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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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« 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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« 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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« 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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« Reply #7 on: July 05, 2018, 07:25:18 PM »
Today my WS-1001 stopped reported outdoor temperature, humidity and wind.  My indoor sensor is reporting. The wifi is working.  I'm going to replace the rechargeable batteries and see if that corrects the issue.  I've already had to replace the indoor sensor.  I think I have had this unit about 3-4 years. 

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« Reply #8 on: July 06, 2018, 02:46:24 PM »
I replaced the rechargeable batteries and that seemed to help repair the wind and temperature being reported, but the temperature is reading 140 degrees and not changing.  Now it's really hot in So Cal today (around 115) but it's not that hot.  Is there a reset on the weather station itself? 

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« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2018, 04:51:15 AM »
I have a WS1001 clone and mine has a small hole that takes a paper clip on the roof unit.  If I remember correctly the instructions say to press and hold for 5 seconds.  It also says to do this with the batteries out. 

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« Reply #10 on: Today at 07:55:44 AM »
My first one failed after 2 1/2 years and now started on my second one, which is not reading outdoor temps as accurately as the previous one.  It is always reading higher and is located in the exact same place as the last one.  I really like the Ambient, but will not be purchasing another.   That is too short for a unit to last and now having poor temp readings on the new one is not good.  These units should last a lot longer than 2 1/2 years.

My Davis VantagePro is still about 13 years and still going, just wish it had the wireless weather reporting like the Ambient.


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« Reply #11 on: Today at 08:31:56 AM »
My Davis VantagePro is still about 13 years and still going, just wish it had the wireless weather reporting like the Ambient.

Please explain what you mean by wireless weather reporting on the Ambient. If you are referring to the Ambient console direct to WiFi connection there now exist a WiFi logger for Davis. Or you could do Davis console > USB logger > Meteobridge and then that would be a WiFi solution for the Davis.. Or you could get a Meteobridge Pro and it would also be a completely wireless solution. You could also use an Envoy if you didn't want to tie up your Davis console with a data logger. Lots of options with Davis. I don't get the "wireless weather reporting on Ambient" comment. Unless of course you got the cabled version of the Davis Vantage Pro 2....but who would do that?
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« Reply #12 on: Today at 10:57:33 AM »
I get what he means. Iíve often had the same thoughts. We have two Davis units in use. Theyíre good. But cumbersome to report to internet. You have to tie up a computer running software in the background. And buy expensive loggers. The Ambient units are almost plug and and play. Almost.
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