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Iro 8 Zone Wifi Intelligent Irrigation Controller

$234.06 /each
  • 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.

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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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.

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can I program it manually.

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October 6, 2014
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.
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Yes, certainly You can run any zone, at any time, or any combination you want at any time. Basically unlimited programming possibilities!
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November 9, 2014
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Yes, you can tell it exactly what you want including what zones to use and to not use.
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November 8, 2014
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Yes, you can disable zones, start zones on the fly, and program zones All done through your tablet or phone there are no settings at the IRO itself it is all done with software in the cloud and transmitted through your local WiFI
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Goodyear, AZ
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November 8, 2014
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You can disable zones and program the zone independent or as a group ex My Shrubs. You can also start each zone manually from your device IOS or Android using the AP. There are no settings on the IRO itself all managed through your WiFI and your phone or tablet and settings are stored in the cloud and Rachio.
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November 8, 2014
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yes
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yes. you will be able to customize your needs
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Katy, Texas
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Yes you can set times for each zone.
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Jamul, CA
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November 4, 2014
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The answer is yes, but you have to let it set everything automatically first, and then go into the web app and set the specific time for each zone. You use your phone app to do the initial setup, but easier to go online and use the web account to do the more precise setting.
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Huntington Beach, CA
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November 3, 2014
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Yes download the app for your phone and you can control the IRO and be notified when a zone is to be watered and when the zone is complete, up to 8 zones on the basic controller
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Denver, CO
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October 29, 2014
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Absolutely. You can manually configure the schedule or let it figure one out for you! And VERY easily done!
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Pewaukee, WI
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October 21, 2014
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You can set the system to water whatever zones you want in whatever order for whatever amount of time you want. Each zone is set individually so you can easily just set it to skip the zone you are repairing.
You do need the App to do any adjustments though. There are no manual controls on the unit.
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Omaha, NE, USA
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October 7, 2014
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Yes, you can program each zone separately. You program it from the Rachio app on your smartphone.
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October 7, 2014
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Yes, you can manually program the IRO. In the case you mention, you can disable the zone or zones that water the area of lawn that needs to be replaced. It is a simple toggle switch in the Rachio app. There are toggle switches for each zone, as well as a Sleep toggle switch for the entire system. Each zone is labeled in plain English with names you select during setup, so no trying to remember what each Read More
Yes, you can manually program the IRO. In the case you mention, you can disable the zone or zones that water the area of lawn that needs to be replaced. It is a simple toggle switch in the Rachio app. There are toggle switches for each zone, as well as a Sleep toggle switch for the entire system. Each zone is labeled in plain English with names you select during setup, so no trying to remember what each zone number is.
The IRO allows you to exercise a complete range of control from (a) programming every detail yourself MANUALLY, to at the other extreme (b) letting IRO generate automatic programs for each zone based on your input of location (zip code), plant type, soil type, degree of shade from sun, nozzle type, and ground slope. You can also let IRO generate the automatic programs, and then modify them.
Just this past Sunday, I had a sprinkler head break and was not able to fix it immediately. It only took a few seconds to disable this zone on the Rachio app on my iPhone until I was able to fiix it. After fixing it today (Tuesday), it only took a few more seconds to reenable it. Best part was I was able to disable it while not at home when I got a call that a sprinkler head was spraying like a fountain. And I reenabled it while standing next to it after fixing it. I never visited the controller which is located in the garage. Read Less
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Yes through your smart phone
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Are there any other components that I need?

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Will this item, by itself, connect to my home network?
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November 9, 2014
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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.
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November 8, 2014
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Not all by itself, you need an Android or IOS device paired with your WIFI and at least two bars showing at the location you want to install it. They use BLINK technology to transmit the Wi-Fi paring from your phone to the IRO. I had a little trouble, I just called customer support and they walked me through it over the phone and it just took a few minutes to sync to the server. They can see it in the Read More
Not all by itself, you need an Android or IOS device paired with your WIFI and at least two bars showing at the location you want to install it. They use BLINK technology to transmit the Wi-Fi paring from your phone to the IRO. I had a little trouble, I just called customer support and they walked me through it over the phone and it just took a few minutes to sync to the server. They can see it in the cloud and tell you what it is doing. Read Less
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November 8, 2014
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iPhone or Android to run the App.
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No.
I just replace my old unit. that is it.
however, this device need to access your internet wirelessly.
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Katy, Texas
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November 5, 2014
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You need your smartphone with the app installed to connect it to your wifi network.
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You need an apple or android phone, and its good to have a computer to access your web account. But, for the install, you just pop off the old manual controller, and put in the IRO. On my version they forgot to number the connectors, so be sure to find the "1" zone, as I got them mixed up the first time. Of course, you need power, and its a good idea to take your phone out and make sure your wifi signal Read More
You need an apple or android phone, and its good to have a computer to access your web account. But, for the install, you just pop off the old manual controller, and put in the IRO. On my version they forgot to number the connectors, so be sure to find the "1" zone, as I got them mixed up the first time. Of course, you need power, and its a good idea to take your phone out and make sure your wifi signal is strong enough where you plan to install the IRO. Read Less
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You can add a rain gauge, however the controller uses weather info via your Wi Fi router do determine if watering will be skipped
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Denver, CO
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October 29, 2014
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Here is what I needed;
Iphone (or Android)
Control wires from zone solenoids
Everything that came in the Rachio box.
So I believe the answer is, other than your phone and the control wire going to your sprinklers... NO!
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Pewaukee, WI
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October 21, 2014
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I didn't find anything that I needed that wasn't included in the box. I just took the wires off my RainBird and then installed them directly into the Iro. Very easy.
I guess all you might need is a drill to install the baseplate onto the wall or a waterproof cabinet if you plan to install it outside.
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October 7, 2014
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You install the Rachio app on your smartphone and use it to facilitate the Iro linking to your home wi-fi network.
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October 6, 2014
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No. Only the controller box (IRO) and a smart phone
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You need a smart phone, iPhone or Android device. The Apple or Android device through the use of the IRO app is used to program the controller. The controller needs to be within the range of your home WiFi.
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It will connect to your home WiFI network. You need to ensure the intended installation location has good WiFi signal (can use your smartphone to confirm this). Otherwise will need to relocate the controller to a closer location (and extend irrigation system wiring to that location) OR move your WiFI router closer OR add a WiFI repeater to extend the signal to the installation location.
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It will connect to your home WiFI network. You need to ensure the intended installation location has good WiFi signal (can use your smartphone to confirm this). Otherwise will need to relocate the controller to a closer location (and extend irrigation system wiring to that location) OR move your WiFI router closer OR add a WiFI repeater to extend the signal to the installation location.
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Can I control garden lighting with this as well?

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I want to be able turn on and off garden lights.
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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 Read More
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. Read Less
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Check out the Rachio community for more information: http://community.rachio.com/t/landscape-lighting/163/20
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Contact support: http://support.rachio.com/
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I have not done this myself. The controller is designed to control 24V sprinkler valves with minimal current draw. Most landscape lights are 12V so the supplied 24V would be a problem. You could get a 24v relay and use the IRO to trigger the relay, which then turned on the lights; but I doubt it supplies enough current to actually power the lights (transformer supplies 1.3A @ 24V - but some of that is Read More
I have not done this myself. The controller is designed to control 24V sprinkler valves with minimal current draw. Most landscape lights are 12V so the supplied 24V would be a problem. You could get a 24v relay and use the IRO to trigger the relay, which then turned on the lights; but I doubt it supplies enough current to actually power the lights (transformer supplies 1.3A @ 24V - but some of that is needed to run the controller). I don't think this controller would be different in this respect than other sprinkler controllers. But the beauty of the IRO is the ability to change the times/duration based on the weather and soil conditions, so I don't know why you'd want to do that unless its to synchronize the lights with the sprinklers. I think you could get it to work, but not necessarily the right tool for that job. Read Less
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The power supply only output about 1.5A @ 24vac. There's not enough juice to directly push landscape lights, even if LED. I have LED landscape lights (uplights) and I use a z-wave outlet to control the transformer, pushing the LED lights.
However, you can control your landscape lights using your Rachio if you use a relay/contactor (24vac coil w/ NO contact)
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Probably. It's basically a timer with (on mine - 16 inputs) several places for wiring. The brain of the device can control the different outputs with simply changing the timing of the activation of the wiring. However, it can only activate one output at a time, I believe.
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No. It's essentially a Wi-Fi sprinkler controller.
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Nope, gotta look at Wink stuff
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Not to my knowledge. The connections provided are configured for controlling water valves. There are additional "inputs" for rain/freeze sensors that allow the system to pause or cancel watering cycles.
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May 5, 2015
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No.
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April 15, 2015
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Not in the specs, but great idea Ray!
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I have installed two of these and have become pretty familiar with their operation. they are highly specialized to control irrigation valves. That said they operate through am open and closed 12V relay circuit. When the valve is intended to open a continuous current is sent to the valve to open it. at the end of the cycle it shuts the circuit down. I would assume that you could route the 12V circuit to a Read More
I have installed two of these and have become pretty familiar with their operation. they are highly specialized to control irrigation valves. That said they operate through am open and closed 12V relay circuit. When the valve is intended to open a continuous current is sent to the valve to open it. at the end of the cycle it shuts the circuit down. I would assume that you could route the 12V circuit to a light and as long as the amperage is below the capacity of the controller that light would operate till the controller turns it off.
As far as I can see:
-It does not have any accessory functions, to control other devices
-It will only operate one circuit at a time, meaning you can not have a current to two devices at the same time. It cycles through the zones one at a time like most irrigation controllers. I am guessing it does not have the amperage available for multiple zones simultaneous
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how close does it need to be to my wifi router?

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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?
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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!
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Mine is 80 feet away and works fine.
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You can check for WiFi signal with an iPad or SmartPhone. I installed mine with 2 bars of WiFi signal and it works fine. If you can browse the internet on your smartphone in the location where the controller will go, it should be all good.
Use the older 2.4 GHZ band if you can, that signal travels further than the new Wireless AC 5GHZ band.
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Iro recommends testing by using the bars on your phone to determine distance. If your phone can get your WiFi bars, so should the Iro.
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Depends on what is between. I used my phone to test the wifi strength at different locations. Unless it was registering good signal strength or better, it did not work. My final install is about 15 feet, but has a lot of drywall and floor between the router and the device.
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February 24, 2015
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I am about 75 feet away, my IRO is outside in a small shed attached to the house. So with concrete and all I am still good. If you do not have enough signal strength, get a range extender for you router and you will have no trouble at all.
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January 17, 2015
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If you don't have a good enough signal, you can purchase a signal booster which should help the problem and is very inexpensive.
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January 13, 2015
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If your iPhone has wifi signal it sould be able to see it
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December 30, 2014
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Depends on your Router. Use for example your Smart phone and check the Signal strenght at the place where your Timer is right now. The stronger the signal, the better your controller works.
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Check the WiFi level at you intended installation location using your mobile phone's WiFi. As one of the other answers indicates, make sure you have more than "1 bar" to ensure good connectivity to control the unit from your phone and to ensure that software updates can occur.
If signal is not strong enough, can either:
1) move your WiFi closer to the IRO
2) extend your WiFi range - search for "extend
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Check the WiFi level at you intended installation location using your mobile phone's WiFi. As one of the other answers indicates, make sure you have more than "1 bar" to ensure good connectivity to control the unit from your phone and to ensure that software updates can occur.
If signal is not strong enough, can either:
1) move your WiFi closer to the IRO
2) extend your WiFi range - search for "extend wifi range" and you should find some good hints on improving your existing coverage, or info on "WiFI extenders" or "WiFi repeaters". Looks like Home Depot has several extenders and repeaters on their site.
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My controller is in the garage also, originally I had a router with one bar in the garage and the controller worked fine with an occasional disconnect which did not affect the watering schedule as the schedule is stored in the controller, however updates were not received until the communication was restored. I upgraded the router to a higher powered router for other devices with a low signal, the Read More
My controller is in the garage also, originally I had a router with one bar in the garage and the controller worked fine with an occasional disconnect which did not affect the watering schedule as the schedule is stored in the controller, however updates were not received until the communication was restored. I upgraded the router to a higher powered router for other devices with a low signal, the controller and all of my other WIFI devices have not had any further disconnects as the signal is 3 bars or greater throughout the house Read Less
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Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Best controller I have ever owned I have had this item for over a month now. The one that was originally shipped to me via Home Depot looked like it was a returned item evidenced by the transformer that was shipped with it was the wrong voltage. After calling Rachio they sent me a new transformer which did not work with the original unit. After emailing them they ended up sending me an entirely new unit. Rachio customer service is excellent. Email them and they will get back to you within 24 hours. They will work with you on the phone to solve the tech issues. Okay, that was the bad which has nothing to do with the quality. The quality is great. I found the installation to be straight forward. Take your old wires and plug them in. As long as the common wire(s) go into the white slot it does not matter what order the other wires go in. You will know what is what after you connect to wifi and go through the setup. The setup using the blink system worked well for me. Download the app then follow the instructions. When you are asked to do so place your phone screen side on the sensor on the left bottom corner. Hold it there for about 10 to 15 seconds unitl the wifi light turns solid. Follow the instructions on your phone. I have an HTC M8 and I will bet it will work with most phones. It actually looks better on a tablet. Now you can set up and test your system. The first time I did it it took about 20 minutes to install. I am not new to installing controllers and this one is so easy it took longer to test and fine tune my sprinklers. There are a few videos you can watch if you need ideas. Just google Rachio and you will find many. The only thing that I find wrong is the estimate of water used. The default for all zones in 1000 square feet. That should be adjusted based on square footage of the zone itself. I have a zone with several planter boxes and a raised garden. Total square footage is about 50 feet with drip irrigation. Obviously that should not be 1000 square feet. Remember to do that and your water usage should be a little better. Also, when it rains, depending on where your weather station is located, the amount of rain may not shut off your sprinklers. The lowest detectable rainfall is 1/8 of an inch so it may water the next day if you don't set a rain delay for a day or two. I got two days of rain but it did not register enough rain so it will tell you in the history. Be mindful of that when doing your selection. There are many private weather stations but I would suggest you use the nearest airport or one that is truly a reliable station. So, I give it high marks for its build quality and its usefulness. Now I don't have a bunch of dials and switches to mess with like my old Rainbird controller. High marks for value. I got a $120 rebate from the water company. So the unit only cost $60. You should go online to see what you are eligible for. Rachio's website has the link, videos and FAQs that will be very helpful. April 21, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by 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. May 1, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Awesome timer with awesome customer service It is great to be able to stand in your yard and turn on the desired zone needed to check a sprinkler head or water an area. It is also a lot of fun to turn on the sprinklers unexpectedly when your kids are on the grass. The controller is great but the customer service is awesome. I have never had such a quick response when I cannot find the answer on their website. Both times that I had questions, I received answers the next day. Detailed answers to solve my problem and the controller could do what I wanted, I just needed the instructions they sent me to do it, like new lawn setting. You will be pleased with this controller. June 8, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Best Purchase for my Landscaping I already have a bunch of smart products, and so I wanted to simplify my sprinkler controller as well. Having a controller that is connected to the internet is awesome. I can get real time usage, weather delays, and never have to bother with the box in the garage anymore. In fact I actually have it hidden in a cupboard for a much cleaner look. (See picture) If you are considering getting one, definitely go for it. It makes using your sprinklers so much easier. Having a dynamic schedule that is easy to manipulate make things so much easier. The web interface is very easy to use and so it makes it great that it literally can be controlled from anywhere. Connectivity with Rachio servers has never been a problem unlike some of my other smart devices. This has overall been a great purchase and the best part is I got an amazing deal on it. December 28, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Good product. Bad Organization. I actually like and own this product. What I dislike is the overall attitude of the company and its staff. Numerous people have asked for and expected a very simple and trivial enhancement to be able to NOT turn on the pump for certain zones. As a software developer with my own software company, and more that 30 years of experience with automation and industrial process controls, their weak excuses that the "Squeaky Wheel Gets the Grease" would indicate they have selective listening, and would much rather work on much more elaborate features with a high "Nifty" value rather than getting the basic feature set compete. This was such a basic request, it almost should have been treated as a oversight or even a bug. Maybe try Rain Machine instead. June 6, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Just buy it!!!! Its just work as you would think, no need to be a tech guy to install it very simple and everyone should have it. June 7, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Easy setup awesome features It was easy to set up and use. User interface for iPhone is awesome. Love it! April 26, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great proeuct Great product and great customer service when something goes wrong. NoThing bad to say: works great with iPhone May 13, 2016
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