Help and How To
Setting up your new Weather Station?
Congratulations on your purchase of a new Davis Weather Station. To ensure you get the most out of your equipment, we have compiled the following videos and documents to help with the most common questions that arise when setting up a Weather Station. On this page there are popular station manuals, support on settings, information on calibration and advice on setting up WeatherLink.
Can't find what you are looking for?
If you can't find the information you are looking for, or you have a specific issue that requires support, you can contact us using the web form or call 03 5952 1085. There are also lots of helpful resources on the Davis Corporation website including FAQ's, support documents, equipment manuals, specification sheets and links to You Tube videos.
We often get calls about weather stations dropping out, more often than not that is because of RF interference, this is most often rectified by changing the channel that the ISS (outdoor unit) and console operate under.
Below is a visual guide to accomplish both.
Console not displaying any data?
Calibrating Wind Direction.
When you purchase a Davis Instruments Vantage pro 2 or Vantage Vue the wind anemometer needs to be calibrated for operation in the southern hemisphere.
Below is a visual guide to accomplish this.
Setting up a new Weather Station
Setting up a new Weather Station is exciting and shortly you will have access to powerful information about the climatic conditions right at your site.
Beware that ants and insects may make a new home inside your Integrated Sensor Suite (ISS). Inspect the ISS regularly and maintain the sensor suite following the instructions for your weather station below.
Siting Your Station
Finding the perfect location for your weather station takes some consideration and you may find that deciding which readings are most important to you, will determine where you locate the station. Take a look following siting information which may be helpful in determining where to locate you weather station. If accurate rainfall measurements are important to you, take a look at the Bureau of Meteorology's guidelines. and don't forget to purchase a 7716 Mounting Tripod if your site doesn't already have good mounting infrastructure.
Once you have chosen a location, the attached Vantage Vue Integrated Sensor Suite and Console manuals will help you get set up. A few tips;
As we are in the Southern Hemisphere, ideally the ISS Solar Panel will be facing the North. As a result the wind direction will need to be adjusted by 180 degrees. Click here for instructions.
If you are having issues gaining connection between the ISS and Console, try keeping the units apart to avoid looping and be patient, initial connection can take some time.
If the units are still not communicating, make sure that the function 'Retransmit' on set up screen 7 is set to 'OFF' (unless you are using additional consoles as repeaters).
If your station communications occasionally drop out, or unusual data is received, it could be that your system is receiving interference. Consider setting your ISS and Console to transmit and receive on a different channel. Click here for instructions.
Performing regular maintenance on your Vantage Vue weather station will keep it running smoothly. Watch this short video to see how quick and easy it is to clean and take care of your weather station.
Vantage Pro 2
The Vantage Pro 2 is a professional Weather Station. A few tips;
As we are in the Southern Hemisphere, ideally the ISS Solar Panel will be facing the North. As a result the wind direction will need to be adjusted by 180 degrees. Refer to page 27 of the Console Manual for instructions.
If you are installing a wireless model and are having issues gaining connection between the ISS and Console, try keeping the units apart to avoid looping and be patient, initial connection can take some time.
If the wireless units are still not communicating, make sure that the function 'Retransmit' on set up screen 3 is set to 'OFF' (unless you are using additional consoles as repeaters).
If your wireless station communications occasionally drop out, or unusual data is received, it could be that your system is receiving interference. Consider setting your ISS and Console to transmit and receive on a different channel. Instructions are on page 18 of the ISS Manual and page 12 of the Console Manual.
Performing regular maintenance on your Vantage Pro 2 weather station will keep it running smoothly. Watch this short video to see how quick and easy it is to clean and take care of your weather station.
Setting up WeatherLink
Join the WeatherLink Network
* Prices shown on www.davisinstruments.com are in USD. WeatherLink subscriptions are billed annually by Davis Instruments Corp (excluding Telemetry).
Access Real-Time Data Anywhere & Anytime by joining the WeatherLink Network. Information on the all new WeatherLink Cloud platform plans and connection can be found here*.
If you are connecting up a WeatherLink data logger and are experiencing connection issues, ensure that the data logger is well seated in the console cradle. When powering up a Vantage Vue Console you should hear 4 beeps, or 3 beeps on a Vantage Pro 2 Console, when the data logger has successfully connected.
If your data logger has been recognised by the console but you are still experiencing issues, take a look at the following videos for further support.
If you are having issues communicating with a USB data logger, or if windows does not recognize the device, you can try running the data logger as a virtual serial device.
If your IP logger loses connection with the servers and often needs restarting, this can normally be solved by assigning a static IP address. Follow the video or download our step by step guide.
Are you having trouble setting up you new Live device? Have you made sure bluetooth is discoverable on your phone and the blue light is blinking on your Live device?
These videos shows the full installation process for Weatherlink for Mac. If you are doing a reinstall, please remember to delete the weatherlink app from the trash before starting.
WL for Mac Part 1
WL for Mac Part 2
Setting up MeteoBridge
A quick setup guide to help install and initialise your MeteoBridge.
A getting started guide for displaying data and setting alarms using the push services in MeteoBridge.
How to setup MeteoBridge and Weatherlink to allow both to run at the same time.
Firmware and Software
Need to update the Firmware on your console or data logger? Want to update your WeatherLink desktop application?
This link has all of the latest resources. Click on 'Support' and then choose 'Software/Firmware'.
*Note when updating Firmware on a console it is important to choose the Firmware appropriate for the age of your system. If in doubt call 03 5952 1085.
Metric Rain Adapter
When you receive your station it is setup to measure rainfall in 0.1 Inch increments. This video shows how to fit the metric 0.2 mm rainfall adapter. After fitting this adapter make sure to change the settings on your console as well.