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Rachio Iro 8 Zone Wifi Intelligent Irrigation Controller
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Rachio

Iro 8 Zone Wifi Intelligent Irrigation Controller

  • Control from anywhere with your iOS or Android smartphone.
  • Check water provider for rebates up to 100% of retail value.
  • Save as much as 30% on your outdoor water use.
$234.06 /each

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Do you hate it when it's raining and your sprinklers are running anyway? The Rachio Iro smart sprinkler controller enables you to control your outdoor sprinkler system from the palm of your hand, using a WiFi-enabled iOS or Android device. Simply connect to Rachio's cloud-based software and manage your sprinkler system from anywhere. Installation takes less than 30 minutes. Instead of running your sprinklers on an unchanging, static schedule, replace your sprinkler controller with Rachio Iro and bring the intelligence of the cloud to your irrigation system. Rachio Iro uses modern irrigation techniques plus the power of weather data to create custom irrigation schedules for your yard. Let Rachio do all the work or dive in and customize your schedules as you see fit. Rachio also automatically adjusts your schedules based on weather, seasonality, zone-type, and regional characteristics to give you a dynamic customized watering schedule specific to your yard. Iro owners on average use 30% less water than without Rachio Iro.

  • Control from anywhere - Manage and change your sprinkler system from your smartphone.
  • Tuned to your yard

    Rachio Iro 8 Zone Irrigation Controller

  • Weather Intelligence - Watering is automatic based on real time weather and seasonal adjustments. No need to schedule it.
  • Pays for itself - Saves customers as much as 30% on their outdoor water use, giving them one of the fastest paybacks on any smart home device.
  • Better data, smarter watering - Rachio Water Reports confirm how much water you're using and saving. Feel free to share your water savings prowess with friends

    Rachio Iro 8 Zone Irrigation Controller

  • EPA WaterSense Certified Product - Check with your local water municipality for rebate options. Rebates can range up to 100% of retail value.
  • Connected home - Integrates with NEST, Wink, Control4, IFTTT and other top tier home automation systems for expanded functionality.

    Rachio Iro Wifi Irrigation Controller

  • Wink App Ready - No Wink Hub Required


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can I program it manually.

can you manually program the device, there are areas in my yard that i don't water because i have to replace the lawn no need to water dirt.
Asked by: mitistu
Yes, certainly You can run any zone, at any time, or any combination you want at any time. Basically unlimited programming possibilities!
Answered by: Ronindoc
Date published: 2016-04-30

Are there any other components that I need?

Will this item, by itself, connect to my home network?
Asked by: Boxboyjon
Yes, right out of the Box you should be able to connect it to your network. All you need is a good wireless signal and a phone or tablet and you're set. One thing to note: If you plan to mount this unit outside you will need a weatherproof box to put it in.
Answered by: DstBstSN
Date published: 2015-12-22

Can I control garden lighting with this as well?

I want to be able turn on and off garden lights.
Asked by: Ray1978
I use circuits 1-14 for irrigation and 15 & 16 for landscape lighting control. Your irrigation is activated by a solenoid - a coil of wire that mechanically pulls the iron core into it when activated, allowing water to flow. For lighting, all you need is a 12-volt relay which uses the same type of coil as the solenoid, but closes two pair of electrical contacts which you would use as a low-voltage light switch. Connect the activation coil to the desired circuit, just like the irrigation solenoid. Connect the relay contacts to your low-voltage lighting transformer. When I turn on circuits 9-16, they activate the relay, the contacts close, and the lights come on. The only drawback is you can only have one set of lights on; for me, either backyard or front yard.
Answered by: HDCustomer
Date published: 2016-05-24

how close does it need to be to my wifi router?

like most people, my current sprinkler controller is in the garage, quite a way from my router in the center of the house. so how good does the wifi signal need to be? and any suggestions on fixing this if there's no signal out there?
Asked by: Scott
I have Uverse and the router is 75 feet from my rachio' no issues, I believe they have a "booster" they sell in case the signal is to,weak. Awesome controller and customer service you won't be disappointed!
Answered by: Chyoung27
Date published: 2016-04-30
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Iro 8 Zone Wifi Intelligent Irrigation Controller is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 168.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great automation, but some limitations regarding watering restrictions There is quite a bit of science and intelligence that backs up the control of this irrigation controller. It's a lot more than just using a smart phone to set up your watering. So let me highlight a few strengths and weaknesses: Pros: Easy setup for me, WiFi control from your smart phone or the web from your computer, and a lot of intelligence to vary your watering as needed to prevent wasting water. Cons (mostly minor, but need to be mentioned): Wiring is a little challenging if you have multiple common sprinkler wires, outdoor installation requires an extra weather-proof box, this only operates on 2.4GHz WiFi (not 5GHz), it needs a decently strong WiFi signal to work (think 2 out of 3 WiFi bars on your phone), and its ability to vary watering doesn't fit as well as I'd like with the drought watering restrictions I have that limit me to watering on specific days of the week. So read on if you want more details. This is an 8-zone sprinkler controller that is configured via your smart device (an iPhone in my case) or a the web (from any computer with internet). (Note that they have a newer model with 16-zones, so check it out if you need more than 8 zones.) It is also worth highlighting that this controller is only configured via a smart device: there are basically no user controls on the device at all. So if your internet goes out, you won't be able to make any changes to your controller. Lets talk about the installation. This controller comes in two pieces: a wall plate that you attach your sprinkler or other control wires to, and a face plate that snaps on the front that presumably contains all the "brains" of the device. This unit is NOT weather proof, so if you are installing it outside you have to purchase a separate box to put it in. The Rachio website points you to a specific box you can use on Amazon (currently about $60), or you can find a generic box to put it in for probably half that cost at your local Home Depot. Attaching the sprinkler wires is simple, as you just push a button on each input to push back the spring-loaded contact, push the wire in, and release. However, there is only one hole for the common wire, which was a challenge in my case as i had several wire bundles from different physical locations requiring multiple common wires. I ended up having to use a wire nut outside the unit to consolidate them, and then run a single wire into it for the connection. (There isn't enough room inside for the wire nut.) I'll also note that there is no lock for the face plate, so if you are worried about theft, put this inside a locking box of some kind (but if you are putting it outside, you likely already had to purchase that box.) Power is provided by a "wall wort." My Kill-A-Watt meter puts the power consumption at about 2 watts in standby mode (sprinklers not running) so the power consumption is pretty low. Connecting it to my network was pretty easy. After installing the app on your phone, you tell it the details about your network (like your password), and then it uses a "blink up" procedure where you place your phone over a light sensor on the unit, and it transmits the data to the unit via flashes from your phone screen. This worked very smoothly for me. My only issue is that I have my WiFi network locked via MAC address, and the MAC is not on the unit anywhere. However, you can email Rachio with your serial number, and they will contact you back with your MAC. (They got back to me in under an hour, and this was outside normal business hours in the U.S.) If you are looking to save water, you'll want to spend some time reading some of Rachio's online documents. I found these to be quite good (basically an FAQ, although they don't call it that.) Setup starts with naming your zones, defining what they water (plant type, soil type, sprinkler type, etc.), and setting basic run times. You also put in your zip code to find a local weather station to tell it what your weather is like (very likely from your nearest airport). All this was fairly straight forward. What did surprise me a bit is how this controller adjusts to weather: it mostly varies the days it waters rather than how long, and that can be a challenge relative to watering restrictions. Let me add a few more details here: 1) As you'd expect, there is a rain-skip feature: if it has rained or is expected to rain by more than a programmed amount in the past or next day, it will skip the current watering event. 2) There is a feature called Smart Cycle (the "cycle and soak" technique) that will automatically break up your watering to make sure your water soaks in rather than running off. So if you want to run for 30 minutes, but it thinks the optimum run time for your sprinkler and soil type is 10 minutes, it will break your watering up into 3 cycles of 10 minutes. 3) There is a Seasonal Shift feature that varies how much water you get on a month-by-month basis. So if you have this feature on and program to water for 15 minutes in April, it may increase this to over 30 minutes in July. But this is a monthly change based on historical weather trends rather than on your actual current weather. 4) There is a Climate Skip feature that basically skips watering cycles (skips days if you water once per day) if it believes your soil hasn't dried out enough since your last watering to need watering again. So effectively this is the real-time adjustment feature to help you water correctly relative to your real, current weather. While I suspect the above works very well if you have unrestricted watering, it does have some limitations relative to drought restrictions where I live. First off, I am restricted on when I can water (before 10am or after 7pm), and while I can set start times in this controller, I can't set an exclusion window. Second, I am not allowed to water if there has been measurable rainfall in the past 48 hours, and there is no way to program that (the rain skip only goes out 24 hours). Third, I am restricted on what days I can water, ranging from 1 day/week in the winter to 3 days/week in the summer. This Rachio controller does let me set what days to water, but it doesn't have a feature to vary the amount of water on a given day. So if I have a hot or cool spell, with my old non-smart controller I could dial in a "season adjust" feature to water more or less by percentage, but I've found no way to do this here. My choice is only to water or not, and if it's 3 days before I can water again, it may be I want to put more or less water on during this day to compensate for the weather. So while the Rachio may be designed to fit ideal watering requirements, it doesn't seem to fit well with the watering restrictions added by bureaucrats. Two final things may be worth pointing out: 1) Because this is controlled via Rachio's technology on the web, they may very well come up with software updates to address my watering restrictions in the future. They have been updating their apps over time with more features, and I expect this will continue. 2) As with any smart device controlled via the web/cloud, you are dependent on the company behind it. If Rachio were to cease to exist, you likely couldn't use your controller anymore. I have no reason to expect Rachio to disappear, but it's always good to research the stability of the company behind the product you are purchasing if you are dependent on their service. So in summary, I like this product a lot, but hope they will continue to advance their water intelligence to work better with the drought watering restrictions I have.
Date published: 2016-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is the best piece of home automation I have. I travel a quite a lot and I used to have my n... This is the best piece of home automation I have. I travel a quite a lot and I used to have my neighbors calling me to tell me my sprinklers were freezing over the sidewalks. Now with Rachio, it automatically detects when it is freezing outside and skips a cycle! Love this piece!
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from not too smart need some work on the initial settings. Had to customize a nozzle.
Date published: 2016-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product. Great Price Point. Fantastic Customer Service. I've needed a new controller for the last couple of years. My 1980s RainBird had been beginning to fail for some time. I was waiting for a cost-effective, smartphone-enabled controller to hit the market. I stumbled onto the Iro last weekend and placed and order. Install was simple. Anyone can do it, and if you have questions, their Customer Support is excellent (I sent a photograph of my old wiring to support and got and email back within 15 min. And that was on a Friday evening!). The app has plenty of flexibility already in terms of scheduling options. It was very easy to configure. I'm very impressed with both this product and this company.
Date published: 2014-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from For those with little kids... I'll echo all of the other positive reviews, but what I love the most is the the ability to control each zone with my iPhone. The ability to turn on a single zone on the fly when the kids are playing in the yard is worth the price of the unit alone... Not to mention how useful it is to adjust the spray pattern while you're walking throughout the yard. I just had my irrigation system installed and my only regret is having them install their Hunter control panel that I immediately replaced. The Iro works great with the wireless Rainbird sensor too. Very easy to install. Don't forget to make adjustments within the Rachio app pertaining to the Master Pump Control and the rain sensor (if you have one). Cheers!
Date published: 2014-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Support After The Sale Purchased my unit from Home Depot but when I got home and attempted to hook it up it would not connected to my wifi. Initially I was going to return the product but I figured I should send a quick email to Rachio's customer support and get their thoughts on the issue. My email was responded to within about five mins and they walked me through a few trouble shooting steps to no avail. Once they realized I had purchased a bad unit, Kevin Rooney, the support rep offered to overnight ship me a brand new unit. Next day it was on my steps and about five minutes later it was up and running perfectly. Kevin even reached out to me the next day to make sure I had received the replacement and it was working properly. Anyone thinking about making your home a little smarter and save some money on the water bill I would highly recommend purchasing the Iro. Not only do you get a phenomenal product but customer service that I was convinced didn't actually exsist anymore. Thanks Rachio and thank you for making customer service a priority!!!!
Date published: 2015-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to install convenient This is a great product. Installation is a snap. Performance is flawless. Unit seems totally reliable, compared to many other home automation platforms that are constantly failing to execute schedules. It is very convenient to have irrigation automatically adjust to the seasons and automatically skip after rain and to be able to rely on internet weather for this rather than home sensors that would have to be maintained. It is also great to be able to operate sprinklers from your cell phone to test without running back and forth to the garage, and to be able to suspend a station if you get a call from a neighbor that you have a leak while you are away.
Date published: 2016-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just what I wanted from a controller Replaced a 6 zone timer controller very painlessly; took photo of old controller wiring, pulled the wires, removed it from the wall, mounted Iro with included screws, re-inserted wires into the Iro's spring loaded contacts. There are two common wire holes which was good for me as I have a front and back set of in-ground valves so have two commons. The box's setup process is very slick (connect worked first time on my iPhone 5S) and runs each zone in turn, then asks you to name the zone, select plant type, sprinkler type (eg spray, drip), soil type and slope. This took maybe 5 minutes but made me smile each time I pressed a button on my phone and a sprinkler head popped up. After that, it auto-generated a schedule and ran it perfectly. Have only had it a couple of days but during the run you can pull out your phone and see real time status (eg 3 out of 5 minutes, back lawn). My wife also has the app on her phone and can see the same status/have the same control. You can run zones individually on demand or as a group too. As another has said... don't clip the top on - usually the last install step - unless you're done. There's a video in the app help section showing you how to get it apart again but it requires some technique. The best bit: noticed a squirrel digging in a flowerbed whilst sitting eating breakfast. Launched all-out water attack whilst drinking coffee using the app. Win!
Date published: 2014-05-17
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