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Best Wireless Weather Station
Wireless weather stations are great for farmers, schools, and hobbyists that are serious about getting hyper-local weather data without running cables everywhere. By the end of this page, you should be confident you’re buying the best wireless weather station. Let’s get started, shall we?
First, let’s define what we mean by a wireless weather station. By wireless, we are specifically talking about the signal coming from the outdoor weather instrument. In most cases, that signal is coming to an indoor display, but not always. Today, a few home weather stations don’t even come with a display. They are connected directly to the internet where your weather data is uploaded to a server. In this case, you’re likely viewing that data from your smartphone, tablet, or computer.
The criteria used to determine the best wireless weather station will be simple. Of course, it must be wireless. That goes without saying. However, the bulk of the focus was on wireless transmission distance. In addition, auxilary devices that enhance the station’s wireless use will be discussed briefly. One thing not taken into consideration in this list was price. If you’re looking for a more affordable wireless weather station, check out our top WIFI weather stations. They are also all wireless models and price and value were more of a focus on that list. For all the top features, read on…
Here’s our Best Wireless Weather Station List. Keep in mind, you can click on “Read More” to see the wireless weather station reviews of each model too.
Best Wireless Weather Station 2018
Comparing The Best Wireless Weather Stations
All three of the wireless weather stations on this list are great in their own way. Each has a different feature set that should assist in determing the best wireless weather station model for you. These discerning features include wireless transmission distance and auxilary wireless connections besides the main weather instrument. In addition, it’s important to note that the wireless weather stations on this list can do so much more than just read the temperature and pressure when you add some of the bells and whistles available to you. Let’s review them one-by-one.
#1 – Davis Instruments Vantage Pro2
The Davis Instruments Vantage Pro2 is rated our best wireless weather station for 2018. It’s wireless transmission distance is second to none at 1000ft! This allows you to put the weather instruments almost anywhere that’s convenient.
In our wireless weather station review of the Vantage Pro 2, we covered all the reasons it is one of the most popular and widely used weather stations available. It’s amazingly accurate for a personal weather station, it has solar-powered weather instruments that can be separated from the anemometer, and it’s faster at updating data than most of it’s competition. In addition, the Vantage Pro 2 is expandable with numerous sensors such as UV, Radiation, Leaf/Soil Moisture & Temperature and more.
So what else can be done with the Davis Pro2 weather station?
The short answer…A LOT!
The long answer gets a bit more in the weeds, but that’s what you’re here for, right? Davis has really advanced the capabilities of the Pro2 model with all of the accessories at your disposal. Between the long transmission distance and the solar-powered instruments, this is a top choice among farmers.
There are a few different ways to connect your Vantage Pro2 to a PC or the internet. Let’s discuss further…
A Weather Envoy can receive weather data from the Davis Pro2 and download it to your PC with the required WeatherLink Data Logger (purchased separately). This makes it nice because your display console doesn’t need to be near your computer. Instead rather, you will place the Envoy and WeatherLink at your computer or router for uploading the data.
In fact, you can actually purchase the Vantage Pro2 sensor suite without the display console and just connect it directly to your PC with the Envoy and WeatherLink Data Logger.
If you’re not handy with computers or you just don’t want to interface with one, the WeatherLinkIP does all the work for you. It posts your weather data directly to the internet without a PC. You can plug the WeatherLinkIP directly into the back of your display console or Weather Envoy, then connect the cable directly to your router. You’ll be able to upload data to WeatherLink.com every minute. From there you can access and download it from your PC. You can also access it via the smartphone app on your iPhone, android, or iPad.
* It is possible to use the above tools to uplaod your weather data to the popular Weather Underground. Once you are communication with WeatherLink.com, you can use this page to help get WeatherLink to send your observations to WU.
The WeatherBridge product actually comes from Ambient Weather. It’s a weather station server that allows you to connect your Pro2 to MANY different networks, including WU, WeatherLink.com, AmbientWeather.net, Alexa, Google Assitant, and more! The Weather Bridge is a small gateway appliance that connects your weather station to the internet so you can see your data wherever you are. You can even send email and twitter alerts using the simple web interface.
#2 – Davis Instruments Vantage Vue
Next on our Best Wireless Weather Station List is Davis’ Vantage Vue. Many of the strong features of the Pro2 model are also built into the Vue, including the same accuracy specs, data update frequency, and wireless transmission distance of 1000ft. It’s also a solar-powered weather station with battery backup, just like the Pro2.
Many of the Vue’s connectivity options are the same as the Pro2 as well. The same components mentioned above apply here as well. For those of you that read above, it’s much of the same. You can skip down to here. If you didn’t read above because you were only interested in reading about the Vantage Vue, you should read on.
If you read about the Weather Envoy above with the Pro2, you alread know it receives weather data from the weather station and downloads it to your PC with the required WeatherLink Data Logger (purchased separately). You just place the Envoy with WeatherLink at your computer or router to upload the weather data.
It is also possible to purchase the Vantage Vue sensor suite without the display console and just connect it directly to your PC with the Envoy and WeatherLink Data Logger as shown in this image.
WeatherLinkIP skips the need for the PC all together. You can plug the WeatherLinkIP directly into the back of the Vantage Vue display console or Weather Envoy, then connect the cable directly to your router. The weather data can be posted to WeatherLink.com withuot any PC. From there you can access it from your PC or via the smartphone app on your iPhone, android, or iPad.
Like mentioned above, the WeatherBridge server allows you to connect the Vantage Vue to lots of different networks. These include WeatherLink.com, AmbientWeather.net, Weather Underground, Google Assistant, Alexa, and more! The Weather Bridge is a small gateway appliance that connects your weather station to the internet so you can see your data wherever you are. You can even send email and twitter alerts using the simple web interface.
So, what’s different between the Vue and the Pro2?
Unlike the flexibility and expandability offered in the Pro model, the Vantage 6250 Vue is an all-in-one integrated sensor suite. This is a fancy way of saying that all of the weather instruments are in a single package. For most, this is a welcome sight since it’s easier to install since there are less things to mount. However, for professionals or the enthusiast that wants the absolutely most accurate readings possible, having the anemometer separate means it can be mounted away from the thermometer and both can be mounted in the an optimal siting location. That is, the thermometer out of direct sunlight and the anemometer placed above any obstructions. Luckily for most of us, the included passive radiation shield means this isn’t that big of a deal.
#3 – AcuRite Atlas Weather Station
Our final place on the Best Wireless Weather Station List goes to the Atlas. One major advantage this AcuRite weather station has over the competition is that it comes standard with the components needed to connect to the internet. In most other models, including those on this list, additional devices need to be purchased to make the connection. With the Atlas, AcuRite’s Access module is included at no additional cost! For more details, read our full wireless weather station review on the AcuRite Atlas.
AcuRite Access Connectivity
The AcuRite Access devices allows a connection from your weather station to the internet through your home router using the supplied Ethernet cable.
Connecting to the internet with a weather station gives you so many options. The Access will help you to easily connect to the MyAcuRite weather app. You weather data can then be accessed on your smartphone, tablet or PC where you chart and graph historical trend data.
For those weather buffs that want to share their weather data with Weather Underground, the MyAcuRite weather app can assist you with this. Just login to your account online or through the app and select the “Share Weather” tab. You should then see where you can “Publish Weather Data to Weather Underground”. Once you enter your station ID and password along with Access, you’ll be able to click “Add” and be connected.
Remote Monitoring with AcuRite
Another very cool feature of this weather station is its remote monitoring features. This is something that’s either impossible to do, or at least very hard to do, with most other weather stations. The Access can connect to up to 7 compatible devices. The Atlas weather sensor would count as one of those devices. Other compatible sensors include things like water leak detection sensors and soil & liquid temperature sensors. Imagine the possibilities with remote monitoring. It’s a great way to keep an eye on a second property or even your garden.
Best Wireless Weather Station Summary
Each of the selections on the Best Wireless Weather Station list has its own reason for being here. You really can’t go wrong with any one them. If you’re a professional or need the utmost accuracy (farmers perhaps), Davis’ Pro2 really can’t be beat. By going with the Vantage Vue model, you save some money, but still get the Davis reputation for accuracy and ruggedness. You also a little less complexity. If you’re looking for something more affordable than the Davis options, AcuRite’s Atlas weather station hits the mark. Since it includes the Access remote monitoring device for connecting to the internet, you’ll save significant dollars when compared to buying connectivity separately. In the past, there was a trade-off of sacrificing accuracy and expandability, along with wireless transmission distance, however with the latest Atlas sensors, only the distance difference is significant anymore. If that’s not important to you, it’s a great alternative.