Ambient Weather WS-2080 Review

As a relatively inexpensive and easy to use weather station, this unit is hard to beat.  The Ambient Weather WS-2080 Wireless Home Weather Station includes a display console (receiver), a thermo-hygrometer transmitter unit, a wind direction sensor, a wind speed sensor, a rain gauge, mounting hardware, a USB cable and a PC software package on CD-ROM.  The software is an easy to use application that allows the user to monitor the weather station in real time.  It can be used to set up weather alerts and to log and graph weather data. 

This is a very reliable weather station.  It tracks everything from temperature to wind speed and rainfall.  The station reads barometric pressure and uses the information to generate a weather forecast that is displayed on the console with easy to read forecast icons.  The console stores up to 4080 complete sets of weather data with associated time and date stamp.

Features and Specifications

  • Dimensions: 4.5 x 1.5 x 6.8 inches. 
  • Weight: 8 pounds.
  • Outdoor temperature range: -40°F to +149°F; Indoor temperature range: 32°F to +122°F.
  • Easily connect to your PC with USB port.  Free software makes it easy to transfer data from the base station to PC.
  • Includes thermo-hydro transmitter, rain sensor, wind direction sensor, wind speed sensor, and receiver.
  • Weather forecast icons on console change based on barometer readings.
  • Data transmission range up to 300 feet line of sight, and 100 feet under most other conditions.
  • Update rate: 48 seconds.
  • Transmission frequency: 433MHz.
  • Sensor and Console each use 2 AA batteries.  Lithium batteries are highly recommended.  Console can be powered via a USB port. 

Reviews

Most customers who chose to review the Ambient Weather WS-2080 Wireless Home Weather Station are very happy with the product.  There are few online complaints, most of which are aggressively addressed by Ambient Weather tech staff.  Common complaints in these reviews are aimed at the relatively ineffective solar radiation shield.  This station definitely works best in the shade.  However, make sure the shade source does not cover the rain gauge or it will not collect properly, resulting in inaccurate data.  Other specific problems with defective units were quickly addressed and resolved by Ambient Weather, including replacing the units. 

Positive comments abound regarding this product.  According to the online reviews, it is very easy to set up.  Data transmission is strong enough to go through a brick wall, although these obstacles will substantially cut down on the 300 foot transmission range. Users attest to the accuracy of the barometric pressure readings, temperature sensors, and wind direction sensors.  More than one reviewer found it to be a very useful tool to teach basic meteorology to elementary school students. 

Pros

  • Good tech support and customer service.
  • Easy to install and use.
  • 300 feet wireless range.
  • Inexpensive.

Cons

  • Included solar radiation shield is not very effective.
  • Occasional communication problems with console.  Ambient Weather customer service is quick to respond to issues and replace as needed. 
  • Some complaints about the accuracy of the rain gauge.  It is not heated, so it will be inaccurate when it snows. 
  • Sensors include cheap plastic materials.
  • The base station will lose all of the weather data if there is a power interruption.

 

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