displays and signal strength / or lack of signal strength

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My First Acurite weather station is 01512 . 5 in 1 sensor mounted on 15 foot pole in back yard. All sensors in house are no more that 40 feet from outdoor sensor, (I don't live in a mansion) no metal siding on house ,no sources of radio interference.  Display for 01512 looses all bars with rain and wind happening . Then I also have two 06039 displays ,they also loose all bars with rain and wind .  I have a Acurite model 02008/02075 simple weather station with sensor mounted to base of pole with 5 in 1 (use it for seeing temp differences so I know when fan has failed in 5 in 1, this has happened more than a few times) . That display stays rock solid in signal no matter what is going on outside . I also have a 1500RX display which also gets signal from same 5 in 1 in yard and that has no problem retaining signal no matter what the outside conditions are . All of this stuff is in various locations in my house ,it is not like the problem units are mounted all together by some sort of radio interference . I checked and all units are using same frequency and all units are using regular alkaline batteries  . The display for the 01512 is very much in appearance like the two 06039's and they are the problem units , not for nothing but it sure looks to me like Acurite got a real problem . How can the 1500RX stay so rock solid with the same sensor as it's source and the other three be so intermittent with signal . What good is a weather station that can't perform in all weather conditions,we are not talking hurricane conditions ,this is happening with a little rain and wind with 1 inch of rain and average winds of 6 to 8 miles an hour . Please don't give me the same story about setting them up with the sensor ,been there done that several times ,it is a good stall ,won't work with me .
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Bob

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John Z

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Bob,


From what you have said, it seems to me that when it gets rainy/windy some of your signal paths may pass through wet foliage, and some don't. That can make a big difference. How about an experiment? Swap the locations of a "strong signal" display with a "weak signal" display, and see if on a rainy day, the problem follows the hardware, or stays with the location.

Luck, Z
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Strong signal display is about 8 feet away from  one of the week  signal displays . Other two week displays have basically same line of sight to 5 in 1 . Display placement is not an issue ,one of them was at the closest point in house to 5 in 1 . Besides there is no foliage between 5 in 1 and house to disrupt signal .  Thanks for the response but again there has to be a flaw in design of these displays . Reason for me having so many displays is that my original displays had problems that Acurite knew about (moon phase issue) and they replaced them . Shame is with Acurite, if it isn't one thing it's another so they correct one problem and replace it with another .
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Bob as I have shown  in other threads you can have the 5-1 sitting right next to the SmatHub and still wont get a full green signal all the time . This is the frustration I and others have been complaining about since the now famous "update" .  I was told two months ago that they where looking into it but so far no answer to this problem  . Here's the thread I started 2 months ago showing a Smarthub sitting within 3 feet of a 5-1 and still only showing a yellow weak signal . And like everyone else  never had one problem with my old bridge before the new and improved SamrtHubs came to town !!! https://support.acurite.com/acurite/topics/what-i-had-to-do-to-get-a-green-signal-strength-but-it-di...
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I have two hubs and both of them have two different signal  strengths even being right next to each other . Displays are another issue ,three displays all loosing signal when it rains is another issue again . There is no way to put it, using Acurite for monitoring weather in any remotely serious way is like using Ron Popiels pocket fisherman for a pro Bass fishing competition  . Sorry to say this but the Acutite products a merely a toy . Unfortunately when they replace a defective product you get another defective product . 
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Hello Bob,

Heavy rain or wet foliage may create interference impacting the wireless signal between an outdoor sensor and indoor companion product (display, bridge, etc.). To ensure a strong wireless connection, mount the sensor higher up or relocate it to another area.

  • Increase the mounting height. A wireless signal traveling close to the ground and through objects like windows, walls, bushes, grass, drywall, etc., reduces the potential wireless range. Rain may cause additional interference on the wireless signal.
  • Relocate the product(s) – When moving a wireless product, even an inch can make a difference in signal strength. For products with both a sensor (transmitter) and digital display or bridge (receiver), relocating both parts may help improve the wireless range. If you continue to experience an issue please let us know.
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I have three systems at three different locations. Each system has the same problem, varying signal strength from four bars to nothing. One system is over a year old and the other are just a couple of months old. All systems are within 30' of the displays.

I can't believe I am the only one with this problem.
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George D. Nincehelser

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It's not WiFi.  It attaches to your wired ethernet network.

It picks up the data from the 433MHz sensors and sends the data to myAcurite.com where you can access it from a mobile app or web browser.
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Frank

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Ahhhh, what does it cost?
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AcuRite Tori

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Hello Frank,

The cost of the smartHUB is currently $79.99.
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Frank

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Am I to assume this hub would read all the info transmitted to my display which I could then look up on a website.
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AcuRite Tori

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Hello Frank,

The smartHUB will read what your sensors provide. You are able to add up to 10 sensors to the smartHUB. All of which can be found in the link provided if you were also interested in adding more to your system. The smartHUB will also provide you with a barometric pressure reading.

https://www.acurite.com/my-acurite/expand-the-system.html