Weather Station – interesting side effect
Five days ago, we informed you about our problems with our new Oregon Scientific LW301 weather station.
Meanwhile we could resolve some of the problems with the help of our readers. A big “THANKS” goes to Greg.
- On smartphones, the geographical position is now correct. On PCs this does still not work
- The time-zone is now correctly set to UTC+8
The major problem still persists. We cannot give you access to our weather station. We are still investigating (see below).
Having now collected data over 6 days, we found an interesting side effect.
The broken line shows either brown-outs (for non-Filipinos: black-outs) or interruption of our Internet access. Please disregard the time-line. It is still a bit wrong. This is a real-time connection quality report.
Now comes a bit “techie stuff”.
To find where the data of our weather station is going we played “man in the middle” – a common hacker and spy position, meaning:
Intercept the data, read it and make a copy and then send it to the original destination.
We hooked a laptop with Wireshark software on our network. The analysis quickly showed that our weather station is sending all information to …
The “data octopus” puts our data on Google’s cloud in: “commondatastorage.googleapis.com/osanywhereweather-avatar”.
The next step will be to install a fixed route on our router that sends the data not only to Google but also to our own server. Later we’ll cut the Google route.
We hope to publish our own data from our own weather station on our own website within a few days.