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Re: Webcams

by Bettina » 18 Nov 2017, 14:27


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Re: Webcams

by Jean » 18 Nov 2017, 16:28

The harbour camera is working again!

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Re: Webcams

by Erno » 18 Nov 2017, 19:52

Good news!

Some technical background info about the webcam(s), so everyone can understand what is happening if one of the webcams is not working:

The webcams all consist of a 1-3 megapixel camera + a 'computer' inside its enclosure. The computer is a web server, that renders the webcam photo, and sends it through a connected telephone line to its dedicated website. So:

1) the camera + computer in Sfakia
2) the electricity in Sfakia
3) the telephone line in Crete
4) and the website server (in Holland)

all 4 need to work simultaneously, in order to show you the webcam shot.

If it does NOT work (i.e. you do not see a refreshed webcam photo on its website), one or more of the above 4 elements does not work. In case of the harbour webcam (the beach webcam is operating in the same way, but by Three Brothers/ Natalia):

If the 1) camera + computer in Sfakia does not work: then it is broken, and needs to be fixed. This can only be done in either the shop in Athens, or at the factory in Germany. It cannot be done in Sfakia or Crete. The line (ethernet cable) from the webcam to the telephone line (through a connection box with 3 entries: power, telephone line, webcam) can also be broken (moist, broken cable), and this needs to be fixed in Sfakia.

If 2) the electricity in Sfakia is not available (power cut or switched off), we need to wait for the power to come back on, or until someone switches the power back on. If the power grid was off, the camera will restart automatically after it comes back on. If the power was switched off manually, then we have to wait for Giannis of Lefka Ori to return, to switch it back on.

The same goes for 3) the telephone line in Crete: wait for the provider to open again the line, or for Giannis to open the line, or pay/ renew the subscription.

If 4) the server that contains the actual website does not work, I am the one that has to do the job.

The latest interruption of the harbour webcam was due to either/ or item 2) and/ or 3).

As you can see, it is a delicate and complicated system. Actually it is amazing that it more often does work, than not.
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Erno
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Re: Webcams

by rick » 19 Nov 2017, 13:10

Thanks for that enlightening information, Erno. Not putting the blame on anyone, but only to serve as a rundown of the various situations of some of the Southwestern Crete web cams:

WEBCAM REPORT - 19 November 2017

Vrissi Beach (The 3 Brothers Taverna) webcam; static, refreshes every 1 minute: good quality, but bushes still not trimmed; left side of view slightly obstructed, although the most of the leaves have fallen off, so not so bad.

Webcam near gyros cafe; live with sound: no picture or sound since yesterday; indeed, all of Meteocam's (the website server in Athens GR) webcams are down at this same time (as they were not so long ago).

Old Harbor (The Lefka Ori Hotel & Restaurant) webcam; static, refreshes every 1 minute: great quality.

Paleochora; live webcam, no sound: excellent quality.

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Re: Webcams

by rikpagoni » 20 Nov 2017, 08:57

Vrissi beach webcam off

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Re: Webcams

by Erno » 20 Nov 2017, 10:05

Probably yesterday's bad weather has triggered one or more of the items 1), 2) or 3) mentioned above. I have informed Natalia, but she currently is not in Sfakia. Let us hope the beach cam will come back by itself. Otherwise we have to wait until the weekend.
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Re: Webcams

by rick » 20 Nov 2017, 10:28

WEBCAM REPORT - 20 November 2017

Vrissi Beach (The 3 Brothers Taverna) webcam; each frame refreshes every 1 minute: down today.

Webcam near gyros cafe; live with sound: up adain; good quality view of the old harbor, sound is muffled by annoying constant rumbling (maybe a motor near the microphone?).

Old Harbor (The Lefka Ori Hotel & Restaurant) webcam; each frame refreshes every 1 minute: great quality.

Paleochora; live webcam, no sound: excellent quality.

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Re: Webcams

by Erno » 20 Nov 2017, 10:46

Rick, please ask yourself if your repetitive reports contribute anything useful to this forum that we do not yet know...
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Re: Webcams

by Erno » 20 Nov 2017, 11:01

The beach webcam is back online!

http://www.beach-webcam-crete.com/
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Re: Webcams

by Erno » 20 Nov 2017, 11:53

This topic is now locked, since it is getting too large. This means that no posts can be added here from now. Please feel free to start a new topic about the webcams, if you have something new to say.
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