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Serial weather device

Discussion in 'Peripheral Hardware' started by toroamericano, May 1, 2012.

  1. toroamericano

    toroamericano New Member

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    Just curious, where to look or a starting place if you will, for capturing data on a serial port. I have an older hobbyist weather station that I would like to capture weather data from and input into daily CSV files. There is a third-party application out there called Wview, I am unsure how to install it on FreeBSD. My experience with installing software has been limited to the Ports system.

    Running 7.4 Stable on an Optiplex 745 (older Pentium D 3.4, 2GB RAM)

    Thank you.
     
  2. SirDice

    SirDice Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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  3. toroamericano

    toroamericano New Member

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    I am not too familiar with either of those, I will read up on them. Thank you.
     
  4. SirDice

    SirDice Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    I would probably use comms/minicom to look at the traffic, see how it's structured. Then build something using perl or python to read that data and write out the CSV.
     
  5. wblock@

    wblock@ Administrator Staff Member Administrator Moderator Developer

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    wview will probably work fine, just change the serial port name. Consider porting it.
     
  6. toroamericano

    toroamericano New Member

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    Thank you all for the replies. Looks like it is time to tinker.
     
  7. jbjones

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    I have wview running on FreeBSD 8.2. It compiled, installed, and configured quite easily. If you have any questions, let me know. My weather site has been active for just around 6 months. No problems at all.

    -JB
     
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    jbjones New Member

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    I'm not sure how I missed this post, as I would have included it. At any rate, yes, it works wonderfully. I am now reading the porting docs. Perhaps I will have the time to send this upstream soon and help out.

    -JB