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By: HassonGrove , 9:15 AM GMT on September 02, 2007

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I’ve had 3 weather stations that actually interface with my PC over the years. Prior to that I’ve had the ones that were self contained and only maintained the highs and lows, rain amount, etc., all the way back to thermometers and manual gauges. I currently have an Oregon Scientific WMR-100 wireless unit which I think is pretty decent but am thinking of upgrading to another wireless system.

I need to get the model numbers of the first two units (I still have them but they are packed up) but will initially give the critique of them along with my current unit. Each of them have been ok at the time they were purchased and I’m not grinding any axes but I want to open up a forum where those of us who have had one of the following or a different models, can chime in with feedback and for myself, to read these histories as well as what you moved onto and how you like your current systems.

It seems the Davis Wireless Vantage Pro 2 Weather Station (Model #6152) is a very good unit although a bit pricey. It runs at about $525.00. One of the things I like about my current unit is, it calls itself “wireless” and it truly is wireless with the exception of the USB cable from the base station to the PC. I have had some anomalies with it however, it has a battery backup although with this unit, when I unplug it or it loses power, the clock and altitude need to be re-entered. There was also a hiccup I can’t explain once where I had to adjust the barometer up than back down, but that was a onetime deal (outside of power issues). None the less it was concerning. I live in Southern California and we’ve had less than 3 inches of rain in the last year and a half so I can’t speak to the rain gauge accuracy yet but I hope that someday it will rain again and I can add to this post. Again, this is referring to the Ore. Sci. WMR-100.

Prior to this, I had a “wireless system” a La Crosse Model WS-2310-11. It too was accurate, at least as accurate as the WMR-100 but while it was called “Wireless”, all of the outside components (rain gauge, barometer, anemometer etc., where all “Wired” to the battery operated transmitter which broadcasted to the base station which was connected to my PC. This was great because I didn’t want to drill a hole into my house to run the interface cable to connect my PC and I would probably still have that unit today if I hadn’t upgraded to a notebook that doesn’t have a 9 pin RS232 connector. I tried to get a RS232 to USB converter but it didn’t work. That’s why I moved up to the WMR-100.

Prior to that I had a Wired unit that was, it seemed (we’ll call this No.1) exactly the same cabling as the above with the exception of the fact that the unit needed a phone type cable strung directly to the receiving unit which plugged into my PC. Not wanting to drill holes in my house (because my wife rearranges furniture) I set up that unit out in the pool house that was never used and inconvenient for data gathering which is why I moved to the No. 2 unit. Like I said, it was as accurate as the following 2 units but unless you can really dedicate a long term location to hard wire it…it has that flaw.

Now the Davis “wireless” unit…has some pros and cons I can see right off hand…I don’t own one but have been reading up. For one, it has some solar power but it also has a wired anemometer and requires 3 C batteries (as opposed to AA’s for the WMR-100) to transmit to the base station connected to the PC. One of the advantages that needs to be stressed however is, it is highly rated (highest I’ve seen) in the reviews and it is advertized as “Professional” quality.

If you have feedback about the WMR-100 or the Davis Vantage Pro 2 I would like to hear it, but whatever you have to say about ANY unit you have used, are using or questions/comments to add iare appreciated for discussion.

Take care!

Hasbro_T.

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18. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
5:08 AM GMT on October 31, 2013
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17. Tedwardo
12:32 AM GMT on October 13, 2012
I have a Davis Vantage Pro2. My question is, do i have to connect to Davis to upload my weather data to Wunderground? My console is IP connected to a Linksys router. I can't get Rapid Fire to work through the router and Davis declares that it is not their system. Rapid Fire only works if my computer is on and running the WeatherLink software. Any suggestions for running Rapid Fire from my router would be much appreciated.

Thanks
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16. BendWeatherMan
12:46 AM GMT on October 28, 2009
How do I send information from my Honeywell weather station to weather underground and do I need to purchase software? If so what software do you recommend? All I have done so far is plug my station into my computer with the supplied USB cable and have created a station on weather underground.
15. fortepromo3
10:16 AM GMT on September 10, 2009
I currently have the Oregon Scientific WMR 968 (I hope that is the model going off memory).

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14. wyzman
4:28 PM GMT on January 25, 2009
I am a member of the Weathernet 6 at Wrgb Schenectady,n.y. I purchased an accurite unit at first this past January but the wireless signal(100 ft. or less) and the wind speed readings being off by a lot, caused me to return it and opt for the WMR 100. Compact, easy set up, everything in one unit, 300 ft. range and usb with free software since we post data to the web site and need not be hooked up all the time.
I've heard complaints about it from others who purchased it,like different components data going down, etc.
Works pretty well for me except:
1. humidity & dew point component shuts down at 12 degrees F and living in the Northeast that's kind of annoying. Called tech support and they told me that the unit doesn't read below that temp cause the readings are irrelevant and that's the way the unit is set up. I told him in the Northeast it is relevant. He said, he's down in San Diego where temp's never hit that level. I said to him, Don't sell it to anyone in Alaska. They did offer to change it but I really didn't feel like dismantling it.
2. Sometimes the base unit stops transferring data to the computer software or when connecting up doesn't find it and you need to go a few steps to get it going.
3. Many complaints about the design of the, all components in one, especially the temp since it basically has to be in the sun with the rest of it. I find it has no effect on the readings cause the casing is thermal and well designed.
4. Rain gauge could be better cause it reads in 0.04 and for light rain amounts under that mark it usually doesn't show so I use a Tru-Chek rain gauge as back up. In a major rain storm such as 1 in. or so , both units end up reading almost exact, so not bad in that respect.

Would I get another Oregon unit?? Maybe, but this humidity thing still sits with me.
For the money you can't buy anything better or more convenient for under $200.

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13. WA5TEF
6:29 AM GMT on December 04, 2008
Davis Advantage Pro2, if you will go to Davis
' website there is a link for lower pricing. Have to click on it and they will email you a lower price, about 75% of retail.

Jim
WA5TEF
12. WA5TEF
3:33 AM GMT on December 04, 2008
I finally shelled out some bucks and ordered the data logger and software for the Vantgage Pro2. It works great so far. I've had the Davis for about 6 months with no problems except birds stopping up the rain guage.

I am now looking for information on how to connect my station to Weather Underground. I have a T1 line from AT&T so bandwidth won't be a problem. I have seen help files or websites with these directions but I cannot locate it now.

Thanks,
Jim Miller
Saltillo, MS
WA5TEF
11. mckTXaws
12:39 AM GMT on November 12, 2008
Quoting andynuts:
is it possible to send data from your weather station software to weather underground when your pc is turned off. iam running cumulus weather software it works fine untill i close the page or turn my pc off
yes with the help of meteohub but the data logger kit runs around 230$
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10. andynuts
12:32 AM GMT on October 12, 2008
is it possible to send data from your weather station software to weather underground when your pc is turned off. iam running cumulus weather software it works fine untill i close the page or turn my pc off
9. mckTXaws
4:39 AM GMT on July 20, 2008
it sends data to the computer at the interval you chose between 1seconde to 48 hours

I am considering purchasing the WMR-100, especially for the ability to transfer info to the PC. What I'm most curious about is whether the unit will download a day of weather data to the PC or if the PC only receives the current info? I don't leave my PC on so I was hoping the weather station would store the data so I could download it later (once/day). Anyone know? Thanks!
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8. mckTXaws
1:56 AM GMT on July 02, 2008
i think you should stay with the wmr100 every month thay come out with new accesories for it the most recent option is a floating pool pond lake thermometer with the 3.0 logo on it next month i herd thay will be coming out with a wireless thermometer with 10' ft wire probe for soil water ect for under 200$ the wmr100 is pretty good but your just like me i always want the best weather station for example i am dreaming of a vantage pro 2 but i love the wmr100 to me it is the best weather station
i have the wmr100 as a few steps up from a chaney acu-rite 00594 weather station from wal*mart but you do what you like
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7. aws101
2:18 PM GMT on February 23, 2008
the vantage pro is a little pricy
but 1 it is cheaper than some weather stations
of lower quality (rainwise weather stations)
and it is worth it i say this ws is a must
6. HassonGrove
8:37 AM GMT on November 06, 2007
My experience is, it needs to be online all the time to get accurate data. Not absolutely sure if it's the S/W I'm using (Virtual Weather Internet) or if it’s the receiver’s lack of ability to record and feed highs and lows. If you’re still interested, I’ll read through the manual and look it up for you. It hasn’t been an issue for me as it’s online 24/7 here but the problem I DO have is, during the wind storm we had a couple weeks ago our electricity when out. This caused two problems, I had to reset the DSL so VW went offline during that period and in addition, to calibrate the Barometric pressure, I have to set my altitude to get the proper reading. Even though there’s a battery backup, when the electricy goes out (or gets unplugged), it needs to be reset (as well as the clock unless I want to wait for it to auto reset when it connects to Denver’s signal). I know it’s not a problem with my receiver, as I have two. I guess a design flaw. No sense in having batteries in the unit if it can’t retain the data input.

The time issue isn’t a problem as the internet feed is based in the computer time so it stays straight but those are two issues I would address if I were putting out the WMR-100 and offering Virtual Weather as the S/W package.

VW however is a pretty cool package as far as data display options.

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5. Gep
6:26 AM GMT on October 31, 2007
I am considering purchasing the WMR-100, especially for the ability to transfer info to the PC. What I'm most curious about is whether the unit will download a day of weather data to the PC or if the PC only receives the current info? I don't leave my PC on so I was hoping the weather station would store the data so I could download it later (once/day). Anyone know? Thanks!
4. HassonGrove
10:33 AM GMT on September 02, 2007
Do you have experience with Oregon Scientific at all? I'm not a defender, I think they could go a bit farther with quality but when they say wireless, it seems to have less wires than the Davis wireless unit does.

Like I said...the reviews speak volumes for Davis but on the other hand, math has that slight problem of scale I need to reconcile in my own mind. In other words, if for every 100 Davis units sold at $500 10,000 OS units are sold for $200 and I would expect a much higher number of dissatisfied owners by number on a site like this...but I need to know the percentage of owners, not number of unhappy campers..you know what I mean? I mean I get very little rain but I would like to know exactly how much it is...and if .4 isn't enough to trigger a reading on one system but .1 on another was, that means something. Temp and pressure are also nice to not have to monkey with.

Happy people tend to stay quiet, that’s why I’m asking everyone to chime in, good bad or indifferent.
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3. GPTGUY
10:17 AM GMT on September 02, 2007
spicey the bucket registers at .04" because its a smaller rain gauge and the tipping part is bigger than that of the Vantage Pro which is smaller and registers .01"
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2. GPTGUY
10:14 AM GMT on September 02, 2007
It seems the Davis Wireless Vantage Pro 2 Weather Station (Model #6152) is a very good unit although a bit pricey. It runs at about $525.00.


Yes but it is a great investment and its well worth the price to have accurate weather data..data that updates every 2 1/2 seconds...and can send information on the internet 24/7 without having to send the unit back because something or one of the instruments malfunctioned!! I see too many blogs on here about stations being down and when I read them its mostly Oregon Scientific stations...Davis is the way to go...its well worth it and you can sit back and relax knowing that you are getting accurate data and sending to the internet without having to worry about something malfunctioning!
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1. spiceymonster
10:08 AM GMT on September 02, 2007
I currently have the Oregon Scientific WMR 968 (I hope that is the model going off memory). It is a wireless unit that has been excellant to me so far. Currently I am not transmitting due to my own personal reasons, but other than that the unit works like a champ. Only flaw I could tell you about is that the rain guage don't register rain until .04" is in the bucket, but I bet it goes less.

Any other questions about this unit I will be glad to answer it.
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