Hipe 7'' Digital 5 Day Wireless Internet Weather Forecast Station With Indoor and Outdoor temperature Display
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HIPE weather station is not your typical weather station which has a probe that measures the weather conditions right outside your house. Instead it gets information from the internet and then broadcasts the information, using a USB wireless dongle, to the display unit somewhere in your house. The weather station can only operate when the wireless dongle is plugged into the computer and computer is turned on and connected to the internet. In the current version (6/6/2013) the information is updated and broadcast every 55 seconds.
To configure the unit you select a city for which information is available that is the closest to your location. I check two states that I am close to and each had 9 cities to select from. My closest choices were 10-15 miles away, so I noticed slight variation in the forecast and the conditions near my house. I have one of those old-fashioned weather stations with a temperature probe that I was comparing this unit with.
The weather station comes with software for Windows and Mac. I installed it on the Windows machine. The installation was very easy, the display immediately received the broadcast. However the install did not follow Windows standards and normal good software practices of (1) asking the user where to install the software and installed the package at root level on C: drive (2) asking the user whether he/she want to add an icon to the system tray (3) giving the user an option to suppress system tray pop-ups that are generated every 55 seconds when the software broadcasts the weather (which need to be dismissed manually).Read more ›
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The weather station is powered by two AAA batteries that are not included with the unit. The back of the unit has 6 buttons which are used for setup and programming and a recessed reset button to take the unit back to its basic operation setup.
The unit displays the time, inside and outside temperature, the date and day, today's forecast and the forecast for the next 4 days, the UV index and you can set up alarms. The instructions were brief but they were missing some simple and key bits of information. The transmitter updates the weather information to the weather station every 55 seconds. Unfortunately I know of no way of confirming that an update was received and that the update is displayed on the weather station.
The software disk contains a copy of the two page manual and software for Windows and Mac installation.
* The display can be hard to see if you are looking at it from the side at a higher or lower level than the screen is setting at. It has a lot of display parallax issues if you are not looking at the display from the same level it is setting at.Read more ›
1. This clock does not pick up the time and weather through your wi-fi. The clock requires you to attach a usb dongle to an actively turned on computer to check the time and weather. Most 'wireless' internet clocks that include a weather feature generally have a real wireless card built in to use your existing wi-fi home network to update the time and weather forecasts. To rely on a usb dongle- (A.) constantly uses up a valuable USB slot on your computer. (B.) requires your computer to be on all the time for it to be able to update the weather forecast. (C.) This also requires you to install bad software on your computer along with the drivers for your computer to transmit the weather and updates to the clock.
2. The software that this clock requires you install is also poorly designed and limits the accuracy of the forecast you receive. One would assume the programmers to link the software to a well designed weather forecast site like (weather.com) or (weatherunderground.com), or even (bing weather) where you can input your zip or city, state and retrieve the local weather. However, the software limits you to a few large cities in your state and can only receive weather for the chosen city. The closest city for me was still 50 miles away and I live in a mountainous region where the weather in that city and mine are fairly different. Oh... and the software isn't even included requiring you to download it from their website.
3. The clock failed to receive and broke after a week and a half of use....Read more ›
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This must be "constantly connected to the internet". We never used it since we have Laptops.Published 6 months ago by Uniquerwe2
This product's software, within a week, stopped working on an always on Windows PC with 8.1.
If you try to install the software again, Windows will not do anything with... Read more
Too bad it is out of stock; I really like ours. Several items stand out about this very low cost forecaster. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Pat Park