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Re: Is the Cam Down?

Unread postby Aussie Ranger » Thu Oct 08, 2009 7:16 am

Danie wrote:
Aussie ranger wrote:why is the cam facing the house :hmz:

Now and then I just want to show the actual surroundings as well. In this case Satara Restaurant/Reception area where you can actually see our visitors on cam often.

On viewing the image, many of our valued guests opens a 'file' in their minds of....wish I can be there now (I feel that way this morning! :) .... as the image is familiar to lots of our guests who have been there in person before.....the smell of nature, the starlings doing their thing in that area, the sounds of nature, the whole package....I really I wish I could be there now!

Forgive me if I get carried away a bit! :)

It also shows the proximity of the webcam to Satara Rest camp
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Re: Is the Cam Down?

Unread postby salamanda » Fri Oct 09, 2009 8:49 am

MATTHYS wrote:I missed them too, Danie. :(
Thanks again :D ....also for being here way beyond 'working hours' 8) You do make cam watching extra special :clap:


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Re: Is the Cam Down?

Unread postby Danie » Wed Nov 18, 2009 5:35 pm

It looks like Orpen Webcam experienced some power problems with the wet weather around causing the cam to go down... online again!
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Re: Is the Cam Down?

Unread postby Lionspoon » Wed Nov 18, 2009 5:44 pm

Danie, could that have applied for Satara as well? I found the cam there a bit dodgy as well over the last week or so when the rain occured. :hmz:
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Re: Is the Cam Down?

Unread postby Danie » Thu Nov 19, 2009 9:37 am

Lionspoon wrote:Danie, could that have applied for Satara as well? I found the cam there a bit dodgy as well over the last week or so when the rain occured. :hmz:

Hi Lionspoon!

No, the problem at Satara is not power but limited bandwidth. The "Please check back soon" green slide is displayed when the webserver can't 'see' the webcam (the webserver fetches the images directly from the webcam).

If it can't get the image due to line down/camera not available, the "please check back soon" green slide is displayed to our viewers automatically. The data line to Satara is very slow and over utilised and the telecom company can't give us more bandwidth! During certain times of the day (depending on the other data traffic on the same data line), the cam might not be 'reachable' due to congestion on the data line as we give preference to our business traffic first (our physical guests at Satara checking in, paying per credit card, making reservations, etc.)

There is light at the end of the tunnel as we are moving to a new data comms system in KNP in the near future which will have enough bandwidth - the initial planning is looking good!

So we have to live this happening now and then at the moment as there is no other viable option (apart from putting the webcam at Satara via satellite on its own which is quite expensive!)

I hope this looooong explanation helps!
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Re: Is the Cam Down?

Unread postby Ladyhawke » Tue Nov 24, 2009 3:18 pm

:thumbs_up: Thanks Matthys, at least we know that our favourite pasttime is being worked on,,, nice to quickly open the cams and check what is going on in the park, missing Orpen sightings. Might be dumb question, can the cam still record while this problem occurs? :mrgreen:
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Re: Is the Cam Down?

Unread postby MATTHYS » Tue Nov 24, 2009 3:26 pm

Not a dumb question at all, Ladyhawke ! :D
I think that the cam still records, but will have to get confirmation from Danie :thumbs_up:

Thanks for the update on Orpen, Danie ! :D
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Re: Is the Cam Down?

Unread postby bishop3006 » Tue Nov 24, 2009 9:17 pm

I may be wrong, but I do believe no. The cam is not on its own server sitting with it there at any of these waterholes. It is just another device on the internet, with photos being streamed back from it at 30-second intervals. Or rather, if I remember a previous posting of Danie's correctly, the server fetches the photo from the cam every 30 seconds. So the cam is still on, but nothing is taking the photo, so we won't see what there was once it comes back online again.

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Re: Is the Cam Down?

Unread postby Ladyhawke » Thu Jan 28, 2010 2:50 pm

Hi Guys, anybody know what is happening with cam at Satara? Is the power off again?
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Re: Is the Cam Down?

Unread postby Ladyhawke » Thu Jan 28, 2010 2:55 pm

:redface: :redface: I meant to say ORPEN, NOT SATARA..... :redface: :sniper: Please just shooot me
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Re: Is the Cam Down?

Unread postby Danie » Thu Jan 28, 2010 3:49 pm

The problem at Orpen is the wireless access point (WAP) sitting in a portion of the reception building at Orpen where power problems are being experienced at the moment. The electrician was on site today but the problem has not yet been resolved.

While he was there, he cleaned the perspex cover of the outdoor housing and replaced a circuit breaker at the webcam itself which has given problems before as well. So the webcam itself is fine but the receiver in the camp (about 100m away) is not able to receive the signal to relay to webcam server in the USA because of the power problem.

To confirm: yes, all 3 webcams are linked to the same webcam server.
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Re: Is the Cam Down?

Unread postby Lionspoon » Wed Feb 03, 2010 11:07 am

Hi there, Danie! Is there any info about why Nossob is down at the moment?
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Re: Is the Cam Down?

Unread postby Danie » Thu Feb 04, 2010 7:14 pm

Hi Lionspoon

Apologies for the late reply. It is going rather hectic around here!

I am not 100% why it was down. (I see it is online again at the moment). Will keep an eye on it.

The satellite link to Nossob was up all the time from what I can see from this side. Could have been a problem with the wireless link from the hide (webcam) to the camp.

Thanks for reporting it!
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Re: Is the Cam Down?

Unread postby Jungle Junkie » Sat Feb 20, 2010 10:38 am

Any reason why Satara has been down since 7pm last night? :hmz:

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Re: Is the Cam Down?

Unread postby Danie » Sat Feb 20, 2010 1:27 pm

Satara is down at the moment due to some backup satellite communication equipment being installed for our normal operations at the reception office.

We might add the webcam to that as well depending on the bandwidth availability via satellite at Satara. Our main aim is to ensure our booking and checking in operations are running smoothly even during data line outages that we get frequently at Satara.

Unfortunately we can't link the whole of Satara (all the users) via satellite - it is too expensive and it will be too slow!

Our ICT outsource company engineer is currently on site at Satara to make this all happen automatically in case of an outage. The webcam link is unfortunately affected by this as well - please bear with us!
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