Our Home Church software iVocalize runs under both Apple iOS / Safari. If you join with us using iOS / Safari you will only be able to "listen only" because Safari does not support the Real-time Communication standard and 3rd-party iOS browsers must use a limited version of Apple's browser engine. Safari users will hear the audio presentation, but will be unable to see webcam video or to transmit.
Mac OS X users may run Chrome or Firefox Browsers instead of Safari, however, iOS users must use Safari.
The Kindle Fire HDX runs Android, has a webcam and microphone, and works with our Home Church iVocalize software once a compatible browser has been installed. Other Kindle Fire models without a webcam and microphone can operate in listen-only mode. Below is what Kindle users need to do to be able to join with us:
-- Under Settings -> Applications, set Apps from Unknown Sources to On.
-- Use the Silk browser to download http://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/mobile/releases/26.0/android-armv6/multi/fennec-26.0.multi.android-arm-armv6.apk
-- Click the Silk menu icon on the top left corner, then select Downloads.
-- Click on fennec-26.0.multi.android-arm-armv6.apk to install.
-- Under Settings -> Applications, set Apps from Unknown Sources to Off.
Once you have downloaded the correct Browser, then you must be in this Browser in order to access our Log-in page and join with our Home Church room. If you try to access our Log-in page in another unsupported Browser, you will be taken back to the page which gives you the option of downloading Chrome, Firefox or Opera, even though you have already downloaded one of these. So please make sure that you have first loaded in the correct Browser before trying to access our Log-in page.
There are two different ways to enter into our home church room in the correct browser.
-- 1) Open the correct Browser, then copy and paste our Log-in URL into the address bar. Our Log-in URL is https://www.ivocalize.net/#room/ltbl-home-church
-- 2) For ease, many create a shortcut link on their desktop with our Log-in URL, and then all they have to do is to click this shortcut when they want to join with us and their default browser will immediately take them to our Log-in page. For windows users: To create a shortcut on your desktop, use your mouse and right click in any open space on your desktop. In the box which appears, cursor down to "new" and then click on "shortcut". Copy and past or type our Log-in URL into the open space as the location of the item, then click next and name this shortcut LTBL Home Church, or whatever name you choose. Then make Chrome, Firefox or Opera your default Browser.
A proxy server is a middle-man between your computer and the internet. They are used by some institutions for security and monitoring purposes. Certain ISPs and so-called ďdownload acceleratorĒ products also (gratuitously) configure your computer with proxy servers. iVocalize retrieves the proxy settings and uses these settings to attempt connection to the server. Note that even if a proxy is configured, iVocalize will still attempt a direct connection in additon to attempting connection through the proxy. Therefore, the presence of a proxy is not necessarily a problem.
A firewall is an Internet security product that restricts which applications have access to the network. This section will discuss firewalls in general, not any product in particular. For product specific help with firewalls, please contact the product vendor or your network administrator. Some firewalls are quite complex, and we recommend consulting a qualified professional prior to making changes and/or disabling a firewall. iVocalize assumes no liability for any problems resulting from firewall [mis]configuration.
-- In order to determine if your firewall is, in fact, blocking access to the network, you can try to briefly turn it off, then attempt the telnet test and/or attempt to log in using iVocalize. After the completion of your test, please turn your firewall back on. If it can be proven that the firewall is the problem, then work with the product vendor to obtain instructions to properly configure it to allow network access to iVocalize.
-- Many firewalls prompt the user go grant network permission the first time that an application is run. If permission was not granted the first time, or if the firewall must be configured specifically for an application, then configure your firewall to allow the iVocalize executable to access the network.
-- Though not technically firewalls, many add-on products such as download managers, download accelerators, browser add-ins, etc. can cause various problems. As a troubleshooting step, try uninstalling any nonessential software that modifies how your computer accesses the network. (Copyright ©2008 iVocalize, LLC)
Audio breakup can be experienced in one of two ways:
-- Everyone experiences the same audio breakup
-- Only 1 (or a few) participants experience audio breakup
Network or audio problems on the speakerís end will be experienced simultaneously by all listeners, while problems on the receiverís end will be experienced only by that one receiver. When trying to resolve audio breakup problems, it is important to determine which of these two situations is occurring.
When only one or a few participants are experiencing degraded audio quality, the problem(s) are specific to their network connections or audio equipment. Typically the receiverís connection is stalling due to over-utilization. See the topic on Disconnected for more information. Alternately, the listenerís audio equipment may be malfunctioning due to a faulty cable or jack that is injecting noise or gaps into the stream. If there is no problem playing back other types of audio, then the problem is network related.
When all listeners experience degraded audio at the same time, the problem is on the speakerís end, and can be related to either audio settings/equipment, or the speakerís network connection.
Audio Equipment / Settings:
-- Equipment malfunction - a intermittent problem in a microphone jack or cable can cause poor audio quality, noise, crackling, etc.
-- Distortion - The speakerís microphone gain is set too high resulting in a distorted signal
iVocalize is a synchronous communication tool, streaming audio (and other media) from the speaker to all of the participants in real time. This means that a network problem on the speakerís computer can be transmitted to all of the listeners. For example, the speaker is on a wireless network that experiences interference, or, someone else on the speakerís network connection started downloading a movie and temporarily overloaded the network connection. In such cases, for everyone listening, the audio from the speaker may seem to pause, and then resume. See the topic on Disconnected for more information. (Copyright ©2008 iVocalize, LLC)
Under normal circumstances, participants can remain connected to the server for days or weeks at a time. This is typical for most users of the software.
A relatively few participants on unreliable or over-utilized internet connections may experience dropped or stalled connections to the server. Any time the client software detects that data is no longer flowing, it will automatically reconnect in an attempt to improve the situation. For this reason, participants on an unreliable or over-utilized Internet connection may experience frequent reconnects, as evidenced by many Login History entries of short duration. This is the software behaving as intended in the face of connectivity issues.
Users with unreliable connections are often unaware that a problem exists because they are able to use their web browsers, access web-mail, download videos, etc. Web conferencing differs from these services because it streams data synchronously and in real-time. Although long a delay may be perfectly acceptable while waiting for a video to buffer and begin playback, it is not acceptable when having a real-time conversation. For this reason, the connection requirements for web conferencing are much more stringent than for other types of network access, and a reliable, low-latency connection is essential.
In the rare case of network problems in the data center, all participants will experience connectivity issues at the same time. If just one or only some participants experience connectivity issues as evidenced by your Login History, then the problem is with their specific internet connection(s).
Some possible causes of connection problems are listed below:
Local Internet Service Provider
The userís internet service provider is having network problems. If problems occur regularly or during peak hours, then the ISP may be oversubscribed, and the solution is to switch providers. (If you have ever attempted to use your cell phone at 5pm only to hear a recording that all circuits are busy, then you are no doubt familiar with the effects of over-subscription). To test this, try taking your computer to a friendís house who uses a different service provider and has a known good connection.
Over-utilized Home Connection
Connections can become over-utilized due to file sharing, downloads, spyware, or other network-connected software using large amounts of bandwidth. Even the automatic update features of most applications and operating systems can download large amounts of data and choke off other network software.
ISPs typically advertise the theoretical speed of an internet connection, but say little about the actual throughput that a user are likely to experience. It is important to understand the distinction between the rated speed and the actual throughput.
To determine if your connection is over-utilized, shut down all other applications and browsers on your computer, turn off any software running in the background such as in the Windows System Tray, run an Anti-Spyware Sweep, and shutdown other computers sharing your network connection. Then enter the conference room to see if your connection experience has improved.
Through a process of elimination you may determine the specific cause of the dropped connections, or determine that you need to upgrade your connection speed or switch internet service providers.
Unreliable Home Connection
Many users run wireless networks. In most cases, such connections perform reliably and well. However, they can experience interference from factors outside the home, such as a neighborís network coming online on the same channel. The possible causes of an unreliable connection are too many to number, but testing whether a wireless network is causing problems is easily accomplished by plugging your computer directly into your Cable or DSL modem to see if this improves connection quality.
Regional Internet Service Provider
Entire geographic regions and even whole countries can experience degraded service due to failures at regional network providers. Examples include failed or malfunctioning network routers, downed trunk lines, severed undersea cables, regional over-subscription, etc. Major network providers occasionally have a problem that can affect large blocks of users in the US, and some countries are regularly over-subscribed when connecting to servers located inside the United States.
Some ISPs and vendors of so-called Accelerator products install proxy servers. A proxy server sits between your computer and the internet to improve your experience by caching content closer to you and to enhance security and protect your privacy by routing all of your internet traffic through a single point. While such products can improve web surfing, they can also interfere with legitimate connections.
Internet Security Software
Firewalls and other security products change the way that your computer connects to the internet. Typically these products need to be instructed to allow the web conference application to connect to the Internet, and after that they stay out of the way. If your computer is unable to remain connected, and no other cause can be found, then your security software may be responsible. As a test, try this free and reliable alternative: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition. (Copyright ©2008 iVocalize, LLC)
If all else fails to allow you to join with us On-line, you can still hear our Church Services live over your phone. Please CLICK HERE for the details.
After attempting to login to the Home Church room, you receive an error stating: "The connection to the server was lost (86)". Code 86 indicates that you have been banned from the Church room. Banning is computer specific, and if you yourself was not banned, then perhaps another person who was earlier using your computer was banned. Please contact this Ministry directly to try and resolve this issue. Do not contact iVocalize as they are unable to adjust the settings on any individual account.
After attempting to log into a conference room, you receive an error telling you the "user name, e-mail address or password was incorrect". You have attempted to enter the Home Church room either using an invalid user name, e-mail address or password. First double check that you entered under the correct information. If that fails, then contact this Ministry directly to resolve this issue. Do not contact iVocalize as they are unable to modify individual user accounts, or retrieve lost passwords.
Because banning can delete the associated user account, some users who have been banned may also receive this error, depending on how user accounts are managed in the room.
If nothing of the suggestions here works and you are still unable to join with us Online, you can still hear our Church Services live over your phone (CLICK HERE), or you can download the recorded Church Services later by visiting our Home Church Services audio page.