CAUTION: I purchased the Helo and it is important to know that the current firmware version 2.1 has an issue sending audio to CDNs such as Dacast. However, they sent me the beta of version 3.0 and it is now working fine with Dacast. I heartily recommend the AJA Helo hardware encoder. I think it’s the best unit on the market for the price ($1,300).
As long as your hardware encoder is RTMP compatible with an authentication system (required to stream on Akamai network), it will work perfectly with DaCast.
If you have any tips to share with us about your encoder, we would be happy to build a tutorial to help the community.