Friday, April 17, 2015

Project #4 Progress Report 4/17/2015

Project #4 Progress Report 4/17/2015
The goal of this project is to analyse the internet connection speed, camera setup and network traffic at the Marine Museum in order to optimize available internet bandwidth and minimize camera pauses.
  1. Issue - both cameras have occasional pauses due to bandwidth use and speed limits.
  2. Bandwidth does occasionally bounce into the 4MB upload limit.
  3. The bandwidth needed by each camera stream depends somewhat on the light conditions and busyness of the view.  i.e reflecting morning sunlight on the waves doubles and triples the need bandwidth until the sun moves out of the scene.
  4. Last week we raised $600 to investigate ways to optimize these two cameras.
  5. I have hired a local computer company to examine the internet/network connection to see if speed can be improved.  We will be starting this examination next Monday and hopefully get these two cameras streaming better then ever.

7 comments:

  1. Dennis, just another opportunity to thank you for all your work!

    -Ben

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  2. Have you try looking into streaming the webcams on YouTube or Livestream.com?

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  3. I use Angelcam.com to stream the cameras. The others are more expensive.

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  4. Good news. Although I have not donated yet to the project, I will as things get sorted out. The cameras and sound are all wonderful; but I have to admit, that now with the pauses so often, I am spoiled and wish there were none at all. I know as the boats near the Entry, things start to skip, and sometimes, the camera looking into the Lake has less skips. So I then later on rely on your postings, which are virtually skip free. I hope you have good luck, but what we have now is so much better than nothing at all, and the views are clearer etc. It is a great site to enlarge the harbor cam and watch. I really like that cam, but I also like the others as well. Like we all say. THANKS, and thanks for all you do for us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Jeff Haertlein/North Freedom, WI.

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  5. Thanks Jeff,
    There are so many things that can bottleneck the cameras streams. Primarily IMHO, is the ISP not providing the advertised bandwidth, which is difficult to continuously monitor and probably difficult for them to always provide.
    The good thing is technology is always getting better and the next generation cameras will need less bandwidth and stream better.
    For now, all I can do is keep tweaking!

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  6. I was stationed on the Woodrush from 73 to 75 and I love the views and everything that happens there I miss Duluth and am going to visit there when I can thanks for all the great views and work Kim Zimmerman Sheboygan,WI

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