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  • Timon
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    Many weather stations can connect to WeatherUnderGround.com. I'm wondering if HS3 could access our WeatherUnderGround.com accounts and pull the weather data from there? WU seems to have a JSON interface.
    Last edited by Timon; November 20th, 2017, 01:18 PM.

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  • Pete
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    Yeah over the years here have shifted from proprietary autonomous weather station software to a one size fits all software package.

    Initially started with two geographically separate weather stations (Fine Offset and Davis) to one program called Cumulus. Cumulus generates a text file which can be read in to Homeseer. Here easy peasey way for me was to post the text files on a hosted web site along with two separate web pages for the two weather stations. I then just downloaded the text files from the internet for my local Homeseer box.

    Weather Display (mentioned above) is one of the most popular software applications for weather stations and works fine with many different weather stations.

    New weather stations today do direct to cloud applications and access to them is via the cloud.

    The defacto standard in weather stations used to be Davis (expensive).

    The Accurite 5 in one weather stations looks much like the Davis Vantage Vue weather station.

    New weather thing lately is lightning watching. The Accurite weather station includes a combo wireless lightning sensor using a patented lightning chip.

    The Davis stuff is still using same console receiver it used over 10 years ago. It has never changed.

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  • Tiffster678
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    Originally posted by Pete View Post
    Jon00's Cumulus script / plugin works with a Cumulus text file.

    Cumulus(MX) will not work with the AcuRite weather stations.

    PC Connect is just proprietary software for the AcuRite weather stations.

    See here:

    Cumulus Supported Devices

    Here switching over to using the Meteostick which also works with the Acurite weather stations.

    Thinking that RFXCom may also work with the Accurite weather stations.

    Here switching over from CumulusMX to WeeWx for my weather software.

    WeeWx will allow me to combine the weather station stuff with my 1-Wire stuff plus using wireless sensors.

    I have been using the Davis weather station for years now and considering trying the new Acurite weather station.

    The Davis connection today is via the Davis wireless console. I can add the Meteostick and get the same data as the console.

    The Acurite weather station would work the same way leaving the console in place and just using Homeseer to read the radio stuff from the weather station.
    Thanks so much for the info. I'm brand new to this, jumping in head first, so this forum and your knowledge is fantastic- if a but overwhelming at first

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  • jon00
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    Originally posted by Tiffster678 View Post
    Hi Jon,
    Is this still the best way to go for AcuRite? I'm looking at the 5-in-1 Weather Environment System with PC Connect and My AcuRite. Does the PC Connect make a difference?
    I don't own an AcuRite Weather Station but running Weather Display still looks the easiest route to integrate with Homeseer. As Pete states, if you can convert its output to a Cumulus text file, you have another option.

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  • Pete
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    Jon00's Cumulus script / plugin works with a Cumulus text file.

    Cumulus(MX) will not work with the AcuRite weather stations.

    PC Connect is just proprietary software for the AcuRite weather stations.

    See here:

    Cumulus Supported Devices

    Here switching over to using the Meteostick which also works with the Acurite weather stations.

    Thinking that RFXCom may also work with the Accurite weather stations.

    Here switching over from CumulusMX to WeeWx for my weather software.

    WeeWx will allow me to combine the weather station stuff with my 1-Wire stuff plus using wireless sensors.

    I have been using the Davis weather station for years now and considering trying the new Acurite weather station.

    The Davis connection today is via the Davis wireless console. I can add the Meteostick and get the same data as the console.

    The Acurite weather station would work the same way leaving the console in place and just using Homeseer to read the radio stuff from the weather station.
    Last edited by Pete; November 17th, 2017, 10:13 AM.

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  • Tiffster678
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    Hi Jon,
    Is this still the best way to go for AcuRite? I'm looking at the 5-in-1 Weather Environment System with PC Connect and My AcuRite. Does the PC Connect make a difference?

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  • chris5a
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    Originally posted by chris5a View Post
    I didn't see any at the Costco that I went to but I could have missed it as well.
    I went to the Costco by my work today at lunch and they did have the AcuRite 5-in-1 Color Weather Station W/PC Connect for $79.99 in stock.

    Now to see who I can get to buy this for me for Christmas.

    If I get it I will report back as it looks like there are a few different ways to make this work including what jon00 said with the Weather-Display software is I want to pay for that and go that route.

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  • Pete
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    Here originally purchased a low budge Fine Offset weather station for around $75 a few years back. It is still working fine today and just noticed it for ~$ 60 USD today on a UK website.

    Searching on Ebay seeing these at around $130 USD which personally is a bit high.

    There are a few rebranded clones of the Fine Offset weather stations out there in Internetlandia and most likely you could fine one for less than $100 today.

    I am also using Davis Weather stations today.

    Touchscreen Weather Station





    Here too have switched over to running CumulusMX on an RPi2 and it works great and plays well with Homeseer.

    I have the RPi2 Velcro'd to the back of the Davis Console.
    Last edited by Pete; November 30th, 2015, 06:08 PM.

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  • jon00
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    Another option....

    Another possible option is to use Weather-Display software which supports several AcuRite Weather stations.

    This in turn can be displayed in Homeseer via several methods including my free offering

    There are a number of people here on the forums who use Weather Display to run and record their weather station data and is very comprehensive with numerous features. On the flip side it looks rather dated and obviously costs $$.

    The good thing about going though this route is that you can change Weather stations (if you want to get more serious about weather data/accuracy) without any complex configuration changes and there will be no changes required in Homeseer.

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  • chris5a
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    Originally posted by mrhappy View Post
    Understandable - we have all been there! Sometimes you just got to take the jump. I've found an example CSV file from one of the software releases here http://www.weather-watch.com/smf/ind...?topic=56992.0 - good news it looks fairly simple and if you do decide to go this route I am sure I or someone can help with getting the data into HS if you just want simple data (charting/historical data becomes a little more complicated and you will probably find it's own software is potentially better than HS at doing this).
    Thanks mrhappy! I will probably look at buying it after Christmas unless someone gets it for me Then at that point if I need help getting it connected I will be back here.

    Thanks again all.

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  • mrhappy
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    Originally posted by chris5a View Post
    I was afraid I would have to be a guinea pig because I am new to HomeSeer and just getting my system built up and looking for things to add and integrate into.
    Understandable - we have all been there! Sometimes you just got to take the jump. I've found an example CSV file from one of the software releases here http://www.weather-watch.com/smf/ind...?topic=56992.0 - good news it looks fairly simple and if you do decide to go this route I am sure I or someone can help with getting the data into HS if you just want simple data (charting/historical data becomes a little more complicated and you will probably find it's own software is potentially better than HS at doing this).

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  • chris5a
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    Originally posted by chris5a View Post
    I looked at Costco's site and they show out of stock but prices are good. I was already headed to Costco later today so will check their warehouse.
    I didn't see any at the Costco that I went to but I could have missed it as well.

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  • chris5a
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    Originally posted by mrhappy View Post
    I would have a look around the Cumulus forums they are fairly busy and active, when I last used the GUI cumulus I can't remember it said that AcuRite was an option (I now use Cumulus MX). Failing that as I say you can buy one and see about developing some connectivity yourself if it does what it says it does with respect to CSV file logging.
    I was afraid I would have to be a guinea pig because I am new to HomeSeer and just getting my system built up and looking for things to add and integrate into.

    Originally posted by ajgyomber View Post
    Costco's pricing on these is amazing:
    http://www.costco.com/AcuRite-5-in-1...100228431.html

    They have them in the warehouses currently. I bought one last year and it's great. I would think you can get it integrated with HomeSeer using VISReader software by Valley Info Sys (http://forum1.valleyinfosys.com/index.php). It allows you to report to WeatherBug and Weather Underground so I would imagine you can pull that data back into HomeSeer with one of the weather plugins.

    --AJ
    I looked at Costco's site and they show out of stock but prices are good. I was already headed to Costco later today so will check their warehouse.

    That is a good thought to upload to Weather Underground and then back down to HS3 if there isn't another easy way to go straight from the CSV output into HS3 directly.

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  • ajgyomber
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    Originally posted by chris5a View Post
    I am wondering if the AcuRite weather stations with PC connect would work with HS3?

    They have a bunch of units with PC Connect that range from $99-$225.
    http://www.acurite.com/environments/...c_connect.html
    Costco's pricing on these is amazing:
    http://www.costco.com/AcuRite-5-in-1...100228431.html

    They have them in the warehouses currently. I bought one last year and it's great. I would think you can get it integrated with HomeSeer using VISReader software by Valley Info Sys (http://forum1.valleyinfosys.com/index.php). It allows you to report to WeatherBug and Weather Underground so I would imagine you can pull that data back into HomeSeer with one of the weather plugins.

    --AJ

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  • mrhappy
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    Originally posted by chris5a View Post
    I should have mentioned but I had done a search for AcuRite before posting and only came up with 3 results, one old one about RFXCOM, the other decoding RF Signals, and the other didn't have much of a response and no mention of PC Connect option.

    I do see that Cumulus lists AcuRite in the unsupported device list but that makes me wonder if it is all units or just the older ones that worked off of RF and not the ones with the PC Connect option which is why I was asking and hoping the information was just outdated.
    I would have a look around the Cumulus forums they are fairly busy and active, when I last used the GUI cumulus I can't remember it said that AcuRite was an option (I now use Cumulus MX). Failing that as I say you can buy one and see about developing some connectivity yourself if it does what it says it does with respect to CSV file logging.

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