I got the Oregon Scientific weather home station a few days ago and I love it. Whenever I wake up I look at the temperature and humidity. If it's humid it usually means it's ready to precipitate and temperature gauge is wireless all of it wireless connected to my iphone as well. It got a lot more features but at this point I am a true weather geek and it tells me the important stuff. High temperature low temperature. Light, time. Stuff like that. I give it 5 stars because it has everything it says it does. I'm really looking forward to winter all with the help of this great weather station. Only because you have a live weather station
I have done this trial of the Oregon Scientific Weather @ Home, Bluetooth Enabled Weather Station Model BAR218HG. I found it to be delivered quickly and efficiently. I will describe in the writing below what I saw in this and the Ease of Use as well as how it stands up against my Davis System. First, I would say I was highly surprised that the directions were easy to use. It is well written and easy to follow for set up purposes. I was really surprised that batteries were included. Most of all things bought today have no batteries. I calibrated the instruments and both were at a 00.10 degree of each other. And I base that on location of sensor. The sensor is good to pick up on the app also. So Quality is very good. The App was easy to find and easy to upload on my Android Device. It is really good pickup throughout my house and even outside, I was highly impressed. The space it uses on your cell phone I also very minimal. Overall I would rate this 9.75 out of 10. I would recommend anyone to by it at the price it goes for; I am impressed with the durability of the sensor as it was hit by a limb during a severe thunderstorm. I would definitely recommend this to a friend or anyone who is looking for an easy to use weather station
The Oregon Scientific’s [email protected] Bluetooth-Enabled Weather Station is a very nice basic weather station for anyone to use. I would rate this 4 stars out of 5. Actually, this weather station would make a nice holiday gift. Now, in terms of the installation of the weather station, it was very straightforward. The package came with one indoor temperature/humidity/barometric pressure set display unit, one outdoor temperature/humidity sensor, which the system allows for up to five outdoor sensors, quick user guide, full user manual and warranty information. I found adjusting the time and date very easy. I really like the fact that the weather station is wireless, which gives you the flexibility to put the weather station anywhere in the house without cables. A real plus was that the batteries were included, which was to put into the inside and outdoor unit. I didn’t encounter any issues with the installation of the weather station. I placed the smaller sensor outside and the main unit inside the house. Be sure to place the outdoor sensor in a place where it won’t receive full sunshine, otherwise your temperatures readings will be too high. Also, the outdoor unit will only transmit so far, which depends on where the main unit is placed.
In terms of the day to day usage, I found it very easy to use. The display of the text is nice and large on the main weather station unit is very clear to view, especially the current temperature, the high and low, and weather forecast. In comparing the accuracy of the temperature of this station to my Davis Advantage Weather Pro, it was pretty close. The lighting feature is great, which makes it easy to view weather data, especially in a darker setting. What was really nice to see with this weather station is temperature trends. You can observe the past several hours of whether the temperatures have been on the increase or decrease. You can press the up and down arrows to toggle past temperature readings such as the high and low. The other two features I didn’t get to see is the “Ice Alert” and Weather Warning Messages. So, far the temperatures haven’t gotten below 32 degrees. For the Weather Warning Messages, I haven’t yet observed a 12 hour forecast indicating a certain temperature threshold, fog, or frost being predicted. The one feature I could not check out was the Bluetooth features as my I-Phone (IOS) and I-Pad would not connect to the weather station. So, I wasn't able to see the weather graphs plotted on these mobile devices.
The BAR218HG (by Oregon Scientific) is a great home based weather station with Bluetooth connectivity. Setup was easy. The Quick Start Guide made it simple. Included is one remote sensor (THGN132N) for temp / humidity data. The main unit displays inside temp / humidity, 12 hr forecast icon, weather warnings (fog, storm, wind, frost & heat), external sensor temp / humidity, moon phase, time & date plus more... To date, this unit gives you pretty accurate data when compared to an older OS unit or even to local cable forecasts.
The display is easy to read with a greenish backlight for low lighting conditions. Up to four additional remote sensors can be added too or a total of five channels, six if you include the main unit. You can place a sensor in the basement, garage or wherever you like. I like having one in the basement for a humidity check.
Our boys like to check the forecast on the weather station as they run out the door for school. Mainly concerned if it's going to rain or not. They really don't seem too concerned about temps.
Linking up to my Ipad was also easy. Just download the free App from the Itune Store, make sure Bluetooth is turned on and you're pretty much done. You can display all five channels on the Ipad showing temp / humidity for each one, the 12 hr forecast icon plus the actual barometric pressure which unfortunately is not displayed on the main unit.
I also tried linking up to my Samsung S4 cell phone but it will only link up correctly as long as you have the Android 4.3 operating system. I have Android 4.4 and the data displayed is incomplete. I hope OS plans on updating this in the near future. Including WiFi capability would also be a nice touch which would allow me to check weather conditions at home while I'm traveling.
As I've only had this unit a short time, I'll try to provide an update in the near future as I get more time to work with this unit. And also compare it to my older BAR122HGA unit.
On a scale of 1 to 5, I'd give this unit a solid 4. It's a great basic weather station for the home, especially for the price, roughly $59.