Does wind interfere with signal?

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I recently purchased an AcuRite 01536 Weather Station and set it up about a month ago. I didn't have any issues with the signal once it finally synced up with the weather station (it took a few hours to sync). I keep the base station approx 35-40 feet away from the weather station, which is approx 20-25 feet up. The base station typically shows a real good signal (I believe it usually shows 5 bars, but when I went to check just now, it showed that it lost signal again!).

This past weekend we had our first wind event (started this past Friday and still continuing today) with the peak winds in the mid 20's MPH. On four separate occasions since Friday, the base station lost the signal of the weather station. Each time I tried moving the base station to a spot in the house that was approximately below the weather station for 6+ hours without any luck. The base station refused to sync until I moved the base unit outside of the house directly below the weather station.

What can I do so that I don't keep loosing the signal when it is windy outside?

Thank you
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AcuRite Jennifer

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Hello Charles,

Are you only losing signal when it is windy or have you lost signal when it's not windy as well?  We would recommend relocating the sensor and display if possible. There may be intereference. Finding the ideal location for wireless products may be resolved through trial and error. Sometimes, relocating the product(s) even a very small distance may provide a significantly better, and more reliable signal connection. AcuRite wireless range specifications are based on the average range one can expect in a standard home installation environment, however, there are some steps that can be taken to maximize or increase wireless range:

• Reduce local interference from other electronic devices. It's important to install AcuRite wireless products at least 3 feet (.9 m) away from electronics that may interfere with the wireless communication, such as: TVs, Microwaves, Computers, Laptops, Fluorescent lights, Refrigerators, Cordless phones, USB-powered devices like webcams & keyboards.

• Increase the mounting height. A wireless signal traveling close to the ground and through things like windows, walls, bushes, grass, drywall, etc., reduces the potential range.

• Relocate the product(s) to a different location. For products with both a sensor (transmitter) and/or display (receiver), it may help to relocate both parts to improve wireless range.
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During the wind event that weekend, we lost the signal multiple times through out the day.  Then for the next 3 or 4 days, we lost the signal, primarily overnight.  Before the wind event, we did not loose the signal, and since the end of last week, we haven't had any issues.

The display unit is mounted on our northern wall.  There isn't a lot of area to relocate it as most of the wall is glass.  It is also not near any other electronics where it is located.  The only other place I could mount the display unit any closer to the weather station (and to face a different direction) is our eastern wall, but the only place I could mount it on that wall is under our cabinets right next to our stove and oven.

Also, if I mount the display unit any higher than it is, then the display unit would not be visible since you can't read the screen at an angle.

Thank you,

Charles  
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Doug Barkus

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I have found, with multiple 5n1s and multiple base stations, that I lose signal occasionally when the wind is above 15 mph.  The only unit I have not had that problem with is the HD display.  If you want to get the signal back quicker than the 5 minutes it waits before trying again, switch the channel on the base station and then back again.  It will try to reconnect immediately.
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Hello Charles,

When it refers to mounting the station higher, it is referring to the sensor. You may need to relocate the sensor to see if it is able to maintain a connection.