Netatmo Urban Weather Station
Household Technology, www.householdtechnology.com.au
Wide data range; excellent app; station can be shared with friends; data can be exported
No wind direction or speed sensor
Weather geeks are going to love Netatmo’s Urban Weather Station, which uses two nicely designed, Wi-Fi-connected tubular modules to measure temperature, humidity, carbon dioxide levels and more, and shares the data via iOS and Android apps. It’s very easy both to use and to set up – which can be done via either an iPhone, an iPad or a Mac.
When you launch the Netatmo app an illustration tells you to plug your device into the indoor module. Then it takes you through a simple Wi-Fi setup process. You’re then prompted to install the supplied AAA batteries in the outdoor module, if you haven’t done so already.
Once done, it connects automatically and is ready to be placed outside. The app gives you hints on the best placement, away from rain and direct sunlight, and the instruction book in the box tells you how to attach it to a wall using the included mounting system. You even get a screw and a wall plug, which we think is a great touch.
The setup is similar on the Mac, but you first need to download a setup wizard via the web. That’s really all you need to do. The station automatically takes measurements through the day, but you can force a manual measurement by pressing the top of the indoor module.
All that’s left to do is monitor your station via the Netatmo app. And what a great app it is: It’s lovely to look at and has an intuitive, easy-to-use interface.
You can view indoor and outdoor temperature and humidity, pressure, a ‘feels like’ temperature, outdoor air quality, indoor comfort level and even ‘acoustic comfort’, which is a measure of the average noise level in decibels.
Icons show the current weather and indoor CO2 level, which shows you when the house or room should be ventilated. There’s even a weather forecast of up to seven days. It’s all pretty much self-explanatory, but a clever touch is an overlay that tells you exactly what each element is. More info buttons drill down to explain things even further.
The app is automatically set up to send notifications to your iPhone or iPad when certain events occur – such as when CO2 levels get too high, when the temperature hits freezing and when the humidity rises quickly. These can be changed, cancelled or added to.
While the app is by far the best way to access your data, you can also go to my.netatmo.com on a Mac or PC to see your data and check settings and status. Even better, here you can download your station data as a CSV/XLS file. which elevates the Netatmo to more professional uses.
We’re very impressed with the Netatmo. The modules and the app look nice and work very well indeed. We also like the fact you can share your station with friends via email or social media – they just need to set up their own accounts. (By default, your outdoor data is also shared automatically with the Netetmo weather and air quality monitoring network.) The only negative is the lack of a wind direction and speed sensor.