I will probaply get spanked by the mods for posting this here, but I have posted a similar entry in the Camera forum, and have gotten no response. I also PM'ed Campbell a week ago, and it has not been read yet. I messaged WaveLit and was ignored. I'm posting this in various forums in the hope that someone who cares and can respond will see it.
I discovered this camera in late November 2006. For weeks, I could start up the WMP and watch uninterrupted for hours at a time, with only occasional outages, usually associated with storms and completely understandable.
This is no longer the case. My trouble seems to have begun about the same time as WaveLit changed the address of the WMP feed to mms://live.wildlife.wavelit.net/6192NKP. Since then, viewing this camera has become an exersize in frustration to the point where it's almost not worth fooling with.
I am seldom able to get more than a few consecutive seconds of streaming video before getting buffering messages and video freezes. Streaming video more often resembles an intermittent slide show with random time intervals between images. Particularly disconcerting is the fact that the video frequently freezes, while the audio continues normally, giving the impression that all is working when it is not. The only way I know there is a problem is if I randomly restart the WMP, if I hear sounds indicating animal presence but I see nothing, or if someone in the Boma posts an entry about seeing activity that I am not seeing.
It is extremely dissappointing to think you have been watching the waterhole for quite some time thinking there was no activity, when in fact, you are looking at a snapshot that has been frozen for some time, you have been misled by the normal sounding audio, and you have missed significant activity.
A high percentage of the time I get a message from the WMP saying "Windows Media Player cannot play the file because a network error occurred. The server might not be available. Verify that you are connected to the network and that your proxy settings are correct."
Nothing has changed on my end, and I have the same trouble on three different computers with two different cable providers.
I cannot be the only fan of this camera that is about ready to give up on it because of these kind of issues. Is anyone else experiencing the same level of frustration?