Weather station

This weather station is made up of Ambient Weather Observer 1400-IP consisting of an all in one wireless weather station with remote indoor sensor, as well as a HikVision DS-2CD2032-I IP camera. Data is distributed via a Meteobridge.

Hardware

The blurb says the Ambient Weather WS-1400-IP OBSERVER weather station, combines reliability, easy installation and wireless technology. The observer is accurate, precise, and affordably priced.

It transmits 915MHz from the outdoor sensor array and indoor temperature sensor to the ObserverIP module, which plugs directly into your router, providing real-time internet monitoring. The wireless all-in-one integrated sensor array measures wind speed, wind direction, temperature, humidity, wind speed, wind direction, rainfall, UV and solar radiation.The indoor sensor measures barometric pressure, indoor temperature and indoor humidity. The all-in-one sensor array features a pagoda thermo-hygrometer radiation shield with passive aspiration for the upmost accuracy, a bubble level for plumb installation, and a solar panel with 3 x AA alkaline rechargeable batteries (included). The ObserverIP module receives data from the sensor array and connects to your router. The ObserverIP is configured through any web browser.

I imported this from the US, through Amazon, but it must be borne in mind that in South Africa, there is no support for Ambient Weather products, and also, the indoor sensors report only imperial units. This is not a problem if you only use WunderApp to monitor your station.

I only discovered after I bought the AW 1400 IP that the same weather station is available locally in South Africa. It's branded the HP1000 and is available through instruments.co.za. If in South Africa, rather go this route.

While a good unit and very convenient, especially being wireless, it is not without issues. The fact that it is all in one means there are some compromises as regarding siting it properly. The best location for a particular sensor means that it might not be good for a different sensor, especially wind and rain guages. A good location for the wind vane/anemometer is a bad one for rainfall. Sited on my roof, the rain guage was subject to a large amount of buffeting, emptying the bucket without triggering a reading. I had to manufacture a really solid steel mast to reduce the vibration. But it works now.

My next weather station (only when this one dies) will not be an all on one, and must support at least 2 temperature sensors (one of which will be for the swimming pool).

The HikVision DS-2CD2032-I IP Camera was chosen because I had read a number of good reviews about it, and is very affordable. It is 3MP and only just more expensive than the identical 1.3MP version, so I went with that. It has a 4mm, 6mm and 12mm option. Sadly, I ordered a 4mm but received a 6mm. I was just too keen to get it installed. 4mm would have been better :(. I want to get a second camera to do sunsets. This time it will be 4mm. One issue is that I could not get the camera to FTP images to Wunderground properly, so gave up (more below).

The other issue with the Ambient Weather 1400-IP (and same applies to the HP1000) is that it can't distribute data anywhere other than Wunderground, least of all to your own website. Enter from left, the Meteobridge. Basically this is a mini-router, flashed with software, and is able to intercept the weather station data, and distribute it just about anywhere, to just about any weather site, using all sorts of protocols, including FTP, HTTP and SMTP. It also writes directly to a SQL database. Visit Meteobridge for all the details. It does everything it says on the tin.

Software

The only additional software I use is IPTimelapse, which is great it capturing stills from your camera, embedding weather data, and uploading the stills via FTP to wherever, at any time interval you specify. As the name suggests it is actually used for building timelapses, with a huge array of options. At the moment mine captures 2 sets of timelapses; full day and intraday. The camera coverage can be seen here.

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Temperature

Humidity

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Wind gust

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Indoor humidity


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