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    J P

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    Rating:
    5
    On October 4, 2017
    Last modified:December 13, 2017

    Summary:

    The Ambient Weather WS-1201-IP is a solor powered weather station with more weather instruments than most. It comes standard with internet connectivity and has so many other available options.

    Ambient Weather WS-1201-IP Review

    Ambient Weather WS-1201-IP

    Ambient WS-1201-IP Rating

    Connectivity

    Weather Instruments

    Accuracy / Freqeuncy

    Affordability

    Overall Rating

    Quick Review
    PROS

    The Ambient Weather WS-1201-IP includes UV and Solar Radiation sensors.  This is of course in addition to all of the basic weather instruments.  It is also easy to set up since it’s an all-in-one unit.  Additionally, there are numerous connectivity options that come standard with the 1201.  Lastly, the Observer series models all have solar powered sensors.

    CONS

    Like other Ambient-brand units, the WS-1201-IP should not be used in the Arctic Circle or in a salt water environment.  They also can lose wifi connectivity during poor weather conditions.

    SUMMARY

    The WS-1201-IP is a feature-rich home weather station that doesn’t break the bank.  For about the same price, we actually recommend the WS-1002-WIFI which is very similar to this model, but connects to your home network wirelessly.

    The Ambient Weather WS-1201-IP Observer is the solar powered home weather station that replaced the popular WS-1200-IP.  Like the other current Ambient weather stations, the WS-1201-IP boasts a super capacitor for energy storage that’s charged by a solar collector during the day and non-rechargeable batteries at night.  By contrast, the WS-1200 used rechargeable batteries that were charged by a solar collector.   Similar to other Ambient models, this one also includes some weather instruments you won’t find on basic competitive household weather stations.  In particular, these include both solar radiation and UV sensors.

    Connectivity

    The Ambient Weather WS-1201-IP is also a solar powered wireless weather station.  It connects wirelessly from the all-in-one weather station to the Ambient Weather display.  The spec sheets says up to 300ft, but more commonly you’ll get about 100ft.  However, the included ObserverIP module must be connected to your router via an Ethernet cable.  See the diagram below to better understand how it’s connected to the internet.

    ambient weather ws-1201-ip observer connectivity

    What can the WS-1201-IP weather station connect to?

    The WS-1201 is capable of connecting to Weather Underground where you can share data from your home weather station.  Certainly, this is the most comprehensive weather server for storing, analyzing, and viewing your weather station data.

    In addition to Wunderground, it can also send real-time data to the AmbientWeather.net website.  By contrast, this is a private network where you can view your personal weather data dashboard.  After connecting your device, you can store data and compare trends over time.

    That’s not all.  This at home weather station also has the ability to connect to Alexa.  Alexa is Amazon’s voice control system.  By asking Alexa, you can easily get today’s indoor or outdoor weather.  I love this feature!

    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.

    The WS-1201-IP personal weather station is also compatible with AmbientCamHD (sold separately), an HD weather cam.  This camera also integrates directly to the Weather Underground webcam hosting services.

    Ambient Weather Display

    Ambient weather display

    This wireless home weather station boasts a spectacular desktop display that’s also made to be wall mountable.  It’s a full color TFT LCD display that’s easy to read, day and night, and uses an AC adapter.  This display can also show historical graphs, both imperial and metric units of measure, archived data, and provides alarms.  Audible alerts can be set for both high and low alarm conditions.

    Weather Instruments

    As mentioned above, Ambient’s WS-1201-IP weather station model has many 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-1201-ip weather instruments

    Relative to other brands, Ambient weather stations pack in more features for its price point.

    Power Source for Weather Instruments

    The Ambient Weather WS-1201-IP has instruments that are 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.  As can be seen below, the Ambient Weather WS-1201-IP is no exception.  In short, it’s about middle of the pack vs other brands available:

     

    • Temperature: ± 2° F
    • Humidity: ± 5%
    • Barometric Pressure: ±0.08 inHG
    • Rain: ± 10%
    • Wind Direction: ± 1°
    • Wind Speed: 2.2 mph
    • UV ± 1
    • Solar Radiation: ± 15%

    Update Frequency

    On the whole, this is a good weather station for home use.  It packs in all the measurements you could want.  It has an average update frequency of 14 seconds.  Obviously, this is faster than some, but slower than the top weather stations.

    Affordability

    When compared to the other weather station reviews I’ve done, it might not seem like the best weather station money can buy.  However, I think it’s priced right, and towards the middle of the pack.  Remember, it does include all those weather instruments I discussed above.  There is a lot of value here.  Consequently, it’s a great fit if you don’t have a wifi router in your house.  Frequently other models require additional hardware in this situation.

    What Are Actual Users Saying?

    WS-1201-IP users really like this wireless weather station, telling us they feel they get great value for what they paid. 

    Ambient Weather WS-1201-IP:  Pros & Cons

    PROS

    More weather instruments than others

    Easy to set up

    Solar Powered

    CONS

    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-1201-IP:  Summary

    The WS-1201-IP is a great home weather station.  Like other Ambient models, it includes extra weather instruments that that other brands don’t.  The TFT full color display is one of the best in the industry.  In case you skipped ahead, this weather station is wireless from the outdoor array to the display and the ObserverIP module.  The WS-1201-IP is a good value, however, for about the same price tag, a similar option is available.  The Ambient WS-1002-WIFI is the same model, but connects to your home network wirelessly rather than through the ObserverIP module with a cable.

    Is the Ambient Weather WS-1201-IP not quite what you’re looking for?

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    Ambient WS-1201-IP Rating

    Connectivity

    Weather Instruments

    Accuracy / Freqeuncy

    Affordability

    Overall Rating

    Quick Review
    PROS

    The Ambient Weather WS-1201-IP includes UV and Solar Radiation sensors.  This is of course in addition to all of the basic weather instruments.  It is also easy to set up since it’s an all-in-one unit.  Additionally, there are numerous connectivity options that come standard with the 1201.  Lastly, the Observer series models all have solar powered sensors.

    CONS

    Like other Ambient-brand units, the WS-1201-IP should not be used in the Arctic Circle or in a salt water environment.  They also can lose wifi connectivity during poor weather conditions.

    SUMMARY

    The WS-1201-IP is a feature-rich home weather station that doesn’t break the bank.  For about the same price, we actually recommend the WS-1002-WIFI which is very similar to this model, but connects to your home network wirelessly.