Before you decide to go the Meteobridge way you might be interested to understand a bit more what to expect from Meteobridge right now, what is planned for coming releases and what meteobridge will not be able to do for you.
- Meteobridge device is completely managed by your PC's browser, you don't have to install any additional software on your PC.
- Meteobridge connects to your LAN or WLAN.
- Supported WLAN types are be 802.11n, 802.11g, or 802.11b.
- All main WLAN encryption standards are supported (WEP, WPA, WPA2).
- When your LAN/WLAN is behind a proxy, Meteobridge can be configured to use the proxy instead of trying to directly connect to the Internet.
- Your weather data will be sent directly to the Internet weather network, nothing in-between.
- Meteobridge can be used for free during a 14 day tryout period. After that a one-time licensing of the device is necessary to use it further on. Licensing can be done via Paypal with a few clicks oder by a license key to be entered manually.
- Meteobridge supports a broad range of weather stations. Please see Chapter "Stations" to get more details on this.
- Meteobridge's web interface is secured by a password you can change.
- Meteobridge can be resetted to default network behavior and default password with the unit's reset button. So you should never be locked out, whatever you did wrong when configuring the network parameters or changing passwords.
- There is an Internet application that allows you to make a network configuration for your meteobridge device without having that running yet. Configuration can be downloaded to USB stick and when starting Meteobridge device with this stick plugged in, it will use the stored configuration for startup. This is a significant simplification when setting up meteobridge as a WLAN device or in non-DHCP LAN environments.
- Meteobridge can be asked by HTTP GET requests for recent ensor data in plain text or XML style.
- Beside sending weather data to Internet weather networks Meteobridge can also
- upload weather data to twitter accounts,
- send weather data to Internet servers via HTTP GET requests,
- store data at a MYSQL databases,
- send e-mails with embedded weather data.
Please keep in mind that features marked as planned in this section, are not guaranteed to show up. Nevertheless, it might be interesting for you to at least get an idea, what next steps in development to expect.
- Support for additional weather networks
The characteristic of the device does also bring some limitations you should be aware of.
- Hardware provides 4 MB of flash and 32 MB RAM. This is very very limited, so don't expect large additional applications which might for example display graphs locally to be able to run on this.
- Meteobridge clients will not store gathered weather data locally. The most recent data to be transmitted to Weather Underground is available plus some min/max values. Beside that, no data will be stored locally.