a few challenges do arise. Depending on the venue, background noise from even the most pious of church-goers can make communicating a little difficult. Echoes from tall ceilings or shuffling from kneelers and hymnals often distract from important messages.

As any experienced pastor, priest, rabbi or imam knows, projection is everything. Yet while the worship leaders have the experience to make sure their voice is being heard- what about the volunteer song leader, or community announcement liaison?

And considering that music is such an essential and powerful aspect in many worship services, balancing the audio, and being able to switch back and forth smoothly, without losing the attention of the congregation is so important.

Fortunately, AudioFetch offers a simple, reliable way, to help your congregation hear you this holiday season, regardless of background noise, distractions, or hearing difficulties. By downloading a free app to their smartphone device–Apple or Android–every visitor or long-time member will be able to clearly hear what is being spoken or streamed.

How about nursery workers, or others in the overflow area who would like to hear the message? AudioFetch creates a reliable way to get your worship reflection into nearby rooms or buildings.

With three different types of input options–analog, optical, or digital-coax–you are not only limited to the spoken word.

Make your religious gathering welcoming to all, and be confident that you are engaging all those who chose to attend by contacting us today, before the holiday rush.