FAQ

If you register your personal IPBC account, you benefit from the entire range of features. While accessing other devices is also possible without an account, organizing and managing your frequently accessed list of devices and benefiting from one-click-remote-access is only available to registered users.

In order to create a personal user account, click on "Login", located in the upper right corner of the website, and then on "Register now". Keep in mind that you will need a valid e-mail address to register an account. The password has to consist of at least 6 characters and must contain at least one special character. After having carefully chosen your password, accept the terms and conditions to finish the creation of your account.

You will receive an e-mail with a link to confirm your registration and activate your account. If you haven’t received this e-mail, click on “Resend activation link” and a new e-mail will be sent to you. Click the link provided in the e-mail, and you should be all set.

If you have created a user account previously and would like to log in, simply sign in with your account information under “Login”. Ticking the checkbox "Remember me" saves your login details even when you leave the browser and shut down your PC. You remain logged in until you manually log out by clicking on "Logout".

Look for the green "Download" button, located in the upper right corner on the website, and click on it. Next, choose the version compatible with your operating system and click on "Download".

Once the download is completed, find the IPBC-installer.exe file in your local folders and click on it to open the installation program. You will be asked to confirm your agreement with IPBC’s terms and conditions. Once you click "yes", IPBC will start installing. After the installation has completed, you will automatically find yourself on the home page.

You can create a new password using the "Forgot your password?" function. Enter your username and the e-mail address used with the account you’ve lost the login details for and click on "Reset password". You will receive an e-mail with a link to create a new password. Once you’ve set it up, you can freely log in with your newly created password.

All IPBC connections are end-to-end encrypted (256 Bit AES). Due to the fact that IPBC establishes peer-to-peer and therefore direct connections between senders and viewers, no data is stored on any servers at any given time. Your security and privacy have been major concerns to us while developing IPBC.

If you are not logged in: click on the icon with the three dots (the hamburger button) on the top right of the page and click on "Language". Select your preferred language and, if desired, manually select your country by clicking on "Choose your location".

If you are logged in: click on your profile image (by default this will be a round symbol displaying the first letter of your username) on the top right of the page and click on "Language". Select your preferred language and, if desired, manually select your country by clicking on "Choose your location".

All e-mails and notifications will be sent to you in the language you’ve set. Since the default language is English, if no other language is set, all messages will be sent in English.

To visit and edit your profile, click on your profile image on the top right of the page and navigate to "My Profile".
You will see two camera icons, one on the left (to change the profile picture) and one on the right (to change your profile banner). Clicking on these camera icons will bring up upload screens where you can choose a picture located on your computer. The recommended size for the profile picture is 170x170. For the profile banner, we recommend 1920x300 for an ideal fit.

To edit what information your profile displays, click on "Edit profile". Here you will be able to add your name, your country, add a website and link your social media, among other things. Fill in the required fields and click "Save". Clicking on the "x" will revert all unsaved changes made and your profile will remain as it was.

You can send another user a private message by going to their profile and clicking on "Send private message". If you have received a private message, a red icon in the form of a bell will appear in the upper right corner of the menu bar. To read what the message says, you will have to check your e-mail, where you will find both the message and a link to where you can respond.

Underneath the video screen there is a comment section. Enter the text you would like to share in the text box and press the "comment" button to publish it. Should you wish to delete your comment or edit it, hover over the comment with your mouse and click on the hamburger symbol that appears to the right for the options.

If another user posts a comment that you believe is in violation with the terms of services or you feel bothered by, you can report this comment as "spam". Hover over the comment with your mouse and click on the hamburger symbol that appears to the right. Select the option that is applicable to the comment you wish to report, and click "OK".

Please note that these functions can only be used when you are logged in.

At the bottom of your profile, under "Following", you can see the streams and users you follow. Clicking on "Following" will display an individual list. To unfollow someone, simply click on "Unfollow" in the list on your profile. Alternatively you can go to their profile or to one of their videos, if applicable, and unfollow from there.

Under "Followers", you are able to see who has followed you.

"Publications" shows you the videos you have uploaded, if any, including how many of your videos have been viewed and if and how many times it has been liked. To edit the settings such as the title or description, click on the video and click on "edit video".

Mining is a calculation process in which so-called blocks are generated. A block is one of the building blocks that make up the blockchain and ultimately the network. Each block has a previous block and fits into a history.

In these blocks, the collected transactions of all IPBC users are collected. The users, called miners, use computing power to generate these blocks by solving very difficult mathematical tasks. This process is entirely decentralized. It’s important for a miner to have hardware with good processing power, as the speed of mining and thus the payout depends on the performance of a computer.

A pool is a group of miners pooling together their computing power to solve blocks. If a pool finds the solution for a block, the profit is distributed according to the respective computing power.

A blockchain is a decentralized and encrypted data structure, stringing together the information of all previously solved blocks and the previous transactions. It can be compared to a digital bookkeeping system which is maintained, verified, updated and stored by a network.

A huge advantage of blockchain technology over traditional transactions is that no third party has to be involved in transactions between two parties. It is therefore cheaper and faster without the need of a bank.

A wallet is a place to store your cryptocurrency, which allows you to send and receive coins. You will need one to receive your earned IPBC, much like an account. You can choose between two wallets: a paper wallet and an offline GUI wallet. To set them up, navigate to "My wallet & payments" in the menu bar.

IMPORTANT: PLEASE NOTE THAT IF YOU LOSE YOUR KEY, YOU LOSE YOUR COINS!

Neither IPBC nor anyone else will be able to restore them for you, so keep your key safe and secure, and create a backup.

For more information, we highly suggest you read the paper wallet and the offline GUI wallet section of the FAQ.

With the offline GUI wallet you are able to receive as well as send payments. To create one, simply click "Download now" in the "My wallet & payments" menu. This will download a .zip file that you can extract using any extraction software.

Extract the files to a folder of your choice and open the "IPBC-Wallet.exe" file. This will open the offline wallet. You will be greeted by 25 randomly generated words. Store these words carefully, either by writing them down or copy-pasting them to a file and creating a backup of it, as without these words you will be unable to recover your wallet should you lose access. The wallet will automatically synchronize with the blockchain. This might take some time. Once it’s fully synchronized, the wallet is ready for use.

To set up your wallet with IPBC, copy and paste your wallet address to the "Add An Existing Wallet" textbox on the "My wallet & payments" page, and click on "Save wallet".

With the paper wallet you will only be able to receive payments. To create one, simply click "Create now" in the "My wallet & payments" menu. This will take you to the wallet generator. Read the notes carefully, as they are very important, then click "Create IPBC Wallet". As the instructions will tell you, move the mouse around within the designated area to generate your wallet address. This process generates 25 individual words for you: your recovery key for when or if you wish to turn this paper wallet into an offline GUI wallet.

At the same time, three other keys are generated for you; a private spend key, a private view key and a public wallet key. The public wallet key is the one you will use to receive payments on and/or donations. You can pass this key safely to other people, either in text form or in QR code form.

After the process of generating your paper wallet has been completed, click on "Save wallet as PDF". Make sure you save this document in a secure location and create backups, because once lost, the wallet cannot be recovered.

To upload a file, click on "Upload file" from the main menu. Click on the large square and it will open a window that allows you to select a file for uploading. You can only upload one file at a time, with a maximum size of 5GB. In order to optimize the search and description later, fill in all fields as best as possible. We recommend taking a snapshot of each file or using an existing image as a thumbnail for reference.

Once uploaded, files cannot be deleted or edited, only the information such as the title and the description can be changed. You are, however, able to remove the file from your account by clicking on "Edit Video" and choosing the "Unpublish" option.

To be able to make use of the boadcast service, you must have the IPBC software installed and running. If you have not installed the software, opening the livestream page will offer you a download option to do so.

On the left side there is a section called "Scenes". Here you may split your stream into multiple scenes that you can use for different purposes, i.e. temporarily hiding personal information while still keeping your stream going. Click on the plus sign ("+") to create a new scene. Enter the desired name and click on "Add".

To configure these scenes, there is another section called "Sources". With these sources, you can design and edit the individual scenes to your liking by picking and choosing what resources you would like to use for each.

Audio input: for each individual scene you’re able to add audio input devices, e.g. a microphone or a headset connected to your PC. To do this, click on "Audio input", "Go" and enter a name for your own convenience, or pick an already existing source (one that you previously created). After clicking on "Add", a drop-down menu with a list of all the input sources available to you is displayed. Press "Save" after having picked the appropriate one for your stream.

Audio output: for each individual scene you’re able to add audio output devices, e.g. speakers or a headset connected to your PC. To do this, click on "Audio output", "Go" and enter a name for your own convenience, or pick an already existing source (one that you previously created). After clicking on "Add", a drop-down menu with a list of all the output sources available to you is displayed. Press "Save" after having picked the appropriate one for your stream.

Color src: this option adds a block of solid color to your stream that you can use as either a background, a backdrop or simply to hide a part of your screen behind. You have the ability to adjust the height and the width of the block to your liking. To pick a color, you can use HTML color codes or click on the small bar to the right to open the palette.

Display src: using this source will allow you to stream your screen. If you work with multiple screens, you will be able to choose the one you wish to stream from a drop-down list.

Image: any image can be added to your stream. Simply click on "Browse" to open your local folders and select the image of your choice.

Media: TBA WHEN FIXED

Text: add text to your stream to spruce things up a little with a multitude of font options to pick from. You’re able to adjust the size, color and outline as well.

Webcam: add a webcam to your stream. The drop-down menu displays a list of all webcams connected to your PC.

All sources can be edited or deleted at any time. To do this, click on the scene to be edited (all sources for the scene are displayed), then on the source (it will appear in green once it’s selected). Either double click on the specific source itself or click on the cogwheel on the right side of the source menu.

All active streams appear in the left menu bar under "Categories" and on the main page within their respective category. In order for your own stream to start broadcasting, you need to pick a category as well. To do this, select a category in which you want to make your stream available. Once selected, you will be able to start the stream by clicking, "Start streaming".

In the "Settings" window you can set the title, description and a cover image / thumbnail.

Per individual scene, all audio output and input sources are added automatically to the mixer. The strength is displayed in dB (decibels). You have the option of lowering and raising the volume as you wish by using the sliding bar underneath the displayed decibels.

If a change between the different scenes is desired, you have the option of using special transition effects that can be configured using the drop-down menu in the transition section. You can choose from the following options: cut, fade, wipe, slide and fade to color.

The wipe, slide and fade to color functions have additional options, such as setting a specific color or choosing a direction of the effect. You are also able to set the amount of time a transition should last, which you can set in "Duration" in milliseconds.

Make sure to save your changes by clicking on the save icon on the right.

"LIVE" indicates how long your broadcast has been live for. If your stream is active, a green icon will appear next to it, which will open a new tab and take you to your stream.

"CPU" stands for "Central Processing Unit". The CPU is the brain of the computer, so to speak. Everything you do on the computer is calculated by the CPU, processed and then displayed on the screen. The percentage you see displayed indicates how much of the CPU is currently being used.

"FPS" stands for "Frames Per Second". The FPS value indicates how many pictures appear on your screen per second and determines how fluid the video is. Often, the frame rate is mentioned. Low frame rates will result in stuttering images, with frames being skipped. A good frame rate would be considered 30 FPS, with the best quality sitting at 60 FPS.

On the right side, in the "View screen" section, you can start a remote control by entering the partner ID and the PIN of the PC you wish to connect to (the PIN textbox appears after having entered a valid ID). Ticking the "Remember" box saves the partner ID and PIN for one-click connections to that particular device in the future.

The control bar gives you a few options for the PC you are remotely controlling, provided that the user of said PC has enabled and/or approved of these functions. If the control bar is invisible, simply click on the green arrow.

To start screen sharing, simply pass your ID and PIN to the person(s) you want to share your screen with, or send them the QR code. Within the advanced settings, you can specify a few selected options such as which screen you wish to share, whether you have the chat enabled, whether the audio is muted, and more.

While you’re unable to change the ID assigned to you, you can change the PIN manually by clicking on the box that shows the PIN and entering your own. Note that the PIN must contain exactly 6 characters, although they may be either 6 numbers, 6 letters or a combination of these. Once you have decided on a new PIN and entered it in the box, be sure to click on the save icon. Alternatively, the system is able to set a new PIN for you. To do so, simply press on the recycle icon that appears after hovering over the textbox.

In the menu bar on the left, you can add multiple connections to allow for quick access using the "+ Add device" button. Enter the ID and the PIN as you would for the remote control through the "Remote control" menu page. We recommend you give this connection a name as well for easy remembrance. When you wish to connect to (one of) your listed device(s), simply click on it and a connection will be established without having to enter the ID and the PIN again.