Broadcasting Made Better with the Peplink Puma Antenna Series

Published On 23 Jul 2021

When it comes to broadcasting, the production of jitter-free streams require a strong and stable connection. Peplink’s Puma antenna series introduces a portfolio of 5G capable antennas with high gain and efficiency, ready to bring the best speeds. In this real-time application, our Puma antennas support the mobile broadcasting needs of a TV & radio broadcasting company.

Calling for Connectivity

A client requested for an Australian company to host a month-long broadcast, while on the move. While planning, they realized they urgently needed a reliable and failproof connectivity solution for their mobile broadcasting vehicle.

The company needed a networking solution that would allow their team to live stream at least 4K video resolution. They also needed a solution that would equip their team with connectivity in remote areas as they traveled. As a result, they turned to one of Peplink’s partners for a setup.

Mobile Connectivity for Broadcasting on the Move

Our partner proposed to use the MAX HD4 MBX. They also deployed two Puma 401 Antennas and two Puma 421 Antennas.

The MAX HD4 MBX and Puma Antennas are deployed to the mobile broadcasting vehicle.

The MAX HD4 MBX is a mobile powerhouse. This router allows for up to four cellular links, consisting of a 5G connection with three LTE backups. To support the broadcasting company’s live stream, this router combines the bandwidth of these cellular links, forming one unbreakable connection.

Additionally, Hot Failover keeps the network seamlessly running when one of the connections drops. Using Peplink’s patented WAN Smoothing technology at the same time, the deployment of this router ensures jitter-free broadcasts with packet loss compensation.

Bandwidth Bonding combines cellular links to form an unbreakable connection for broadcasting
Hot Failover supports broadcasting by automatically and seamlessly transferring the open session to a working connection
WAN Smoothing prevents packet loss for broadcasting

Puma Antennas Making the Connection Work

The four Puma antennas, two Puma 421s and two Puma 401s, are mounted on the mobile broadcasting vehicle’s roof. With a total of sixteen cellular channels, two Wi-Fi connections, and at least one GPS, these antennas provide high bandwidth during the broadcast.

For monitoring and locating the vehicle, the broadcasting company can use the integrated MAX HD4 MBX GPS receiver. Puma Antennas include an active and high performance GPS antenna, which allows the company to track its fleet.

To meet concerns for installation time, these antennas are connected to the MAX HD4 MBX using QMA connectors. QMA connectors are snap-on locking replacements for the standard SMA connectors. They are premium class connectors, allowing the broadcasting team to rapidly connect antennas to the routers without any reliability concerns. Typically, QMA connectors can be installed ten times faster than an SMA connector.

Each Puma 421 Antenna connects to four of the MAX HD4 MBX’s QMA cellular connectors, two Wi-Fi WAN connectors, and one GPS connector. The last eight QMA cellular connectors are occupied by the two Puma 401 Antennas.

The use of Peplink products in this setup solved the mobile broadcasting needs of this company. The MAX HD4 MBX’s future proof design allows them to rely on high-speed connection. Paired with Puma Antennas, the broadcasting company can securely live stream content to their client anytime, anywhere.

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