A: This controller uses a wireless connection to your network. Also, if your existing controller is outside, then it must be in a box with a source of electricity. Can you remove that controller and reuse the box that your old controller is in? If not, you can purchase a new weatherproofed box from Orbit or a similar brand. You might want a box with a clear cover to show off the big display on this RainMachine, but you have to open the box to touch the screen so a solid box works, too. You can download an app on your phone to check the signal strength. Actually, RainMachine has a lot of information on their website. I suggest going to their website to see how they suggest testing your wifi signal strength before installing your Rainmachine. You may need to get a repeater or something if the controller will be a long distance from your router.
A: No Monthly Fee
A: No fee
A: No. This is what they state on their website. "The Rainmachine has several high precision environmental sensors flying above Earth in polar-orbiting and geostationary orbits. These are the best satellites in the world and are operated , maintained and owned by NOAA.gov, therefore owned by you too! :) For more info on NOAA’s hardware, please visit: http://www.noaa.gov/satellites.html That is also why we do not charge monthly fees — we feel that the data produced by NOAA should remain free, 100%. Additionally, the RainMachine will be able to access other local based IP sensors using our network API."
A: No monthly fee. I have 2 of these and I love it.
A: No. There is no monthly fee.
A: No. You have to have wifi for it to connect to though.
A: It has built-in settings for odd/even and other time prohibitions. You have to notate the restrictions when you create a watering program. You can then create multiple watering programs as well so that you can have heavier application days. It also monitors weather services and can be coordinated with a rain gauge to automatically % adjust run times. I installed the unit myself, replacing an old Irritrol digi-analog controller 2 years ago and have never regretted it.
A: Not sure if it syncs with it, but it does have a section where you can enter that info. I haven’t had to use it as we don’t have watering restrictions.
A: If you mean by "sync," connecting to an external restriction, then no. It does however have a "restrictions" area in its programming that you can restrict days of the week, months, and hours that it will restrict watering schedules.
A: No, you will need to program it to your local water restrictions
A: you can customize this device to any schedule you choose