1 (edited by demarks51 2017-08-09 17:42:36)

Topic: LaCrosse weather direct units closing down Aug 31

Just got email that LaCrosse is closing down support for weather direct devices. I have several of these and used them many years. They are going with a WiFi based weather display system. They will be offering special deal to their loyal customers ( like me) on the new and improved system. Sound familiar? So my 5 WD units will end in the landfill sometime in Sept. Out with the old, in with the new. Anyone want these dinosaurs?

Re: LaCrosse weather direct units closing down Aug 31

Here is what I got from Lacrosse:

Dear Weather Direct user,
If you are currently utilizing a WD-Series or WA-Series (Model # begins with WD- or WA-) weather station to receive forecasts, please read on for important information about your station.   If you do not have one of these stations, check out the information that follows about our new weather stations launching this fall. 
La Crosse Technology is happy to announce the introduction of our latest wireless weather stations with built in WiFi this fall.  These new weather stations will include several exciting features that take advantage of the Wifi connectivity and include a new free APP (La Crosse View) for remote monitoring. 

We appreciate your loyalty to our legacy Weather Direct station.  Over the past 5 years we have listened to thousands of customer's requests for new features and technology in their connected weather stations.  As a result we are confident the new La Crosse Technology weather stations, in conjunction with the La Crosse View APP, will exceed customer expectations.  As we transition to the La Crosse View platform, it is important to focus our attention on our new system.  Therefore, to ensure the best user experience, we are shifting our resources from our legacy Weather Direct forecast service to the new La Crosse View platform and our Weather Direct forecast service only will be discontinued August 31, 2017.   

However, as a long time user of our Weather Direct system, you will receive a special offer on a new La Crosse Technology weather station with the free La Crosse View APP when it is released in the near future.   
Sincerely,
La Crosse Technology

Re: LaCrosse weather direct units closing down Aug 31

In other words, we are making the hardware you purchased from us obsolete and turning it into a brick. Please buy our new shiny hardware. We promise it is much better and has more stuff. Don't worry about us making the new shiny obsolete.

Tar, feathers, congress. Some assembly required.

4 (edited by demarks51 2017-08-10 12:43:41)

Re: LaCrosse weather direct units closing down Aug 31

That's about it.

Wish there was a workaround. WD was kinda clunky in that you had a piece of hardware connected to the internet by Ethernet cord that then broadcasts the info to the display. You had to activate #1hardware first and then add as many as you want displays around the house (which I did). I had just one outdoor temp gauge that relayed to all the displays. The rest of the weather came from Weather Nation or the like. You would have to select what city you wanted (and even specific area of the town). Some of the units had audio available for forecasts and other rss reader apps.

Re: LaCrosse weather direct units closing down Aug 31

sorry to hear, neat little gadget.

Re: LaCrosse weather direct units closing down Aug 31

I have one too.  I look at it everyday.

7 (edited by demarks51 2017-08-17 09:46:13)

Re: LaCrosse weather direct units closing down Aug 31

Very good news! Lacrosse is going to send me a New Lacrosse View weather gadget for free and a coupon for 50% off of an additional unit it I would like to purchase another one. I told them I had 5 Weather Direct units who will be tossed in the garbage sometime after August 31st. So the CS person was able to give me a free unit. I would suggest you call them for yourself and persuade them to offer you a free unit as well.
Call: 608-785-7935

Re: LaCrosse weather direct units closing down Aug 31

Do you know what model # you are getting free?

Re: LaCrosse weather direct units closing down Aug 31

Lacrosse View coming out in the fall. Msrp is $100. Didn't say what model #.