Welcome to the Eton Weather Station!
The weather station is a Davis Vantage Vue weather station located in the small town of Eton, in the Pioneer Valley in Central Queensland, Australia. Eton is located approximately 30km southwest of the city of Mackay.
The weather station is made up of two different parts. Firstly, the ISS (Integrated Sensor Suite) which lives outdoors and collects all of the weather data, and the Console, which lives indoors and wirelessly receives data from the outdoor unit.
The outdoor unit is located approximately 10-15 metres away from the house with no obstructions in any direction, meaning it is well-sited to provide very accurate data for the location.
The weather data collected from the console is then transmitted via USB cable to the nearby MeteoBridge weather router, a small device which collects the weather data in real-time and places it onto the internet. (Pictures included below).
More details of the equipment used is included below alongside photos of each component.
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Integrated Sensor Suite (Outdoor Unit)
The integrated sensor suite (ISS) is the outdoor section of the Davis Vantage Vue weather station system which lives outside and records the temperature, humidity, rainfall, and wind data.
The ISS is located at the edge of a hill, and is mounted on a pole approximately 2 metres above the ground level, and at least 5 metres above the surrounding lower ground.
The ISS is located approximately 10-15 metres away from the house and has no other obstructions in any direction, this means it is well exposed to the elements and should provide very accurate weather data.
Console (Indoor Unit)
The console is the indoor component of the weather station which receives the data from the outdoor ISS. In addition to this, the console takes the responsibility of reading the atmospheric pressure.
The console receives data every 2.5 seconds from the ISS which it organises and sends through to the MeteoBridge via a USB-cable.
The console is powered by standard A/C Power, but also contains 2x batteries for backup power in the event of an outage.
The MeteoBridge is a small square shaped device that receives the weather data from the console via the USB plugged in to it at the top of the image.
The MeteoBridge organises the data in real time and submits it through to the website where it can be viewed live.
The MeteoBridge is connected via Ethernet cable to a 4G LTE Router which provides the needed internet connection, and is also connected to the 1200VA UPS for Backup Power. Details about both of these are below.
Uninterruptible Power Supply
The Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) is a new addition to the system in April 2019, which contains a 1.2 kilovolt-amp battery, producing 720 watts of power. The UPS is designed to provide backup power to the weather station equipment in the event of a power failure.
The UPS is connected up to the MeteoBridge weather router, and the 4G LTE Router, this allows both of these devices to continue running in a power outage, resulting in a continuous flow of weather data even in the event of a power outage.
Testing conducted in April 2019, after installation, shows that the UPS is able to independently power the weather equipment for around 7 hours, which should be well and truly sufficient enough for the majority of power failures.
4G LTE Router
The 4G LTE Router is a D-Link DWR-921 which provides internet connectivity through to the MeteoBridge, allowing the weather data to be uploaded live.
In normal operation, the router is connected via ethernet cable to an AirPort Express allowing the router to use the NBN wi-fi connection already present in the house to transmit the data via the MeteoBridge.
However, in the event of a power failure, the router is connected to the UPS and will fall back on an embedded Optus 4G SIM Card which will continue to provide an internet connection while the house wi-fi is unavailable. The router is also set to fall back on the SIM Card in the event of an NBN outage.
Apple AirPort Express
The AirPort Express is a small device which captures the home wi-fi network and transmits it via ethernet cable through to the 4G LTE Router.
This configuration allows the weather setup to use the home wi-fi network by default, in normal operation, and fall back on the SIM Card if this is unavailable.
The AirPort Express is not connected to the UPS, as it would not be needed in the event of a power outage.
D-Link DSC-932L Camera
The DSC-932L camera has been installed since December 2012. It is an IP Camera which is used to provide the Northern webcam images.
The camera is connected via wi-fi and uploads images to the website every 30 seconds.
The camera is mounted outside on a pole on the front verandah of the house and points out towards the northern skyline.
Vivotek IP Camera
The Vivotek IP camera has been installed since 2017. It is an IP Camera which is used to provide the Western webcam images.
This camera does not have wi-fi capability, so is connected to the internet via ethernet through an additional Apple AirPort Express device.
The camera and AirPort Express are located inside. The camera captures images through the window of a room on the western side of the sky.
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