What is the benefit the AcuRite® Access?

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What is the benefit the AcuRite® Access? I have a 5 and 1 station several sensors connecting to my network through the bridge. I get results on my myacurite.com dashboard
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Terry

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Edward Ward

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It has a battery backup so that if you lose power or your internet connection, it'll still collect and store data. Then upload when it can.
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Jack Canavera

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It also uses more modern technology and will most likely be the device that interfaces with the newer AcuRite devices.  It also has the ability to interface with the current devices.  Finally its has a 100 meg interface vs the 10 meg half duplex interface found on the SmartHUB.  This 10 meg half duplex connection is the crux that causes AcuRite to insist that you connect your SmartHUB to a router ports.  Some switches to not have the ability to properly support the 10 meg half duplex interface.  I would imagine that this will allow many of you to move your Access to a switch in the future which may better your signal reception.
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George D. Nincehelser

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It's not the same as the reset bug some SmartHUBs had... it's a difference in how wunderground decides to interpret it, and it crosses brands.

It actually pre-dates the deployment of the SmartHUB.  The problem has been around since wunderground's last interface change.
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caredlands

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What frequency does it operate on. The access
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John Z

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Same frequency as the smartHUB.
 433.92 MHz
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Michael Lee

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I show both Access & smart-hub, because the hub tab shows past data, while the newly installed access doesn’t, only data from the hour it went online. Can these two databases be merged so I can use one with my history?
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AcuRite Rachell, Employee

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Hello Michael,
Unfortunately the two sets of historical data cannot be merged. We do appreciate your feedback and will certainly keep this in mind for possible future updates. Thank you.
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Steven Hoover

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I have the older SmartHub and I was offered the new Acu-Rite Access for a very steep discount. I went ahead and bought it and have hooked it up. I guess from what you all are saying that I no longer need to have the SmartHub connected to my weather station, (a 5-in-1)? I like the new Access so far, but I don't see a lot of difference in whats showing on my AcuRite App on my iPhone. 

I would have thought that Acu-Rite would have enabled the newer device to have wifi so that you don't have to directly connect it to the router. My router is in my basement and I would like to have placed it elsewhere in my house.
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AcuRite Rachell, Employee

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Hello Steven,

If you are using the Access you do not need to have the smartHUB connected.  We do appreciate your feedback regarding WiFi.  We will certainly keep this in mind for possible future updates.  Thank you.
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Bob

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Steven -

Wifi will be available for the NEXT upgrade at a great price . Looks like Acurrite couldn't see the need that far in the future when they "designed " Access ...

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Mike Bennett

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That will be in like one year when the force you to buy the 'AccessPRO'.... or whatever they will be calling it.
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AcuRite Rachell, Employee

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Hello All,
The AcuRite Access is an upgrade to the HUB. The Access has a back up battery feature that the smartHUB does not have. The back up will allows you to store up to 12 hours of data if you lose network or power to the unit. My AcuRite will also update the missed readings once internet is restored. The Access is also compatible with 1GB switches and the Apple routers where the HUB was not. We are happy to answer any questions regarding the new AcuRite Access that you may have. Thank you.
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Bob

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Rachell -

Please read up on the definition of what an " upgrade " is  - 

For many -( including me )   " Access "  offers NOTHING -

My current hub works perfectly -  the only reason it wont - is Acurite is taking it off line and " purposely "  making it obsolete !

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Mike Bennett

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Exactly Bob.... the only advantage is that it will work in September......
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Richard Buche

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Rachelle, will the new Access connect to everything the bridge did? My new Access connects to my individual sensors, but has not connected to my 5-1 Weather Station Model 06004
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George D. Nincehelser

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The mobile apps aren't being discontinued.
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John Zwiebel

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I was wondering why my phone could not see my Access.  It appears that you can enable sharing, but only for one other person, or perhaps only for Wunderground and no one else.  

I tried setting up the app on my phone and I get the message: "Mac address can not duplicate another device's mac address, Device...(uninteresting stuff), Device already claimed to this account".

Bummer.
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George D. Nincehelser

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You only set the Access up once.  You don't set it up for every single phone you have.

Let me put it this way... your phone NEVER talks to your Access.  It doesn't need to.

The Access sends your weather data to myAcurite.  Your phone (or anyone else's) then talks to myAcurite and picks up your weather data from there.

There's no direct link between your Access and your phone.
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John Zwiebel

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That was what I thought, until the phone app did not work for the last couple of weeks.  Now, for what ever reason, it is working.  You must have "fixed it".  ;-)

-- Hmmm, nope, it is now broken again.  Worked for all of 5 minutes.  The app tells me that there are no devices and I should go to settings (on the phone) and add one.

-- and 5 minutes later, it works.  

-- and now it doesn't

-- and now it does

FWIW.  I have good wi-fi with 4G data backup.
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Edward Ward

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Try uninstalling the app and re-installing it.

Mine works fine.
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Jim Glenn

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No benefit as far as I can see.  Fewer supported devices (7 instead of 10) in exchange for features I don't really need -- it is no big deal to me if I miss some data when the power goes out.  I decline to shell out another $40 for continued access to my horribly inaccurate and sometimes just plain broken sensors.  What a waste of $$$ this whole experience has been,
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Bob

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Jim - I couldn't agree more with your comment -  What makes matters worse , They are still selling the old style hubs on Amazon and many other places -- shame
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I'm currently running a 5-in-one and two AcuRite 06002M sensors on a smart hub.  Will I still be able to view all of this?
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Hello Ron,
The Access is compatible with the sensors you currently have. I can see on another thread you did provide a bit more information.  The Access will be compatible with up to 7 sensors, wired sensors and the monitor are counted as one sensor.  All sensors that are currently compatible with the smartHUB will be compatible with the Access. The Access will also be compatible with new sensors to come. Please let us know if you have any other questions. Thank you.
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It seems the primary benefit now is that Acu-Rite will no longer support the Hub, only the Access.
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Bob

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This company should be ashamed of it's self  !!!
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Bob

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Great -

 I just purchased a complete system less than 9 months ago - It really sours me that they are still selling the old style hubs to " unsuspecting fools "  ( like me) ..  unbelievable !  

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The "benefit" is that the parent company of Acurite makes MONEY while they screw their customers who LOSE money by FORCING them to buy a new unit if they want to have something that does LESS then the Smart Hub.  So I hope now you can see all the "benefits" it has  :)
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I just bought a 01057RM 5-in-1 Weather Station on December 30th 2017 and now I find out my Smart Hub will be obsolete in a few months. I would have waited a month had I known, so I had to jump on the lower price for the Access since I enjoy seeing my station on Weather Underground.
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Adam

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Acurites in house saying "it's like taking candy from a baby"
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John Zwiebel

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The access has much, much better wireless connectivity to your sensors.  When accessing the smart hub and the access via my browser, the smart hub would show a signal just over 1, while the access shows a signal of 4.  Now this could just be a difference in the way the software interprets the signal, but I've found over the last couple of months that my access did not go down.  

-- Until today.  There is an apparent problem with the ARP protocol, or it may be related to the TP-link switch on which my access is connected.  For sure, the Access sends ARP requests for the router every 8 seconds or so and appears to not store the information so I don't think it is the bridge.  


09:15:55.795975 24:c8:6e:0a:50:2f (oui Unknown) > Broadcast, ethertype ARP (0x0806), length 60: Request who-has 10.0.1.1 tell 10.0.1.39, length 46
09:15:55.796174 90:72:40:0c:8c:9f (oui Unknown) > 24:c8:6e:0a:50:2f (oui Unknown), ethertype ARP (0x0806), length 60: Reply 10.0.1.1 is-at 90:72:40:0c:8c:9f (oui Unknown), length 46

09:15:56.652585 24:c8:6e:0a:50:2f (oui Unknown) > Broadcast, ethertype ARP (0x0806), length 60: Request who-has 10.0.1.1 tell 10.0.1.39, length 46
09:15:56.652851 90:72:40:0c:8c:9f (oui Unknown) > 24:c8:6e:0a:50:2f (oui Unknown), ethertype ARP (0x0806), length 60: Reply 10.0.1.1 is-at 90:72:40:0c:8c:9f (oui Unknown), length 46



 
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George D. Nincehelser

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I'm all goofed up on painkillers right now, but perhaps that 8-second ARP is part of the sensing if the network is alive or not?
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Perhaps, but considering that there seems to be more than enough communication from either Wunderground or from MyAcurite, it doesn't seem necessary.  I'm more inclined to believe that the Acurite software doesn't cache ARP address mapping at all, but even that doesn't quite make sense.
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Overall, I’m disappointed with my Access. I monitor three homes and needed to buy three of the Access units. Setup was quick and easy, however I did not realize there was a 7 sensor limit (I have 10 at my home). Feels like a step backwards for me....