Black USB Wireless Touchscreen Weather Centre

Code: N96GY


3.4  out of 5 based on 100 reviews
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  • Indoor/outdoor temperature (°C or °F)
  • Wind speed and direction (mph or kmh)
  • Self emptying rain gauge (mm or inches)

Product details

Black USB Wireless Touchscreen Weather Centre

• Indoor/outdoor temperature (°C or °F)
• Wind speed and direction (mph or kmh)
• Self emptying rain gauge (mm or inches)
• Indoor / outdoor humidity
• Barometer pressure with trends
• ''Easyweather'' software included to link to PC via USB
• Historic data storage and display (stores data on PC only)
• LCD panel wall mounts or desk mounts
• Wireless range up to 60 metres (clear line of sight)
• Batteries last over 12 months
• Operates on 5 x AA batteries (sold separately)

The large LCD touchscreen makes the operation of the unit incredibly simple and allows comprehensive adjustment and correction for your location. The USB wireless weather station requires no connecting cable between the base station and the remote weather transmitting sensors, with a typical sensor range of 60m (200ft). It can also display historic data and within the menu you can select metric or imperial values. Programme the LCD panel and download stored data and then display it in data base format for keeping your own weather history. If you are in an area or situation where weather plays a critical part, then you can switch on an alarm that can be triggered by any of the data sensors. This weather station offers amazing value and comes with everything you need to set it up in the garden. The system comprises large 23 x 14.5 x 3.5 cm LCD control panel, wind speed sensor, wind direction sensor, rain gauge, outside temperature sensor and transmitter, stub mast, sensor mounting arms, sensor cable harness, USB lead and PC software (not MAC compatible).

Replacement parts are available:
Order Code: N77NF – spare rain gauge
Order Code: N78NF – spare steel mast tube
Order Code: N80NF – spare transmitter (includes built-in temperature and humidity sensor)
Order Code: N81NF – spare wind direction sensor
Order Code: N09QR – spare wind speed sensor (anemometer)
SPECIFICATIONS
Indoor Data:
Temperature Range: 0 to 60°C (32 to 140°F)
Temperature Units Measured: °C or °F (switchable)
Humidity Range: 1% to 99%
Humidity Resolution: 1%
Air Pressure Range: 27.13in Hg 31.89in Hg (1.87 - 2.198 Bars)
Air Pressure Units Measured: hPa, inHg and mmHg
Outdoor Data:
Transmission distance: 140m (450ft) @ 433 MHz
Temperature Range: -40 to +65°C (-40 to +149°F)
Temperature Resolution: 0.2°F
Temperature Units Measured: °C or °F (switchable)
Humidity Range: 1% to 99%
Humidity Resolution: 1%
Rain Volume: 0 - 9999mm (390 inches)
Rain Resolution: 0.1mm
Rain Fall Counter Time Measurement: 1hr, 24hr, week, month or total (switchable)
Rain Fall Units Measurement: mm or inches (switchable)
Wind Speed: 0 - 100mph (0 - 160kph)
Wind Speed Measurement: mph or kph (switchable)
Wind Speed Mode: Average or gust (switchable)
Measure Interval Thermo-hygro Sensor: 48 secs
Waterproof Level: IPX3 (rain proof)
Battery Requirements:
Base Station (indoor): 3 x AA batteries (sold separately)
Sensors (outdoor): 2 x AA batteries (sold separately)

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  • Unreliable

    Bought this a few months back. The display has such poor contrast it can barely be read, the USB link from the display to the PC continually locks up meaning that you lose hours of data and finally after 3 months of use the rain gauge just stops working, which is something I see other people have also had trouble with.
    Mine has gone in the bin and I now have a brand new Oregon station which is immeasurably better. Don't waste your money,

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  • Touchscreen Weather Centre

    I purchased a weather centre and it was easy to set up and gives useful information. The battery claim seems ambitious. Using Maplin alkaline batteries I would suggest 3 months maximum. The anemometer seized up just after 12 months, however I managed to purchase and replace the bearing. Not bad for the money.

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  • OK, so I have problems with the first unit but Maplin replaced the transmitter which worked only for a few minutes. Once done it has reliably held the connection to base station. I have the unit connected to a raspberry pi and use nodejs to read the data and provide a HTTP data service and UI, you can get those here https://github.com/haricotbean/WeatherStation. 4 stars due to the need for the replacement.

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  • Have had it set up in the garden for about 3 weeks and now the connection to the base unit is really unreliable, meaning readings are often missed, specially during the night. It's not like it's very far away or anything. How can you keep max/min weather records if you don't know half the time what the max/min is because the equipment has lost the connection? In other words it doesn't work. The screen could be clearer too.

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  • Stops connecting to the base unit after a few minutes. Re-set the transmitter, and that only last a few minutes. For such an expensive item I would have expected better quality from Maplin. I will be returning it for a refund. There must be better units for sale out there for the same price.

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  • Had this bit of fun kit installed in garden for about 2 weeks now. It is site about 30m from house and mounted on 8 ft pole. Its survived 3 intense storms in that time. Like other users I suspect the wind speed records significantly below the actual speed, wind direction vane does tend to spin wildly so a minor modification will be forthcoming (once the storms pass!). It was really interesting to be able to say how much rain we've had in the last week (over 80mm!). Leaving aside the suspected inaccuracies this is a good fun piece of gadgetry, and always proves to be a talking point with friends and neighbours. Fairly good value for the cost, would recommend it.

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  • Given a weather Forcaster for Chistmas, found the screen dull and not easy to read also the wireless bit to the screen from the outside sensors has now packed up. I have checked batteries all ok still no responce.

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  • First off I have to say I am essentially pleased and see no point in listing all that it does well except that I was pleasantly surprised with range and update rate. Mine was out front with the indoor unit 25-30m away on the far side of the ground floor of a stone build with 600mm walls and 1m X 1m windows. I was amazed it worked at all and was fully prepared o put the unit in the window. I have recently moved it into a field at least 40m away and put it on 6m 2" X 2" (Much cheaper than a pole) and although it doesn't like being right next to the TV it is still working through the outside wall. But them my walls are stone and do not contain foil backed insulation which I suspect might be a problem given the frequency. Gripes ... The rain gauge measures wind, or to be more precise strong gusts. Once I see gust above about 8m/s it starts reporting rain when there isn't any. (The gauge is low down just below the guys so it isnt moving much! All else is high up.) Questions ... Anyone else had this problem and perhaps solved it? Anyone know if HPA is temperature compensated, I have set the elevation fiddle. Final comments ... External power would be nice with an option to leave the light on. Cumulus seems to be better software than the basic stuff supplied. I think for ?ú100, O I should have waited, its not half bad, lets face it if you want met office or even regional weather data its going to cost at least an order of magnitude more. Toy? Perhaps , but an informative, well made and interesting one I think. Not an expert yet but this little gadget may spur me on to bigger things which was sort of the point. Thus far it serves me well, bar the windy rain thing!

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  • Had the black version for Christmas setting up was ok . this is the worst bit , the screen is hardly visible seems like it's got a plastic film permanently on screen, when press the screen to see the back light so u can see it,it automatically goes into mode setting, biggest gripe you can't see it very we'll . Look for something else where the screen is clearly visible . Very poor

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  • Bought one of these a few months ago. There is a tendency for the data link to lock up. It's done it several times. The USB says it's connected in Easy Weather but no data gets transferred to the PC. I've tried it in Cumulus software as well. You have to disconnect the USB and remove the batteries to reset. Of course you then lose any data in the unit. On the plus side, I haven't experienced blocked drains in the rain gauge.

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  • Gill said:

    Does it need to be connected to a computer??

    The device does not need to be connected to computer but you can if you wish to record and compare data with the provided PC software

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  • Jeff Sherrin said:

    What does the N96GY have that the N96FY does not for the extra £20?

    The N96FY (silver ) is end of line stock , there is no difference other than the colour and we are no longer stocking the silver one .

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  • Andrew said:

    I only have a Mac. Can I use this system (accepting that I do not get to use the software) or I do I need a PC in order to set it up?

    The system will quite happily work independently of connection to a computer, when connected to a PC via the software the result can be recorded and compared.

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  • Kenneth Vines said:

    Is it possible to download the instructions from anywhere? I've mislaid mine.

    These are available on request, please email technical@maplin.co.uk to request a copy

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  • Buzz said:

    How do i up load the data from the weather station to my PC

    You would use the provided "easyweather" software, full instructions for usage are included in the instruction manual.

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  • Robert said:

    Having changed to windows 8.1 I find it impossible to download date to the computer.The weather station is using version 6.2. Any advice how to overcome the problem would be appreciated.

    I am sorry, but this item does not support Windows 8.1

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  • seawood said:

    This is more of an answer to the question of lost data: open the file 'EasyWeather.mdb' (make a backup copy just in case) open the 'Param' table in the field where the 'RecordTime' reset this to the 1/1/2014 exit the file now run easyweather and recapture data from the unit (it should check for any data line greater than this to import) it worked for me....

    Thanks for the feedback ~ DH

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  • Peter said:

    Does the software run on Ubuntu (Linux)?

    The supplied software is for Windows based PC only ...

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  • phil said:

    what is the MHz of the N96GY

    433Mhz

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  • Maplin Technical said:

    What is included in the box?

    The system comprises control panel, wind speed sensor, wind direction sensor, rain gauge, outside temperature sensor and transmitter, stub mast, sensor mounting arms, sensor cable harness, USB lead and PC software.

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