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Offline WiFiLogger

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Hello to everyone

I'll introduce myself first. My name is Wojciech and I come from Poland.

I would like to inform you that I am preparing a new product for use with Davis weather stations, mainly with Vantage pro2 and Vantage Vue.

This product is a data logger with WiFi communication, which does not need a computer to export data. With this data logger your favorite weather station will become a true Internet of Things device.

I first posted about WiFiLogger here back in January, and a few WxForum members have been testing it with me.  WIFiLogger is in the final stage of testing and production and will be available soon. I will try to release it no later than mid-June.

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Main features:
- Has communication via WiFi
- Fits completely in the console.
- It has a built-in web interface for viewing data, you can download archived data, set some station options, and define services to which it will send data autonomously.
- Works with programs such as WeatherLink and Cumulus.
- It is powered from the console, but a professional user can change it to external power supply.
- Consumes 0.3 Watt of energy
- Easy to install and use.

Exports data to:
- ftp - only archive
- www.weatherlink.com
- www.wunderground.com with the RapidFire option
- www.pwsweather.com
- www.awekas.at during testing
- CWOP http://www.wxqa.com/
- more can be added in the future

I will keep you updated on the plans to launch this device.
Thank you for reading my post.
Wojciech
« Last Edit: June 14, 2018, 02:12:13 PM by WiFiLogger »

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Sweet!  Any idea on pricing?

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Yes. I will reveal prices soon.

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Finally, we can talk about it. :)

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well done very nice ..

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Here's my dev unit on:

Wunderground:
https://www.wunderground.com/personal-weather-station/dashboard?ID=KCASANLU106

PWS Weather:
https://www.pwsweather.com/obs/TBOPREFUMO.html

WeatherElement:
http://www.weatherelement.com/74

Note: that lack of nice WeatherElement station info is no fault of the WiFLogger. I just haven't set it up through the WE registration page yet.

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Nice job.  Watching............... 8-)

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Curiosity has enticed the cat...
SYS: Davis VP2 Vue/WL-IP & Envoy8X/WL-USB
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WU - KAZTUCSO202, Countryside

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does software see /work with it as a IP data logger?

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does software see /work with it as a IP data logger?

I believe so. One of the testers who has yet to weigh in was running it with WeatherLink.

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does software see /work with it as a IP data logger?

Yes, you set it up in weatherlink desktop software exactly like a 6555 weatherlink IP.  So in the "setup" > "Communications Port" dialog box you would check "TCT/IP" then click the "Find" button and it will pop up.  I have two consoles receiving my ISS presently one has my resident Davis 6555 and another console which I am testing the WiFiLogger when I click "Find" repeatedly it will toggle between the two devices.

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I just connected to it with Virtual VP, so, yes.

does software see /work with it as a IP data logger?

I believe so. One of the testers who has yet to weigh in was running it with WeatherLink.

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It's the real deal, folks. I am one of the ones privileged to test this unit out. Link to my WU below, with rapid fire updates.
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Finally, we can talk about it. :)
and I have done my penance... hi Wojtek,

It is working great I also have it uploading to PWS, CWOP, WU and also weatherlink.com off of my spare Vue console
http://www.wunderground.com/weatherstation/WXDailyHistory.asp?ID=IMIDDLES37
http://www.findu.com/cgi-bin/wxpage.cgi?call=FW2530
http://www.pwsweather.com/obs/KOMOKA2.html

Enjoy,
Paul




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It's the real deal, folks. I am one of the ones privileged to test this unit out. Link to my WU below, with rapid fire updates.

I also confirm, it is the real deal.  I have one too.

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does software see /work with it as a IP data logger?

Yes, but you need to have account on www.weatherlink.com.
You can use also login data from damaged original IP.
Locally it works exactly like IP Logger.

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Easy Wifi setup...

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Easy communication settings for sending out data...

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I was one of the lucky beta testers too.
Ya'll are really going to like this.
Couple things.
Power Consumption. It does use the juice but not as much as I thought. I am uploading to 4 sites. One at 10 minutes, 9 minutes, 1 minute, and WU Rapid Fire at 3 seconds. The batteries lasted
for 4 days and 15 hours. It got down to 3.45 this morning so I plugged it back in. So continuous use
of DC power isn't a long term option at this point. But, all I need it for is the occasional lightning storm so I don't think it will be an issue with me.

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It would be really cool if it had AC capability directly instead of it being fed by the internal batteries :)

This is pretty awesome nonetheless!!

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It would be really cool if it had AC capability directly instead of it being fed by the internal batteries :)

This is pretty awesome nonetheless!!

When the console is plugged in, the WiFiLogger does not appear to feed off the batteries.  From a power management prospective I am certain it works no different than an OEM data logger from Davis and how it obtains its power to run.

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As for Weatherlink and Cumulus it works fine with both software but if you have the Rapid Fire option enabled you won't get consistent downloads at your selected interval. You also won't get live data with those software with Rapid Fire enabled. It can't do both at the same time. But the logger comes with a live interface so you really don't need to run the software continuously. It will work but you just need to stagger the uploads.  Send data to the websites at say 12:00 PM and set your software download for 12:05 or any time when it's not uploading data.
The logger also has the same data capacity of the Davis logger. I have been updating WL and Cumulus about every 2 weeks with a 10 minute interval.
I believe in the firmware for the first release there will be a "disable all" button so you can download the data to the software with out having  to disable each website individually if you choose to do that.
I have also had a couple internet outages and once wifi is available it reconnects automatically.
« Last Edit: April 25, 2018, 06:17:30 PM by ocala »

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There is an option to connect external power 4-12 v, but you need to switch fuse on the bottom of module. Take out fuse for internal power, place fuse for external power.
Simple and easy, but soldering iron is needed.
For batteries there will be special function which will power off wifi module and turn on after set time to upload data.
example: 30 min sleeping 8 seconds to upload data, then 30 min sleeping.
Batteries should work for a month in this system, but the truth is that the power supply is needed for proper working of this module.
Energy consumption is not different from the original IP Logger.
There is no miracle, WiFi is energy intensive.

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Will this fit in an Envoy?

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Envoy is regular console without LCD screen, should work normally, but it was not tested.
Dimension of module is like any data logger so should be good for Envoy.

If you want to export data by WiFiLogger with Vantage PRO 2 console, you need to have minimum 1.90 console firmware.
Updates for consoles and Envoy are avaible on Davis website.