Using VLC to Output Multicast Paging

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  1. almityone

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    I have a current paging setup that accepts an RCA in and wanted to use the sound card as the paging output device for the overhead speakers.
    I tried using the 3cx softphone as a paging device but occasionally it would have issues and give a busy signal.
    I discovered that VLC can accept the multicast paging output as an rtp stream.

    To do this:
    For Example: Setup a multicast page on IP 224.0.1.75 port 50001 (or the settings you prefer)
    Then you can start VLC using the following.
    "C:\Program Files (x86)\VideoLAN\VLC\vlc.exe" rtp://224.0.1.75:50001
    OR
    From VLC menu
    Media, Streaming, Network, enter URL rtp://224.0.1.75:50001, Then Select play at bottom

    Hopefully this helps somebody out.
    Matt
     
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    I have further refined this if anyone finds this useful. I am using grandstream phones that do not support multicast and have been having issues with paging.

    Using VLC: you can setup a hidden vlc at startup on your users computer and bypass paging the phones all together.
    Setup multicast at different addresses to acheive different groups and start a vlc (or multiple) on each computer to achieve different multicast paging groups.

    multicast paging: 901 sales team
    start /min "VLCStreamer" "C:\Program Files (x86)\VideoLAN\VLC\vlc.exe" -vvv -Ihttp rtp://224.0.1.75:50001

    multicast paging: 902 everybody
    start /min "VLCStreamer" "C:\Program Files (x86)\VideoLAN\VLC\vlc.exe" -vvv -Ihttp rtp://224.0.1.75:50002

    Maybe somebody will find this useful

    Matt
     
  3. craigreilly

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    this is handy... I was just responding to someone having trouble with paging to lots of phones.
    http://www.3cx.com/forums/page-100-phones-34067.html#p148220

    I have yealink t38 with custom firmware with multicast paging... but this is a great idea... i.e., my warehouse.
     
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