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Please note that in order to use AcuLink's My Backyard Weather application, you must first purchase an AcuLink Internet Bridge, and one or more AcuLink compatible sensors. Compatible sensors include wireless digital thermometers, hygrometers, and wireless weather station sensors (feature an integrated rain gauge, anemometer, wind vane, etc.). For more information, visit http://www.acurite.com/aculink
The My Backyard Weather application is your virtual weather station, allowing you to remotely monitor indoor and outdoor environmental conditions from nearly anywhere on the planet. The My Backyard Weather dashboard includes temperature gauges, humidity monitors, wind data, rain measurements, your personalized weather forecast and more. For indoor monitoring, AcuLink compatible sensors can act as a digital thermometer or humidity monitor, allowing you to measure conditions like attic temperature or basement humidity.
· Monitor up to 3 AcuLink compatible sensors per AcuLink Internet Bridge (sold separately at AcuRIte.com).
Remotely track changing weather conditions in and around your home or business, including:
- Relative Humidity
- Wind Direction
- Wind Speed
- Barometric Pressure
· Receive real-time text message alerts and/or email notifications when conditions change. Programmable weather alerts include high / low temperature alerts, oncoming storm warnings, wind alerts, rain alarms and more.
· Share indoor conditions and your local weather conditions with friends & family, or with a weather network, like Weather Underground.
· Chart & graph historical data.
· Easy setup & hassle-free installation with free US-based support.
What's New in Version 1.8.1
Fixed some display issues for iOS7 devices
Great Weather Station and Great App!
After reading other reviews I'm not sure if I ended up with a fluke or what, but my experience has been amazing with both the weather station and the app. I'm the Facilities Manager of a fairly large campus in Phoenix and need to be able to have up-to-date weather data instantaneously so I can maintain our systems for optimum performance. I'm also a former Air Force Weather Specialist and I love knowing every nuance of current weather. This unit delivers for me on both counts. It not only gives me current temp, humidity, wind, rainfall, and barometric pressure, but it also shows the trending of each of these for the last 12 hours. And the reports tab will show highs and lows for the last week, month, and all-time. Install was simple and straight forward, although I replaced the plastic mounting pole with a 3/4" steel pipe. We get pretty big monsoon wind storms here and I was worried about the plastic cracking or breaking over time. I have had the unit for 5 days and have no connection issues at all. I'm at home on the app and I can see every bit of the information I want to see. A couple of times it has taken about 30 seconds to connect but it's not a big deal to me. Now, I did spend the extra money for the acu-link unit and that may be the difference for me. If so, it is well worth the investment.
I feel like a rebate is in order for all your customers. Yes the app is free, but the weather station was pretty expensive, and one of the main features is supposedly this app. Constant connection problems, the app keeps deleting my profile so I have to enter in all my station info every few days. The alert system only works for the temperature, all other sensors tell me that my settings cannot be saved due to no recipient. I could go on and on, but everything has been well covered by the other negative reviews. Btw you're not fooling anyone by having your employees give this app 4 and 5 star ratings, any real customer who has actually used this app will tell you it's beyond awful. Besides the station itself all your software is crap. Oh but I guess that's on purpose isn't it, because they want us to buy the $70 software to actually be able to get what we paid for out of the system, total bait and switch. But like other reviewers said before me, what can you expect these days.
Did I pay for THiS?!?!
No, I did not pay for the software specifically, but it was a big reason why I bought the Acurite weather station. They advertised boldly in their ads and on the colofon box you could access your data through their app. Guess that's basically true but the app looks like it was put together by a high schooler with severe ADD. Basic functionality that does not even work right all the time, inconsistent layout, basic UI problems... I could keep going on and on.
It's not that hard Acurite! You get a stream of data and present it logically with a halfway decent UI. Do that and your sales go up because the station itself is pretty good!
The same complaint goes for the desktop software. Piece of cr@p!
There must be something better out there, or maybe I'll just need to take up iPhone programming!
Bottom line: I feel I'm the victim of bait and switch...