Bringing USB Weather Station V3 to Life

General suggestions or questions about the SparkFun Electronics website

Moderators: phalanx, CS Paul

Post Reply
Node50
Posts: 2
Joined: Mon Apr 13, 2015 2:44 am

Bringing USB Weather Station V3 to Life

Post by Node50 » Mon Apr 13, 2015 2:52 am

Hi all,

am trying to build a wireless indoor/outdoor weather station based on (retired USB Weather Station V3 ) i saw the v4 but my issue with it is it requires an arduino and has no Bee headers.

Can anyone share with my any major issues that the v3 had/has ?
why was it retired ? is it design issues or something else ?
are the bom list components designed to live 5+ year plus ?

any input on the V3 board will be great,

Many thanks.

uChip
Posts: 261
Joined: Sat Jan 19, 2013 11:30 am

Re: Bringing USB Weather Station V3 to Life

Post by uChip » Mon Apr 13, 2015 8:07 pm

I've had one v3 up and running for a couple of years. It has a WiFly in the XBee socket connecting it to my home network. It works great and doesn't show any signs of imminent failure.

- Chip

Node50
Posts: 2
Joined: Mon Apr 13, 2015 2:44 am

Re: Bringing USB Weather Station V3 to Life

Post by Node50 » Tue Apr 14, 2015 1:45 am

Hi Chip,
how do you manage the monitoring ? is it some open source tool ?

how about the outdoor enclosure ? because a chap in Japan said his broke because of high Humidity: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTHzOPcyf2g

thank you.

uChip
Posts: 261
Joined: Sat Jan 19, 2013 11:30 am

Re: Bringing USB Weather Station V3 to Life

Post by uChip » Tue Apr 14, 2015 8:49 am

I set up the WiFly to send out UDP broadcast packets. Then I wrote a small app that listens for the packets and displays or logs the data. Since the packets are broadcast, any PC on the network can receive them and display the weather. I'm trying to get a friend of mine who is an iOS developer to port the app to iPhones and iPads.

The enclosure is not anything special. Just an open wooden box/shield that keeps the rain off but lets air freely move.

- Chip

Post Reply