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dweeks

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Virtualhere USB over IP
« on: July 10, 2018, 07:37:46 PM »
I've been running my Davis Vantage Vue with a USB cable connecting the console to my Macbook that runs WeatherCat.

I am moving to a new location and want to keep the computer running WeatherCat in a network closet a good ways away. I have a Cat 5 Ethernet drop right by where the console will live. But I can't run a USB cable to the network closet, as the distance is too great for USB.

Has anyone run Virtualhere, which is a solution to getting USB via IP?

If not, I would welcome any suggestions about how best to connect a Davis console using USB to the Weathercat computer about 50 feet away.

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Anyone else use Virtualhere? (Re: Virtualhere USB over IP)
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2018, 10:49:38 PM »
Dear dweeks and WeatherCat welcome wagon,

Since this is your first post on the WeatherCat forum let me be the first welcome you!

I am moving to a new location and want to keep the computer running WeatherCat in a network closet a good ways away. I have a Cat 5 Ethernet drop right by where the console will live. But I can't run a USB cable to the network closet, as the distance is too great for USB.

Has anyone run Virtualhere, which is a solution to getting USB via IP?

Unfortunately, I have seen such software but never had a need for it.  Are there any other WeatherCat users using this product or something similar?  Is your plan to have another Mac or similar device running the Virtualhere client software at the location of your console?  Exactly how far will your console be from your WeatherCat computer?

If not, I would welcome any suggestions about how best to connect a Davis console using USB to the Weathercat computer about 50 feet away.

Unfortunately, I can only offer one negative example.  For about a year, I attempted to run USB over Cat-5 using devices like this:

https://www.amazon.com/Tripp-Lite-Extender-Transmitter-B202-150/dp/B003WO40V6

Unfortunately, it didn't provide the sort of connection that was sufficient to keep WeatherCat connected to the console.  As a result, WeatherCat would be constantly losing the connection and costing me data.  Eventually I had to give up and solved the problem another way.  I purchased a Davis Weather Envoy:

https://www.davisinstruments.com/product/wireless-weather-envoy/

I located the Envoy next to my computer running WeatherCat and moved the data logger from my Console to my Envoy.  That way I could place the console where it was convenient for the family and still have data travel from the ISS to the Envoy where it would be connected to my Mac using the original Davis USB cable.  This has worked flawlessly ever since.

If you cannot find any other reliable way to move your console, the Weather Envoy is definitely a robust solution and it isn't that expensive if you purchase it from a discount outlet.

Let us know how your relocation project unfolds.

Cheers, Edouard

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Re: Anyone else use Virtualhere? (Re: Virtualhere USB over IP)
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2018, 05:46:40 PM »
the Weather Envoy is definitely a robust solution and it isn't that expensive if you purchase it from a discount outlet.

Or used. I have an Envoy I am not using any more.
Steve - Avon, Ohio, USA


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