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Wireless Weather Stations

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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Unobtrusive, compact wireless weather stations are the perfect gadget for the meteorologically curious. A good weather station will receive data transmitted from outdoor sensors every two and a half seconds. This means constantly updated weather information beamed to your desktop!

Wireless Weather Stations vs. Wired Weather Stations

Wireless weather stations are amazingly more convenient than the traditional, wired weather station models. In the past it was difficult to find a comprehensive weather station that left the tangle and hassle of wires behind. High-end outdoor sensor modules required too much power.

Nowadays, however, many outdoor sensors are solar powered, which provides enough power to measure everything from the atmospheric pressure to the UV index. On cloudy or rainy days, a backup battery kicks in, keeping up-to-the-minute information streaming inside. An anemometer cable connects the primary outdoor sensor module to a rain gauge on most models.

The main differences between wired and wireless weather stations are price and the distance allowed between the sensor and the base station. For high-end models, wired stations can be as much as 100 dollars cheaper. However, the wired version of that same high-end model uses a 30 meter long cable--as much as 90 meters shorter than the line-of-sight transmission distance of the wireless version.


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