Weather Station Quickstart Guide

1. Welcome

Thank you for taking a sun-smart initiative with UVLens® ! The weather station included in the weather kit allows you to monitor the environmental conditions at your school. This guide will help you set up your weather station, as well as provide a few tips for installation. 

This guide is meant to give an overview of the installation process and what to expect. At various parts of the guide, you will be referred to the  WeatherSleuth manual (pictured below) supplied with the weather station for detailed installation instructions. 

This guide is also accessible  online if you want to print more copies or be able to click the hyperlinks. If you run into any trouble, contact us at enquiries@spark64.com

2. Kit Contents

In the box, you should find a: 
  • Weather station package
  • Universal mounting bracket (pole + screws)
  • 3 x Rechargeable alkaline batteries

3. Installation Requirements

  • Caretaker or building maintenance official for installing outdoor sensor, with the following tools:
    • Cordless screwdriver
    • Ladder
    • 5/16" hex bit
    • A compass or smartphone with compass capabilities
  • IT manager for installing indoor receiver 
    • A computer connected to the school network
    • An ethernet port available for plugging the receiver in 
    • An internet connection 
  • Science HOD for choosing sensor location 

4. Installation Video

The following sections (5 to 7) go through the installation process for the weather station. This is explained in a video which can be accessed  here. You can choose to either follow the video or follow the instructions in the rest of this quick start guide. Either path will help you complete the installation. 

5. Install Outdoor Sensor

This task is best accomplished by the caretaker or building maintenance official at the school. This job is best done with two people so that one can hold the sensor while the other is tightening the screws. 

Make sure you pick a location which receives sunlight over the entire day. The outdoor sensor needs to be within a  50 m range from the indoor receiver, and preferably minimise obstructions between the sensor and receiver (especially metal). Refer to the pre-installation check in section 2 of the WeatherSleuth manual.  

To setup the outdoor sensor, refer to section 3.3 of the WeatherSleuth manual (pages 7 to 13). Make sure you follow the instructions for the  southern hemisphere region there is the option. A universal mount and 4 roofing screws have been included in the package for your convenience. Instructions for assembling this mount is attached to the kit.

6. Install Indoor Sensor

The indoor sensor is an optional extra and allows you to monitor the temperature and humidity indoors. You can choose to install this anywhere within a 50 m proximity of the indoor receiver. Simply add 2 AAA batteries and mount it to a wall (the screws to do so will be provided). We recommend you install this inside the classroom where the receiver is located. Refer to section 3.4 of the WeatherSleuth manual for more details. 

7. Install Indoor Receiver

This task is best accomplished by the IT manager or technician of the school. Most school networks require the receiver hardware to be unblocked by the school firewall for it to transmit data correctly to the server. 

Make sure you pick an indoor location that has a live ethernet port and is as close to the outdoor sensor as possible. This can be a classroom, administrative building, or any other building at the school. When this location is determined, proceed with the following instructions in section 3.6 of the WeatherSleuth manual (pages 15 to 24). Make sure you follow the additional calibration tip for southern hemisphere users in section 3.6.9.


8. Success & Next Steps

Congratulations! You have now successfully setup all the required hardware for monitoring the live UV radiation at your school. If everything was setup correctly, you should be able to visit  https://www.wunderground.com/personal-weather-station/dashboard?ID=[STATIONID] or click through your list of personal weather stations in the weather underground portal to see the data. The dashboard should look something like the image below.

The next step is to visit  www.uvlens.com/register-station.html to register this weather station on the UVLens network. Then, you'll be able to download the app and make use of the live UV data measured at your school. 


Common Issues

WARNING: If the receiver is reset for any reason, the configuration will be wiped you will have to repeat the "Installing Your Receiver" section. 

Problem  Solution
The “Server” light remains off on the receiver Ensure that the MAC address of the receiver (shown on the bottom) is allowed on the network. If it still does not turn on, please see the next page.
The “External” sensor light is off Move the outdoor receiver or sensor closer to each other.
Some combination of ACT, Link and Power lights are on. All other lights are off. Press the reset button on the back and repeat all of the above steps.
The reset button doesn’t work. This can indicate a hardware fault, in the event that this occurs please call the UVLens® support line at 09 923 3913.
After pressing the reset button the device no longer connects to the server. See the next page.

If "Server" does not light up

This task is best accomplished by the network administrator at the school. 

The "Server" light not turning on indicates that the receiver cannot communicate with the remote server successfully. This could be caused by a number of reasons, most commonly:

  • The station ID and password were entered in incorrectly
  • There is no internet connectivity 
  • The DNS server cannot be reached

Please check the first two reasons. If it still does not work, proceed to the following fix.

Configuring the DNS

Although the receiver works out of the box for most school networks, it may need some more configuration for others. By default, the receiver does not use the DNS provided by the DHCP server (bug in manufacturer firmware), and the DNS it uses (205.171.3.65) may be blocked on some school networks. This should not be a problem if you are on the Network for Learning network, as we have already arranged for them to unblock the default DNS. If you are not, you may need to manually configure the IP address. The procedure is shown below. 

  1. Connect to the receiver to the network.
  2. Open the web configuration portal for the receiver by entering the DHCP assigned IP address into a browser.
  3. Set up a static IP for the receiver ensuring the correct DNS server for your school’s network, click apply and then click reboot.
  4. Wait for the receiver to reboot.
  5. Once the reboot is complete, the station should connect to the Weather Underground server and the server light should turn on.

If this works, you can change it back to DHCP if you wish. The previous DNS is retained in the receiver unless the receiver is hard reset.

Other problems

If you have other issues, please consult the manual of the weather station directly, which can be found   here

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