My Situation and Problem:
I am wanting to put together a system to help monitor the soil moisture content in my garden and a small heated greenhouse I use in the winter. Also, In the near future I would like to build a system to remotely monitor the nutrients in my soil and other grow media, and have it accessible through my computer using a system similar to the one I'll have monitoring the moisture levels. In both situations I am growing nearly all crops hydroponically.
I have found several instances of people doing this by having the information posted to a service provider's website. Then it is possible to access the information by way of email or connecting in some manner to the service provider's site.
I plan to store the data in the cloud, but where I live we get internet access through satellite dish or land based re-transmission sites. So, I am planning to keep all gathered data in "The Cloud" manually, once received when I turn on my computer. I even have to use a booster device in my house to get dependable cell phone service. My land line telephone service provider doesn't offer high speed internet service, so I don't presently use a smart phone. I recently read a news article talking about a similar, though more widespread situation in Australia. In Australia they call it the tyranny of distance.
In addition to my garden and greenhouse, I have several other ideas for using Arduino to gather data using wifi and do any number of other things, and most of these ideas include accessing the gathered data through my computer connected to an Arduino device as required. It would certainly be helpful if anyone would be willing to share any ideas or point me toward inexpensive solutions.
Thanks for your kind consideration.