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B-hyve Smart Hose Watering Timer

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The B-hyve® Smart Hose Watering Timer with Wi-Fi hub will save you water, money, and time. Connect via smartphone for maximum watering control over your lawn or garden. The timer collects online weather data to optimize water usage. You only need one Wi-Fi hub, but add as many timers as you want.

With Wi-Fi Hub: Clear

Top reasons to choose B-hyve Smart Hose Watering Timer

Intelligent Alerts

Intelligent Alerts

Get alerts when: watering is done, rain delay is on, freezing temps could cause damage, and when the battery is low.

In Control

In Control

You can control it from anywhere you are from your smartphone. Live your life and water your lawn at the same time.

Mass Appeal

Mass Appeal

Homeowners, Condo/ Townhouse owners, weekend patio gardeners or serious everyday gardeners, everyone can use and benefit from this watering timer.

Economical

Economical

Save water, save money, save time and save the environment with this unique Smart Hose Watering Timer.

Long Life

Long Life

This smart timer typically gets a full season of use, that’s one year, on just 2 AA batteries.

WeatherSense®

WeatherSense®

It shuts off the timer in the rain, increases water when it’s hot and decreases water in colder weather.

WeatherSense®

Smart WeatherSense® receives local weather data and automatically adjusts your controller to deliver the right amount of water to your plants. It does the work - allowing you to sit back and enjoy the results.

Sprinkler scheduled to run

B-hyve detects rain in the forecast

B-hyve delays watering automatically

Programmable modes allow you to water at specific times and specific durations. Switch to smart mode and it practically thinks for you. With real-time online weather information, your smart hose watering timer is constantly updated so it always delivers perfect watering. With the Wi-Fi hub, you can control dozens of B-hyve Smart Hose Watering Timers from your smartphone.


01 / Weather Smart

Whatever the Weather

01 / Weather Smart

The timer shuts off in the rain so your lawn doesn’t become a swimming pool. It gives more water when it’s warmer to keep your hydrangeas hydrated and less water when it’s cool to keep your iceberg lettuce thawed.

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02 / Coverage

Yards Big or Small

02 / Coverage

Do you have a lawn, a patio garden, a sprawling vegetable garden or just a small patch of green that brings you joy? Any sized yard or garden, if you want to control your watering schedule to be more effective and economical you want the B-hyve Smart Hose Watering Timer. The unit attaches to a hose so you can choose any sized sprinkler to cover all areas, large, small or in between.

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03 / Control

In Your Hands

03 / Control

It’s smart. You can control it from anywhere you are right from your smartphone. Live your life and water your lawn at the same time. Smart mode is where it really shines. It makes all the important adjustments so you never over water, under water or waste precious water. It typically gets a full year on just 2 AA batteries. And that’s the only thing typical about this hose timer.

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  1. Trouble Connecting, Then All Is Good

    Orbit Michael Callahan (verified owner)

    Seems like there was a firmware update that needed to get installed, and I got stuck a few times, but was finally able to connect. I’ve never used a timer before, and have been guilty of watering in the rain or going long periods not watering at all. It’s set to automatic and runs well.

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  2. Finally a solid solution for hose-end sprinklers

    kwokyd2000 (verified owner)

    I’ve been waiting for a solution like this for years and it has not disappointed. No longer do I have to go out in the rain and hit the rain delay button if I forget to do it ahead of time. No longer do I have to guess how long to water my lawn and how often. The app calculates watering time based on a variety of parameters such as water PSI, slope, sun/shade, grass type, sprinkler type and reach. I’ve had it for a few weeks and it’s delayed watering due to a series of heavy rainfall. I didn’t have to do a thing. Setup was fine. I think you just need to understand that when you enable smart watering, that you don’t need to create a program. Yes, the definition of “zones”, “devices”, “group”, etc. could be clearer, but I was still able to get it up and running within 20 minutes of taking it out of the box, I can’t really complain.

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  3. Handy

    Josh Fulwiler (verified owner)

    So I have several timers that I use. I find them handy. It is very convenient to set up and use. If you use it over wifi it is really handy to add more time another cycle. My complaint is I have some timers fail and not know it and plants have dried up and died. There was no warning.

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  4. Awesome Product - Easy Connectivity - Works great

    Dileep Varma (verified owner)

    Arrived very fast. Beautifully packaged. Setup was a breeze. App is beautifully designed – very friendly to use. Is working great. Also installed the Alexa Skill and life is beautiful.

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  5. Sam (verified owner)

    Went out of town for the week and this worked great! Came back and the tomatoes were huge

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  6. Very intelligent product

    Robert Beaumont (verified owner)

    While it’s only been in-use for about a week, I’m impressed with the product and features. I’ve been waiting years for this product…

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  7. Bhyve faucet timer and hub

    George Georgiou (verified owner)

    Product works great. Easy to use and setup.Only thing I feel would make it better is to let the customer set different duration times for multiple watering times

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  8. Great product!

    Bill Thompson (verified owner)

    I just bought a pretty nice mechanical timer before I discovered this unit. I am a recent owner of the Orbit B-hyve WiFi sprinkler controller so I purchased the WiFi timer to try. I’m very impressed with the ease to connect to the WiFi system and I love using the app on my phone. I’m using the timer on 10 hanging baskets of ferns and the advantage this unit has over the mechanical timer is I can water the ferns twice a day for different lengths of time. Just bought a second one to use to water pots and containers on my deck.

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  9. Next Level Watering

    sosbe1170 (verified owner)

    Great product and solved a lot of problems I was having with regular sprinklers. WiFi works great and currently have 6 units running with 19 sprinklers total.

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  10. One person found this helpful

    Difficult, Dysfunctional & Disappointing

    Crysta Icore (verified owner)

    I was very excited about purchasing two devices to automate my garden. However after extremely bad customer service, ridiculous outage issues, and many failed watering I am pulling them off.

    How silly is it that I need to stand next to the device to turn it on with my phone!? Manually turning it on involves pushing the difficult little button, then waiting for the hard to read light to change from one hard to see light to a dimmer hard to see light is annoying and takes longer than it would have to just turn the knob!

    Stupid purchase!

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  11. Good Product/System

    Robert Ravenscroft (verified owner)

    I have used the b-hyve hose timers for almost 2 years and have been very satisfied with their performance. The devices are easy to setup, the app not as easy. The weathersense feature does not seem to work consistently. I have several timers and some go into automatic rain delay and some don’t. I haven’t had a lot of success with the Smart Watering feature, but that’s okay for now. I believe this is due to unfamiliarity with system (learning curve). I love the convenience of WiFi control. I did not have this with my older orbit faucet timers.

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  12. Works just like advertised

    Lee (verified owner)

    I have a few Smart home devices in my home and I love technology! The B-hyve Smart Hose Watering Timer blue tooth version works all the time every time. Easiest item I’ve ever installed! I’m going to buy theWIFI version soon!

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  13. Love the app and the unit

    Bob Larson (verified owner)

    I have had the B-hyve Smart Hose Watering Timer installed for a couple months now and I have really enjoyed it and especially the Android app. I am a programmer so I loved all the different setup options. Might be too much for non-computer people. I love how it automatically knows when it is going to rain and defers watering (not that it rains that much where I am).
    Someday I plan to get a second unit.

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  14. Makes watering your lawn a breeze

    Ed T.

    I saw the product on social media and figured I would give it a try. Boy am I glad I did. This has made watering my front and back yard so much more easier. I hear that people have had connection issues but I didn’t have any. I would recommend this product if this is what your looking for.

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  15. Not exactly what I expected

    Paul Johnson (verified owner)

    Once you get it set up with firmware updates and on line, it is a far cry from any other standard hose timer. But the reason for only 3 stars is I purchased 3 units hoping to have 3 lawn zones working in harmony. Unfortunately with the hub, the app doesn’t know the 3 units are there and you have to switch manually between units and program individually. That’s my biggest disappointment. I did find a workaround by adding water restrictions to each one with only an hour each day allowed to water. Making that 1 hour window consecutively different for each one allows it to schedule without me worrying about overlapping. Seems like their software could be updated and not sure why they’re not dojng it. Would make it a 5 star purchase.

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  16. Works very well control from phone

    Bill (verified owner)

    App integrates well with both hose controller and automatic sprinker controller. Was easy to set up make sure to purchase with blue tooth/wifi controller.

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  17. Easy set up

    John D

    The instructions were easy to follow, all the parts are high quality and fit well, and programming on the app is simple. WiFi connected right away.

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  18. Useful, but problematic

    Mark Harris (verified owner)

    Having the ability to set my sprinklers to water at zero-dark-thirty without having to get out of bed is quite nice. While lots of people whine about how the zones confuse things (and they kind of do), still, one gets the drift if they have a functioning brain and tinker with the hub/timers for a few minutes. I don’t leave my sprinklers positioned any one place, so I just place the sprinkler where I want, program the b-hyve watering timer, and enjoy the relatively effortless way to water my yard at the correct time of day (while I’m still fast asleep). The only problem is the timers tend to disconnect from the hub and I can’t figure out how to correct it. I have a strong signal anywhere outside next to any wall of my home (like where the timers are), the hub has the latest firmware, and my DNS settings are the most stable I can find. Doesn’t matter. I repeatedly have to start from square one setting up the timer to connect with the hub after these random disconnections. That it happens randomly makes it frustrating. The manual water start (pressing the button on the timer) doesn’t even work when that happens. Real head scratcher, but it doesn’t entirely spoil their worth for me. Beats the heck out of getting up at 3:30 am to start watering, or spending thousands to install a yard sprinkler system!

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  19. Great app and functionality

    John S. (verified owner)

    The app is great and setup was pretty simple, although on my android phone, I had to reboot the phone several times during setup (the app has you reboot to fix some error). Otherwise the setup and day to day use is good. One big sticking point for me is that the Amazon Echo support seems to be busted if you have more than one valve (which I do). You can only control one zone. Alexa doesn’t seem to be able to see the other zone. Hoping that will be fixed shortly.

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  20. Where has this been my whole life?!

    Kevin Hazelwood

    Originally purchased the 4 station sprinkler control and then added two hose control units – east to install, outstanding to “set it & forget it” on smart watering. Lawn looks better than it has in years. I travel for work and the bonus of controlling my watering from anywhere is a game changer. Thanks Orbit.

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  21. Timer & WiFi Unit - Super!

    Dusan Slepcevic (verified owner)

    I’m old and in a wheelchair, so simple things like turning faucets on & off take extra effort for me. Being in the desert means I need to water my garden every day. I first bought the wifi setup to try out. By the time I got it, they were sold out of the individual timers, so after seeing how great this was for me, I had to wait until today to order a few more timers. These really are great and make life easier! I’ve tried leaving water in the hoses and using on/off valves at the end of the hoses, but with our 115 heat, the hoses explode and run non-stop water everywhere when the pressure from the heat expansion builds up in them. With these, this won’t happen anymore.

    When you first connect, they download the latest firmware version. Easy peasy. Setup was a breeze, too. Make sure you use new batteries and don’t leave it in setup mode after it is finished, as it drains the batteries. I like the wifi option, as I can be in another state and still turn the water on and off. I’m super glad I bought these.

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  22. GPS weather auto watering

    Dan P (verified owner)

    Easy set up – B Hyve app options are impressive – love weather based smart watering option.. love app interface

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  23. Does what it's supposed to

    Yousef Ghalaini (verified owner)

    Great product, using the smart watering to try to revive a lawn that’s been neglected for a long time. Waterings are on time, rain delays are accurate. A couple of notes on the app:
    – the navigation isn’t easy or great, needs to be easier to manage, especially when creating custom programs
    – there should be some function that knows what your soil types are based on your address – I find it hard to believe that there isn’t that function since many other subscription services have it (Sunday, Scotts, etc) – took me a little bit of research to figure out what my soil type was based on government surveys.
    – One of my units didn’t work right away, I contacted customer service and they had it replaced free of charge in a week – stellar response and a really great experience.

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  24. Like the Convenience

    BHP (verified owner)

    Easy set-up, makes watering easy. But….started to go on and off randomly. Un-installed everything devices and the app, had quite a bit of trouble re-installing. Wouldn’t find the hub. Finally re-installed and no trouble since. Fingers crossed.

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  25. One person found this helpful

    Poor support for a bad product

    K M

    Purchased this to replace existing hose timer. Product had issues with programming. Could not connect via Bluetooth 5 feet away. Took two support calls for them to agree to ship replacement. Was told would ship out following day. A week later am being told it takes 5-10 days to SHIP the replacement. I returned product.

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  26. Great tool for porch plant watering using mister drips

    Richard Rhodes

    Great device to automatically water porch plants. I have 7 of them using the mister drip irrigation drips. I can selectively control water for my fountains, orchids, and plants that need varying amounts of water. If it rains it turns off stem for 24 hours and you can change all of the control times from your phone app. Device needs alert on app to notify you of low battery.

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  27. One person found this helpful

    Non-existent suport

    Mike

    I purchased three of these devices, sadly they won’t work, they all claim to belong to someone else. The voice support points you to a web page that does not exist, and you cannot get to a life person for assistance. This might be an ok product but I will not likely find out as I cannot get support for the products I purchased I will be returning these and buy a competing product and suggest you do the same

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  28. B-Hyve watering timer

    Anthony Antkowiak

    I just purchased this product. B-hyve Smart Hose Watering Timer w/ WiFi Hub.
    It was real easy to install and setup with the APP. I was looking into a underground watering system and this seemed to fill my need as a very cost effective price. So far it has operated as expected, and it has put me into a RAIN DELAY due to my weather conditions so saving water YAY!! It has a manual button on the device that you need to setup via the app so you can test the system without you smart phone getting wet. I recommend this product for the following reasons. 1). Ease of Setup. 2). Has built in connectivity to the web for rain delays. 3) Ease of use thru the smart app. 4). just a nice product to look at!

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  29. One person found this helpful

    Don't buy

    Chad Sitzman

    I just purchased this product at Home Depot. I’m going out of town and wanted to set up a watering system while away. Came home, opened box, no instructions. Downloaded App then it wouldn’t pair with the bluetooth. Tried calling support. long wait. Go to Youtube. Try again. figure out that I have to hit the “B” button five time to start pairing. Finally, see the dongle. Then it tells me that this device is paired to another account. Somebody must have returned it to Home Depot. About to leave for vacation and now I have to figure out how to get his device paired to my account. This should be fun. Regretting this purchase. We it be so hard to put instructional videos right on the product page?

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  30. Good product. Solution to automatic watering

    Bryth Halpin (verified owner)

    Setup was tricky as the timer struggles to switch between Bluetooth and wifi. I had to unplug the hub to get the timer to connect to the network. I wish the Alexa integration was better. The skill for Alexa is not the best. Overall, once setup it does the job.

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  31. Great Concept

    [email protected]

    I bought this for my pool fill line. I put the WI-FI hub on an inside wall next to the fill valve. Device works great via Bluetooth. But when I try to use via WIFI (ie remotely) it fails to work. The app will show it starting, but it never actually does. If I pull the batteries and hard reboot the device then it work… for a little while. Bluetooth always works, but that defeats the remote usage ability. I have excellent WiFi coverage in my house.

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  32. B-hyve availability

    Joseph Sico (verified owner)

    I bought the b-hyve With the possibility that I could expand it to more units only to find out that I cannot buy it by itself but only with the hub which I do not need also the batteries only lasted two months good quality Duracells

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  33. Worst customer service

    Danielle Mackall (verified owner)

    Weeks after ordering, have not received shipment confirmation. Don’t waste your money. Unless you have all the time to wait for something that’s never coming.

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  34. Great watering system

    Ken

    Switched from RainCloud to Orbit B-hyve and it works so much better.

    Ordering from orbit online store was easy and fast.

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  35. Great product

    Karl Wilhelm (verified owner)

    I have 3 of these plus a 6 zone system timer and they are all easy to set up change or do what you need and with the automatic rain delay I don’t have to worry about anything all summer long

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  36. No support

    Jason Deyton (verified owner)

    I ordered 4 of the b-hyve smart WiFi faucet timers with hub. I have had zero support and the instructions provided did not apply to my orbit products. I managed to get them set up thanks to blogs and YouTube. I also found out after purchase that I only needed one hub.. however I am glad I ordered 4 because 2 have already failed with in 4 months. Now I cannot access my valves through the app or Bluetooth “since up grading the app”. If I had it to do over I would not by this product.

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  37. Good concept, not fully baked , perhaps a BETA product.

    Jim (verified owner)

    Pros:
    1. Was relatively easy to install and activate. Followed the directions.
    2. Competitive price.
    3. The secret Tech Support online site where you can log into your system is cool once you learn about it.

    CONS:
    1. ORBIT will only sell you their combo product with the hub, they are ‘out of stock’ on the standalone B-Hyve BT Timer units.
    2. New batteries lasted 5 weeks after installation in one of my timers. The other is working after 12 weeks. Five (5) weeks is UNSAT.
    3. Customer support is difficult and frustrating. The ONLY way I was able to reach Customer Support was to hang-on HOLD 40 minutes on the 800 support line. I NEVER received a response from ORBIT from their suggested email and fill-in-the-question form for support. Some days the Customer Service Line would just hang-up on me.
    4. Timer units randomly stop working and you won’t know it unless you check the logs. ORBIT Tech support could never explain why it stopped.
    5. Smart Watering OFF, Rain Delays OFF. Timers set to water the palms trees 2x every day . Unit randomly goes into RAIN DELAY mode or 100% Water Saturation and stops watering.
    5. APP Design is fairly complex/powerful and there is NO HELP or walk-through for the more complicated watering tuning modes.
    6. Documentation links provided in the start-up guide take you to wrong products. I never could find the B-HYVE documents they described were available online.

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  38. Poor quality item

    DARREN MONTELLO

    The item would not connect to my Wi-Fi I had everything there it failed contacted manufacture & had to beg for a refund would not recommend this

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  39. Great concept, good system, minor glitches

    Bill (verified owner)

    This is the perfect way to actuate any type of watering system hooked to a hose outlet (irrigation, garden, sprinklers, misters, etc.). Initial set-up was reasonably easy and the system functions properly essentially all the time. Some minor problems with connecting to do tests, and the calibration feature is finicky (but not necessary for proper operation). These items are more of an irritation then anything; all said I would buy this system again in a minute.

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  40. A Great & Simple irrigation controller.

    Tom Fisher (verified owner)

    Having received and setup several of these units, I am completely satisfied both with their performance and the assistance given by Orbit’s Support staff.

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  41. Great Product. App could use improvement

    John (verified owner)

    I installed the B-hyve Smart Hose Timer about a month ago. It performed a firmware upgrade and then was ready to go. I’ve controlled it via Bluetooth and via WIFI and have no issues whatsoever. It works as it should. I do find the app to be somewhat less than intuitive, and I think if this were improved, it would be a big plus. The unit itself works very nicely. I like that the timers that are set are done locally on the device, so that there is no additional communication required to stop an in-progress watering session. I assume the unit uses a solenoid to close the water valve, but regardless, it is a very abrupt open and close valve operation, so a water hammer arrestor is a good idea. I installed one and it eliminated water hammering at the faucet. I am using my B-hyve to control watering for a drip irrigation system in a garden. If the unit either had a slow valve open/close operation or included a water hammer arrestor, and if the app were improved slightly, it would easily get the extra star. That being said, I think it is the best smart hose timer on the market.

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  42. Worked perfectly right out of the box

    Tara Jensen

    I bought this to replace a manual timer that I’ve had to replace every year. I love that I can set it to water any time, once a day or every few minutes. The options are endless. What I appreciate most is that it seems to monitor the weather and gives me notice that I may want to delay watering because of having had rain. I can also use my phone to add a manual watering whenever I think it needs it. I love my timer and had no issues at all pairing it to my home wifi, bluetooth and phone.

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  43. Set it and Forget it

    Bryan Gay (verified owner)

    I’ll admit, the set up was a bit confusing when I was first naming everything but it works perfectly. The scheduling options are a bit limited at this time but I’m going to assume those will improve over time with the app. Overall, I’m very satisfied with my first product.

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  44. Convenient system

    Gary Hutchison (verified owner)

    The support staff is helpful and quickly replaced a failed unit. I seem to have some connectivity issues between hubs and b-hyves. I have added another hub and it has helped the problem. Still not 100 percent but better. Rebooting the hubs regularly has helped.

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  45. Good remote timer, but smart watering doesn't work well

    Mayday

    I got this as a cheaper alternative to the Eve aqua. I do like the product overall, but there is one feature I just do not like at all which is Smart Watering. This is supposed to be based on the weather, but here is the truth. If the threat of rain is in the forecast, it will not water. When the rain is 10 miles north and there was no rain on your lawn, it will brown and die. I switched it to just do a timed based watering and disabled the smart watering. I would prefer if this feature used a more reliable weather API, maybe weather underground’s API, and tried to gather how much rain will or how much rain did fall. The actuals would prove all the difference between a green lawn and a brown lawn. The “smart” feature needs to be smarter. The other option would be to allow this product to interface with a digital rain meter or even a weather station. The Tempest weather station will record how much rain was received today and yesterday and could recalculate based on that amount. I ended up moving this product to my garden that can tolerate the extra watering.

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  46. Exactly what I needed

    J Colmenero (verified owner)

    Bought 2, one for each zone. The app is easy to understand. Setting up the timers on the app is simple and making edits is VERY convenient. Planning on buying a 3rd timer very soon. Thanks!

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  47. GREAT: WORKS AS EXPECTED WITH VERY FEW PROBLEMS

    Fran Beaudreau (verified owner)

    Use it to water my patio garden in Vermont when I am 220 miles away in Maine. I use it in manual as needed and no problems related to the device itself.

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You'll Need

A Hose Faucet

A Hose Faucet

A Hose

A Hose

2 AA Batteries

2 AA Batteries

A Plug for the Hub

A Plug for the Hub

Wi-Fi and Internet Connection

Wi-Fi and Internet Connection

A Smartphone or Device

A Smartphone or Device

The app works with iOS and Android

The app works with iOS and Android

Technical Specifications

Inlet / Outlet Connections Standard ¾-inch Hose
Operating Pressure 10-100 PSI
Batteries 2 AA
App Compatibility iOS - iPhone
iPad and iPod Touch running iOS 8 and higher. Android - Android version 4.3 and higher.
Smart Home Compatibility Amazon Alexa
Google Home
Wifi Bandwidth 2.4Ghz
Bluetooth 4.2
Warranty 2 Years

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