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Netatmo Urban Weather Station video review


If you're obsessed with the weather, and also love gadgets, Netatmo's Urban Weather Station should be right up your street.

See also: our full Netatmo Urban Weather Station review

You can keep track of indoor and outdoor temperatures plus a lot more with this wireless gadget that works with an iPhone, iPad or Android device.

You get two sensors, one which stays indoors and another which goes outdoors. Information is sent via Wi-Fi to your router, and uploaded to Netatmo's servers.

To view the data, which includes temperature, humidity and pressure, you download the free app or log into Netatmo's website. As long as you have an internet connection, the app connects to the same servers and downloads the latest data from your station.

Both sensors look sleek. The indoor one is mains-powered but the outdoor sensor uses four AAA batteries which are said to last around a year. It isn't waterproof so you'll need to put it somewhere sheltered.

Netatmo ipHone app

Netatmo claims a range of up to 100m between the sensors, but that's with no walls in the way. We found 40m was a more realistic distance.

Netatmo indoor sensor

Setting up the weather station is easy. Just connect your smartphone or tablet to the indoor sensor, follow the instructions in the app to choose your wireless network and enter the password.

Then, you tap the top of the sensor to take a manual reading to check everything is working properly.

The apps are well designed, but naturally, you can see more information on a tablet than a smartphone.

On the iPhone, you have to drag up and down to see air quality, noise levels and a weather forecast.

Rotating the phone shows a graph of the data, so you can scroll and zoom to see how temperature, pressure and other measurements changed over time.

Both sensors measure humidity, but only the indoor module can detect barometric pressure.

More useful than graphs are notifications. These can tell you if the temperature is too high or low, and you can set the limits yourself. If you don't like the default notifications, you can simply turn them off.

If you have more than one Weather Station, it's easy to switch between them within the app. Later this year, you'll be able to buy extra indoor sensors, and there's a rain and wind sensor in the works.

Netatmo indoor sensor outdoor sensor

It's a shame there's no display on either sensor, so you can't see the temperature, without launching the app or checking the website

Although the Netatmo Weather Station is expensive, there are no monthly fees to pay. A basic weather station such as this one with an outdoor sensor costs around £15, but with the Netatmo kit you can monitor everything remotely, and get alerts if there are any problems.

If you need to do this, and want to be able to track measurements over time, the price may not be such a barrier.

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