I have been reading these threads and am a bit confused about selecting a personal weather station and installing the same such that it will not require my Mac to be operating 24/7 for the purpose of accessing weather data from my PWS (once I acquire it). I already have a Davis Vantage Vue weather station, but from my research I do not believe that there are good solutions to accomplish my objectives with the Davis Vantage Vue.
My principle requirements would be to do the following:
Purchase a reliable PWS of good quality that has relatively easy integration with the Rachio (Gen 2).
I do not necessarily want or need to download weather data to my iMac for historical purposes.
I do want the PWS to report and be accessible from Rachio app for the primary purpose of rainfall tracking to shut off irrigation when there is substantial rainfall.
I definitely want the PWS to be connected to the internet through my router or wireless connection (again without having my iMac running) so that the info is accessible to Rachio app. FYI, I have a Apple Airport Time Capsule as my router.
My Davis Vantage Vue reports reliably to the console even though there is not direct line of sight as my Davis unit is about 30 feet from my stone house and the console is in my basement rec room about 30 feet away from the outside stone wall so my Davis outside sensor is about 60 feet from my indoor console with a 15 inch stone wall in between and I have never had transmission issues).
Now I have looked at different weather stations online such as Rainwise and some Accurite stations which state that they come with a smart hub and can connect directly to internet through Weather Underground, but some who have provided reviews state that the Accurite stations will only last about 2 years so they do not sound very durable.
When I reviewed Rachio instructions on setting up a PWS with Rachio. It talks about purchasing Meteobridge and a DLINK DIR-505L. It then suggests purchasing an Accurite 5-in-1 PWS with an internet bridge and be certain that once installed that it is updating to the Acurite cloud server one of their apps or server. It then talks about flashing the DLink 505 L with new firmware from Meteobridge and setting up the Wifi on the Meteobridge so that it is a client in WLAN mode on my Wifii network. It then says once this is all working pug in the Acurite PWS internet bridge ethernet cable into the ethernet port on the Meteobridge. It goes on from there. All very complex and confusing to me.
Is the process explained in the Rachio support page necessary or is there an easier more direct way of doing this?
Can someone give me some good options for the purchase of a PWS and other apparatus necessary to have it connect to my rachio app and explain the process they used, assuming that it is easier than as described in the Rachio support pages.