How best to troubleshoot intermittent data capture problems

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How best to troubleshoot intermittent data capture problems

Post by mclancy10006 » Tue Aug 04, 2015 4:26 am

I have lots of issues with the Meteostick not getting data from my Davis Vantage Pro 2 ISS for small chunks of the day. This most obvious with rain fall totals. If I look at the Vantage console unit for the last 2 days of heavy rain I see for example an inch more rain on the console than the PWSweather site. When I was looking on the meteobridge system console when data was not available it seems like the signal was lost. I have move things around a number of times to different locations in the house and at present I am about 25 feet from where the ISS is outside. About as close as I can get.

If you look at my station history http://www.pwsweather.com/obs/TPA33629.html you can see all kinds of gaps. I have adjusted the upload times to a lower frequency but that didn't seem to change the behavior of the Meteostick to data upload process having gaps either.


How best to troubleshoot this?

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Re: How best to troubleshoot intermittent data capture probl

Post by admin » Tue Aug 04, 2015 10:49 pm

1) Select a suitable RF clip level. If signal levels are at -75db, please set RF threshold to -85db

2) Use a USB cradle (a USB extension cable will also do) to bring the Meteostick a bit away from the Meteobridge HW and the other RF noise generators around.

3) Use latest Meteostick firmware. You can use "Update Firmware" button on "system" tab.

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Re: How best to troubleshoot intermittent data capture probl

Post by mclancy10006 » Sat Aug 08, 2015 10:41 pm

1) When it works I get -60 to -67db. I was set for -95DB, I changed to -80db and will watch it. When it is not working I only see the internal temp sensor data.
2) I am using a USB cradle and 1m cable. The meteostick is away from the tp-link hub as much as possible
3) I am on 2.3b1 on the stick and 2.5 on the tp link bridge



08.08.2015 16:13:38): Historical data loaded (23 records).
logger (08.08.2015 16:13:38): data logger (version 5.0i, build 6790) started.
logger (08.08.2015 16:13:38): connect station 0 (Meteostick Vantage via USB serial).
logger (08.08.2015 16:13:38): transmitter 1 registered as ISS
logger (08.08.2015 16:13:38): Meteostick Version 2.3b1
logger (08.08.2015 16:13:38): debug off
logger (08.08.2015 16:13:38): verbose off
logger (08.08.2015 16:13:39): output raw (8 bytes)
logger (08.08.2015 16:13:39): output raw (10 bytes)
logger (08.08.2015 16:13:39): filter on
logger (08.08.2015 16:13:39): rx threshold set to -80db
logger (08.08.2015 16:13:39): listening to transmitter 1
logger (08.08.2015 16:13:39): chip authentication ok: 14
logger (08.08.2015 16:13:39): frequency band 915MHz (US)

Platform: TP-LINK TL-MR3020 (no USB hub)
RAM: 29364 kB total, 3936 kB free (86% used)
SW Version: Meteobridge 2.5 (Jul 31 2015, build 6790), FW 1.4
Uptime: 1 hours, 27 minutes Buffer Usage: 0 items (0%)

Sensor Signal Metric Data Imperial Data
Indoor 1m 95.8% 25.0°C 30% 1014.1hPa (1013.2hPa) 77.0°F 30% 29.95inHg (29.92inHg)
Rain 5s -62db rate 0.0mm/h rate 0.00in/h
Outdoor 8s -60db 28.2°C 87% (dew 25.8°C, heat 33.8°C) 82.8°F 87% (dew 78.4°F, heat 92.9°F)
Wind 2s -67db 1.4m/s (avg 0.7m/s) 251° WSW 3.1mph (avg 1.6mph) 251° WSW

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Re: How best to troubleshoot intermittent data capture probl

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Sensor Signal Metric Data Imperial Data
Indoor 1m 95.8% 25.0°C 30% 1014.1hPa (1013.2hPa) 77.0°F 30% 29.95inHg (29.92inHg)
Rain 5s -62db rate 0.0mm/h rate 0.00in/h
Outdoor 8s -60db 28.2°C 87% (dew 25.8°C, heat 33.8°C) 82.8°F 87% (dew 78.4°F, heat 92.9°F)
Wind 2s -67db 1.4m/s (avg 0.7m/s) 251° WSW 3.1mph (avg 1.6mph) 251° WSW
95,8% reception rate is very good, update interval also looks fine.

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Re: How best to troubleshoot intermittent data capture probl

Post by mclancy10006 » Thu Aug 13, 2015 2:26 am

OK so far so good with no data capture gaps.

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Re: How best to troubleshoot intermittent data capture problems

Post by vade64 » Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:44 pm

I am having a similar problem with intermittent data capture on my DIR-505 connected to an Acurite Smarthub. Acurite supports uploading data to Weather Underground directly/natively. When I log in to my WU account online, all data is there with no gaps. Therefore, I know that the Smarthub device is not experiencing issues with connectivity between it and the weather station (Acu-Rite 5-in-1 station). My suspicion is that the meteobridge it losing connectivy to the service that it should be posting to. I have it set up to feed to both PWSWeather as well as CWOP. They both show successful posting once I reboot the Meteobridge but fail at some point after. I have my MB set to post every 5 minutes and retry indefinitely. Am I missing something?

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