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Wonderful if it worked for more then 40 days
on April 25, 2012
On my first order I received this product and plugged it in right away. The screen lit up nice and bright then within about 2 minutes the screen started to fade then burned out. Ok, so random bad product no problem, Amazon is always great about returning products so I sent it back and got a new one right away. The 2nd product I received, I plugged in and put the two sensors outside (rain and wind/temperature). Both sensors were auto detected by the reciever, it worked great and looked really nice. I plugged a SD memory card in with photos that worked great as well. Picture clarity was nice, remote worked ok, setup wasn't that complicated and I was happy.
After maybe 2 weeks I noticed the unit would shut off occasionally and the sensors would drop off. I checked the setup options to make sure the auto shutoff features were disabled and they were. I changed the batteries in both sensors thinking maybe they shipped with weak batters. The sensors kept randomly disconnecting. This is after everything worked perfectly for ~two weeks in the same physical location. I checked on-line on the product website and it suggested making sure the sensor and display were close by and only had one wall between them. So I tried moving stuff around and still noticed the unit kept randomly shutting off and the sensors kept disconnecting (at this point sensors were only about 20 feet away through one wall). Finally I kept the unit and sensors within 10 feet of the transmitter in the same room (inside) and it stays connected most of the time, but the display still occasionally shuts down randomly and sensors disconnect, albeit it less frequently.
I'm going to call the manufacture and try to get this unit replaced or find an alternative solution. It's really a shame because it's a nice weather station if it worked properly. As is I feel like it's ~$200 down the drain. Perhaps I had two units from a bad batch, or I was just very unlucky. It happens occasionally. It could also be some form of electrical interference from another device. Although possible I think it's unlikely as I've had previous La Crosse weather stations at this same location and the remote sensor would operate perfectly for about a year without issue until the battery in the outdoor sensor went dead. If you opt to purchase this unit I do recommend watching carefully after your initially purchase this station. If you see any strange behavior, return it before you 30 day Amazon warranty runs out. I'll post an updated review after I see how La Crosse Technology responds to my support request.