Includes: AcuRite Access, Ethernet Cable, AC Power Adapter, Quick Start Guide
Warranty: Limited 1 year warranty
|System Requirements||Network router with an available Ethernet port, Internet connection|
|Power||5V power adapter (included); 3 AA alkaline batteries (for backup, not included)|
|Dimensions||2.8-inch Diameter x 4.5-inch Height|
I bought my system expecting the "smart hub" to be WIFI to the network, after all, everything is today. I was disappointed that it was not and requires a wired Ethernet connection, i.e. next to my internet router. OK, that is on me for not doing my homework before buying a complete system. As it stands, the "smart hub' has communications issues from where it has to be located, next to my internet router. I had hoped that AcuRite would have included the $5 WIFI chip to rectify this problem for myself and others by allowing the hub to move closer to the rest of the system and communicate to the internet through WIFI. As they chose not to include what I believe to be the one most important upgrade feature, this "upgrade" is a non-starter for me.
So, I got the coupon email but the hub has worked great for me, no issues at all. Connects with weather underground, shows up on iphone, etc. So for someone like me with no issues, should I upgrade anyway?
I received my Access today - right on time - and installed it with a minimum of problems.
Note to Acurite: you should indicate that Hub 3, or other connected devices, should be removed from the "My Acurite" devices section.
Anyway, I installed it and even though My Acurite was getting readings, Weather Underground was not. That is when I discovered that the old Hub 3 must be removed from the devices list, and then the 5-in-1 Sensor must have sharing enabled for the new Access device.
Apart from that one small difficulty, things went very well for the installation, and the station is now reporting at about 5 to 10 second intervals.
AND wonder of wonders, I am now getting wind gust speeds recorded, something that disappeared several years ago when they took away the old My Backyard Weather software and replaced it with My Accurite.
Anyway, the upshot is, I am happy with this new device.
BTW: A reviewer said there were issues locating the Access next to the router. Mine is sitting about a foot away from my AirPort, and so far so good.
I am again a happy camper.
Thanks to the Acurite Engineering Team for the great design and easy installation.
I used the upgrade discount to replace my SmartHub. I never had the problems with the SmartHub that others mention. But the Access is better than the Hub. It connected to my LAN easily and obtained its IP. It found all the sensors, including my neighbors across the street which the Hub only occasionally found. The signal strength of one of my indoor sensors which has a brick wall between it and the Access is much better than it was with the Hub. It is smaller than it looks in the photos, and that is good. I wish I had noticed the replace button on my AcuRite dashboard. Instead, I deleted the Hub and reinstalled all the sensors to the Access. I imagine if I had “replaced" the old Hub, I wouldn’t have had to rename all my sensors.
After messing with a Raspberry Pi and then buying an ASUS PC stick to update from the Hub, Acurite comes up with this little thing that solved all of my problems.
It took longer to find batteries than the install. Simply hooked up to an empty spot on my switch, powered it up and blue light. Logged into my account here and entered the number on the bottom then linked it to my sensor and within 5 minutes data started flowing. The app on my phone was working about 5 minutes or so after that.
After months of trying to learn code and many failed attempts I finally have the setup I wanted.
After a few evenings, I learned the blue light is really bright but some tape fixed that up.
My only question, is there a way to upload our historical data to the Acurite website??
The AcuRite Access product is a fantastic upgrade from the Smart Hub. Signal Strength from my 5-in-1 went from Weak to Strong, and I love how the unit isn't so goofy looking. Installation/upgrading was easy, though it did take some time as the documentation said it would. Looking forward to getting an Atlas to use with it!
First, after 45 minutes the LED was still flashing red and there was no network activity and my network access hub didn't see it. I re-powered it and almost instantly the blue light was on solid and I saw network activity and its MAC address. After some time I finally saw it on my dashboard but the sensors were red. After about an hour the 5-in-1 went to green, but my wireless temp/humidity sensor was still red and it did not connect after 12 hours. That's when I noticed it was listed a second time, so I added that device and now the "new" device is listed.
I found I also had to reconnect My AcuRite to WeatherUnderground and now it's working OK. Finally, I appear to have lost all historical data in My AcuRite. (And strangely enough, I wasn't able to use my existing AcuRite account to post this review; I had to create a new one.)
All-in-all, it seems to be working fine with my sensors and WU now. But upgrade gave me a bad, deja vu feeling from when I had all my Smart Hub problems.
yep, this is a great replacement over the previous product "AcuRite 09150 AcuLink Internet Bridge". The new Access was easy applied to my account via the MyAcurite Dashboard. Which by the way I love as well. The design of the dashboard is easy to navigate and it works! I went to the settings menu, applied the product mac address and viola, I was up and running.
The detail I like most is now I am receiving the Wind Gusts data in my Wunderground account, where-as before I was not. This alone makes it worth while for me to have. Plus know (hopefully) in the future this Access unit will be compatible with future product releases, e.i., the Atlas Elite. The frequency of the data to Wunderground is also higher and I am now receiving more data.
Also having the battery backup is a great added feature as well. This will also prove its worth.
Kudos to Acurite, now lets getting rolling on the Atlas and get this released!
I was selected to help in the beta testing of the new Access and I am very proud to have had a hand in making this a great product.
Access is easy to install, it found all my sensors with no problems, and I was up and running in minutes.
The antenna is much more powerful than the Smart Hub of the past. Previously, with my hub, I had trouble getting, and keeping signals from some of my sensors. No more, I now have strong signals from all the sensors.
The battery backup with the logging of data during a power/internet failure is a new feature that allows the user to never have a gap, (well for 12 hours anyway), in their weather logs.
The ability for future features via OTA firmware updates will let the Access be state-of-the-art for a long time. This feature was used frequently during the beta test period whenever we had a problem, or suggestion for the design team.
One observation that should be adhered to: Do not place the Access close to your router, or any other networking device. Place it as far away as possible to prevent interference. I had my test unit too close and had some funky problems until I moved it at least 5 foot away.
Kudos to the AcuRite design team for bringing to the public an outstanding product and I'm looking forward to a future purchase of the Atlas when it releases very soon.
Acurite have taken years of user experiences with the older SmartHUB/AcuLink Bridge hardware to design the new and more robust Acurite Access.
The design is refined and well thought-out with more horsepower under the hood to support new sensors and features. The new battery back-up and continued logging of data during power and internet outages is a big plus, too.
I'm looking forward to the new sensors recently shown at CES 2018, like the air quality and noise pollution monitors for the home that Access will support!
I just received this upgrade to my old hub. Easy to install and WOW the antenna is much better than the last one. I previously always had problems with some of the sensors in my greenhouse But now they are all registering as a "strong" signal. Great improvement.
Only minor complaint would be the lack of new features on launch.
Replaced my SmartHub with this AcuRite Access and now have excellent signal strength to my station. Getting all data and really like that it has a battery backup.
My beta test observations:
Installation was straightforward, simple. The "Replace" function in My AcuRite made decomissioning the old hub and launching the Access install easy. Access found all my sensors without a hitch, in situ, no close pairing needed.
Access connected to my network at 100M full duplex, and played nice there with all my gear.
The battery backup and data recovery feature, which is new on Access, really proved its worth to me. In my rural location, power or internet go down just too often. Access detects those conditions, and will patch up to 12 hours of data to My AcuRite when the condition clears.
AcuRite is positioning Access as well prepared to handle new sensors and features in the future. To a couple of us beta testers, that was an invitation to get under the hood and see what is inside. I do not advise doing that, as it will void your warranty and may result in breakage. What we found though is important. Access has been given ample compute and storage resources to enable a good long service life. The processor is much more powerful than on the old hub. The amount of program and data memory has been greatly increased. The Ethernet implementation looks to be rock solid. The overall layout and design is clean and orderly. The new vertical spiral antenna is a big improvement over the hub antenna. All good!
Adding new function also means that Over-the-Air firmware upgrades will be necessary. During beta test, several such transfers occurred and they all completed flawlessly. It appears that Access has been designed to handle OTA upgrades gracefully and reliably.
My net: This is a great new product! Congrats to the design team!