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Re: Is the Cam Down?

Unread postby Danie » Wed Sep 19, 2012 11:50 pm

Correct, the Orpen streaming video is not working at the moment via the website (I checked via Firefox and IE) BUT the Orpen Webcam is online and I think the problem might be on the video server itself. Another test we are running at the moment does however work. We will take it up with the service provider looking after the US video server.

Apologies for that! Part of the teething problems and being 'beta' :wink:
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Re: Is the Cam Down?

Unread postby PJL » Thu Sep 20, 2012 2:08 pm

:dance: Orpen Live Streaming is operational again :dance:

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Re: Is the Cam Down?

Unread postby Danie » Fri Nov 09, 2012 3:52 pm

vinkie wrote:Both the Live cams aren't working....? :hmz:

Any idea when they will be back online. :roll:

It looks like there is a problem with international connectivity at the moment via our ISP. Bear in mind the video streams from the webcams are transmitted to the USA from both webcams to the server in the USA from where you are able to view it. This problem was logged with our ISP (Internet Service Provider) to resolve and I really hope it is resolved very soon!

Apologies for this - enjoy the static image 30 seconds for now!
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Re: Is the Cam Down?

Unread postby vinkie » Fri Nov 09, 2012 4:06 pm

Danie wrote:
vinkie wrote:Both the Live cams aren't working....? :hmz:

Any idea when they will be back online. :roll:

It looks like there is a problem with international connectivity at the moment via our ISP. Bear in mind the video streams from the webcams are transmitted to the USA from both webcams to the server in the USA from where you are able to view it. This problem was logged with our ISP (Internet Service Provider) to resolve and I really hope it is resolved very soon!

Apologies for this - enjoy the static image 30 seconds for now!


Thank you for the explanation Danie..... :thumbs_up:

Waiting for the Live cams to return :whistle: and will in the meantime enjoy the static cams.... :mrgreen:
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Re: Is the Cam Down?

Unread postby Danie » Fri Nov 09, 2012 4:16 pm

...and just to make this Friday afternoon a bit more fun, we have lost connectivity to Orpen Webcam :wall: which is not related to the other problem. The local link to Orpen seems to have gone down now..so the static image of Orpen is also down now... :?
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Re: Is the Cam Down?

Unread postby PJL » Thu Nov 15, 2012 11:32 am

Has the Addo Cam gone a bit out of line?

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Re: Is the Cam Down?

Unread postby Danie » Thu Nov 15, 2012 2:16 pm

PJL wrote:Has the Addo Cam gone a bit out of line?

:hmz:

Addo webcam seems to be fine after a few reboots... The preset program tour for some reason stopped working...seems to be ok again!

Thanks for reporting it! Steven told me about it...

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Re: Is the Cam Down?

Unread postby Danie » Tue Nov 27, 2012 1:20 pm

Some feedback on the webcams' status:

* Orpen - still a microwave communication issue to the area (telecom company)

* Satara - the webcam is online, alive and well but a firewall issue is preventing the server in LA to get the image from that cam specifically. The firewall company is working on that

* Nossob - running!

* Addo - running!


We are very frustrated with this situation and we are breathing in the service providers' necks to sort this out!

Happy camming on 50% of the webcams! :)
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Re: Is the Cam Down?

Unread postby Danie » Wed Jan 09, 2013 10:31 am

You will notice that the Satara webcam goes 'down' several times a day at the moment.

The problem is between Satara rest camp itself (base) and the webcam at the water hole. There is a wireless connection running (around 100m) and that gets interrupted now and then. I suspect that a shrub or tree/branch has grown and might be obscuring the clear LOS (line of sight) of this link causing these interruptions. It might also be the wireless transmitter linked to the webcam at the water hole itself. This equipment is standing in the harsh African sun and must be able to handle it as well :)

We are looking into the problem to resolve it.

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Re: Is the Cam Down?

Unread postby Lionspoon » Thu Jan 10, 2013 8:03 pm

Image :clap: :dance: :gflower: :thumbs_up:

But now Orpen seems somewhat derranged:

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Re: Is the Cam Down?

Unread postby Danie » Thu Jan 24, 2013 11:52 pm

vinkie wrote:Yes, Satara Cam is back :clap: but the spotlight still seems to be down :evil:

Thanks for fixing the problem at Satara :thumbs_up:


Has there been a change in angle of the Orpen Webcam :shock: :? .....we seem to be missing the lower half of the view, cam seems to be tilted upwards :hmz:


The flood light at Satara has been switched off (for now) as it is tripping the power to the water hole (also taking down the power to the webcam). Technicians were at the waterhole today (with a "not so impressed" elephant watching them :twisted: - you might have seen the rangers with rifles keeping an eye on the safety of the technicians!).
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and the elephant finally turned his back on the rangers and technicians (see top right hand corner of the next image) - Thanks Super Mongoose for capturing these images...)
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Electricians will be looking into the problem which might be related to the wet weather experienced the past week or so. Water might have sneaked into the electrical feed to the flood light, causing the earth leakage to trip. It was decided to switch the flood light off until the electrical problem can be traced and repaired and at least keep the power up to the webcam itself. The water hole is vaguely visible in the available moonlight! ;)

Orpen seems to be fine - full view available. :hmz: Perhaps when Vinkie checked, there might have been a problem although we did not change anything... I'll keep an eye on Orpen's angle of view! Thanks for letting us know Vinkie! :thumbs_up:

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Re: Is the Cam Down?

Unread postby Melrockson » Fri Jan 25, 2013 1:45 am

Danie! :yaya:

Thanks so much for the informative update!
As always - thanks for doing such a wonderful job! :gflower:

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Re: Is the Cam Down?

Unread postby vinkie » Fri Jan 25, 2013 7:15 pm

Thank you for the info Danie :thumbs_up:

What I mean about the angle of Orpen Web cam is that we are missing the lower half of the water hole...we get the top part and a general view.....the lower part isn't seen anymore I think... it is as if the cam is zoomed in :hmz:


Thank you technicians for fixing the flood light at Satara :clap: ....we have a nice view now..... 8)

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Re: Is the Cam Down?

Unread postby Danie » Tue Jan 29, 2013 4:08 pm

PJL wrote:Great to see all the cams working again - thanks to all involved in fixing the various issues :thumbs_up:

Am I right in thinking Satara is now on a pan/zoom routine like Addo & Orpen? I think the views provided by it look great :D

100% Correct PJL.

Satara is now on a touring program as well (like Orpen and Addo). Moving pictures from Satara soon... :dance:
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Re: Is the Cam Down?

Unread postby PJL » Tue Jan 29, 2013 4:28 pm

Danie wrote:Moving pictures from Satara soon... :dance:

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