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ARC8 8-Zone App Based Residential Irrigation Controller

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  • Compatible with indoor/outdoor use for irrigation system
  • Simple and fast setup with Rain Bird app
  • Automatic seasonal adjust feature saves time, water and money
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About This Product

Put control of your sprinkler system in the palm of your hand with a smart irrigation WiFi controller from Rain Bird. The ARC8 Controller provides simple commands at the controller interface that are complemented by advanced features accessed through the Rain Bird mobile app. With the ability to accommodate up to eight stations plus master valve/pump start relay and rain/rain freeze sensor, this controller is suitable for both indoor and outdoor mounting. The controller provides flexible scheduling features to accommodate a wide variety of landscape applications that can be adjusted automatically all year long to ensure a healthy, beautiful landscape, saving you time and money. That’s The Intelligent Use of Water™

Highlights

  • Simply smart watering – Use your mobile device to set, monitor and adjust schedules from anywhere
  • Greater scheduling flexibility – Keep your lawn healthy with three individual programs (A, B, C) and four start times per program for 12 total start times
  • Self-adjusting technology reduces water usage up to 30% – Automatically skips or adjusts daily watering duration based on historical weather averages, yesterday’s known weather and tomorrow’s weather forecast in a local postal code; can be applied to all programs simultaneously or to individual programs
  • Powerful water features – Easily meet regional watering restrictions with advanced features like notifications, custom program cycles, rain delay and more
  • Rugged design – Robust set screw terminals to accommodate up to eight stations plus master valve/pump start relay and rain/rain freeze sensor; controller comes preinstalled in a contractor-grade case to withstand even the harshest environments
  • Watering delay – Suspend watering for up to 14 days when it rains even without a rain sensor; programming automatically resumes when delay has ended
  • Smart home compatible – Use your voice to control sprinkler system when connected to Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant
  • Convenient access sharing – Safely share control for a specified time with family members or landscaping and maintenance professionals that may wish to adjust programming or make system repairs
  • Intuitive design – Simple commands at the controller interface complemented by advanced features accessed through the Rain Bird mobile app with or without WiFi available on-site
  • Meets EPA WaterSense criteria - independently certified by ICC-ES for efficiency and performance
  • Quick Pair Technology for seamless setup
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Product Information

Internet # 320504046

Model # ARC8

Store SKU # 1007871941

Specifications

Dimensions: H 3 in, W 8 in, D 8 in

Dimensions

Product Depth (in.)

8 in

Product Height (in.)

3 in

Product Width (in.)

8 in

Details

Back Battery Type

No Backup

Color Family

Grays

Commercial/Residential

Residential

Compatibility Type

In-Ground Moisture Sensor Compatible, Rain Sensor Compatible, Weather Station Compatible

Features

Electronic, Surge Protection

Included

Mounting Hardware, Transformer

Indoor/Outdoor

Indoor/Outdoor

Irrigation System Component

Controller/Timer

Mount Location

Wall

Number of Programs

3

Number of Start Times

12

Number of Zones

8

Pack Size

1

Power Options

Hardwired, Plug-in

Power Type

Hardwired, Plug-In

Program Type

Calendar Setting, Interval Setting, Multi-Zone Programming, Odd/Even Day Program, Programmable, Rain Delay, Schedule Programming

Remote Access

Remote Access

Requires Hub?

No Hub Required

Returnable

90-Day

Smart Home

Smart Home Enabled

Smart Home Protocol

Bluetooth, Wi-Fi

Smart Technology

App Controlled, Smart Timer, Smart Watering, Voice Controlled, Wi-Fi

Sprinkler Location

Below ground

Sprinkler Type

Fixed, Pop-Up, Portable, Rotary

Timer Type

Digital

Timing Segments

1 hour, 1 minute, 10 minutes, 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 45 minutes, 5 minutes

Voice Control Hub Required

Alexa via Proprietary Bridge/Gateway Google Assistant via Proprietary Bridge/Gateway

Works With

Alexa, Alexa, Google, Google Assistant, Proprietary App

Warranty / Certifications

Manufacturer Warranty

If a purchaser of any new Rain Bird consumer product becomes dissatisfied with it for any reason, he may return it to the retailer where it was purchased within a reasonable time for a full refund.

Questions & Answers

18Questions
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Q:Can this be set to run twice a day for different times (1 hour per zone daytime and 2 hours per zone overnight)
by|Jun 8, 2024
1 Answer
Answer This Question

A:  Yes, the Rain Bird ARC Series Controller can this be programmed to run twice a day, each with a different start time and watering duration. Within the Rain Bird App, you have the option to fully customize the run day(s), time(s), frequency via three programs with up to four start times per program.

by|Jun 10, 2024
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    Q:How many programs are allowed?
    by|Jun 1, 2024
    1 Answer
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    A:  Up to three programs with up to four start times per program.

    by|Jun 2, 2024
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      Q:What's the maximum operating temperature? I would be mounting it inside a garage in Arizona.
      by|Apr 7, 2024
      1 Answer
      Answer This Question

      A:  The storage temperature range is -40°F (-40°C) to 150°F (66°C), while the maximum operating temperature is 122°F (50°C). If you would like additional help, please feel free to contact our technical support at 1-800-RAIN BIRD (800-724-6247) and we’d be more than happy to assist.

      by|Apr 8, 2024
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        Q:Can the ARC8 timer be operated and programmed without the use of WIFI or App ie: Manually?
        by|Feb 29, 2024
        1 Answer
        Answer This Question

        A:  The ARC8 Smart Irrigation Controller can be provisioned to your local WiFi network and operated via your mobile device. In the event WiFi is not available, or you choose not to pair it to your WiFi network, the controller can also be connected in AP Hotspot mode where the controller is broadcasting its own network and then operated with your mobile device when you're within a certain distance from the device. During the set-up process, you'll be asked whether or not you want to connect to WiFi. If you set the controller up with WiFi or AP Hotspot during installation, it can be changed at any point. If you would like additional help in setting up or operating the ARC8, please feel free to contact our technical support at 1-800-RAIN BIRD (800-724-6247) and we’d be more than happy to assist.

        by|Mar 1, 2024
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          Customer Reviews

          4.2 out of 5

          • 4.2 out of 81 reviews
          • 74% recommend this product
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          Easy to use and program controller
          This was ordered online and shipped to my home without issue. The installation of this controller was fairly easy and straight forward. There are just two screws needed (also included) to mount this to the wall where you want to install this box. the wiring is easy as well and probably took me about 15 minutes to uninstall my previous box and then install this one. Programming the box iva the mobile app was also quick and easy. You'll download the app, create a profile and set where you live (this is for adaptive watering schedules based on region, rainfall, etc.) and connect the device to your Wi-Fi. Then you'll just need to create your watering schedules and you are good to go. The one down side is that the controls on the box are fairly limited to what you can do with the sprinkler controls. You can run your sprinklers on manual, but you can't change any of the parameters at the box. it will all have to be done in the app.
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          • Recommended
          1 found this review helpful
          Could be so much better
          I really wanted to give this a better review and I waited a long time to make sure I gave it a chance but this controller totally missed the mark. Biggest complaint is that the weather used to determine if there should be a rain delay or not has very little bearing on my actual weather. Its always off by about 10 degrees and says its going to rain when its not so it will apply a rain delay when there is no rain. The app is not much better to be honest. I had to reset the controller to factory defaults 3 times before my controller password would work. That was a terrible experience. Lastly the app is bad when it comes to figuring out what is actually watering and how to turn it off. My calendar view says it watered everyday but the reality is different. I fell like the people that designed this controller didn't actually use it and test it because if they had, they would have realized that it functions horribly and there is so much room for improvement. Again, I wanted to make this work and I wanted to love it but I was disappointed at every turn. One final word, the install was very easy and quick so that, at least, was a major plus!
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          3 found this review helpful
          Good
          The Rainbird ARC8 controller itself is a solid pick. The construction is good, it seems to be really heavy duty, and appears that it will last along time. The connection instructions are simple and easy to follow. However, that is not the end of the road- in order to really use this controller you need to download the rainbird app. Adding the controller was easy, but maybe it’s just me, but I found the app itself to be a little confusing. I think it will get easier the more I use it.
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          Why did I wait so long??
          I replaced an older Rainbird controller which was working fine, but wasn't WiFi and couldn't be controlled from the app. Installation was relatively easy - as suggested in the instructions I took a photo of the way the old controller was connected which made everything go smooth. Whilst my primary motivation for upgrading was the ability to control via the app, what I also discovered was how much easier it is to change settings, times, days, etc. from the app. Another unexpected feature is the app tracks the weather, and can adjust settings accordingly. Only wish I made the switch earlier!
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          • Recommended
          2 found this review helpful
          Rain Bird 8-Zone App Based Sprinkler Controller Using Wi-Fi App
          I currently have a 6-Zone sprinkler controller that was installed in 1982 that is still working with parts that are still available. The 24-volt motor drives the whole system but the motor only lasted 20 years and then that motor needed to be replaced with a new 24V motor. The 1st motor lasted until 2002, the 2nd motor lasted until 2022 and I just installed another motor that should last until 2042. But this Rain Bird 8-Zone App based sprinkler controller became available. The reason the motor failed was the afternoon sun hitting the old control box for 6 to 8 hours a day based on the season. Where I live, you have to use sprinklers to water the lawn and trees from March thru November to maintain any vegetation outside in the heat. It may sound obvious that the sprinklers are outside to water the lawn but so is the wiring and the same with the sprinkler controller box. The current controller is mounted on the west side wall under the eaves and experiences the sun from 12 until the sun sets. With sideways rain, the control box does get wet from time to time. This new Rain Bird controller is suitable for outdoor mounting due to the enclosed mount plastic box. This controller is suitable for outdoor mounting using the 2 mollies and screws provided with the unit. I am concerned the Microprocessor will not tolerate inside the box temps of 130 to 160 degrees. In the shade, it does reach 110 over 30 days a year; with direct sunlight the temp inside the box will be much hotter. I will have to spray paint the white plastic box to ensure the UVA and UVB doesn’t cause the plastic box to disintegrate. I am glad to see it the new controller doesn’t require a battery to maintain the program, time, and the day of the week. The instructions don’t list the max operating temp allowed for outdoor use. Some Microprocessors can operate under the hood of a car I hope they used automotive-grade components to handle high ambient temps inside the plastic controller box. The only portion on this box that can open is the lower half of the sprinkler controller, to allow the wires that are tied to each plastic 24 Volt sprinkler value to be connected to 1 of 8 available screw terminals. You can put control of your sprinkler system in the palm of your hand using a smartphone by installing a smart sprinkler app with a Wi-Fi controller to communicate between the controller and your phone. The ARC8 controller provides simple commands at the controller interface that are complemented by advanced features accessed through the Rain Bird mobile app installed on your cell phone. With the ability to accommodate up to eight stations/control valves, the controller provides flexible scheduling features to accommodate a wide variety of landscape applications that can be adjusted automatically all year long to ensure a healthy lush yard and that will be saving you water also.
          by
          • Recommended
          Solid, Full Feature Controller
          Rain Bird is a leader in home and commercial irrigation equipment. This 8 zone controller is worthy of the brand. It is a solid piece of equipment. It has a built in transformer so no need for a separate power supply. 8 zones can all be controlled by their well designed App. Features include multiple timing program options, rain and freeze delays, seasonal adjustment and a whole lot more. Easy to mount and hookup, looking forward to enjoying several zones of green, green grass ahead.
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          • Recommended
          Simply Smart Watering, Saving Time and Money
          We recently installed a Sprinkler System at our beach home. It has been a long process installing but totally worth it. We have been trying different water schedules -when the water should come on and go off, also during rain. We live and visit this residence part-time, which makes it even harder to control the sprinkler system. The Rain Bird App Based Residential Irrigation Controller is going to put the control in our hands from anywhere. First, I downloaded the Rain Bird APP to set up the Controller. very easy to download and follow the detailed directions. Use the mobile App to set up, monitor and adjust schedules. Flexibility in scheduling, automatically skip or adjust watering based on weather averages, set up each zone. In our case, some of the areas in our yard need less water, than other areas that receive full sun all day. Also, we recently planted large plants to divide our yard from the neighbors. This area is going to need more water, until the plants take hold. After downloading the App, it is amazing all the control you have. The APP has (8) zones, we can turn off the (4) we are not using. We may add more at a later time. Features include, activate program instantly, delay watering, see upcoming schedules at a glance, even check local weather forecast. We can schedule each zone for twice a day, if needed. Turn off completely, if it is going to rain all week. We have total control of the sprinkler system. Currently, we are watering from 6 am until 7 a.m., this App will give us more flexibility than the product we have been using. The Rain Bird has a hard case and rugged design, controller comes preinstalled in a contractor grade case to withstand the harshest environments. It can be installed inside or outside, mount close to router or minimum signal strength of two bars. It comes with 6-foot power cord or can be directly hard wired. Use voice control when connected to Alexa and Google Assistant. Safely share with family members or lawn care professional. Since installing a sprinkler system, our yard has gone from dead to lovely green grass. I would Highly Recommend this product!
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          • Recommended
          Good WiFi Sprinkler Controller
          The Rain Bird 8-Zone App Based Residential Irrigation Controller works good. I did the initial setup in the house close to my router range extender to make sure everything worked in advance. Setup was very simple, I downloaded the Rainbird app to my iPad had the controller attached to the app and watering programs set up in minutes, very simple. I let the controller run and cycle in the house for a couple of days and every time the controller completed a water task it sent a notice to the iPad very cool. Third morning I unplugged the controller took it to its new home wired it up and powered it on it and the controller attached right to the app again and I ran it through the watering cycles. Only odd thing I’ve found, I’m using stations 1,2 and 4 for some reason the controller has switched 2 and 4 and I had to adjust watering time to make up for it but it operates just fine otherwise. I wish the controller had a screen, if I loose connection and can’t get it back there’s nothing to tell me what the controller is doing otherwise I like the Controller so far.
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          • Recommended
          Easy to program, lots of good features, minimal on device display
          We have an older controller that periodically looses it's programming. When that occurs it can result in overwatering and underwatering and takes a LONG time to reprogram (crouching down and pressing buttons on the devide). This ARC8 from Rainbird is a great replacement! It is easy to program and has a number of features the old controller did not have. We live in an area with watering restrictions due to drought. We are limited to only watering on certain days and this makes selecting those days quite easy. In addition, it has another great feature for conserving water. There is a "soak" function where you can specify how much run time total for a zone, maximum run time and soak times. So, if you want a 9 minute run with only 3 minutes applied at a time and 5 minutes between, that's really easy to set up. This has the benefit of dramatically reducing run-off while also ensuring you can get a deap soak. I was concerned whether it wouild adequately receive wi-fi where the old controller was installed. It worked without issues and the app shows that it is receiving a strong signal. This controller is a big improvement over our old one and is very easy to program (see app screen sample photos).
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          • Recommended
          6 found this review helpful
          Rain Bird ARC8 WiFi Controlled 8 Zone Sprinkler Irrigation Controller
          I need to added a master solenoid valve to my current 4 zone sprinkler systems. Snails has invaded the pipes and some solenoids were getting stuck open and staying on. A cleanable easy flush filter will be added before the master valve to keep snails from getting into the solenoid valves again. One thing I really like is being able to configure and program using my smart phone using the Rain Bird mobile app. No more have to go back and forth from the front to the rear yard when checking out the sprinklers. The controller comes with very detailed installation instructions in both English and Spanish and is a very pleasant creamy gray color. The instructions can QR Codes for downloading the correct app for your phone and for getting technical help if needed. The ARC8 controller has the ability to accommodate up to eight sprinkler zones, plus a master valve or pump start relay. There is also a rain/rain freeze sensor that can be added. The controller's waterproof box is suitable for both indoor and outdoor mounting. Having 8 zone will let me add up to 4 additional zones. Your programming is stored in a non-volotie memory to keep the setting in case of a power failure.
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          • Recommended
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