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Ambient Ws-1001 Failures - Anyone else
« on: May 17, 2018, 09:04:55 AM »
Over the past 3-4 years we installed a large network of WS-1001 stations to replace the Davis Vantage Vue wireless that we found to be cumbersome and failed sometimes as well. The advantage of the WS-1001 series is they can connect direct to a WiFi network and donít require tying up a computer running software in the background to report to the internet.

Slowly over the past couple of years weíve had four of the WS-1001 units fail. Some thankfully were in the warranty window. The one that just failed here at the farm, which is a flagship station on the network isnít under warranty.

It all goes back to this changing problem in the older units, it appears. But even after putting lithium batteries in the unit. (Ignoring solar charging since its defective anyway) It appears to be intermittent at best. So far the newer units the WS-1002 that addressed that problem seem to be working ok, so far. But one should not have to replace units that are less than three years old.

Are some of you seeing this same problem in the WS-1001??
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Re: Ambient Ws-1001 Failures - Anyone else
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2018, 04:26:13 PM »
I'm on my third unit in just over 5 years. Mine have failed at about the 18 month mark.
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Re: Ambient Ws-1001 Failures - Anyone else
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2018, 05:45:14 PM »
That sure seems to be a real problem. I really like the units, but the long term reliability leaves a lot to be desired.
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Re: Ambient Ws-1001 Failures - Anyone else
« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2018, 12:40:28 PM »
My WS-1001 has been up and running since February 2015 and has never failed, but I've had a few connectivity issues that weren't too difficult to resolve. I think I've had the same set of rechargeble Ni-Cad batteries in the unit for the whole time.

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« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2018, 09:17:17 PM »
I installed mine in Dec 2016 and have had no issues, for what it is worth.  I have not replaced the batteries.

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« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2018, 09:48:05 AM »
My station on since June 14, 2015 without changing batteries.  The problems I have include my own network/modem connections and WU being down occasionally.  Despite all these, my WS 1001 console has recorded all the data in real time other than when changing the battery in the barometric pressure/interior temp/humidity unit.

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« Reply #6 on: June 09, 2018, 11:03:03 AM »
Yeah. WU leaves lots to be desire these days. Their servers are constantly failing and they arenít maintaining it much anymore. Sadly.
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