No usb port on my display unit

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After speaking with the AcuRite support person about tracking weather history on my pc, I bought the weather station system, model 01057RM, that she recommended. She told me I could export data to csv files for analysis. I received the station, set it up, downloaded the AcuRite Connect software and proceeded with the installation. When I got to the step where it told me to connect the usb cable to the display unit, I discovered there was no usb port on the display unit. I wasn't able to continue setting it up. What's going on? The help document for AcuRite connect shows my system as one that's supported by it. Is there some other way to get connected to my PC? I registered and launched aculink (my dashboard), but I can't figure out how to download the data to my PC. I'm responsible for analyzing weather data for our County Harbor commission and was told AcuRite was the best station to get, but I need help getting to the data. Help!
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George D. Nincehelser

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The 01057RM kit uses the AcuLink Internet Bridge to communicate date to MyBackyardWeather.com rather than a USB console connected to a PC.  You don't need the "Acurite Connect" software in this setup.

If you set up the Bridge as instructed in the kit, you'll be able to export data from the MyBackyardWeather.com web site to your PC.

 To do that you press the "chart" button on the widget you're interested in, then press "Save".  A CSV file with that chart's data will be downloaded to your PC.

Personally, I'd set your MyBackyardWeather.com account up to forward your weather data to weatherunderground.  Weatherunderground makes data analysis easier in the long-term.  It also makes it easier to share your weather data with the public.
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Thanks for your informational reply!! :-)

I saw that option, but the problem is that I have to manually click the "Save" button periodically.  I need it to automatically stream the data to my computer.  I'm a programmer and data analyst myself and I've written a program that automatically processes the data as it's received.  Is there anyway to have my system automatically send the data to my computer?  I'm doing work for our local harbor commission study to analyze the correlation between weather conditions and harbor pollution levels.


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If you're willing to do some scripting/programming work, particularly in Linux/Unix environment, there are many options.

Look at what I've done at http://nincehelser.com/ipwx as a starting point.  It's a bit dated, but it still works in general.  The idea is that you monitor the information coming from the bridge with an inexpensive Linux system like a Raspberry Pi.  You then feed that data into a free and open-source program  like weewx, which is very powerful program for analyzing weather data.  Where my write-up is a bit dated is communicating information into the current versions of weewx, but it's not a big hurdle to overcome.   

That way you'll be collecting information in real-time (every 18 seconds in the case of a 5n1) without any downloading nonsense.  Weewx will keep your weather data in a modern SQL-based database in an automatic fashion.

You can find more information about weewx at weewx.com.  It has a very active user base, and I think you'll be impressed with its capabilities.  
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Hi Herrick,

George is correct that you can stream the information via www.acu-link.com. The display that comes with this system is not a PC Connect or AcuRite connect compatible unit, and that is why it does not have the USB connection on it.

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That's good news, but I can't find anything in the documentation or on your website about how to stream it.  All I see is the option to save a csv file, but I have to do it manually each time.  If you can tell me how to stream it I'll be very happy.. :-)
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Jennifer, I went to www.acu-link.com and clicked every button and clickable object, but couldn't find anything that would let me stream.  Can you tell me the steps to get there?
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George, I reviewed your code.  Seems like a lot of work to do something that should be a feature in the product.  Since Jennifer says the system can stream the data, then all I need to do is capture it.  I'm a Microsoft programmer and would prefer to develop something using Microsoft's tools, but I was pretty impressed with your solution. :-)
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Hello Herrick,

You want to make sure you have the bridge plugged directly into your router via the Ethernet cable provided.

The lights on the bridge should flash. 

 You will create an account on www.acu-link.com

Once you get into www.acu-link.com on the top right hand side of your computer you will have your email address with a  red arrow pointed down.

Click on the red arrow.  Go to set up my bridge.

You will enter the mac address located on your bridge, and complete the set up instructions on this page.

Once you click save if there are no errors on the page this will take you to your Dashboard where you will see your readings. You may need to refresh your page a couple of times to see the information.   If there are errors on the page, then the page will not close.   If you need further assistance please contact AcuRite customer support at 877-221-1252. Have a great day!


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Jennifer, what does this have to do with my question.? I already have all that set up.  This discussion is about streaming the data from my weather station to a csv file on my computer like I could with the usb version.
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Hi Herrick,

I apologize for any confusion. Your display is not able to stream the information from the display to the computer as it is not a PC Connect display. You would have to save the information as a CSV file on www.acu-link.com.  You can do this by clicking the chart button in each individual widget.  You can select the specific time period you would like to chart, then click save. This will save it as a CSV file on your computer. If you need further assistance please contact AcuRite Customer Support at 877-221-1252.

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So, why did the person I talked to a few week's ago recommend this one?  She understood exactly what I needed to do.  Your solution won't work for me.  This was a huge waste of time.  Isn't there someway to automate the acu-link.com site to export the csv file periodically?  Seems like something that should have obviously been built into the application from the start of design.
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Hi Herrick,

We have called you and left a voicemail.  Please call AcuRite customer support at 877-221-1252 so that we can get this resolved for you.  Have a great day