MASV Multiconnect Beta

Multiconnect is a new feature that allows the MASV App to use multiple internet connections (ex; 5G + Wifi, Ethernet + LTE, Ethernet + 5G, etc) to send and receive packages.

Download and install the Multiconnect Beta release for MacOS and Windows.

Who is Multiconnect for?

MASV Multiconnect was built for media professionals working in the field or shooting on location. With Multiconnect, media professionals can execute uploads in the time it takes to load the truck!

Multiconnect is ideal for:

  • Busy newsshooters on the go
  • film crews on location 
  • remote & WFH staff needing additive “burst” bandwidth to upload huge assets on deadline
  • anyone who needs to send/receive enormous content with maximum reliability and speed

MASV is here to help media professionals send and receive projects on time no matter what, so we’re always trying to find new ways to accelerate your projects.

Important Notes About the Multiconnect Beta App

  • This is a private beta build. While it should have the same speed & reliability that MASV offers, the newly added functionality may have its own specific issues.
  • This beta is only available on MacOS and Windows. Multiconnect support for Linux will be available in the near future.
  • Automatic updates are not guaranteed to work. Please keep a close eye on further communication from the MASV team about future updates.
  • Please do not redistribute this beta version. Having an non-updatable version out there makes it really difficult to patch any bugs and security issues in the future.

How Do I Use Multiconnect?

  • Download and install the Multiconnect Beta release
  • Open the MASV app
  • Once the app is open hover over the drop down in the top right and select “Settings”
  • Select the new menu option on the left called “Multiconnect”
  • Click the toggle switch to enable Multiconnect
  • There will be a list of all available connections, select the ones you want to enable
  • Once a connection is enabled the MASV App will use those accordingly

A Step-by-Step Guide to Setting up Multiconnect

To use Multiconnect with your iPhone

When you use an iPhone there are two ways to use Multiconnect;

1) Mobile Hotspot via Wifi + Ethernet:

  • Connect an ethernet cable to your computer. You can use a direct ethernet port or a USB adapter.
  • Connect to the iPhone’s hotspot (often called “Personal Hotspot”) from your computer’s wifi settings.

2) Mobile Tethering via USB + Wifi:

  • Connect your computer to your wifi as normal.
  • Next plug your iPhone into your computer via a USB cable.

Note: If you’re using Mac: once the iPhone is plugged in you will need to go to your Mac’s network setting and select iPhone USB. From there, deselect the option “Disable unless needed”. Once the setting is off you will be able to see both options when you are in the Multiconnect settings in the MASV desktop app.

 

To use Multiconnect with your Android Phone

With the Android there are two ways to use Multiconnect;

1) Mobile Hotspot via Wifi + Ethernet:

  • Connect an ethernet cable to your computer. You can use a direct ethernet port or a USB adapter.
  • Connect to your phone’s hotspot from your computer’s wifi settings.

2) Mobile Hotspot via USB + Wifi:

Note: if you’re using a Mac, then this might not work. Depending on which Mac device and macOS version, you could try installing HoRNDIS driver.

  • Connect your computer to your wifi as normal.
  • Turn on USB tethering on your phone by going to Settings > Tethering & Mobile Hotspot. Toggle the “USB tethering” switch on.
  • Next plug your phone into your computer via a USB cable.

What Types of Networks Can I Connect?

You can only bond networks that are different from the one you are currently using. For example, if your phone and computer are sharing the same Wi-Fi, they are on the same network and can’t be combined. In this case, you need to use your phone’s data plan to open up a new network source for Multiconnect to work.

Some examples of networks you can connect are:

  • Wi-Fi (+ Wi-Fi dongles)
  • Ethernet
  • Cellular data (3G/4G/5G)
  • Tethered smartphone
  • Satellite internet

How Much Time Can I Save?

How much time you will save depends on the speed of your respective connections.

You can calculate your estimated transfer time with the following equation:

GBs x 1024 x 8 / mbps / = X/3600

What About Speed Limits with Multiconnect?

When multiconnect is enabled, speed limits have to be set for each network interface individually.

Here’s how you can set the speed limits once Multiconnect is enabled:

  • Hover over the drop down in the top right and select “Settings”
  • Select the new menu option on the left called “Speed Limits”
  • A drop-down menu of all network interfaces (which were enabled in Multiconnect settings) will appear
  • Select the network interface you want to set the limits for
  • Check the limit you want to impose (upload or download speed) and enter a number in the associated box to set the speed limit
  • Repeat as needed for all other network interfaces

How Much Does Multiconnect Cost?

There’s no extra charge to use MASV Multiconnect—it’s an inherent part of the MASV service. Your files are transferred at maximum speed for just $0.25USD per gig.

It’s important to remember, if you tether to your mobile or satellite devices, those charges will still apply and are separate from MASV. Plan accordingly. We’ll make sure your files get delivered on time.

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