Hey all, curious about the safe operating temps for the hub. Thinking about mounting the hub in a water tight box outside my office. We have temperature swings from below zero in the winters to 90+ f in the summers. Not sure if the hub is supposed to withstand that kind of temp swing. Any ideas? Thanks!
just wondering why would you? if the hub can reach your wifi network to communicate with the outside world, you can probably put it inside as well. It has an amazing range for communicating with the sensors.
I think it won’t be an issue. Describe the building in which your office is located and where you placed the Sensor unit.
So here’s the situation. I work at a marina on a lake. I want to install the sensor array across the small bay near the public docks in the downtown area. I have permission from the town to install on top of a large piling near one of the docks. I’m thinking I will have a better chance the sensor array will be able to connect with the hub if the hub is outside down near the water with a direct line of sight to the sensor array across the open water. I can put the hub in my office, but it won’t be a direct line of sight to the sensor array.
I agree with you. I think that’s a good idea. My opinion is it won’t be an issue.
WF has promised a “Pro Hub” later this year. One of the premium bundles they are offering includes this hub, a battery backup, solar power panel, and an outdoor case to house it all. Oh, and the Pro Hub will come with a pre-paid cellular data plan for two years of “standard” service (whatever frequency that means).
Not that any of this will do you much good today, but I would assume that the current hub was built well enough to handle +40C for what’s left of this summer…with fingers crossed that the Pro Hub ships before the lake freezes late this fall…
I’m looking forward to the pro hub kit. Maybe I’ll buy another complete setup for another cool location.
Yes the hub should be fine if it is in the shade and I think that it is a good idea. If it is in the sun I would consider including a sun shield type of roof on the box. My temperatures stay above freezing and up to over 110 F in summer. My box is light coloured and in the shade from the above timber mount. Soon I will be including raspberry pi’s with cameras in the box and I will be able to monitor the temperature of the pi. The external mounting of the hub makes a huge improvement to reception. I was concerned about the power supply voltage because it needs to be a solid 5V for when I install the raspberry pi’s. I use a 12V plug in the wall which supplies the wires to the box where I use a 12V to 5V buck converter which has usb plugs to plug the hub into. Creating a 12V system also gives me the future option of an easy solar battery supply. Here is my external hub setup:
Thanks! Appreciate the info.