Classic Off Road Show, Telford 2012

And it was bloody cold as I headed over the top from Bwlch to Tredegar to pickup Mark and Alan; -8 and lots of snow, so loaded up the van and headed towards Abergavenny. After nearly losing van and trailer on the A40 roundabout it was a steady drive up the motorway, arriving in Telford just before 8am.

Kevin as the advance party was already in situ and has reserved some space for us. On with the gloves to avoid hands sticking to cold swingarms and started the unloading. We seem to have brought more that usual, though the Belgian contingent were first on the seen, and acquired some MX250 exhausts and parts.

As business picked up, managed to find time to fire up the stove and cook a monster bacon and black pudding sandwich, and the constant cups of tea were keeping the hypothermia at bay. Good crowd around though and despite everything, probably busier than the last couple of years.

Artic conditions

Sold a few MX250, TY250 and other bits,which was all good. I’d take some money on the hunt for some deals, but which there were a couple of interesting things in the car park (incl a D175 I should have picked up), in general prices were a bit crazy. And not just CCM’s. I’m sorry Colin, but £7750 for Bultaco I think might be stretching it.

Beta twinshock ?

I also bought some parts from Keith Alderman from Motolink, as part of the plan to refresh the MX250 for next season (8 weeks ago) and some other parts. The inside halls were (unsurprisingly) busy and indeed warm. Mark, Alan and the others has also dived inside and with the arrival of the snow we decided to pack up outside.

Spent another hour inside, arranged for all the parts etc to be picked up and with reports of heavy snow in South Wales, decided to head off around 14h30.

Eye watering price ! And it's not a Honda

Now to the journey home. With reports from Kevin of numerous accidents on the M54, we headed to Bridgnorth and after stocking up with emergency supplies in Tesco Express, we headed over the Clee Hills on the B road to Ludlow.

With a careful approach downhill and a more aggressive one uphill, we got to Cleobury North no problem, however is usually with snow, it’s not the snow it is other drivers who are the problem. With a slow driver in front, we failed to make it up the last steep hill to Wheathill and 30 minutes of pushing (with help from Glyn Moses and carload) we got to the top and I headed off, leaving Mark and Alan a 10 minute walk up the hill.

After that, roads became easier down through Hereford, though conditions awful. Took 4 hours before I got back to Bwlch, where I somewhat keenly tackled the hill down to the house. Unpacked the trailer and dived into the house. Still shivering on Monday, after a pretty impressive epic day.

Wansview Wireless IP Camera

Some research showed up a number of options for WiFI cameras, but this it was the cheaper option on Amazon and one that provides a pretty good solution.

The Wansview IP Camera, with motion detection etc, came from Amazon and at GBP 40.00 seems to be too cheap. However, if you some techie skills with your home network etc

You’ll need:
• a DSL or cable wired or wireless router, ideally something that does IP forwarded. I’m using a Netgear N300 router currently.
• some basic network knowledge
• you’ll need power near to where the camera is located and either wireless coverage from your router or wired ethernet (there are number of ways of doing this).
• if you are a Windows user, there is a supplied CD on installing etc
• if you are a Linux user (like me!) then no problems, it’s more manual but actually straightforward to configure.

I use Linode to host a Linux image which I use for my email etc, so configuring and testing things is straightforward.

Some key things to watch:
• the documentation with the camera is okay, but along with the online FAQ’s there are a bit basic
• the default static IP address for the camera is 192.168.0.178. Although this may be good for people with a 192.168.0.0/24 subnet at home (a lot of DSL routers default to this) it isn’t always the case. Some notes on setting this below
• when setting up either the email or ftp alarms, put in your values, submit them, then test. If you test before submitting, it will fail as it clears the values you’ve entered. It does say this on the form.
• the camera does support uPnP which is an easy way to configure the IP Forwarding, however it’s potentially a bit of a security compromise so I tend to turn it off.

Accessing the camera and configuration

Like most routers, the Camera runs a small webserver which gives you access to the picture and configuration. Default is 192.168.0.178, with user name of ‘admin’ and password of ‘123456’. Best to change the password asap.

The admin pages are pretty straightforward, but check through the settings carefully as the messages from the tests and diagnostics are not brilliant.

Network Configuration

You’ll probably want to change either the network IP address (192.168.0.178 default) or the port (1025). You will also probably want to get the wireless working. Two ways of configuring the device, either directly connecting your PC or laptop directly into the camera with the supplied CatV patch cable, or (better) connect the camera into your router (the Netgear’s usually have 1-4 slots on the back). This makes configuring the wireless easier, as you’ll have to enter the SSID for you home network as well as the right security type and passphrase. It’s not that intelligent and you’ll need to know what security you are using on your router.

You’ll probably want to go for a static address (ie not obtained automatically), as this makes Port Forwarding a lot easier later. The Netgear instructions are pretty straightforward, but if you do change the port for 1025, don’t use 8080, as this is port the admin interface uses if you have made it externally accessible.

Emails and Alerts

Results

Some of the latest images should be [ here : ->
http://www.twinshock.org.uk/ipcamera/ ]; these are uploaded every 5 minutes over FTP.