Meteobridge - will it work with new AcuRite Access the way it does with the legacy Hub device?

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I've been using Meteobridge to connect to and share data with PWS Weather Station and Weather Underground. It works great, but I'm concerned that the new "Access" device might not work.

Has anyone tried?

TIA for any tips.
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Bill Martin

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I have an Access and have been able to get data from 5in1, T/H sensors and Beta Atlas device.  I also shared data to WU.  Also have a friend on lake that just got their Access and have shared their 5in1 with WU.  

Unsure if that answers your question.
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No, Metobridge does not work with the access.  The communications are encrypted, so they say that it probably never will.  So much for that investment...
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Don't know for sure, but the hub collects data from the sensors and then passes it thru your router to the internet on to the WU and acurite servers. The access works the same as the hub. However, from what i read about meteobridge you don't need a hub as it collects the data from the sensors just like the smart hub and Access, all you should need are the sensors talking to meteobridge which will connect to your internet connection. If you're already using it to send data to WU from your sensors you only need the smart hub or Access to send the sensor data to the Acurite servers.
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Meteobridge either collects data via the USB port on a PC Connect display, or by sniffing the network data from a SmartHUB.

If you're using the USB option, I expect you'll be fine.

However, network monitoring from the Access presents a problem as the data flowing to myAcurite is encrypted.  The author would need to take that into account and modify his code as necessary.  Since Acurite is not validating certificates, decryption is easy, though a bit of a hassle.  The last I heard the author wasn't very interested in supporting it, probably because of limited resources available in the router hardware he is using.
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I asked the maker of Meteobridge the same question. Here is the reply I received today:

“Hi,
it is still unknown if the Access unit will provide any local data read-out funtions. Current firmware of the Access unit does not.
It will help, when you contact Acurite and tell them that you are looking for such a feature.
When they do not update the firmware you will probably being locked-in to their ecosystem exclusively.

Reagrds,
Boris”

Apparently the data is not in a format that can be read like the SmartHub. If this is true, Acurite is most likely blocking it on purpose. Per gaps so they can provide their own product to accomplish the same task.

I am very disappointed. I use my weather data to provide input to my Rachio smart sprinkler controller. To do this the data must come from PWS Weather. The only way I know of to get the data from my Acurite 5in1 is using Meteobridge. I have quite an investment in a system I can only use for seven more months.
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If this is the case and you still have a working smart hub and it's local data can be read by the meteobridge it should continue to work after acurite stops supporting it, it just won't work with the acurite servers and if it fails you won't be able to get it replaced. The Access wil not work with meteobridge. Another option is Meteobridge PRO a little pricey $290-300 at Wal-Mart and amazon for info see http://wiki.meteobridge.com/wiki/inde....
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I originally set my system up to work with Rachio too.
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No, Meteobridge will not continue to work with the hub.  The hub will not send out the data that Meteobridge sniffs if the Acurite servers don't ack the data that it tries to send.  You would have to set up something to intercept the IP destination and fake out a reply (with time data) from the Acurite servers. This has been verified.  When the Acurite servers were down a little while back, Meteobridge didn't work.
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I have a Rachio as well and well Im pissed now at Accurape
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Les Fairall

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I for one will be buying a new weather station from a manufacturer that still allows me to access data directly from something I paid for and own.   Not sure why they even see the need to encrypt weather data back to their servers.

Hey acurite how about an option to send data unencrypted?   
Closing your data off to everyone but your equipement / servers is going to cost you customers.
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do a search. plenty of info on Arduino and all the various boards, sw and development available for DIY projects. you need somw HW and SW background to program. also look at Raspberry Pi systems....
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joegr

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The NodeMCU is a small board.  Do a search on Amazon for it.  Here it is with the 433MHz receiver, air pressure sensor, and a small display.
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Nice!
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Chris

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joegr, thanks for the update and picture.  That's pretty slick!
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joegr

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I've posted the project (so far) now.
https://github.com/joegr123/WeatherStation
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Wayne Wilson

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Well I gave up on AcuRite  and bought a Davis Vantage Vue. My meteobridge is set up to send data to both WU and PWS. I made a couple of config changes in the metobridge (on the Network tab I disabled LAN bridge, and switched connection from wireless to LAN) and then in the Select Station tab I selected Davis Vantage, changed the default USB to IP WP Upload to 1 minute. Once I got the new Davis device set up data immediately started showing up on both WU and PWS. I did edit my station on WU to reflect that I'm using the Davis product instead of Acurite.
The only thing that took me longer than I anticipated was finding the IP of my meteobridge which changed when I switched from wireless to ethernet. My router showed a name that I didn't recognize. I basically started trying to browse to IPs I didn't recognize, I think the 5th one gave me the meteobridge log in. I had to re-accept the software license but that was it. So far so good.I just wanted to let you know that switching meteobridge to another device isn't that hard...and now I'm confident that I'll continue to be able to use my personal station with my Rachio.
Good Luck!
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Funny.. I was looking at the Davis units this weekend.   That's where I am probably heading.  My 5 in 1 is getting flakey anyway (seems to change channels on me and I have to keep switching channels on indoor unit weekly) and its internal fan has died.   Not spending another penny on AcuRite parts or a new bridge unit at this point  Just need to bite the bullet and buy something different.   Thanks for your posts!
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I switched from the 5N1 to a WS-2902 Ambient and it works like a charm.  I'm done with Acurite way to many problems.  Good luck.
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Well, these AcuRite Atlas units are vaporware is it is. I guess some people are Beta testing these things, but really, they were supposed to be released like a couple years ago.  This is just crazy at this point that they are still not out?!?!?!  It's a weather station, not rocket science!!!!

I've been looking at the Davis systems for a while myself. I also use Meteobridge.  I'm disappointed that Acurite is also locking down their new systems like they are. At this point, I see zero reasons to look at an AcuRite even if it get's released in this century for people to buy.   I hadn't been here in quite some time.  I was clearing out some stuff on my Amazon List and the AcuRite Atlas Elite was on it.  Saw it was unavailable.   Wow, what a surprise,...NOT!!!!