8 Zone Intelligent WiFi Sprinkler Controller
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Great reviews (4.7 out of 5.0) over at HomeDepot.com
Is this Gen 2 or the crappy Gen 1?
I answered my own question. This is the sad Gen 1. You don’t want this.
Get a new Gen 2 for under $180 at Amaxon or Best Buy. Big difference!
Rachio’s site announced gen 2 last month. It’s $250 at Amazon and Best Buy doesn’t have it on their site yet. The one you must have seen just under 180 is Gen 1.
The Gen 1 is hardly crappy. I have one and it’s fantastic. The Gen 2 might have room for rain, flow, and freeze, sensors, etc., but none of that is a must have in my opinion.
I would like to improve my sprinkler system, but in my opinion, the Achilles heel of any system is the sprinkler heads themselves, rather than the controller. It would be nice if a head notified you it wasn’t getting enough water because of a pipe break upstream. I would really like wifi moisture sensors I could put all over the lawn and be notified when something was getting dry.
I have one of these also, completely love it!
What? this is the ‘sad’ generation 1? haha - I have this controller. I bought it here last year. It is awesome. Compare the gen 1 to the gen 2 and you probably won’t care about the changes.
Save some money on the gen 2, get this one and be happy.
So you want a Spruce Irrigation controller that can have sensors per zone. http://www.spruceirrigation.com/
I bought one last time around, and I finally got to installing it recently. The actual installation process wasn’t bad, but it wouldn’t connect to my wi-fi because my refurb was already registered before…
What a hassle. I have to contact Rachio now.
Just found out that this item is eligible for a $100 rebate in my city IF it is new. I doubt that a refurb will meet the requirement so an $80 new unit ends up being a better deal than a $120 + $5 shipping refurb. Check if you’re eligible for a water conservation rebate and the terms of the rebate, it may end up being a better deal.
So those of you that installed one of these, what are the other costs that come with? Did you rent a trencher to run the pipes? I’d like to do this, but know there are going to be other costs involved.
If you already have a underground sprinkler system, this is simply replacing the current controller.
All you will need to do is remove the wires from the current controller and plug them in to the corresponding slot on this new controller.
It seems that you do not already have a controlled sprinkler system. This unit would NOT have the pipes, wiring, sprinklers, etc. that are needed. It presumes you already have the in-ground sprinkler system and are just replacing the controller. Obviously you can use it to control a new system, but those costs would be completely dependent on your lawn size, number of sprinklers and zones and valves, and the cost to install.
Good call on this, luckily in SoCal it does not matter if it is new or refurbished it seems. There is also a $240 rebate per device and we can get 2 devices. So definitely check your city guidelines here its very YMMV on rebates.
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That is exactly what I want. However, I figure I would need a lot (2 dozen?) of those $60 sensors
Rachio controllers are EPA WaterSense tested and certified. Please see this support article for details and test results.
Please note, the same software (app) is used on both controllers. Generation 1 will always be supported with future app updates. The controller itself does not limit the app’s functionality.