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USB Datalogger for Davis VP2
« on: July 15, 2019, 08:52:03 PM »
I have the Davis VP2 with the USB data logger and I am wondering if there is an adapter to connect this data logger directly to the router to download my saved weather info remotely without having to use a local computer to the VP2 weather console that has to run 24/7?

Any ideas and help will be greatly appreciated!

Or should I just bite the bullet to the tune of $220 for a WeatherlinkIP data logger??


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Re: USB Datalogger for Davis VP2
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2019, 09:06:06 PM »
Depending on exactly what you are hoping to achieve, consider the new Weatherlink Live (U.S. street price about $180) instead of the older IP.

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Re: USB Datalogger for Davis VP2
« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2019, 02:33:54 PM »
The USB Logger requires a computer running weather software to make sense of the data and where to then upload it. The USB Logger does not offer these capabilities by itself and a router does not run weather software.

Getting a different logger like the IP Logger or the newer WeatherLink Live will allow you to upload weather data without a computer running weather software. But these aren't your only choices. No computer required. But you'll then be limited to only uploading data to WU and and the places that supports (like CWOP). I do also recommend the WeatherLink Live instead of the IP Logger.

If you'd like to continue to use the USB Logger without a traditional computer you could get a Raspberry Pi. These are tiny devices that are very affordable and use little to no power and can work headless without a monitor and without keyboad or mouse. The Raspberry Pi then runs Weather-Display or any other software you'd like.

Another alternative to keep using the USB Logger is to get a Meteobridge which you then plug into its USB port. This is a converted small footprint router that runs the Meteobridge weather software. You can still run Weather-Display on a computer if you'd like as it can get data from the Meteobridge. But I understand you are looking to move away from using a computer.

Another option is the WiFiLogger or Meteobridge Nano which both fit inside the Davis consoles. These upload via WiFi and are fully featured. The Meteobridge Nano is a bit more expensive but it is more capable. Some say the Meteobridge Nano is more complicated than a WiFiLogger but I disagree. Being more capable does not mean more complicated, you can just ignore the extra options and menus, because for basic use the Meteobridge is well designed and easy to use.