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AcuRite - does not seem to get sw support
« on: January 05, 2012, 01:11:00 PM »
As the author of Meteohub I did try via two channels to get some info from AcuRite about the protocol to get this station supported by Meteohub. While I received good support from most manufacturers, AcuRite did not even answer my mails.

So don't expect too much flexibility how to use these stations or any support from the manufacturer.
Looks like a "sell and run" product to me.
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Re: AcuRite - does not seem to get sw support
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2012, 02:23:21 PM »
opposite experience for me
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Re: AcuRite - does not seem to get sw support
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2012, 05:07:49 PM »
great, so there is exactly one external sw to choose from  =D>
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Re: AcuRite - does not seem to get sw support
« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2012, 09:09:12 PM »
only just got the station today
trying to get my head around it all
I might need your help....and in doing so you could then be able to add meteohub support
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Re: AcuRite - does not seem to get sw support
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2012, 04:11:59 AM »
Thank you Brian!

I checked for avaiablity in Europe, but looks like no one is selling it outside US. Could someone from AcuRite please comment on planned availability in Europe? Hopefully it is not a RF issue, which would make HW mods necessary and could be an explanation, why we don't see them in Europe.
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Re: AcuRite - does not seem to get sw support
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2012, 11:51:35 AM »
*the acurite server only accepts connections from the USA or Canada at this stage when I tried to create an account (it uses zip code for location)
*the data via USB is via a service...mine stopped, and will not start again...looking around this is a commen problem, and a new service program is to fix that is on its way
*the management program enables to set the MAC address to get the data to the acurite server, and a couple of other settings,but does not display any data but you can set to download data to a csv file....for me that locks up when I tried that...looking around some others have found that too
*I have followed the instructions in the USB HID data protocol but I can not get any data to arrive from the station to the PC to my test programs
the data protocol is from some engineer in China and is very different to other stations
*this is provision in the service program to pipe streamed data to a 3rd party program, but it looks like that is not completed yet
so hopefully the next version of the service program will get working (I have a test program to connect to named pipes...but no pipe shows up )
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Re: AcuRite - does not seem to get sw support
« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2012, 10:47:01 PM »
after many hours I have success
I have raw data arriving into  some c++ code :)
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Re: AcuRite - does not seem to get sw support
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2012, 10:35:46 AM »
Brian, thanks for sharing this und congrats that could work around the difficulties.

The whole aculink approach is not very interesting to me, as I have my own internet visualization service (meteoplug.com) in place which is completely independent from what station you have. So their obstacles with trying to get something in that way running are not my concern :lol:

To get it integrated to Meteohub (and by that automatically into meteoplug services) I will need to get the low level USB HID thing working on Linux. I Did this for the Oregons, Hidekis and Fine Offsets. Hopefully, the engineers from chaney instruments did not invent the wheel another time by defining their own special dish  ](*,)

Did you connect on USB HID level or are you making use of their code (drivers resp some services running in the PC)?
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Re: AcuRite - does not seem to get sw support
« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2012, 11:42:39 AM »
I was provided with some sample code (VB C++/C#)
I have used some C# code (high level .NET) to get the data
I could not get any data using Pascal code I had
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Re: AcuRite - does not seem to get sw support
« Reply #9 on: January 08, 2012, 12:54:48 PM »
Sounds not that promising for a Linux context. However, having some info about the protocol and/or some code fragments at all and combining that with good old USB sniffing should make a driver for Linux possible.

What a pitty that they do not give me access to a station and some interface specs. Meteohub customers and resellers in the US might like to have Meteohub bundeled with this station. #-o

If someone from AcuRite is reading here, I can be contacted via e-mail to "info(at)meteohub.de". I am located in Germany, my products Meteohub/Meteoplug are sold world wide with focus on Europe and US.

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Re: AcuRite - does not seem to get sw support
« Reply #10 on: January 09, 2012, 12:42:48 PM »
There are no plans to sell this system in Europe markets at this time.

The USB PC Connect software is being updated and tested currently- should fix the issues.

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Re: AcuRite - does not seem to get sw support
« Reply #11 on: January 09, 2012, 02:29:31 PM »
I have managed to decode most of the data , just working on the barometer next
then I will need some real world testers :)
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Re: AcuRite - does not seem to get sw support
« Reply #12 on: January 09, 2012, 04:52:27 PM »
Brian,
I will be glad to test here.

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Re: AcuRite - does not seem to get sw support
« Reply #13 on: January 09, 2012, 05:47:27 PM »
the pressure is proving to be a bit of a challenge, as its using a complicated pressure reductions algorithm
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Re: AcuRite - does not seem to get sw support
« Reply #14 on: January 09, 2012, 06:15:08 PM »
@Rhino: Last try... Meteohub has hundreds of US users, my biggest reseller in the US is ambientweather who are reselling Meteohub as "weatherhub". It is not a PC-program but SW that converts embedded devices like SheevaPlug or Iomega iConnect into miniature weather servers with minimal environmental footprint. If you have a few minutes time for browsing, try www.meteohub.de and www.meteoplug.com to at least get an idea what you are deciding not to give support to. thanks.
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Re: AcuRite - does not seem to get sw support
« Reply #15 on: January 09, 2012, 07:35:44 PM »
Glad to see WD is able to communicate with this station.  And will be great if Meteohub/Weatherhub can too!  I've inquired about adding PWSweather.com support to their product but never received a reply.  So at least there will be software and (hopefully) a stand-alone hardware solution.
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Re: AcuRite - does not seem to get sw support
« Reply #16 on: January 09, 2012, 09:01:10 PM »
I have barometer working now
(it seems to be sending altimeter reading, i.e its lower than what the console shows?)

just now need to work on the rain
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Re: AcuRite - does not seem to get sw support
« Reply #17 on: January 10, 2012, 04:17:26 AM »
beta ready for testing
email me if you want to be a beta test, for the link

(I am running a test here overnight )
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Re: AcuRite - does not seem to get sw support
« Reply #18 on: January 10, 2012, 04:17:01 PM »
I have the 01050C with the bridge and no USB, and the AcuRite servers only update every 15 minutes and the temperature data has absolutely no granularity. It will go from 42.8 for a few hours then down to 39.2 for a few hours. Very disappointed with the system to be honest. Is there any possiblity of an upgrade to the bridge to either update faster or allow a 3rd party service to access the bridge?

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Re: AcuRite - does not seem to get sw support
« Reply #19 on: January 10, 2012, 04:20:09 PM »
Look at my temperature data. Just horrible!



The worst part is the retailer won't let me return the station...

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Re: AcuRite - does not seem to get sw support
« Reply #20 on: January 10, 2012, 05:10:07 PM »
you can use weather display to udpate to wunderground, even using rapid fire,to give every 18 second data

there is no way to use the data from the bridge easily other than using a spy on the network data
you would be best to get a new console with the usb ability
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Re: AcuRite - does not seem to get sw support
« Reply #21 on: January 10, 2012, 05:35:56 PM »
I'd love to but then I'd have to buy a whole new station. I can't find the console alone for sale anywhere

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Re: AcuRite - does not seem to get sw support
« Reply #22 on: January 10, 2012, 07:23:35 PM »
here is a picture of the data from running a test here
(with the station mounted on a fence)
note the good data update rate...no straight lines etc :)

one thing  is you will need to have .NET 4.0 installer, or later
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Re: AcuRite - does not seem to get sw support
« Reply #23 on: January 10, 2012, 10:03:40 PM »
@Weather Display

Found a complete system on ebay for 118 that ships 25 miles from my house! I'm going to get my money back through my credit card company for my other station if the retailer won't let me return it.

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Re: AcuRite - does not seem to get sw support
« Reply #24 on: January 11, 2012, 03:49:12 AM »
seems that there is a prolem with the USB routine I am using
no error on my development pc
but an error on other pc's
trying to find out why....
so do not try the beta yet...until I get that resolved
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