Weather station stopped working

Mario Zgorelec shared this announcement 5 months ago

Dear Zipato users,


the current Virtual weather stations you have been using in our environment have stopped updating itself, we are doing everything in our power to provide you with a new version of it. 

All your rules will continue to work but with the last data provided by the weather station on 8.6.2020., as mentioned above the weather station will not update itself anymore.


The reason for the service being stopped is as following....

Until now we were using the API and information provided by Yahoo weather and Yahoo decided to shut down their API indefinitely.

https://developer.yahoo.com/api/


We will update this thread with new information as soon as we get them.


Best regards

Zipato Team


Replies (57)

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Hello again,

I see, thanks a lot for a quick answer!

Best regards

Håkan

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Hello Dear Zipato Partners,

Wish you best of success at your works.

We're wondering, when could this rules be fixed?

Thank you,

Kind Regards!

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I notice that since 2days all my rules based on sunrise/sunset stopped to work.

Is that related to weather station issue? Probably yes because I remember that sunrise/sunset are related to virtual weather station.

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I hope the new weather station version will work better than the old one.

The old one had like 2-4 hours delay in sync therefore rules based on close to real time actions were useless.

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Thanks for this prompt announcement! Appreciate

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This is getting a bit out of hand guys. This is one of the key features for automation in the system and it’s been down more than a week.


Nothing based on sunrise / sunset now works - even with old values. It just doesnt trigger.


Please provide an ETA on the fix so we can all decide if we need switch system or not.

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good morning we have news for the weather station greetings giuseppe

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My sunrise based rules are not working now :-(

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As a workaround, I have used IFTTT with WeatherUnderground's sunset/sunrise trigger and WebHook to set a Virtual Meter using its URL.

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Dear Zipato team,

Any news on this? timeframe? part of our rules are not working and we need to know what to do

Thanks

Gerardo

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I'm agree! It is time to inform customers of what is decided and timeframe.

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Any alternative to the rules sunset/sunrise??

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I have just changed to use IFTTT sunrise/sunset in my rules. Hope that weather Underground (the weather station that IFTTT use) does not have the same problem than yahoo.

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IFTTT with WeatherUnderground's sunset/sunrise trigger and WebHook to set a Virtual Meter using its URL.

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Is there a solution in sight? It's getting really annoying that none of the weather based rules work

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Hello Zipato, please let your customers know what the target time frame is for fixing this problem.

Many thanks!

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Hello Zipato, All my rules with sunset and sunrise are not working, When are you fixing the problem?

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Toc toc, Hello Zipato support.........Any News??? After 21 days there is no feedback

Many thanks

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Please note that the rules do NOT continue to work with the last data provided, they do NOT work AT ALL. So, in my case, all my rules with sunrise and sunset do not work. I have to switch everything ON and OFF manually.

Thanks for a solution !

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Same here, the virtual weather station data is not update,https://my.zipato.com/zipato-web/v2/meteo/ give null data for the station. Removing adding, different location nothing helps here.

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Hello frustrated fellows,

Zipato virtual weather station had never worked well, however now when it completely stopped working without any commitment for resolution, I was motivated to find an alternative solution to enable my weather-based rules to function again.

The idea is to use IFTTT with Wunderground to create the required triggers and Webhooks to convert the triggers into web requests for the communication with the Zipato controller via URL.

I have created 2 weather-based rules:


  • Turn off lights every morning at sunrise.
  • Rise shutters when wind speed exceeds 30km/h (for shutters protection).

Both rules were tested and are working perfectly.

In this post I will focus, step by step, on how to create the SUNRISE trigger.


Turn-Off Lights on Sunrise Using IFTTT, Wunderground and Webhooks


  • In Zipato controller create a new virtual switch and name it “IFTTT – Sunrise” (or any other name you choose).
  • Click on the configuration icon in the right side of the “STATE” line.

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  • Copy/paste the full URL into any text editor and save it for later use

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  • Create the following rule and logically connect it with the physical device you wish to control (In this example it is PANEL 2 EP 1). If you wish, configure “SEND MESSAGE” to alert you every time the event is triggered (for testing purposes).

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  • Open your web browser and type in the search window https://ifttt.com
  • Sign up to IFTTT (free accounts let you create up to 3 applets)
  • Click on “CREATE

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  • click on “ADD

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  • In the search line enter “weather” and select “WU Weather Underground

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  • Select “SUNRISE

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  • Click “ALLOW” to allow WU to find your location.

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  • Your location will appear in the location window.
  • Alternatively type in your address.
  • Click on “CREATE TRIGGER

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  • Click on “ADD

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  • In the search line type in “web” and choose “Webhooks

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  • Click on “MAKE A WEB REQUEST

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  • In the URL field paste the complete URL you saved in step 3
  • In the end of the URL, after the &value= add “1
  • Fill in the remaining fields as per example.
  • Click of “CREATE ACTION

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Click “CONTINUE

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  • Click « FINISH »

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  • Make sure your applet shows “CONNECTED
  • You have successfully completed the procedure. Every morning on sunrise your selected device will turn off.

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Thanks,

will try that. When I create a virtual sensor it automatically sets to type: HTTP device. On what level shoculd I canhge to Generic ON/OFF as it seems you have?

Regards,

Linda

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That's all good, but what about the weather station ?

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sunset and sunrise is not enough !!!

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.....it's just not good enough, find a real solution in the system, please!

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For more than a month they are doing "everything in our power". Having customers with Zipato, is quite hard to explain them the concept of "everything in our power" taking more than a month to fix a simple weather station and this is the reason they stores does not open anymore on sunrise. Zipato is for hobbyists and not for professionals. It is a good tool for doing a lot of workaround with a very flexible API but you cannot expect professional support.

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I guess its finally time to leave Zipato behind...

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The time-frame between the launch of the zipatile with label "works with Google home" and the time where it worked can give an idea how technical issues are handled. It seems the rule is "do not give any information to customers until it is fixed". Communication should be a part of the business. I'm using Wyze cameras and this american company has a strong and efficient communication team, they never let you with no feedback more than 2 days. Very active in their community platform. That is what I would like with zipato. I suppose the culture is not the same.

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34 days... it's really too long !!!! No answer from the Zipato developpement team, does it still exist ?

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Hi Support, any news on this? For some reason I have no weather data and as such my light switch always truns on when I enter my flat, which is rather anoying.

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Any progress on this issue?

Customers asre waiting for it!

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Very annoying having to switch everything by hand every day and night.

The middle ages have passed a long time ago. Action please !!

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If they do not show any progress on it, means there's no progress at all. I believe we need to accept that Zipato is over. No many updates on the main page... just a question of time to announce they will stop their activities. That's sad but looks like the reality.

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There are so many possible solutions... I have a weather station with wunderground-connection. Try to connect to this service please, there are many good weather stations!

I also tried another Z-Wave Network, but at this time, i don't want to leave. Maybe it is time for a rasberry pi solutions :-/

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Has this anything to do with error "Rules synchronization failed. Please check your rules or contact support...."? (as it started to appear after I removed and recreated the virtual wheather station and updated the relevant rules that use this).

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Hey Zipato Team. Time to wake up and show some progress on this..

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Hi Zipato Team, I have got the same problem too. Are there still no news regarding this problem with the weather station? It is a long time since 8June. What are the latest news?

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Same problem. Workaround with weatherunderground and ifttt is not as good as the virtual weatherstation. There is a big delay in with the sunset trigger and there is no solution for offset.

I hope there is a solution soon!

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Zipato support told me that the solution will come in the next months... not days.

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They are step by step scrapping functionality of my Zipatile - first I've lost the camera, now is the weather forecast......

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Any news on a proper solution? It's been almost 60 days of missing functionality. If this continues I'm thinking of moving away from Zipato (user since many years) to perhaps homeassistant.io.

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To bad the weather module is not working. I have this domotica system installed at my mothers place as an elderly support system and many rules depend on the day / night situation. It does not feel good that my mothers place is not as safe as i have designed it. (she is still living at her own and 84 year old)

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Can Yr.no be an option.

Yr is a free Weather forecast service from NRK (Norwegian broadcasting) and Meteorologisk institutt.

https://developer.yr.no/

https://www.yr.no

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I think correctly make a universal widget and the ability to use any data from different mete stations.

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Hey Zipato Team. Any update on the above would be appriciated!

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Kunt u aangeven wanneer dit opgelost is?

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By connecting google Assitent/Home to the zipatile I was able to connect the google sunset and sunrise events to the Zipato scenes.

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Hi Dear Zipato

I write this for the second time

I don't know if anyone is reading this but if yes I will be glad to respond

I bout zipatail and zipabox in order to work whit your product

in the last few months, I am testing and I start to run into unfinished/ unworking things in your system

of course, this thing can happen but the fixed time is very high

months or even years - this is not a reasonable time - to say the list...


for example

Astro - sunrise sunset rule by Astro time - not working for 50 days - and the support don't know when this will be fixed


battery alert for ZWAVE devices - not working for few months and the support team cant tell me when this will be operational

I am sure I am talking on behalf of many customers - please tell us if you mean to improve the development or we need to find other controllers to work whit.

hope someone is reading this

please replay

Thanks.

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With amazon alexa routines, you also have the option of using the sunrise and sunset times. A +- offset of max. 1h can also be set. With the times, you can configure a trigger in the Alexa app that can then trigger an individual device, a scene or a rule via a virtual switch in the Zipato system. I now use it to control the opening and closing of my roller shutters.

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Yea it is a drama with some Zipato funktions.

But Weather informatiosn might be very helpful...for a good Smart Home system.

I´m waiting now over two Month for a Sunrise and sunset solution. IFTTT is a solution but i use it to detect my Location to stear the alarm System. And only 3 Rules are free.

So were is the solution for Sunset and Weather forcast ?

regards

Chris

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I didn't want to use a third party solution either ... But if you want to make your scenarios work ... Just open multiple IFTTT accounts. Personally, I have been using three for over a month and it works!

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Same comment.... i don't want to use workaround..... this is not the purpose of this product !

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Just move to another hub... Zipato is joking with us for a long time...

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Wich Hub? I loved Zipatile but this is unacceptable

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Hello almost shure no answer will come but what is the expected time for a fix?

and in meantime give an update of the expected support for this product looking at this treat i think its almost dead.

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Something news? my whole rules doesnd work anymore, because weather is important inkl. sunset/sunrise.

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Same issue over here. This is unacceptable!

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MOI REIN NE FOCNTIONE DIT TOUT MEME SYNCRONIZATION REVIEN A LA DATE DU BUG ? VRAIMENT DOMOTIQUE D mm

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Hi All

i also as you guys are very disappointed from zipato dev team - if there is any...

i crate my on code for this function and its work perfect.Of course this is an integration with a third party factor but as I see it,

it is a definition that is performed once and forgotten about.

Of course the solution is code based - PYTHON in this case - but whoever is interested I will be able to send explanations of everything.


I signed up in the cloud provider - 30 days for free

https://console.vmas.co.il

And there I have a machine ready with the basic settings - everyone can change according to their need.


if anyone register please send me an email and I will make sure to send you an explanation of how to set up the machine etc.


rami@vaitzman.com

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My work around : 1 - Connect to a MQTT broker 2 - Use Node Red to send the daylight to a virtual sensor in Zipato, this is also linking to TADO where you can get the weather if you have a TADO thermostat. I have them running in Docker on the Nas.

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Any update? I created rules based on own defined virtual triggers that worked for a few days, no NO RULES WORK!!!

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I can understand that Yahoo has decided to stop to provide weather information anymore but I cannot understand why ZIPATO team cannot propose an alternative solution.

Christian

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I absolutely agree with that statement! Please provide a solution for this issue.

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Is there really a ZIPATO team??????

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I found my solution. Last week, I made the switch to Homey Pro and I don't look back! Lets be honest, its not about hardware anymore its about software and Zipato looks like its 10 years behind.


Over & out,

Jan

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Great - will do the same if it supports all my embedded devices.

/Linda

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I found a solution as well. I switched to Home Assistant. Not a second regrets.

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