Netatmo weather station review
Info: Netatmo Weather Station Review
Product: Netatmo Weather Station
The Netatmo Weather Station consists of two sensors: one for inside and one for outside, which look very sleek like aluminum cylinders. Viewing the data is done on a dashboard on the free iPhone / iPad app (but there is also an Android and web app). These apps show a combination of data from your sensors and weather data from the internet.
Installation of the Netatmo weather station
The Netatmo Weather Station comes in a nicely designed box and the sensors are much smaller than I expected. The indoor sensor has mains power via USB and the outdoor sensor works on four AAA batteries, all neatly included. It is striking that there is only a very thin manual, but luckily everything is plug & play. If you create an account on netatmo.com you can download a wizard for the iphone and android.
You connect your indoor sensor to your laptop, connect to your Wi-Fi and automatically install the latest firmware. The indoor sensor automatically connects wirelessly to the outdoor sensor and ensures that the latest firmware is installed on it. The distance between the indoor sensor and outdoor sensor can be up to 328 feet. Once installed, future firmware updates are automatically
It is also possible to do the installation via Bluetooth from your iPhone. Convenient use is made of the GPS of your phone to determine the location of the Weather Station. The altitude is used to calculate the air pressure at sea level. Your location is also used to retrieve weather data from the internet.
The (smaller) outdoor sensor is supplied with a screw to attach it to an outside wall. The outdoor sensor should not be placed in direct sunlight and it should be protected from direct rain. It is possible to unlock multiple Weather Stations via the apps (but separate outdoor sensors are not yet available).
Sensors of the Netatmo weather station
De sensors measure various values and pass this every 5 minutes to your dashboard. All history is saved and can be displayed in graphs. You can also trigger a measurement on demand by clicking on top of the indoor sensor. A LED on a device then immediately indicates the CO2 level with a color (green-yellow-orange-red).
The outdoor sensor measures:
The minimum and maximum temperature per 24-hour period are also displayed on your dashboard. The feeling temperature is determined by a combination of sensor data and data (such as wind power) from the internet. (The sensor has no wind force gauge and rain gauge.)
Humidity. This depends, among other things, on the temperature. Humidity between 30% -70% is considered pleasant. Low humidity can lead to, for example, irritated airways.
The indoor sensor measures:
Air pressure. The air pressure at sea level is displayed on your dashboard and determined on the basis of the GPS altitude. The air pressure is the same inside and outside.
CO2. In a daily household the air quality can deteriorate significantly due to harmful fumes, smoke, dust, dust mites, fungi and bacteria. In addition, people exhale CO2. Particularly in small, poorly ventilated areas (living, sleeping or work room) the CO2 concentration can increase rapidly. The concentration of CO2 should remain below 1000 ppm. Ppm stands for ‘part per million’, this is done by an infrared sensor was measured. The CO2 concentration outside is always around 400 ppm.
Sound load. Amount of sound in dB (decibel) per 5 minutes. For example, the concentration capacity decreases with a noise load above 65 dB.
In addition, your dashboard gives you all sorts of additional data that MeteoGroup provides such as:
Main pollution in the air
Notifications from the Netatmo
There are numerous reports about weather data changes, some of which have already been set as standard, but there are also reports to be made. These notifications arrive on iOS as push notifications or can be viewed via the web app. By default, all weather alerts from MeteoAlarm are also displayed.
Examples of notifications are:
Outdoor temperature drops below
Indoor temperature below
CO2 is above 1000ppm (Open a window for venting).
Air pressure has decreased by more than 2 mbar the last hour (Storm is coming).
The noise level is above 50 dB (there is someone inside / burglar alarm).
A social aspect should of course not be missing. During the installation you can indicate whether you want to make your data available to the global network of Netatmo, which is used among other things for training institutes. Through various social networks such as Twitter and Facebook you can invite people to view your data as a guest. However, they must have a Netatmo account for this. The sharing of sensor data via Twitter is limited, you can only share a notification in your network.
Netatmo has made several libraries available to build applications that unlock your sensor data (more info at: http://dev.netatmo.com/). A number of apps already use this, for example you can connect Weather Station with WeatherPro’s weather application, so that you can read your own sensors within that app.
Here you can read our Netatmo Wind Gauge review