Set up Internet Radio Station for free on your Windows PC

Have you ever thought of setting up your own Internet Radio Station that would just play all your favorite songs? Today we will tell you, how you can set up your own Internet Radio Station on your Windows computer, for free. In this tutorial, we will discuss about Icecast2 Servers, the tools we would need,  setting up those tools, setting up our server, connecting to our server and streaming our own internet radio station.

Setup Internet Radio Station

In this whole tutorial we will take help of a free radio hosting service called Caster.fm. You may think that we could use our own computer to host the server, but I would like to tell you that the internet connections we’ve got at home are generally with very low-speed (around 50 KBps) with that speed we can get only 3-4 listeners that’s why we will use Caster.fm servers to host our radio. But if you have a fast internet connection, you may do so.

Requirements

Here are the minimum requirements for setting up a radio station:

  • An internet connection (DSL)
  • Windows PC
  • Other sound equipment such as Speakers, Headphones and Mic

Set up Windows PC for a radio station

Step 1: Open up your web browser and type in “www.mixxx.org”. Click on the download button to start downloading Mixxx. We are downloading Mixxx because we will use Mixxx to stream our Music. (Mixxx is free and open source software).

Step 2: Run the setup file you downloaded in Step 1. Agree to the statements, and install the setup – but make sure that you tick all the Mixxx components before you install Mixxx on your Windows PC.

Step 3: Now download Lame Encoder that will allow Mixxx to stream MP3 files. Click here to download Lame Encoder. After the download finishes, copy the downloaded file to the directory where you’ve installed Mixxx. By default it is C:/Program Files/Mixxx.

Now you have.  successfully setup your PC to stream Music onto your radio server. Now we will discuss about setting up our server and streaming music onto that server. And to be sure, we will test our server too.

Setting up the server

Step 1: Open your web browser and enter the URL: www.caster.fm. When the page loads; click on the Register link in the top right area of the webpage.

Step 2: Now on the registration page enter your details such as username, emails, passwords etc. Click on the Sign Up button.

Step 3: You will receive a new mail from Caster.FM. Click on the given link to confirm your registration.

Step 4: Now go to www.caster.fm/cp/ and login with your credentials.

Step 5: You will be successfully logged into your account. Your server would be offline, but there would be an option to make your server online. Click on that option. (See Image Below).

Step 6: Enter the CAPTCHA and click on the Start button.

Step 7: You will now be able to see the Control Panel screen where all your server settings will displayed. Note down the settings somewhere – we will require them in the next steps.

Configuring the Mixxx

You that you have set up your server successfully, it is time to stream something over that server. As I told earlier, we will use Mixxx to stream to our server. Please follow these following steps very carefully:

Step 1: Open Mixxx and switch to full screen mode – this will give you a real FM Jockey feel.

Step 2: Click on the Options and then Preferences. You can also use shortcut Ctrl + P.

Step 3: In the Preferences window, in left column click on the Live Broadcasting option.

Step 4: Enter your server settings you noted in Step 7 above,  here. Click on the OK button to exit.

Your Mixxx is now connected to your radio server. What you need to do next, is enable Live Broadcasting.  To do it press Ctrl + L on your keyboard. Now what you play on your Mixxx will be played on to your server and users can listen to your radio by visiting your Webpage (for example: djlavish.caster.fm). You can even embed a player on  your website or blog by visiting the caster.fm Control Panel.

Now let us test  your server.

Testing your server

From any other PC, except your own PC from where you are streaming, go to your Radio page (for example: djlavish.caster.fm). If you are able to listen to the music that you were streaming from your computer then it is fine. If you are unable to listen any music then, I suggest you go through the tutorial and see if you have missed anything.

Happy Broadcasting.

Posted by on , in Category General with Tags
Lavish loves to follow up on the latest happenings in technology. He loves to try out new Windows based software and gadgets and is currently learning JAVA. He loves to develop new software for Windows. Creating a System Restore Point first before installing a new software is always recommended, he feels.

18 Comments

  1. Jim

    The thing is…caster SUCKS! I have tried them on 3 times over the last year thinking they would have improved…their service remains so sub-par it’s ridiculous. You are better off going with a free service that actually works…like http://myradiostream.com/

  2. unfortunately caster.fm support MP3 stream only
    if you need HE-AAC+ (used by more recent broadcast pro), look elsewhere

  3. BaBu3

    Wao nic realy nice web site a comment from a cchat room http://www.lashpashchat.com

  4. Atique

    Chatroom without registeration <ahref='http://www.matechatroom.com/'Pakistan Chatroom much fast than others.

  5. Atique

    Chatroom without Registeration. Please visit http://www.matechatroom.com/

  6. Hammad Azhar

    Chat Room,Pakistani Chat Room join Chat Room Just Click here And Enjoy Chat Without Registration

  7. Jordan Adler

    hey Jim so can you use My Radio Stream and embed the player on your own website

  8. Azhar

    Wao Its amazing post i like it so much 🙂 http://fun2radio.com/

  9. ÏnnöCënt ?? ?äÐíi

    Full chat room Free Online FRee Online Pakistani Chat Rooms Full Chat rooms indian Chat oom

  10. ÏnnöCënt ?? ?äÐíi

    http://www.fullchatroom.com/FRee Online Pakistani Chat Rooms Full Chat rooms indian Chat oom

  11. yO yO HaDii

    Pakistani Chats |FullChatRoom|

    Urdu Chats |FullChatRoom|

    indian Chats |FullChatRoom|

    99 English Chats |FullChatRoom|

    Flash Chats |FullChatRoom|

    Pakistani Chat Rooms,Urdu Chat Rooms,indian Chat Rooms,English Chat Rooms,All 99 Chat Rooms, FullChatRoom For Boys And Girls Online Free Online Without Registration, <>

  12. Maji Mazuri

    I think it is very difficult

  13. sheraz ahmad

    Chat Room,Paistani Chat RoomJust Click Here And Join Chat Room Without Registration

  14. shoutgirl

    I recommend to set up a free radio on http://castsonic.com
    I’m using it for two months and I am very satisfied.
    They have up to 3 options of free radio in different quality and quantity of the audience – something for everyone. And as someone needs something more it can buy very cheap shoutcast server.

  15. alikhan

    heheh Nyc Work dear Good em also join Site Urdu Poetry Online Chatting This Link send From Owner em also admin Here

    Link For English Hindi Urdu Poetry

    link For Sad Poetry

    Movies Songs

    Link For Chats Rooms

  16. ???? ?? ?????

    :# admin spam na do na :@ :@disqus_qzb0fF7GVm:disqus

  17. Jose A Ortiz

    You better get a paid one;just like me,and not problem whasoever. I have a Shoutcast server and I broadcat on AutoDJ and Live Streaming

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *