Configuring SFTP or FTP server connection - AWS810-SOLAR

AWS810 Solar Edition Configuration and Maintenance Guide

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You can configure observation messages to be sent automatically to an SFTP or FTP server.

Vaisala recommends to use SFTP for secure file transfer.

The observation reports are stored in the SFTP or FTP server in station-specific directories. The filenames contain the station name and the timestamp of the observation as follows:

aws810/<station name>/obs_<type>_<timestamp>.<extension>

  • <station name> = Name of the station set in the station parameters
  • <type> = Report type (smsaws)
  • <timestamp> = Timestamp in format <YYYYMMDD>T<hhmmss> (year, month, day / hours, minutes, seconds)
  • <extension> = Filename extension (rep)

For example:


If sending to the server fails, the generated observation reports are added to the fail queue for later transmission. The maximum fail queue size is defined in the weather station configuration.

  1. In the Web UI, go to Settings > Station parameters.
  2. Under the parameter group features, set the Active value to on for one of the following parameters. This enables the message format (SMSAWS) and the use of SFTP or FTP server for data reporting.
    • SMSAWS_SFTP_1 for SFPT
    • SMSAWS_FTP_1 for FTP
  3. To save the changes and take them into use, select Save and restart script.
    When the script has restarted, refresh the browser to get the changes visible.
  4. Find the parameter group for the SFTP or FTP server parameter you enabled (for example, smsaws_SFTP_1, if you are configuring SMSAWS messages to be sent to SFTP).
  5. Configure the SFTP or FTP connection settings.
    Hostname or IP address of the SFTP or FTP server.
    Username for the SFTP or FTP server authentication.
    Password for the SFTP or FTP server authentication. The password is protected and shown with asterisk characters (*) in the Web UI.
    Number of the SFTP or FTP server port. Set this only if you want to use another port than the default port number defined in the configuration.
  6. To save the changes and take them into use, select Save and restart script.