Davis Instruments WeatherLinkIP 数据记录仪和软件，适用于 Vantage 气象站（Vantage Weather Stations）
- 自动上传数据到 WeatherLink.com
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Once you have the data logger installed into your Vantage Vue or Pro console, and connected to the network (by Ethernet cable), it will autoconfigure using DHCP and begin uploading data to the Davis website. You can then register with the Davis website to "claim" your station and data.
I expect that for many people, that alone is enough. A dead-simple website where you can check on home weather conditions while you're way. No software or even PC required.
However, the Davis website is pretty limited. It only displays the bare summary information. No cool graphs, historical data, or trends. You can set the website to relay data to other weather sites (Weather Underground, CWOP, and GLOBE), but again, you are totally limited in what and how often, you can send.
If you care about the data you're sending to the web, what you want is software running on a PC to read it off the data logger and load it to the desired website. Also you will probably want to log the data on the PC so you can graph it and compare historical data. As many other reviewers have pointed out, the included WeatherLink software is pretty ugly. I ran it once to verify the configuration of my console, but I don't expect I'll ever run it again.
There are many weather software packages you can get, free and paid, for Mac, Windows, and Linux. I installed Cumulus by sandaysoft.com, simply because it was free. While I was perfectly willing to buy commercial software, it turned out that Cumulus met my needs very well. I'm not reviewing Cumulus here, but it's good stuff written my an enthusiast. I donated a couple of bucks to the guy.
In summary, buy this product for the data logger module, toss the software. Use some third party software to log your data to your PC and, if you wish, upload it to the web. If the software was decent I'd have given it 4 stars. If the module was WiFi I'd have given it 5 stars, regardless of the software.
- data logger with IP interface hardware
- perpetual license to upload data to Davis WeatherLink website
- WeatherLink PC-based software
As others have noted, the data logger and upload license are why you buy this. The software is clunky and not very useful.
I have a Vantage Vue weather station which works great for collecting data but has a very clunky console interface. I wanted to upload the data to the web (primarily Weather Underground, but also CWOP and a private webpage). I looked high and low for a way to do that without having to pay the exorbitant price of this bundle. The Davis interface is proprietary and they aren't open in supporting others who might want to interface to their weather stations. There are reverse-engineered hacker options available, but it was more than I wanted to deal with, so I bit the bullet and paid the price.
I installed this 5-months ago and have been very happy with the result. I use the data logger with IP interface to upload data every 1 minute to the Davis WeatherLink webserver. It then redistributes it to Weather Underground and CWOP every 15 minutes. And I found a way to pull my data in XML format from the webserver for my private website. I primarily view my weather station data through Weather Underground - it is well integrated with local weather and other nearby reporting sites, and provides great graphs over time.
Reasons for not giving this a better rating:
- Aggravation at Davis's bundling of the product. They should offer the data logger separately for people who want to use other software or websites. They shouldn't throw in mostly useless software and claim it is a benefit. Ideally they should offer a product that replaces the clunky console and just receives from the weather station and sends data over IP.
- High price - This was a major initial barrier. I am less bothered now that I have gotten it working well with Weather Underground, but this is still a high price for the only part of the bundle I really need - the data logger with IP interface.
1. I have NO idea how they can charge close to $300 for the IP dongle, which must have $5 of parts max! Yes, you get the logging software too, but most people don't really need/want that. All I wanted was the internet connection and if you want that without your computer running all the time (and right next to the console!) then you have to use this product.
2. There is no wifi -- so be aware that you need a 'real' wired IP connection to your router. That means the console must be near the router or near a connection to the router. You could get around this by buying one of the many "wifi-to-wired" converters out there, but that would add insult to injury, cost-wise!