Vaisala Beacon Station BWS500 Support

Support Information and Resources

BWS500 set up FAQs

The following information contains answers to frequently asked questions. If you cannot find an answer to your question, contact Vaisala Technical Support.

Why is the Beacon Station not powering up or sending data?

The battery in the power supply unit PSU501/PSU502 may be fully discharged due to, for example, long storage time or extreme environmental conditions. In solar-powered sites, the battery may be discharged because the solar panel has not received enough sunlight.

If the battery is fully discharged, PSU501/PSU502 does not provide enough power for EGW501 to start the station. You have to wait until the battery reaches a sufficient state of charge.

  • If AC (mains) power is connected, the charging can take up to 30 minutes.
  • If DC power is connected, the waiting time may be longer.

After that, EGW501 starts automatically and the Beacon Station is operational.

Where do I get the Wx Beacon username and password?

You have received an email titled Welcome to MyVaisala. The email contains a login button. When you log in for the first time, you are asked to give new password.

If you fail to do this in 7 days after receiving the email, the first-time setup expires and you need to contact Vaisala Technical Support at www.vaisala.com/en/support to activate your username.

Why does my data not reach Wx Beacon?

There may be several causes. Check the cable connections and that the device is getting power. In first-time use, there may be a 15-minute delay in data reaching Wx Beacon.

BWS500 data use and configuration FAQs

The following information contains answers to frequently asked questions. If you cannot find an answer to your question, contact Vaisala Technical Support.

What do the reported measurement values represent?

The following values are instantaneous:

  • Rain accumulation
  • Rain intensity

The following values are 1-minute average:

  • Air pressure
  • Air temperature

The following values are 10-minute average:

  • Wind direction
  • Wind speed
  • Maximum wind speed is a rolling maximum over average

How do I get my sensor data from Wx Beacon?

You have 2 options:

  • Download the data to Excel
  • Get the data through the Wx Beacon API

To download data to Excel:

  1. Go to Wx Beacon.
  2. Select your sensor, which data you want to download.
  3. Under the sensor, select Measurements.
  4. On the top-right corner, select Download.

Note: With Excel download it is possible to download a maximum of latest 1 month or 60.000 measurements at a time.

 


 

To connect to Wx Beacon API, you need to:

  • Know your device serial number
  • Have created a device specific API key

To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Wx Beacon.
  2. Select the sensor you want to access through API.
  3. Under the sensor select Settings.
  4. In section Device information, copy the serial number information.
  5. Go to section API Key and make sure that the API key for the individual device is generated and copy that. If there is no API key, select Generate.

With this information, you can create API calls. For detailed information, see Wx Beacon API Reference.

Can I use my own SIM card in EGW501?

No. To guarantee reliable and continuous data connectivity from EGW501 to the cloud, Vaisala provides a preinstalled SIM card with a data plan service. Please contact your local sales representative to check the availability of the data plan in your geographical area.

BWS500 maintenance FAQs

The following information contains answers to frequently asked questions. If you cannot find an answer to your question, contact Vaisala Technical Support.

MOG100 replacement FAQs

The following information contains answers to frequently asked questions. If you cannot find an answer to your question, contact Vaisala Technical Support.

When can I replace MOG100 with EGW501?

EGW501 replacement service is available starting from 1.10.2021. However, local regulatory approvals may slightly delay the availability. Please contact your local sales representative for the details.

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