How many signal strength bars is enough?

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I have the Acurite 00899 rain gauge used with a Bridge (no monitor) and I've experimenting with different locations. The signal strength varies anywhere from one bar to three bars depending on the location. I realize the more bars the better but sometimes a location with less bars is just a better place to mount it.

So here's my question can you get by with one bar signal strength as long as you never get a signal alert notification? Are these two indicators directly tied together so you will always know how much signal strength is enough?

Does the signal strength tend to drop when it's raining?

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Harold Ashe, Champion

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Theoretically, 1 bar will work. However, that leaves no margin for  what might cause a slightly weaker signal.  I would shoot for at least 2 bars.  The bars shown on My Backyard Weather are like those for a cell phone...the more you have, the better.

I have seen a drop in signal strength in very heavy rain and/or high winds, but it's quite rare.

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Hi Mike,

As Harold pointed out, one bar is enough to update the readings. The more bars the better. Sometimes moving the bridge away from the router without disconnecting it will help as well. I would recommend pulling it out as far from the router towards the direction of the collector if possible. If you do require further assistance please contact AcuRite customer support at 877-221-1252. Thank you, and have a great day!

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I do have a couple more questions. I don't have a display monitor and you don't sell them separately but I guess if you purchased another rain gauge it's possible to acquire one

I'm assuming the new monitor would work with my existing rain gauge?

Would a display monitor be any more accurate (especially pertaining to rainfall) or provide more information than using the app?
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Hi Mike2874,

Yes the display unit for the 00899 rain gauge will work with your unit.  The display unit does not connect with the bridge so it would not be able to provide additional information to the app.  The display will give you the following information. 

Displays rainfall measurement (inches / millimeters)Rainfall history: 1 rainfall, 1 day, last 7 days, plus 2 re-settable cumulative totalsRainfall alarm indicates it has started rainingFlood watch alarm indicates conditions are present that could lead to floodingTime and dateTotally wireless tabletop or wall-mountable designIndicator for wireless sensor signal strength

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to let us know.  Have a great day!