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Offline WxDx

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I have a Davis Vantage Vue set up and reporting to Wunderground as a PWS. I'd like to add a weathercam, but I need something that is both wireless and solar. BloomSky seems like a good way to easily do that (maybe someone can correct me on that or give me different suggestions too, it'd be appreciated. I'm a little worried that other all in ones won't be able to 'report' to Wunderground and may be 'trapped' in their own apps, perhaps I'm totally wrong about that).

Can I add the BloomSky as just a webcam to my Davis Vantage Vue's weather underground PWS page? I don't want the temperature & other data to override the Vantage Vue.

I know that's rather odd, but I don't really see very many one piece solar & wireless weather cams out there.

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Re: BloomSky & Wunderground; do I have to use the BloomSky weather data?
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2017, 12:31:46 PM »
Do you already have your Bloomsky uploading under a different PWS name?  Is that picture updating?

If so, you can right click on the picture on WU pages, get the image location.  Then you go in and add in a second camera and point it to WU's own picture location with URL.  Then attach it to your Davis station.

That's what I was able to do.  I do notice the Davis cam page will be a picture behind the Bloomsky for some reason.  But good enough for me.

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https://www.wunderground.com/personal-weather-station/dashboard?ID=KNDBISMA26
Bloomsky:
https://www.wunderground.com/personal-weather-station/dashboard?ID=KNDBISMA25
Bloomsky Image location for me was:
https://icons.wunderground.com/webcamramdisk/b/l/blackshadow95/1/current.jpg
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Re: BloomSky & Wunderground; do I have to use the BloomSky weather data?
« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2017, 03:12:32 PM »
I don't have a Bloomsky, I'm trying to decide what webcam to get. It sounds like it works for you. At worst I'd have to add the bloomsky first as it's own weather station, which might not be the worst idea anyway, since it is measuring that data.

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Re: BloomSky & Wunderground; do I have to use the BloomSky weather data?
« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2017, 03:19:27 PM »
Yeah, that's basically why I added a Bloomsky.  Didn't care too much about the data.  But for my house, it was a quick and simple way to get a camera in the backyard and not have to worry about power or network wiring.  Mine is close enough to the router that it's worked fine.

It's only pictures every 10 minutes.  But for now, that's good enough for me.  Plus, I do like the extra wide angle of the pictures.
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Re: BloomSky & Wunderground; do I have to use the BloomSky weather data?
« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2017, 06:37:50 PM »
Personally I would go with a real webcam instead of Bloomsky. I had one of the first ones but it died and they replaced it. The second unit died after about 3 months.
I don't know about the quality of the cams they are putting out today though. The could be a lot better.
Just my 2 cents

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Re: BloomSky & Wunderground; do I have to use the BloomSky weather data?
« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2017, 10:46:06 PM »
Is it relatively "doable" to get a wireless webcam and 'convert' it to solar? The issue is that I can't run power out to where it's going to go, has to be solar, has to be wifi.

$70 for a wireless solar webcam is hard to beat. OTOH if it fails after a year that's not terribly useful either!

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Re: BloomSky & Wunderground; do I have to use the BloomSky weather data?
« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2017, 09:33:46 AM »
My BS died within 3 months of deployment.  They replaced it under warranty.  New one has been going for a year now.  Even survived a pretty heavy hail storm that busted up my siding.  I might be one of the lucky ones I guess.

IF I replace mine, I'll be looking at ways to get more than just screen shots.  I'll probably be going full on video.
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