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Rating:
5
On October 2, 2017
Last modified:October 19, 2018

Summary:

The Ambient Weather WS-1002-WIFI is a very capable wifi weather station. This solar powered weather station comes standard with internet connectivity, wifi, and weather instruments that other brands just don't offer.

Ambient Weather WS-1002-WIFI Review

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Ambient Weather WS-1002-WIFI

Ambient WS-1002-WIFI Rating

Connectivity

Weather Instruments

Accuracy / Freqeuncy

Affordability

Overall Rating

Quick Review
PROS

The Ambient Weather WS-1002-WIFI is one of the leading solor powered wireless home weather stations.  It includes extras like UV and Solar Radiation sensors and the most “connectivity” options of any weather station on the market.  In addition, it is also easy to set up since it’s an all-in-one unit.  

CONS

These are basically the same for all Ambient units.  They should not be used in the Arctic Circle or in a salt water environment.  They also have a few reports where wifi connectivity has been lost during poor weather conditions.

SUMMARY

The WS-1002-WIFI is really impressive and flexible in what it can connect with.  In addition, it has more weather instruments than many of other home weather stations.

The Ambient Weather WS-1002-WIFI weather station is a feature-rich product that includes some of the best connectivity options in the industry.  This model will definitely keep the tech savvy weather enthusiast happy with its dual wireless technology and relatively affordable price for the features you get.  Ambient weather stations in the Observer series seem to carry this common theme of many features, yet a fair price.

Note, the WS 1002 WIFI wireless weather station is very similar to its predecessor, with the difference being that the WS-1001-WIFI used rechargeable batteries charged by a solar collector.  The WS 1002 solar powered weather station uses a super capacitor for energy storage that is charged by a solar collector during the day and non-rechargeable batteries at night.  This is a vast improvement in performance over the previous Ambient Weather model.

Connectivity

One of the best things about the WS-1002-WIFI is its dual wireless technology.  Like many other models, this personal weather station connects wirelessly from the all-in-one outdoor weather instrument to its display (up to 300ft), but also connects via wifi from the display to your in-home wireless router, making connecting to the internet or sending real-time weather publishing to Weather Underground a snap.  You can also use EasyWeather to connect via wifi directly to your PC.  This is a home weather station with wifi built in.  In most cases, a connection like this requires a seperate piece of hardware.

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Another cool feature of the Ambient WS 1002 WIFI weather station is its ability to connect to Alexa.  Alexa is Amazon’s voice control system.  It lets you speak your wishing and see them fulfilled through one of their smart-home hubs.  Using one of these products, you could say, “Alexa, ask Ambient Weather for a weather report” or “Alexa, ask Ambient Weather about the indoor conditions.”  These queries would give you the outdoor and indoor weather conditions respectively.  How cool!

Other connection options for any of you tech geeks out there include IFTTT to connect to other web services such as Gmail, Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest.  The AmbientWeather.net server includes timelines for following IFTTT triggered applets.

Ambient Weather also offers its weather station internet site, AmbientWeather.net.  If you don’t want to share your data with the world at Wunderground, you can send your data to the Ambient Weather Network which is your own private server.

Need a weather camera for your personal weather station?   AmbietCamHD (sold separately) is also compatible with the WS 1002.

Ambient Weather Display

Ambient weather display
This wireless weather station boasts a spectacular full color TFT LCD color display from Ambient Weather.  The desktop display is also made to be wall mountable and uses and AC adapter.  Losing power will not erase the memory, however it is recommended to use a low cost UPS back up if you wish to collect and view data during a power outage.  The Ambient Weather display has an easy to program wifi interface that connects directly with Wunderground.  It can also display historical graphs, both imperial and metric units of measure, archived data, and provide alarms.

Weather Instruments

As mentioned above, Ambient Weather’s WS-1002-WIFI includes a ton of features.  Weather instruments on this model include:

  • Indoor/Outdoor thermometer for temperature
  • Indoor/Outdoor hygrometer for humidity
  • Barometer for indoor barometric pressure
  • Wind vane and anemometer for wind speed and direction
  • Self-emptying rain collector to measure rainfall
  • Solar radiation and UV detection

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ambient weather WS-1002-WIFI weather instruments
Relative to other brands, Ambient Weather packs in many more features for its price point.

Power Source for Weather Instruments

The WS-1002-wifi’s sensor array is solar powered with a super capacitor for energy storage.  It also has non-rechargeable batteries for night time.

Accuracy

Most personal weather stations in this class are pretty accurate.  The WS-1002-WIFI from Ambient Weather is no different and finds its way to the middle of the pack in this category.  Here are the stats:

 

  • Temperature: ± 2° F
  • Humidity: ± 5%
  • Barometric Pressure: ±0.08 inHG
  • Rain: ± 10%
  • Wind Direction: ± 1°
  • Wind Speed: 2 mph
  • UV ± 1
  • Solar Radiation: ± 15%

Update Frequency

Due to all the features and extra measurements, I consider this more than just a standard home weather station and would call it more of a semi-professional unit.  Its update frequency at 14 seconds is a bit slow compared to top of the line commercial models however.

Affordability

Compared to our other mid-range weather stations reviews, the Ambient Weather price is very attractive for the features and connectively that the WS 1002 packs in.  Even some of the top weather stations on the market don’t provide either the connectively options or the amount of weather instruments that this one does.  In my opinion, you’re getting a lot of value with this wireless weather station.  I recommend the Ambient Weather WS-1002-WIFI if you’re in the market for more than just a basic household weather station, but can’t afford the top of the line $500+ units.

What Are Actual Users Saying?

Users of the WS-1002-WIFI have rated this wireless weather station with very high marks.  Most of them tell us they appreciate all of the connectivity options and think it offers much value with it’s features.

Ambient Weather Station WS-1002-WIFI:  Pros & Cons

PROS

More weather instruments than others

Historical data can be graphed to spot trends

Solar Powered

CONS

No backup battery for the display that runs on AC power only.  UPS is recommended

Not recommended for use in the Arctic Circle or a salt water environment

Wifi connectivity can be lost due to bad weather

Ambient Weather WS-1002-WIFI:  Summary

This is one of the most “connected” wireless weather stations on the market.  It can even send you notifications when weather conditions meet certain levels you’ve set, along with connecting wirelessly to the display, connecting to the internet via wifi, and options to connect with Wunderground, Alexa, and AmbientWeather.net.  The TFT full color Ambient Weather display provided with this weather station is amazing and better than most supplied with competitive models.  Lastly, it also has more weather instruments than most other models, with solar radiation and UV readings included.  I believe the Ambient Weather WS-1002-WIFI provides good value and checks the boxes for most amateur weather enthusiasts.

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Ambient WS-1002-WIFI Rating

Connectivity

Weather Instruments

Accuracy / Freqeuncy

Affordability

Overall Rating

Quick Review
PROS

The Ambient Weather WS-1002-WIFI is one of the leading solor powered wireless home weather stations.  It includes extras like UV and Solar Radiation sensors and the most “connectivity” options of any weather station on the market.  In addition, it is also easy to set up since it’s an all-in-one unit.  

CONS

These are basically the same for all Ambient units.  They should not be used in the Arctic Circle or in a salt water environment.  They also have a few reports where wifi connectivity has been lost during poor weather conditions.

SUMMARY

The WS-1002-WIFI is really impressive and flexible in what it can connect with.  In addition, it has more weather instruments than many of other home weather stations.