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Offline tree311

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standard display v tablet
« on: March 14, 2019, 05:34:31 PM »
Is there any benefit to a standard display versus tablet? Seems like buying a bigger tablet might be a better option. The display would be a HP2551 from ambient.

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Re: standard display v tablet
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2019, 09:13:04 PM »
Are you asking about the difference between the WS-2902A and the WS-2000 displays? If yes, then I would not call one standard. They are just different. There are pros and cons to both. The WS-2000 is more expensive and is considered the better model but it still isn't better in every way. There are things the WS-2902A is better at than the WS-2000.

I started with the WS-2902A before the WS-2000 was available. I purchased the WS-2000 display separately as an add-on. I thought I would probably retire the WS-2902A after ordering the WS-2000. But then I got to comparing them and realized the WS-2902A still had purpose and did some things better. The best part is that I can continue to use both at the same time.

See this thread for more information:
https://www.wxforum.net/index.php?topic=36379.0

« Last Edit: March 14, 2019, 10:42:03 PM by galfert »
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Re: standard display v tablet
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2019, 01:52:38 AM »
I am asking about an ecowitt or similar system with a  tablet like a samsung galaxy tablet running the app  or other software in full screen mode or a display like the ambient Ws2000 - HP2551 display. Is there something about the dedicated buttons? The screen because it is on all the time.

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Re: standard display v tablet
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2019, 03:09:06 AM »
Reason I got confused was because Ambient calls the WS-2000 display (same as Ecowitt HP2551) a tablet. I know, its a dumb thing for Ambient to have done.

To run a real tablet as if it were a display console you'll need to publish to a website your own weather template like Weather34. As there is no app for viewing weather on the tablet. Unless you count running the WU app, and that would not not be optimal. The Ecowitt WS View app is intended to manage the GW1000 and shows you live data but it not be nicer than the proper display console. The Ecowitt WS View does not show you data from the HP2551 display though, all it does is configure online weather services and update firmware. It can show you graphs of WU favorite stations but that is not a replacement for a display console either.

The size of the tablet isn't the issue. The issue is that there really doesn't exist any app or for you to run on the tablet...unless you make one. And even then where is the data going to come from and how instantaneous and live is it? WeeWx can also publish to a website with live view. Other software like Weather-Display also have live views. But these are all websites that are generated and not apps.

Even if you go through all that effort you still need a console to get the data in the first place. So the tablet would be in addition to a console not instead of one. Granted the console doesn't have to have a display, like a GW1000 or an ObserverIP or a Pi with SDR. So back to your original statement, it isn't really a choice to have a console versus a tablet, you need the console...then you can add a tablet if you create content for it.
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Re: standard display v tablet
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2019, 03:30:16 AM »
I agree with Galfert that whilst you don't absolutely need to have a display console/tablet like the WS2000/HP2551 or WS2902 they are by far the best way to get all the information you want to see in a small space and do it well.

Yes you can just get the weather sensors and use a Observer IP or GW-1000 etc and have a generic Android/iPad Tablet but as Galfert says the apps are not brilliant for use as a permanent display. The WS-View app which is used for Ecowitt kit does allow you to watch live data from your sensors or the view from your Weather Underground feed, but they are far from the colourful full screen view you get from a console. However they are good if you want to just look at the raw data.

Apart from this you can go down the route of your own local weather database and website Weewx and the like but that's an added complexity!
« Last Edit: March 15, 2019, 04:02:56 AM by Mandrake »
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Offline Shvedi

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Re: standard display v tablet
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2019, 12:54:27 PM »
You can get a tablet with big screen and use the Ecowitt.net or Ambientweather.net website instead of an app.

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Re: standard display v tablet
« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2019, 01:27:32 PM »
yep, you could use a big tablet and display ecowitt.net or the ambient version.
Not very colourful compared to a dedicated console.
This is what the ecowitt.net screen looks like (photo taken from a 24' monitor)
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Very Old Maplin/FO Weather station w/ Cumulus MX

Ecowitt HP2550A (IGUILDFO67)
Ecowitt GW-1000 (IGUILDFO68)
Ecowitt WH0291 Soil Moisture Sensor
Ecowitt WH041 PM2.5 AQM Sensor

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Re: standard display v tablet
« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2019, 04:19:53 PM »
Ecowitt.net on a tablet is not a solution. Their website detects that you are on a mobile device and changes the layout to very large fonts and graphics. Its like it defaults to a mobile view. I've even tried to change the browser to show me the Desktop Version which often works for many websites but for some reason Ecowitt.net does not acknowledge that layout request and keeps showing you the mobile view. Even if you were to go through the added effort to change the browser agent or maybe try a different browser to force it to give you the desktop version it still would not be a good solution. Because you still won't see everything in one screen. You'll then be relegated to needing to scroll up and down. Besides then you only see your data every 1 minute. A dedicated console gives you 16 second live view.

Ambientweather.net does the same exact thing.

Here is what it looks like on an 10 inch Android tablet (Samsung Galaxy Tab S3). This was a flagship $550 tablet when new couple years ago:
* Same thing happens on Apple iPad even when you request Desktop site.

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« Last Edit: March 16, 2019, 08:32:12 PM by galfert »
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