Our Puppycam went down yesterday – apparently something beyond our control. I’m Technologically Challenged, so Nick, from Urban Haze explained it to me, so I’ll share an edited version with you.
“Basically your Broadband gets a connection to the Internet, and the details of that connection change every few hours. More technical description – you get what’s called an “DHCP IP address” – this is a series of numbers separated by dots like 188.8.131.52 This number is unique, and there are not two devices connected (on the outside to the Internet) that are the same – not anywhere in the whole world
So because there’s a limited set of numbers, you get it for a limited time usage of the number (on something called a lease which varies from provider to provider) The lease may renew and give you the same number or may give you a different number – this makes it quite tricky to know your number at any time, in order to talk to the internet-facing side of your router, which in turn talks to your webcam on the inside of your network.
So, the webcam may not always be available everyone all of the time, but for those that miss out, it normally gets fixed either at the next time your lease updates, or by the time the change has propagated around the globe.
Don’t you just love the Internet?!”
Thanks for that Nick.
Anyway, by 5am today it still hadn’t caught up with itself so I took matters into my own hands, switched it off, then back on again! It works for me! Of course I had to re-position the puppy-cam so you can see the puppy-bed, but I managed that too!