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    GHammer

    Ecowitt (if outside the US) or Ambient Weather (inside the US) make excellent stations in your price range.

    I am using an Ecowitt setup and it works a treat. Have it feeding my WeeWX install and that provides the local weather to my Mini-8

     

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    Ingeborgdot

    These are weather stations?

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    David LaComb

    I have an Ambient Weather WS-2902B that I bought for $170. Like it so far. Tied in to Weather underground but would like native support for Ambient Weather.

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    Ingeborgdot

    I was looking at this one or the Ambient Weather WS-2000.  It is $100 more but has some upgrades.  I don't know if the cost difference is worth it though.  Without having them side by side, I would not know what would be better.

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    GHammer

    The difference is the 2000 can display more sensors if you wish to have them.
    It also is a better looking display.

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    Ingeborgdot

    I just have to determine if it is worth the extra $100?  I also see the 1201P they also sell.  Not sure about that one though. 

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    David LaComb

    I looked at the 2000, but didn’t want to spend the extra money at the moment. Both use the same outside sensor unit so I can always upgrade the display later. Since this is my first station, I wanted to minimize my expense in case it didn’t work out as I planned.

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    Clmcleod61

    I am also shopping for weather stations.  I like the WS200 or WS5000 because it can log data from soil sensors.  I think it would be interesting to get a couple soil sensors and put them in different spots every few days.   I live in San Diego County on a "cut" lot (my neighbor's lot is "fill").  Anyway, there is not much clay or organic matter in my soil.  It is mostly granules of decomposed granite.  Therefore, it wets pretty uniformly so data from a soil sensor would probably be representative of soil moisture for a couple feet in each direction.

    Also, a soil moisture sensor could be useful for potted plants.  Is there any way to use a soil moisture sensor to influence rainmachine run times?   I have a Samsung Smartthings Zigbee/Zwave network so I think I can use IFTTT to trigger a zone based on soil moisture sensor data.

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    Christian

    We recommend our latest product, the RainMachine Pro-8 or Pro-16: https://www.rainmachine.com/products/rainmachine-pro.html
    Both will be back in stock at the beginning of July.

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