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Offline jpk1018

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Weekend webcam failures
« on: January 27, 2018, 10:24:43 AM »
Well I think the WU team will have to rebuild their entire webcam upload program, if you haven't noticed come the weekend atleast my camera stops uploading. Last one was Friday @ 23:22 so without someone to monitor it I think it just shuts down uploads. Looking around I see some cams up but my FTP upload has stopped working.

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Re: Weekend webcam failures
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2018, 10:46:04 AM »
Well I think the WU team will have to rebuild their entire webcam upload program, if you haven't noticed come the weekend atleast my camera stops uploading. Last one was Friday @ 23:22 so without someone to monitor it I think it just shuts down uploads. Looking around I see some cams up but my FTP upload has stopped working.

Wunderground has already acknowledged that they need to re-do the whole webcam ingestion system.  See message below:

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Re: Weekend webcam failures
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2018, 10:48:55 AM »
Thanks for the info.


Mine is still working, but the pics on the site are never current, always several hours or a few days old.

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Re: Weekend webcam failures
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2018, 12:12:45 PM »
Well I went into my stardot tools and tried the FTP test button, after 15 sec it logged on but stopped after the entering passive mode notification. So I turned off passive mode and it is now working even though passive mode has been working for quite sometime.

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Re: Weekend webcam failures
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2018, 12:44:50 PM »
I noticed the passive mode issue as well.
Exactly what I thought - the entire system has been neglected for a long time. No wonder it's falling apart.
« Last Edit: January 27, 2018, 12:46:30 PM by azchrisf »

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Re: Weekend webcam failures
« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2018, 01:35:36 PM »
why do I not care anymore?
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Re: Weekend webcam failures
« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2018, 02:03:41 PM »
Just checked mine, one was 9 minutes old, the other was 7 minutes old.  FTP at 6 minute intervals.

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Re: Weekend webcam failures
« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2018, 06:46:23 PM »
why do I not care anymore?
you remind me of  a friend and now long gone,  he would respond, "Ask me how little I care."

He was one of us, a science geek or person.  I prefer geekdom, but person.
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Re: Weekend webcam failures
« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2018, 08:14:25 PM »
What I ended up doing since they are so unreliable is uploading to my website first , then wrote a small program to (try to) upload it to WU. Can't ftp to multiple locations with an IP camera. I  ould have them reference the image from my site but why should I pay their bandwidth usage?

But I always know I have the freshest image on my site

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« Last Edit: January 27, 2018, 08:18:00 PM by azchrisf »

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Re: Weekend webcam failures
« Reply #9 on: January 27, 2018, 10:53:49 PM »
What I ended up doing since they are so unreliable is uploading to my website first , then wrote a small program to (try to) upload it to WU. Can't ftp to multiple locations with an IP camera. I  ould have them reference the image from my site but why should I pay their bandwidth usage?

But I always know I have the freshest image on my site

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I did the same thing... FTP to my web server, rename and archive, then FTP to Wunderground.  I had to teach myself the Linux commands and scripts, but it's working.  The problem is it works sporadically.  I thought it was my lack of programming skills, but then realized that the FTP is successful only about 25% of the time.

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Re: Weekend webcam failures
« Reply #10 on: January 28, 2018, 12:44:15 AM »
What I ended up doing since they are so unreliable is uploading to my website first , then wrote a small program to (try to) upload it to WU. Can't ftp to multiple locations with an IP camera. I  ould have them reference the image from my site but why should I pay their bandwidth usage?

But I always know I have the freshest image on my site

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I did the same thing... FTP to my web server, rename and archive, then FTP to Wunderground.  I had to teach myself the Linux commands and scripts, but it's working.  The problem is it works sporadically.  I thought it was my lack of programming skills, but then realized that the FTP is successful only about 25% of the time.
Lol we both fell in the same trap thinking it was our programming doing it. The passive mode fails 8/10 times, and even with it off it still fails sometimes.

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Re: Weekend webcam failures
« Reply #11 on: January 28, 2018, 06:43:02 AM »
Just wanted to check how the differences from Wundergrounds time-lapse to webcam.io (youtube) time lapse is.

The date is 24th januar, taken from my webcam connected to iakershu100 and iakershu82 stations.

First wUnderground:
https://www.wunderground.com/webcams/b8b/1/video.html?month=01&year=2018&filename=20180124.mp4

Here you see that it starts, and then suddenly skips minutes and some places hours of photo.
All pictures are uploaded every 2nd minute to the ftp .142 server,
but for some strange reason I sometimes get "Failed to connect... operation timed out"



And then the webcam.io (exported to youtube):

Here you see every 2nd minute through out the day, no skip's ( as far as I can see.
The difference is so big that it should be fixed or they must take the service down until they figure this ftp thing out.

The other thing is that WU on the desktop require flash to be able to show a MP4 file, what's the reason for that ?


Also posted in the Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/145852786027137/permalink/173909629888119/
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Re: Weekend webcam failures
« Reply #12 on: January 28, 2018, 06:01:53 PM »
I learned today one of the reasons for my webcam upload failures. I can not use passive ftp transfers directly from my webcam.

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Re: Weekend webcam failures
« Reply #13 on: January 30, 2018, 09:51:17 AM »
I can not use passive ftp transfers directly from my webcam.


Active works fine. In fact, I saw somewhere that PASV is being restricted during this module rewrite period.

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Re: Weekend webcam failures
« Reply #14 on: January 30, 2018, 10:04:16 AM »
all of my web cams  are not loading to WU.   Neither are those cam settings that go fetch the image works.  I think I am done with worrying about having WU people being able to see sky conditions from my camera.  I am sending weather conditions to them and they are going through fine.   I had images up to last thursday and since then nada.  I filled  out support tickets and nada.

Eh..  I am using webcam.io  they do have a free options, but mine is a paid for a year. 
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