Plugin WFN Use Case - FAQ
This page provides the FAQ pertainig to weather node. We will constanlty update the FAQ based on our community interaction.

FAQ:

1) What is the Weather unit model I should buy to participate as a data provider? Members can purchase Acurite weather unit or Ambient weather unit based on the support provided by the respective product in your region. Acurite weather Unit
Model: AcuRite Iris® (5-in-1) Weather Station with Direct-to-Wi-Fi Display Important: Make sure the model connects to MyAccurite and not Weather Underground alone.
Ambient weather Unit
2) Where can I purchase the Weather unit?
3) How to install the Weather unit?
Please follow the steps provided in the product manual.
4) How to validate and verify the weather unit installation(for Acurite model)?
Once you get the weather station, do the installation as given in the manual and connect it to wifi. If you get any issues or questions in the installation you can enquire in our discord channel. After a few hours of trying to open the link ‘https://dataapi.myacurite.com/mar-sensor-readings/<Device_ID>-00507678-5in1WS/5m-summaries/yyyy-mm-dd.json’ by replacing your device id with <Device_ID>, and 'yyyy-mm-dd' with the current date(instruction on how to find your device id is provided at ‘https://docs.goplugin.co/use-cases/weather-use-case/weather-unit-onboarding-instructions’). If you find data while you open the link, it shows your installation is successful.
5) How to register the weather unit on the Plugin Platform?
6) How much staking is needed for a weather unit to participate as a Data Provider?
1000 PLI & 5000 XDC should be staked to participate as data providers.

7) What are the points or cautions to be taken care while staking for WFN?

Please adhere to the following for successful staking.
  1. 1.
    Before you click the "Stake Now" button, make sure you have sufficient balance in your wallet(XDC & PLI).
  2. 2.
    Do not navigate out of your browser or close your window, after you initiate the Staking Txn. We will not be able to capture your transaction & you will lose your assets and we cannot trace them back.
  3. 3.
    Please wait for the transaction dialog box to trigger from your XDCPay and "Accept" the same.
  4. 4.
    Two alerts will trigger to the stake, one for PLI(1000) and another for XDC(5000). Please be patient and allow the XDCPay to open the Txn Dialog box.
8) What is the duration for weather unit staking?
This staking is for one year.
9) How much I will be rewarded for setting up this weather unit?
The First 100 users, will get 10% of staked PLI & 10% of staked XDC as reward benefits for maintaining the weather unit & keeping it up & running 24/7.

10) How many weather station can a member deploy?

Community member can deploy multiple weather station like one at home, office or shop etc., subject to minimum distance between 2 such sensors is atleast 2 kms.
11) What are the basic criteria needed to participate in a weather use case as a data provider?
One should have uninterruptible power and wifi access. An outdoor place to install the weather station outdoor unit, so that the weather station should be freely exposed to all weather environments without any interruption.
12) What if Acurite doesn’t allow me to register my location?
Currently, Acurite doesn’t have global support. If you are in the US, UK, and some parts of the EU then you can register with your location or else provide an address in US and register. But, while providing data to register in the Plugin platform, then please provide the details of the exact location of the weather sensor(with respect to lat, long, city, state, country, etc).
13) Do I need to set up a plugin node to register my weather unit?
Not really, you have an option to set up a weather unit and be a data provider. It is not mandatory to host a plugin node to be a data feed provider.
14) I have already installed the weather unit, as a beta user?, Should I participate in staking?
Yes, it is necessary to be a part of the staking program to receive the reward benefits.
15) Is Staking enabled for the Weather unit?
It is a work in progress, expected to enable in a week.
16) What are the details I need, to register the weather unit in the plugin platform?
You should share your device ID, and your location coordinates (city, state, country, latitude, longitude). You should abide Plugin Privacy policy for sharing your co-ordinate details.
17) What should I do if my weather unit is not working or switched off for any issues?
In such a situation, please raise a Ticket intimating about your weather unit status to the Plugin team. So that we can stop collecting your weather details.
Please ensure to get back your weather unit in working mode to avail the reward benefits.
18) What if want to withdraw my stake, well within 1 year staking period.
We strongly recommend the data feed providers keep the machine running for 1 year to avail of the reward benefits. During the unavoidable situation, if you happen to relocate, then please ensure the weather unit is re-setup in a new location & share the inputs with us.
At any cost, "Un-staking" will not be entertained for 1 year.
19) Is Plugin restricted to only Acurite?
Not really, we are expanding and planning to onboard a few more weather sensor providers. Soon, you will hear back from us.
20) Will I get reward benefits even after the staking period?
Yes, as long as we receive the data from your weather unit. You will be rewarded.
21) I am not on the "First 100" list, can I participate in this "weather unit" staking program?
Yes, Plugin wanted to onboard more data feed providers and you will be notified when we are opening the platform for all.

22) What is the maximum cap for the number of weather station for Plugin WFN product?

We are looking forward to deploy 1Million weather units across the globe.

23) How many weather units can a member install?

Currently we are allowing 1 weather node per member, but we have plans to accommodate more number of weather units per member. Soon, you will hear back from us on this topic.
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