How would you like to keep your lawn fresh, lush, and beautiful all the year-round without any worries or hassles? Would you also want to save money on water and billing at the same time? Then check out this fantastic smart sprinkler controller from Rachio.
Keeping your lawn fresh and green is not an easy task to accomplish. Among other things, your lawn requires the right amount of water, at the right time, every day. So, must you stay at home all day to keep your lawn happy and satisfied? And what happens when you are away from home, and Mrs. Jones next door is feeling a bit woozy to water your lawn? Who is going to help you water that your precious lawn?
Well, let Rachio’s 2nd Generation Smart Sprinkler Controller conveniently take off that job from you. Once you have installed this smart controller, it will automatically water your lawn and monitor other factors that contribute to the health and beauty of your lawn.
Design of the Rachio Smart Sprinkler
This Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller comes as a beautiful white rectangular box measuring 9.25” (L) by 1.625” (W) by 5.625” (H), and measures 1.2 pounds. In the box, you have the controller itself, a power supply unit with 6-feet cord, mounting hardware, a quick start guide.
This device, designed to be your smart watering assistant, takes out the hassles and worries out of watering your lawn. You can add and monitor up to eight watering zones. It has intelligent wire terminals that can detect active zones and give you notice if your irrigation system has any problems. It features rain and soil wired and wireless Normally Closed (NC) sensors and wired flow sensors. It is also compatible with indexing valves and master valves, and pump relays.
Installing the unit is easy – remove your old controller (if you have one) and replace with this Rachio Smart Controller. There is an optional outdoor enclosure unit to protect the module from adverse weather effects or tampering. You can connect the plumbing and electrical cables yourself, without any professional help. The unit can operate in a temperature range of -4°F to 140°F.
The unit requires the Rachio app for function and control. You can download the app from the Apple Store or Play Store. It requires Wi-Fi to function and supports 2.4 GHz and dual-band networks but does not support the 5.0 GHz network. It is powered by a 120V AC / 60Hz power adapter and outputs 24V AC.
This 2nd Generation Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller with 8 zones comes with 2-year manufacturer’s warranty to put your mind at rest.
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Installation of the Rachio Smart Sprinkler
In three simple steps and about 30 minutes, you can have the Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller installed and running without any expertise or tools.
Replace your existing sprinkler controller with the Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller. Rachio is compatible with most existing systems, but you can check for compatibility here.
Plug in your existing wires into the Rachio. The Quick Start Guide provides you with straightforward instructions on how to do this.
Download the Rachio app from the Apple Store or Play Store and complete the setup to begin to use your sprinkler.
Features of the Rachio Smart Sprinkler
The Rachio 2nd Gen Smart Sprinkler Controller is equipped with some fantastic features as listed below:
Intuitive App Control
The Rachio app gives you total control and monitors watering your lawn no matter where you are. You can download the app to your tablet, smartphone, or laptop. The app is downloadable for iOS 10.3 or Android 4.4 and higher. The web app is available for most browsers.
With the app, you can start, pause, or stop watering, create or amend watering schedules, set up watering zones in and around your home, and receive real-time, live notifications concerning your zone status.
Different areas of your lawn or garden have different watering needs depending on soil, slope, sun exposure, and vegetation type. This Rachio Smart Controller allows you to create up to six watering zones and set up different watering needs and schedule for each of the zone. You can also monitor the zones from the Rachio app.
Automatic Watering Schedules
Apart from creating and executing watering schedules, Rachio Smart Controller can intuitively adjust your watering schedules based on weather and soil conditions. Unlike traditional sprinkler controllers that turn on at a specific time, regardless of weather and soil conditions, Rachio’s built-in sensors allow it to monitor your soil, rain and weather conditions such as wind, freeze, and more. For example, if it has just rained, the controller will not turn on your sprinkler even though it is set to water the lawn at that time, and that saves you water and money.
Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller can be controlled using voice or your favorite smart home platforms (such as Google Assistant, SmartThings, Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, Nest, and IFTTT).
The Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller has control buttons under its cover for that manual control. There are skip, pause, run, start, and stop buttons on the panel under the cover.
Wi-Fi/Internet Failure Measures
What happens when your wi-fi or internet services are disrupted? Does the controller still function? Yes, it does! The device saves its last operated schedule in its on-board memory and continues to run that schedule until wi-fi or internet service is restored. It then downloads and updates its watering schedule.
The Final Verdict On The Rachio Smart Sprinkler
Nothing adds more beauty and prestige to a home than a well-maintained lawn or garden. Apart from its aesthetic effects, it gives you, the owner (or resident), a place of comfort, relaxation, peace, and tranquillity. But getting and maintaining such a lawn does not have to be stressful or cost you an arm and a leg. With Rachio’s 2nd Gen Smart Sprinkler Controller, you never have to worry about the watering needs of your garden or lawn.
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• Simple Installation
• Works with most existing sprinkler systems
• Intuitive App Control
• You can set up from 1 – 6 watering zones
• Internal onboard memory for wi-fi/internet failure
• Automated watering schedules
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• No battery backup
• Does not support 5.0 GHz network
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“Have been nothing but happy since we got Rachio. It works amazingly with Alexa commands as well, and is super easy to install and program. Now we can manage the irrigation even when we’re travelling or at work. It’s also excellent at monitoring weather fluctuations to hold off on watering if necessary. ” – Kaushal on May 29, 2018
“The team at Rachio is extremely helpful and responsive as well. They have integrated with all of my other home automation products (SmartThings, Google Home) and the whole product continues to improve over time. There is no doubt this is the best smart irrigation controller available on the market and it keeps getting better.” – Scott Scowden on June 1, 2017
“Great product. Super simple to install. I have it integrated with my Samsung SmartThings as well as my Google Home. I cannot think of anything i dislike about this product.” – Timothy on August 14, 2017
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