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Hello and welcome to another edition of La Crosse Technology’s Tech Talk. A show designed around answering your questions
quickly and accurately. I’m Greg Pizl, and today we will be taking
you through the basic setup to your new Professional Weather Station. So, let’s go. Before we get started, if you are viewing
this video on YouTube, I want to direct your attention to the description below. Here you will find the times and descriptions
to each of the steps that will be covered. Simply by clicking the blue highlighted time
you will jump ahead to that spot in this video. These work great if you’re looking to find
information on something specific. I should note, however, that if you’re viewing this on a mobile device, such as a phone or tablet, you will need to drag the red playhead
to these times listed. But otherwise just sit back and learn as we
take you through each step the setup process. Step 1) Insert two new “AA” batteries, according
to polarity, into your Thermo-Hygro sensor. Step 2) Insert three new “AA” batteries into
the bottom of the Multi-Sensor. Step 3) Insert the 5-volt power cord into
an outlet, and then into the back of the weather station itself. We do also recommend inserting 3 new “AAA”
batteries, according to polarity, into the back of the weather station. These are optional, however, they will help
the station maintain its time and weather information during power loss. Step 4) Check your sensors’ connection. The outdoor temperature, humidity, wind, and
rain information should show up within the first three minutes. This means the dashes will turn into numbers
on screen. And after which, we recommend keeping the
sensors within 5 to 10 feet from the station for at least 15 minutes before moving the
them to their outside locations. This helps the station and sensors sync properly
and ensures a strong connection. For step 5, we will be mounting these wireless
outdoor sensors. Starting with the smaller, temp and humidity
sensor. To mount the sensor, insert one mounting screw, nail, or even string through the hole at the top. You will want to try and place it on a north-facing
wall or in any well shaded area. Make sure also, that it is mounted vertically
to allow for moisture to drain out properly. Now, let’s mount the larger, Multi-Sensor. For the most accurate wind speed and rainfall
readings, you will want to mount this sensor in an open area clear for about 50 feet in
all directions. Attach it to your desired mounting surface
with screws through the holes in the cylindrical opening on the bottom. This is also where you would connect the included mounting bracket for installation onto a flat surface. The construction of this newly designed bracket
allows you to mount the sensor from the bottom, or from the side. But make sure to use the bubble level on the top to ensure the sensor is level for accurate rainfall readings. Also, you will want to make sure this station
is mounted with the solar panel facing south. Not only does this allow in the most sunlight,
but it tells the sensor which way North is. Providing you with the correct wind speed
and direction. There are embossed heading letters to help
with this as well. It should also be noted that though this solar
panel will help extend the life of your batteries, it will not run the sensor in place of them. The maximum wireless transmission range from
each of your outdoor sensors to your station is around 330 feet of open air. This does not account for walls, floors, windows
or any other objects that may cause interference. Because of this, we do recommend temporarily
putting your sensors in the locations you’d like them to be. Testing them for a few days to make sure they
stay connected, before mounting them permanently. Now let’s move to step 6, which will take
you through your settings menu. To enter the settings menu, PRESS & HOLD the
Set button for about 3 seconds. Or until the Beep ON/OFF setting begins flashing
on screen. Once in the settings menu, you will use the
Plus or Minus button to adjust the values, and the Set button again to confirm your adjustments and move to the next item in the settings menu. I should also point out that if you would
like to exit the settings menu at any time, simply PRESS & RELEASE the Light button on
the top of the unit. This will save any changes you make and bring
you back to the main screen. So here is the order in which the settings
menu will follow: First, is the Beep ON/OFF setting. The default, as you may have noticed, is ON, meaning you will hear a beep for every button push. To change this to OFF you will need to PRESS
& RELEASE either the Plus or Minus button. To confirm this selection, PRESS & RELEASE
the Set button. The next feature then will allow you to choose
your time zone. At first this can be a little confusing, as
these are indicated with numbers ranging from positive 12H to negative 12H. Using the Plus or Minus button to cycle through, the numbers for the North American time zones are as follows: -4 Atlantic Time, -5 Eastern
Time, -6 Central Time, -7 Mountain Time, -8 Pacific Time, -9 Alaskan Time, and -10 Hawaiian Time. I am located in Wisconsin so I’ll select -6
for Central time, but please make sure to choose the proper time zone for where you are located. To confirm my selection I will once again
PRESS & RELEASE the Set button. Setting 3 is pretty straight forward and allows
us to choose whether or not we want the station to automatically adjust for Daylight Savings
Time. The default setting is ON, but should you
wish to shut it off, simply use the Plus or Minus button to switch between the two. For me, I would like it ON and will confirm
this as my selection by PRESSING & RELEASING the Set button. Next, will be the Hour setting.It’s about
2:30pm here, so using the Plus button I will move the hour to 2, making sure the AM symbol
turns off and PM symbol on. Now that I’m at 2pm I will PRESS & RELEASE the Set button again to jump to the Minutes selection. Here, I will PRESS & HOLD the Plus button
now to make the numbers climb rapidly. This also works in the opposite direction
with the Minus button. Once I reach 30 minutes I will PRESS & RELEASE
the Set button. This then brings us to Setting 6, where we
can select between 12 and 24 hour time. I will go with 12 hour and make this my selection
by PRESSING & RELEASING the Set button. After this, will be our year setting. It’s currently still 2016, so I’ll confirm
this with the PRESS & RELEASE of the Set button. Next I move to the Month option. Today is October 19th, so I will move the
month to OCT for October, confirm this, and then move the following date number here to
the 19th. Confirming this once again with the Set button. The tenth setting here is the Fahrenheit or
Celsius temperature reading option. The default is Fahrenheit but once again you can easily change this with the Plus or Minus button. I will, however, stick with Fahrenheit and
make this my selection with another PRESS & RELEASE of the Set button. Next, you will be able to choose how you would
like your wind direction displayed. The default is degrees, but you can change
this to letters describing the cardinal direction in which the wind is blowing. Use the Set button again to confirm your selection. Setting 12 then allows you the option of viewing your wind speed in Miles per hour or kilometers per hour. I’ll stick with the default miles per hour
and make this my selection with the Set button. And finally, the last setting option lets
you choose between Inches or Millimeters for viewing your rainfall totals. Once again, I’ll stick with the default inches setting with one final PRESS & RELEASE of the Set button. This will bring us back to the main screen
and keep all of the changes we have made. Now that you have your sensors connected and
your station’s settings configured, let us show you how to adjust and position your station
for the best viewing angle possible. When using the unit in its free standing position, we want to point out the newly designed leg extensions. By flipping these down, these help push the
unit into a more upright position, and therefore offer a better selection of viewing angles
for optimal placement within your home. Our final step here will be for those who
wish to connect their station to the Internet, and in turn have the ability to view their
weather data anywhere on their wireless devices. To connect your weather station to the Internet,
you will first need to make sure your station is plugged in using the provided power cord. It’s Wi-Fi connection capabilities will not
work with battery power only. And also make sure your mobile device is connected
to the internet using the same protected Wi-Fi network you plan to connect your station to. From there, download our Weather Connect App,
which can be found in Apple’s App store, for iPhone users, and in Google’s Play Store for
those on an Android. After the download is complete, launch the
app. The first screen that comes up will inform
you that this app requires a Personal Weather Station, or PWS, ID from Weather Underground. And offers two options. Option one, will be for those who need to
create a new PWS ID. To do this, you can either click the blue
HERE text in the paragraph to bring you directlyto Weather Underground’s website, or you can simply press the green “Register a PWS” button to create one right in this Weather Connect
app. Option two, as it says in the text below,
is for those who have already created this PWS ID and password. If you fall in this category, press the “Main
Menu” button to skip through that setup. But let us assume you fall under option one,
and press the “Register a PWS” button in the middle of the screen. The next page will ask you to either log into
your existing Weather Underground account, or to create a new one. Whichever option you choose will require you
to enter an e-mail and password. Once these are entered, press the green button
on the bottom of the screen, to log in. If you are setting up a new account, this
process may take a minute or two. But once your account is created and you’re
logged in, the next screen then allows you to setup your Personal Weather Station’s information. First, you will need to give your device a
name… Then set your GPS location. This can be found automatically by pressing
the “Get Current GPS Location” button,… entered manually, if you happen to know your
coordinates,… or by entering your home address… Once this information is entered and found,
agree to Weather Underground’s Terms of Service, and Press the “Register PWS” button on the
bottom. A successful registration will lead you to
this page, which presents you with your Personal Weather Station’s ID and Password. These are case sensitive and will be temporarily
saved locally on your device, however, it may be a good idea to write these down for
future use. After this step is complete, make sure again,
that your mobile device is connected via Wi-Fi using the same protected network you’d like
your weather station to use. And press “Continue”. This then will bring you to a page which details
the following connection steps. So first, press the “Set Device Wi-Fi” button
near the bottom. The network’s name you are currently connected
to will be listed under the Wi-Fi name. Below this, you can then enter your Wi-Fi
networks’s, or “router’s”, password. And press the “Confirm” button on the bottom. This then tells the app to search the network
for any connectable devices.If it’s still within the first hour after the initial powering
up of your weather station, the station should still be continuing to search for this Wi-Fi
connection automatically. However, if it is beyond this first hour you
will have to tell your station to begin the search again. To do this, simply PRESS & HOLD down both
the Plus and Minus button together for 3 seconds. You should notice the Wi-Fi icon start to
flash once again. Once your station connects, this Wi-Fi icon
will remain solid on screen. Indicating that your station has indeed been
connected to the internet. This, however, does not mean it is also connected
to Weather Underground. Back in the app, you should have noticed a
new screen pop up with your station’s name listed under “Available Stations”. This name is automatically generated based on the station’s internal ID and cannot be changed. But press this green button. This is where you will enter the PWS ID and Password you just created for your Weather Underground account. If you followed us along and set this up using the Weather Connect app, you should see these already pre-populated for you. All you will need to do then is press the
“Save” button at the bottom. Providing all of the previous steps were successful,
a “success” page should follow, which explains that your weather data should be available
on Weather Underground’s website and their mobile app within 24 hours. Typically though, it does not take nearly
this long. Now, for all intensive purposes, once you
reach this point, you will not need this Weather Connect app again unless the station is reset
or you plan to move your devices to another Wi-Fi network. For convenient updates and easy viewing of your backyard weather data anywhere on the go, we highly recommend downloading the Weather Underground mobile app and searching via your PWS ID and Password. So there you go, you have just gone through the hardest part of setting up and using your new weather station. Don’t forget to consult the Instruction Manual,
provided in the description below, should you have further questions regarding details
not covered in this video. But also, feel free to comment below with
any issues or specific questions you may have. We are here to help you. In the meantime we hope you enjoy your new
Professional Weather Station. I’m Greg Pizl here for La Crosse Technology’s
Tech Talk, we’ll see you next time.

David Frank

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