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    I am looking at the data stations that Lacrosse and Oregon Scientific have...
    Oregon Scientific RMS300 and RMS600
    http://www2.oregonscientific.com/sho...id=126&pid=893 (~$50)
    http://www2.oregonscientific.com/sho...cid=73&pid=910 (~$70)

    Lacrosse WS-8610
    http://www.lacrossetechnology.com/8610ch/index.php (~$60)

    I know I would have to write an interface to get the data into HS but the question I have is there a better way to do this inexpensively? I have looked at 1-wire and messed around with it but don't like it. I have looked that the rfxcom stuff but that looks expensive.. All I want to be able to do is bring in 3 sensors. Oustide, Inside and Crawlspace temperature. I am not interested in rain, humidity, etc...

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    Just for information, why don't you like 1-wire?

    It is probably the cheapest and most accurate way to measure temperature and if only 3 sensors are required would be very reliable in HS.
    Jon

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    • #3
      As an example the Quaser 3145 is a 4 channel Temperature logger that can be used. You can get the same board in the US from here (kit) or here (fully assembled or kit)

      It is supported by 3 plugins:

      mcsTemperature $39.95
      pjc-3145 $14.95
      das3145 free!
      Jon

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      • #4
        Thanks. I tried 1-Wire a long time ago and could not get it reliable. It took a shim driver and a hook to get it into HS.. I took a look at the 3145 that you recommended and it looks to me it would run around $60 and it is not wireless. If I could get the OS or Lacrosse solution working it would be around the same cost and be wireless. Additionally it would have a display..

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        • #5
          Fair enough...you only mentioned that you wanted a cheap solution in your first post.

          FYI, You can get free samples of the DS1820 Temp sensor from Dallas so with the kit for $29.95 + $8.95 shipping with one sensor, free plug-in & free sensors, I make that under $39 for the lot!

          Good luck.
          Jon

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          • #6
            Such is true. that would be a cheap solution. I was looking at the OS or the Lacrosse as a possible step toward a higher end weather station in the future...

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            • #7
              New Lacrosse product

              I was at Walmart yesterday and came across a lacrosse weatherdirect station (See http://www.weatherdirect.com/products.aspx). This looks like a cheap internet product. Walmart had it for around $30. What I thought was interesting is that it is internet connected. While I am not sure how it works I got to thinking if we could figure out the protocol we might "bend" it to our needs. Additionall it looks like they have a "free for the asking" PC interface that communicates over USB.

              Anyone have any experience with this product? I might just buy one to play with.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by davistw2 View Post
                I was at Walmart yesterday and came across a lacrosse weatherdirect station (See http://www.weatherdirect.com/products.aspx). This looks like a cheap internet product. Walmart had it for around $30. What I thought was interesting is that it is internet connected. While I am not sure how it works I got to thinking if we could figure out the protocol we might "bend" it to our needs. Additionall it looks like they have a "free for the asking" PC interface that communicates over USB.

                Anyone have any experience with this product? I might just buy one to play with.
                You know what they say "You get what you pay for" but what do you have to loose at 30 bucks and it could be a diamond in the rough.
                -Rupp
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                • #9
                  It might be hackable

                  Came across this. So it may be hackable...
                  http://www.gadgeteer.org/hacking_Wea...irect_WD-3105U

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