Ambient Weather WS-1200-IP Observer Solar Powered Wireless Internet Remote Monitoring Weather Station with Solar Radiation and UV
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- The ambient weather ws-1200-ip observer weather station combines reliability, easy installation and wireless technology
- The observer from the outdoor sensor array and indoor temperature sensor to the display console and Observer IP module
- The observer transmits outdoor temperature, humidity, wind speed, wind direction, rainfall, UV and solar radiation from the all-in-one sensor array
- The observer also transmits indoor temperature, humidity and barometric pressure from the indoor temperature array
- You also get dew point and rainfall rate, and a graph provides detailed trends for barometer, temperature and humidity
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The WS-1200-IP Observer Solar Powered Wireless Weather Station
(1) Wind vane (2) Wind cups (3) Solar collector (4) Battery compartment (5) LED transmitter indicator (6) Reset button (7) Thermo-hygrometer with solar radiation shield (8) UV sensor (9) Solar radiation sensor (10) Rain collector (self emptying) (11) Bubble Level.
The Ambient Weather observer weather station combines reliability, ease of installation and wireless technology. The observer is accurate, precise, and affordable. It transmits 915 MHz from the outdoor sensor array and indoor temperature sensor to the display console.
The observer transmits outdoor temperature, humidity, wind speed, wind direction, rainfall, UV and solar radiation from the all-in-one sensor array. The observer also transmits indoor temperature, humidity and barometric pressure from the indoor temperature array.
The sensor array updates every 14 seconds. The maximum wind speed (gust) and average wind speed are continuously sampled within the 14 second time period, so you never miss a wind gust.
You also get dew point, heat index, and rainfall rate, and a graph provides detailed trends for barometer, temperature and humidity.
The sunrise, sunset and moon phase keeps you in touch with your environment.
The menu based multi-screen display includes adjustments for imperial and metric units of measure, high and low alarm conditions with audible alert, and calibration of all major parameters.
The observer also displays minimum and maximum conditions with time and date stamp, historical archived data, which can be exported to SD Card (optional)) for advanced data analysis in Excel, and detailed time graphs for spotting weather trends.
The SD Card is also used for firmware updates.
Base station: Input 5V DC; 120V wall charger included, Power consumption: 7.5 Watts.
Indoor remote sensor : 2xAAA batteries (not included).
Outdoor sensor array: 3xAAA alkaline rechargeable batteries (included).
Special Notes and Limitations
- The wireless signal will not pass through metal, earth or ground.
- Do not use in salt water environments.
- Not recommended for use in the Arctic Circle.
- The weather station console does not include back up batteries and runs on AC power only. Losing power will not erase memory. We recommend ordering a low cost UPS back up if you wish to collect and view data during a power outage.
- The weather station array includes a short 8-inch pole, and is not a final mounting solution in itself. Explore Ambient Weather's mounting solutions, or supply your own pole. The array includes brackets and adapter for mounting to any 1-2 inch diameter pole.
Notes and Limitations:
Note: The indoor thermo-hygro-barometer LCD displays imperial units of measure (degF, inHg).
iPad, iPhone and iMac pictured are not included. iPad, iPhone and iMac are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.
Weather Station limitations:
- The wireless signal will not pass through metal, earth or ground.
- Do not use in salt water environments.
- Not recommended for use in the Arctic Circle.
- Indoor temperature range: 32 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit
- Indoor temperature accuracy: ± 2 degrees Fahrenheit
- Outdoor temperature sensor Range: -40 to 149 degrees Fahrenheit
- Outdoor temperature accuracy: ± 2 degrees Fahrenheit
- Indoor humidity range: 10 to 99%
- Indoor humidity accuracy: ± 5%
- Outdoor humidity range: 10 to 99%
- Outdoor humidity accuracy: ± 5%
- Barometric pressure range: 8.85 to 32.50 inHg
- Barometric pressure accuracy: ± 0.08 inHg
- Solar radiation (light) range: 0 to 400,000 Lux
- Solar radiation accuracy: ± 15%
- UV range: 0 to 15
- UV accuracy: ± 1
- Rain accuracy: ± 10 percent
- Rain resolution: 0.01 inches
- Wind direction accuracy: ± 1º
- Wind direction resolution: 1º
- Wind speed range: 0 to 100 miles per hour (operational)
- Wind speed accuracy: ± 2.2 miles per hour or 10%
- Wind Speed Calculation: Average wind speed in 16 second update period
- Wind Gust Calculation: Peak wind speed in 16 second update period
- Power Specifications:
- Indoor Remote sensor : 2xAAA batteries (not included)
- Outdoor sensor array: 3xAAA alkaline rechargeable batteries (included)
- Sensor Arrray, appx. (HxLxW): 14 x 12 x 6 inches
- Console Frame Dimensions (LxWxH): 7.75 x 5.75 x 0.75 inches
- Indoor thermometer-hygrometer-barometer (HxWxW): 2.5 x 3.5 x 1 inch
- ObserverIP Dimensions: 3 x 2.5 x 1 inches
Connect to the Ambient Weather Network
Your own private web server
Send real time data to AmbientWeather.net, an exclusive. The Ambient Weather Network is the most user friendly design for monitoring your data across different platforms. Quickly view detailed information with our animated expandable modules.
Monitor indoor and outdoor conditions, including wind speed, wind direction, rainfall, UV, solar radiation, indoor temperature, indoor humidity, barometric pressure, dew point, heat index, wind chill and more.
Includes dials, gauges, graphs and text reports for every parameter. Download the data to your computer for further data analysis.
Supports Email and Text Alerts.
Send email or text alerts for high and low conditions for every parameter. Send multiple alerts for the same parameter.
Includes handy timeline for tracking alert history.
Connect to Weather Underground
Wunderground allows you to view, store, analyze, share and compare data from local personal weather stations with beautiful, customizable charts and graphics.
There is never a service fee, and once you begin reporting to Wunderground, you receive Data Hosting Services and Member Benefits, including Email alerts and no ads.
WunderStation brings real-time data from over 37,000 personal weather stations that make up our unique network of weather enthusiasts.
Other apps include Weather Underground for iPhone and Android, and WunderMap for IPhone, Android and IPad.
All of the data can be viewed and analyzed through any computer web browser.
Other Features of the Wunderground Cloud Service Include:
Real-time Streaming Updates (rapid fire flash), Weather Station Google mapping, Historical data archiving (daily, monthly, yearly and custom), WeatherCam integration with time lapse video and daily archiving (weathercams sold separately), Personal weather station stickers for your website, Graphs and tabular data, Comma Separated File (csv) export, XML Feeds.
- Private Network. Must login to view personal data
- Supports email and text alerts
- View indoor temperature and humidity
- Responsive and mobile friendly web design means apps are not required. Simply view through any web browser
- Text Reports. Export csv files to other applications for further analysis
- Extensive graphing capability for the day, week, month and year
- Customizable dashboard
The Wireless Color Display Console
The full color TFT LCD full color display is easy to read, day or night. The attractively thin desktop display is also wall mountable and includes an AC adapter, and features automatically controlled brightness settings based on time of day.
The display features screens that display historical archive data, historical graphs, imperial and metric units of measure, high and low alarms, and calibration.
Frame dimensions (LxWxH): 7.75 x 5.75 x 0.75 inches.
LCD dimensions (LxW): 6.25 x 3.5 inches.
The ObserverIP Module
The ObserverIP Server Module receives wireless data from the sensor array and indoor thermometer-hygrometer-barometer and connects directly to your router, providing real-time, streaming data to the internet.
The ObserverIP is configured through any web browser.
Features calibration of all major parameters.
Supports both imperial and metric units of measure.
Includes Ethernet cable and AC adapter.
ObserverIP dimensions: 3 x 2.5 x 1 inches.
Send your data to Ambient Weather Network, your own private server, as well as Weather Underground, the world's largest network of weather stations.
View indoor conditions, set alarms and view the data on any platform (phone, tablet, laptop and desktop).
Includes gauges, dials, graphs and text data for further analysis.
Supports email and text alerts, with history timeline.
Stream live weather data to the internet.
The Weather Underground is the most comprehensive weather server for storing, analyzing and viewing your weather station data.
The image above shows the WunderStation app for IPads, available at the Apple Store. WunderStation allows you to view, analyze, share and compare data from local personal weather stations with beautiful, customizable charts and graphics.
WunderStation is compatible with iPad, iPad Air, iPad Mini, and iOS versions 7 and higher.
WunderStation supports indoor temperature and humidity.
|Outdoor Measurements||Temperature, humidity, barometer||Wind speed and direction, rainfall, temperature, humidity||Wind speed and direction, rainfall, temperature, humidity, solar radiation, UV||Wind speed and direction, rainfall, temperature, humidity, solar radiation, UV||Wind speed and direction, rainfall, temperature, humidity, solar radiation, UV||Wind speed and direction, rainfall, temperature, humidity, solar radiation, UV|
|Indoor Measurements||Temperature, humidity, barometer||Temperature, humidity, barometer||Temperature, humidity, barometer||Temperature, humidity, barometer||Temperature, humidity, barometer||Temperature, humidity, barometer|
|Color Display with Graphing||✓||✓||Color Film|
|Internet Publishing||direct to internet||direct to internet||direct to internet||direct to internet||WiFi to internet||WiFi to Internet|
|Radio Frequency||915 MHz||915 MHz||915 MHz||915 MHz||915 MHz||915 MHz|
|Web Hosting||Weather Underground, Ambient Weather Network||Weather Underground, Ambient Weather Network||Weather Underground, Ambient Weather Network||Weather Underground, Ambient Weather Network||Weather Underground, Ambient Weather Network||Weaher Underground, WeatherBug, WeatherCloud|
The ambient weather ws-1200-ip observer weather station combines reliability, easy installation and wireless technology.
Top customer reviews
The WS-1200 IP was a breeze to setup. You need a couple of AAA batteries for the indoor Temperature/Humidity/ Pressure Sensor and a mounting pole for the Outdoor Sensor Unit – everything else is included. The instruction booklet was simple and clear. I fired up the Outdoor Unit, connected the Observer IP Module to power and ethernet, powered on the Display unit, as well as, the indoor module and everything synched up almost immediately. The Outdoor unit and Indoor module, both, communicate with the Observer IP (which sends data to the Wunderground) and the Display Unit. The range of communication has been excellent. Outdoor Sensor>Observer IP has been 100% and the Indoor Module to Observer IP has been 95% - largely due to the overwhelming amount of RF interference in my home. Communication to the Display Unit from both transmitters has been flawless.
There have been a couple of firmware updates to the Observer IP unit and the online software tool makes these quick and easy to apply. The display unit is also upgradeable via a micro SD card. It would be great if the Observer IP could send data to other Weather Services – perhaps this may be possible in a future firmware update.
All electronic devices will experience a “hiccup” and the quality of service, for me, is paramount. Ed has answered all of my questions regarding the WS-1200 – often in minutes via email.
In my opinion, for the money, this is the best unit available for the amateur weather watcher.
This system is very, very straightforward to set up and get working. In fact, I simply inerted the batteries into and mounted the sensor array, inserted the batteries in the indoor sensor, and connected power for the display. Within a minute or two, everything had linked up and was working fine. I don't see how it could be more simple.
Setting up the OBSERVERIP (module for IP connectivity) was also very straightforward, although slightly more complicated than the other components. I connected the power and connected the included Ethernet cable to my router. In short order it was receiving data from all of the other components. I found the DHCP assigned IP address using a tool from the Ambient Weather website, and upgraded the firmware to 1.08 - this was the most complicated part of the entire setup.
The instructions are fairly well-written, and easy to follow. I prefer the online .pdf version as the printed version is a bit small for my aging eyes. The online .pdf file is available on the Ambient Weather website. I referenced the instructions two times - once to configure the settings/variables for the display, and once to set up the OBSERVERIP.
I already had the pole in the ground - a repurposed exisiting adjustable pole that just happened to be in the best possible location for a sensor array. And, fortunately for me, the pole was the perfect diameter to accept the included swedged pole mount. There are a lot of different methods by which the sensor array could be mounted.
The other components require virtually no effort at all, except for installing batteries or plugging in power and Ethernet cables.
Approximate time involved:
Inserting batteries into sensor array - 2 minutes
Mounting the sensor array - 6 minutes
Leveling and orienting the sensor array with compass - 5 minutes
Inserting batteries in indoor unit - 1 minute
Plugging in and configuring the display - 7 minutes
Plugging in and connecting the OBSERVERIP - 8 minutes
Setting up an account on Weather Underground - 4 minutes
Upgrading OBSERVERIP firmware - 4 minutes (this proccess took longer but I left it running and came back after supper)
Total time to have system up and running and publishing data to Weather Underground (again, not counting preparing a mount for the sensor array - this could vary tremendously depending on your situation) - 37 minutes.
Note: When I first received this unit, the display would not work at all. Ambient Weather (Ed) was very responsive and apologetic about the situation. They shipped out a replacement display within a couple of business days, and I received it after a couple more.
I don't know how setting up this system could be much more user-friendly. The only thing I can think of is if the firmware updates for the IPOBSERVER were automated (like my Netgear router and ROKU devices). I really like the features and functionality. And I am satisfied with the response and support of Ambient Weather.
UPDATE (02/11/2015): I've been using this weather station for more than 90 days now, and it has been absolutely trouble-free. Our entire family, and our neighbors, are now addicted to having accurate weather data from this product! Again, my only regret is not purchasing one of these sooner than I did.
I will come back after the 1 year point and provide another update.
UPDATE (06/09/2016): Well, I've been enjoying this system for more than a year and a half now. The only issue I've encountered was regarding the console display - an issue related to early production models which was remedied in later models - and was corrected by Ambient Weather's very good and thorough customer service. I've recommended this system to many others, and will continue to do so. I don't think any other branded system compares equally in this price range.