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Transmission Range and Wireless Reliability

Wireless Range. All wireless transmission ranges are specified "line of sight", unless otherwise stated. Standard construction walls can reduce the transmission distance by as much as 50%.

Metal Enclosures. Metal enclosures (trailers), aluminum siding, reflective insulation materials, water (rain), reflective window treatments, and radio interference can greatly degrade the wireless transmission signal.

Transmitting through Earth and Ground. Never install your wireless weather station at an elevation below the console (such as down a hill), unless there is line of sight between the weather station and the console. The weather station will not transmit through ground or earth.

Editor's Choice (wireless):

Davis Instrument Vantage Pro2 and WeatherHawk have a proven wireless reliability in difficult environments.

The wireless range of the Davis VantagePro2 is 1,000' line of sight and uses spread spectrum technology (800-900 MHz) with frequency hoping, which is free from interference and very robust. Repeaters are available to extend the range an additional 1,000'. The wireless range can be extended to several miles with optional yagi antenna pairs.

The wireless range of the WeatherHawk is 300' line of sight (916 MHz). The wireless range can be extended to several miles with optional yagi antenna pairs.

Wired Range (Cable Length). Wired or cabled weather stations in general use CAT5 cable with standard RJ11 or RJ45 cable. Thus, it is similar to running telephone wire. It is recommended that all exposed wire run in conduit.

Editor's Choice (cabled):

Davis Cabled Vantage Pro provides the most flexibility for cabled weather stations.
Davis Instruments Vantage Vue Weather Stations
WeatherHawk Weather Stations