Ambient solar-powered wireless weather station, a hands-on review.
A very cost effective weather station, the Ambient WS-1400-IP.
I wanted an inexpensive way to monitor weather data at my QTH while I was at home or away. This Ambient solar-powered wireless weather station fits the bill perfectly:
- Many weather stations require a PC interface, but I didn’t want to tie up a PC just for weather reporting. This Ambient does not. It comes with a small transceiver that you plug into your router. The transceiver communicates with the outdoor weather station module. So very simple.
- The Ambient also communicates to the Weather Underground network of personal weather stations. You simple create your own free account at wunderground.com and then the set up to get your weather station online to the Weather Underground is so very slick and simple.
- To view your station data, you use any computer web browser or your smartphone via a free Weather Underground app.
- The weather station also comes with a remote sensor that displays indoor temperature, humidity and barometric pressure.
- The outdoor weather station unit is self-contained and operates completely wirelessly which makes installation a breeze.
- Rather than the advertised 300 ft. wireless communications range Ambient cites, count on more like 100 ft — at least that’s been my experience.
- By the way, none of my ham radio VHF and HF equipment interfere with the Ambient.
- From start to finish it took me 15 minutes to get the Ambient running.
I replaced my old Davis Instruments weather station with this Ambient. The Davis was hard to program and along with the required weather software it cost three times what the Ambient costs. The Davis system would inexplicably go offline to Weather Underground as well. Seems to be a COM bug in the console. But Davis tech support could never provide me with a fix. I don’t miss the Davis a bit. And the Ambient currently sells for only $160.
I couldn’t be happier with my Ambient. If you need an inexpensive way to track your weather, give it a try. You won’t be disappointed. Click here for more details.
Update: March 12. After a few weeks of continuous operation, the Ambient has proven to be 100% reliable. Highly recommended.