AcuRite Pro Weather Center & AcuLink App Monitor Local Conditions

The interconnected world of gadgets continues to expand. One notable addition is the AcuRite Pro Weather Center with AcuLink Remote Monitoring and App, retailing at US$199.99. This device not only measures your local weather conditions but also allows you to monitor them via an iPhone app, even when you’re not at home. This review will focus primarily on the app and the device’s connectivity features, though some details about the weather station itself will also be covered.

Design

The Pro Weather Center is a unique Apple-compatible device, consisting of three main components: an outdoor-mounted 5-in-1 sensor, an Internet bridge, and an LCD display that continuously updates with weather data.

The outdoor sensor includes a variety of instruments typical of a weather station, such as a cup anemometer, a rain gauge, a thermometer, a wind direction indicator, and a hygrometer. It is built from durable polycarbonate and is designed to last.

The device is powered by four AA batteries, which are supplemented by a solar panel during daylight hours.

The Internet bridge, which connects to your home router via a 433 MHz radio signal, can be placed up to 300 feet from the sensor inside your home. It requires minimal setup—simply connect it to power and your router, select one of three channels that match the sensor, and press the “Register” button for three seconds.

The highlight for those using the iPhone app is the “tabletop display console.” This attractive, battery-operated LCD panel displays all the weather data and connects via Wi-Fi.

Functionality

Setting up the Pro Weather Center involves some initial work. The sensor needs to be mounted in an unobstructed location to accurately measure wind and rain. I used galvanized metal pipes to secure the sensor approximately 7 feet above the ground. It’s crucial to align the sensor due south for precise wind direction readings and optimal sunlight exposure for the solar panel.

Once installed, you can verify the station’s functionality by checking the LCD panel for updates on temperature, humidity, wind speed, and direction.

You can then register for a free account on the AcuRite website to use the AcuLink service, which powers the iPhone app. I did find the bridge’s blinking lights to be distracting, so I covered them with electrical tape.

The accuracy of this $200 weather station is reliable. I compared its readings with other weather instruments I own, and they matched closely.

Remote monitoring of weather data is straightforward. By logging into your AcuLink account, you can view a dashboard with widgets for each weather instrument. Setting up alerts for specific weather events like rain or temperature thresholds is also simple.

The free AcuLink app displays the same data in a format suited for iPhones.

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