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    Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller, 16 Zone 2nd Generation, Works with Amazon Alexa WITH Rachio Outdoor Enclosure, for 2nd Generation Sprinkler Controller review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:23

    Have a Rachio for 2 years. Due to low water pressure, about 40 psi, I took the time to measure size of each zone and water flow then made custom heads. This has paid off well. The program adjusts the schedule and time for seasonality and rain. Perfect water savings, shrubs and flowers look great!

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    Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller, 16 Zone 2nd Generation, Works with Amazon Alexa WITH Rachio Outdoor Enclosure, for 2nd Generation Sprinkler Controller review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:23

    WARNING!You cannot program, thus install this unit unless you have an Android device or Apple phone. The controller is thus invisible to your Wi-Fi network. It will not install from Windows via an online app. Nor will it install from a Fire.

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    Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller, 16 Zone 2nd Generation, Works with Amazon Alexa WITH Rachio Outdoor Enclosure, for 2nd Generation Sprinkler Controller review []  2019-12-8 18:10

    Have a Rachio for 2 years. Due to low water pressure, about 40 psi, I took the time to measure size of each zone and water flow then made custom heads. This has paid off well. The program adjusts the schedule and time for seasonality and rain. Perfect water savings, shrubs and flowers look great!

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    Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller, 16 Zone 2nd Generation, Works with Amazon Alexa WITH Rachio Outdoor Enclosure, for 2nd Generation Sprinkler Controller review []  2019-12-8 18:10

    WARNING!You cannot program, thus install this unit unless you have an Android device or Apple phone. The controller is thus invisible to your Wi-Fi network. It will not install from Windows via an online app. Nor will it install from a Fire.

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    Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller, 16 Zone 2nd Generation, Works with Amazon Alexa WITH Rachio Outdoor Enclosure, for 2nd Generation Sprinkler Controller review []  2019-12-9 18:8

    Have a Rachio for 2 years. Due to low water pressure, about 40 psi, I took the time to measure size of each zone and water flow then made custom heads. This has paid off well. The program adjusts the schedule and time for seasonality and rain. Perfect water savings, shrubs and flowers look great!

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    Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller, 16 Zone 2nd Generation, Works with Amazon Alexa WITH Rachio Outdoor Enclosure, for 2nd Generation Sprinkler Controller review []  2019-12-9 18:8

    WARNING!You cannot program, thus install this unit unless you have an Android device or Apple phone. The controller is thus invisible to your Wi-Fi network. It will not install from Windows via an online app. Nor will it install from a Fire.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review [Book]  2019-11-29 18:4

    This is my first Rachio product and I purchased on the advise of my next door neighbor and brother whom both own previous versions. I am glad I took their tip as this controller is nothing short of awesome. It is well constructed, has simple to understand instructions, was very simple to install, and the application for your intelligent phone is very well designed and thought out.I've been using this device for about three weeks now and I am very satisfied with the results. The device is hyper smart and will run as automated or as manual as you prefer. You can run it every day exactly when you wish to, or you can set it up to monitor the weather conditions in your zone and let it to determine when and how much to water. I have a private weather station on top of my house and I have connected my Rachio to the weather data received by my PWS. Intelligent watering is based on actual rain fall amounts at my house and not for some remote weather station miles away from is obvious Rachio has done their homework and have produced a high quality device that works extremely well. The application is equally awesome and you can run everything from the phone application or from the controller itself. At a glance you can verify if the system is on-line and connected to wi-fi and if it is actively watering a zone. This unit supports up to 8 zones. I only have 6 so I have disabled the latest two from my setup. If you have an Amazon Echo you can control everything through that device but if you use HomeKit like me, that functionality is waiting in the wings. I am hopeful that feature is added soon, but honestly, the controller is already so automated there's really not much advantage to the voice controlled aspect anyway. Highly recommend this unit. I am thoroughly impressed and happy with my purchase.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review [Book]  2019-11-29 18:4

    Installation of this system is easy. I simply removed my old, dumb controller and replaced it with the Rachio. I wired the old leads into the fresh system with no trouble. The wires don't fit quite as well into the sleek controller, so the cover doesn't sit flush, but that's a minor complaint. The application looks nice, and it's nice to be able to control my sprinklers and drip system with my phone, particularly when I'm changing the drip around and need to try it.During the winter in California, we had heavy rains and Rachio was intelligent enough to basically never water at all. However, now that we're into the summer, we are experiencing our typical temperatures into the nineties. I was getting my regular pop-ups that Rachio was watering, so I was happy. Then I noticed our lawns all turning brown. I looked into it some more and realized Rachio was watering them for five mins every other day! In 95 degree weather no 's nice to have a remote control for your sprinklers, but that's not why you buy this product. You buy it to have the intelligence to water your garden without having to worry about it. The application has some *complex* scheduling options, but why would I wish that? The whole point was to create things easier. I'd rather go back to the old Rain Bird, program the zones manually, and buy a remote. The intelligence isn't there, and Rachio is killing my lawn. Trying to figure out how to modify the schedule, by the way, is neither intuitive nor easy.Oh, I called their technical help for support and after 10 mins on hold, the system tells you there are no agents available. Nice trick. I could have saved 10 mins of my life if they told me that earlier.I was swayed by the positive reviews but definitely would recommend versus buying this product.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review [Book]  2019-11-29 18:4

    Amazing product. Allows me to hardwire my Rachio 2nd Gen. I was going to go with the other guy WIFI controller, then Rachio came out with 2nd Gen. Now this is great. Highly recommended.What I don't understand is the lack of pictures from Rachio. Why don't they take more pictures and present them in info on the site? I was wondering how do these work. Why can't they take a picture that shows the plug in there? Rachio! Have you seen Apple www service about their products? A amazing idea to copy them, don't you think? '.Anyways, love my Rachio 2nd Gen and this enclosure.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review [Book]  2019-11-29 18:4

    I purchased this to replace an existing RainBird unit I was not overly thrilled with. While it was programmable, it was no very amazing at sensing when it was going to rain and slay the scheduled watering. After the install, which took less than an hour to remove and replace existing unit, I setup the schedules. Overnight it was supposed to water and I was impressed by how it ran. I picked the intelligent cycle watering and it worked as advertised. It split the watering times into two separate smaller watering to reduce the amount of runoff. I love the fact that I can pick a single location and set that up to run the sprinklers as well and I was unable to do this on my old Y problem is that it does not work with Apple Homekit yet.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review [Book]  2019-11-29 18:4

    Initial review covering install/setup:I have a Hunter system with 5 zones, 4-5 heads per zone. It took me 5-10 mins to analyze the wiring on the Hunter Pro-C unit to figure out what goes where. I also have a Hunter Rain sensor installed. The location wiring (1-5) was straightforward. I had a single "Com" wire, and then misc other wires for power, the rain sensor and some sort of wired port that the irrigation company must plug into. The Hunter power wires were no longer relevant as were the 3 wires for the random port...so that left power and sensor wires for the rain sensor. Figuring that out, and hooking up the Rachio unit was maybe 15 minutes. Setting up the application / zones / etc was a breeze. Setup is done per location where you can name the location and even take a photo. Data like soil type, grass type, what sort of shrubs there are, sprinkler type, amount of sun and slope are all collected. A fast try is done for each location to create sure everything is connected properly. You also input your address and choose whether to use their weather network, or a specific weather station (eg an Acurite or related station you might have, or one local from WeatherUnderground). There are 3 types of schedules you can create, and the system accounts for rain / wind / temp as part of the schedule. The whole process took 30 minute or less. There are also a number of integrations with Alexa, Google, Nest, etc. So far, so good. Now it's time to see how intelligent this thing is...will post another review after we're through August, which is typically our hottest summer month.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review [Book]  2019-11-29 18:4

    Worst customer service I’ve encountered... maybe in my lifetime. You will obtain a number of emails the first day, none of which will resolve your problem or even test for that matter, but radio silence will follow. I just about have every intelligent device on the shop so I’m not fresh to tweaking something until it works; however, this device has some major problems in its design. In a weeks time it stayed online for maybe 15 minutes. It seemingly can’t reconnect on it’s own either, even with an extender 10ft. away. Intelligent doorbell, video cameras, you name it outside with no issue... this couldn't search a channel if it were sitting next to a router. I guarantee there are more people with this problem but Rachio has bet they can offload this and come out with a better ver at a later time. Who cares about all the features if it can’t stay connected long enough to use them. I really had high hopes for this device. Shame on you, Rachio! I lost count of how a lot of emails I sent requesting assistance without even one tip of a solution being provided.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review [Book]  2019-11-29 18:4

    Was working perfectly fine for several months until suddenly the scheduling function just stopped working. Now I have to manually run the thing daily, not optimal! There is no telephone support, and they don’t obtain back to you via their only communication method: email. Frustrated! Test another product!Update several day later: They responded after the review. Eventually required to do a firmware modernize (that was unknown). Works again ok now as expected.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review [Book]  2019-11-29 18:4

    This thing is awesome. We are coming from the dumb Rainbird system, I say 'dumb' because it was clunky and wasn't even capable of using the wireless connection module. We had to make batter the rainbird controller then buy an extra wireless connection glad I looked outside the Rainbird brand. I got this thing hooked up in 10 minutes. Wireless connection over the app, no problems.We have an interior installation, which makes things easier (See my photos) but I didn't bother tacking down all the wires to create it look nice. In my images you'll see we have a rain sensor hooked up also... Speaking of this we have a weather station less than 1/2 mile away, when you are that hyper local, I don't see why you even need it. So that's a potential cash saver there if you are thinking about buying the sensor and live near a weather e application is very good, we also use nest products and it's just like hooking up and scheduling thermostats. Very related experience.Overall I'm very happy, little form factor, smart, and intuitive application and simple installation.Hard to beat this...Side note: right now I'm running an daily schedule which lasts in all 8 zones for 50 minutes, that's my nightly. Then I have the front 3 zones on secondary schedule for 20 mins as I place down fresh seed and topsoil and I wish to hold those seedlings ding the secondary schedule in the application was a bit less intuitive, but just took me an additional min to figure it out.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review [Book]  2019-11-29 18:4

    One month after purchasing and I like it a lot. Between the weather intelligence, location skips, ease of location testing, this device should pay for itself while having complete control of your irrigation.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review [Book]  2019-11-29 18:4

    This controller has some nice features and seems to work - so, why one star? Customer service does not respond the phone. Www service has problems. And unwanted SPAM emails - like I really need marketing emails. Unless a contractor, I see no reason I would need a second controller or emails...Application is not intuitive and support pages are not always correct.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:20

    This is my first Rachio product and I purchased on the advise of my next door neighbor and brother whom both own previous versions. I am glad I took their tip as this controller is nothing short of awesome. It is well constructed, has simple to understand instructions, was very simple to install, and the application for your intelligent phone is very well designed and thought out.I've been using this device for about three weeks now and I am very satisfied with the results. The device is hyper smart and will run as automated or as manual as you prefer. You can run it every day exactly when you wish to, or you can set it up to monitor the weather conditions in your zone and let it to determine when and how much to water. I have a private weather station on top of my house and I have connected my Rachio to the weather data received by my PWS. Intelligent watering is based on actual rain fall amounts at my house and not for some remote weather station miles away from is obvious Rachio has done their homework and have produced a high quality device that works extremely well. The application is equally awesome and you can run everything from the phone application or from the controller itself. At a glance you can verify if the system is on-line and connected to wi-fi and if it is actively watering a zone. This unit supports up to 8 zones. I only have 6 so I have disabled the latest two from my setup. If you have an Amazon Echo you can control everything through that device but if you use HomeKit like me, that functionality is waiting in the wings. I am hopeful that feature is added soon, but honestly, the controller is already so automated there's really not much advantage to the voice controlled aspect anyway. Highly recommend this unit. I am thoroughly impressed and happy with my purchase.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:20

    Installation of this system is easy. I simply removed my old, dumb controller and replaced it with the Rachio. I wired the old leads into the fresh system with no trouble. The wires don't fit quite as well into the sleek controller, so the cover doesn't sit flush, but that's a minor complaint. The application looks nice, and it's nice to be able to control my sprinklers and drip system with my phone, particularly when I'm changing the drip around and need to try it.During the winter in California, we had heavy rains and Rachio was intelligent enough to basically never water at all. However, now that we're into the summer, we are experiencing our typical temperatures into the nineties. I was getting my regular pop-ups that Rachio was watering, so I was happy. Then I noticed our lawns all turning brown. I looked into it some more and realized Rachio was watering them for five mins every other day! In 95 degree weather no 's nice to have a remote control for your sprinklers, but that's not why you buy this product. You buy it to have the intelligence to water your garden without having to worry about it. The application has some *complex* scheduling options, but why would I wish that? The whole point was to create things easier. I'd rather go back to the old Rain Bird, program the zones manually, and buy a remote. The intelligence isn't there, and Rachio is killing my lawn. Trying to figure out how to modify the schedule, by the way, is neither intuitive nor easy.Oh, I called their technical help for support and after 10 mins on hold, the system tells you there are no agents available. Nice trick. I could have saved 10 mins of my life if they told me that earlier.I was swayed by the positive reviews but definitely would recommend versus buying this product.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:20

    Amazing product. Allows me to hardwire my Rachio 2nd Gen. I was going to go with the other guy WIFI controller, then Rachio came out with 2nd Gen. Now this is great. Highly recommended.What I don't understand is the lack of pictures from Rachio. Why don't they take more pictures and present them in info on the site? I was wondering how do these work. Why can't they take a picture that shows the plug in there? Rachio! Have you seen Apple www service about their products? A amazing idea to copy them, don't you think? '.Anyways, love my Rachio 2nd Gen and this enclosure.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:20

    I purchased this to replace an existing RainBird unit I was not overly thrilled with. While it was programmable, it was no very amazing at sensing when it was going to rain and slay the scheduled watering. After the install, which took less than an hour to remove and replace existing unit, I setup the schedules. Overnight it was supposed to water and I was impressed by how it ran. I picked the intelligent cycle watering and it worked as advertised. It split the watering times into two separate smaller watering to reduce the amount of runoff. I love the fact that I can pick a single location and set that up to run the sprinklers as well and I was unable to do this on my old Y problem is that it does not work with Apple Homekit yet.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:20

    Worst customer service I’ve encountered... maybe in my lifetime. You will obtain a number of emails the first day, none of which will resolve your problem or even test for that matter, but radio silence will follow. I just about have every intelligent device on the shop so I’m not fresh to tweaking something until it works; however, this device has some major problems in its design. In a weeks time it stayed online for maybe 15 minutes. It seemingly can’t reconnect on it’s own either, even with an extender 10ft. away. Intelligent doorbell, video cameras, you name it outside with no issue... this couldn't search a channel if it were sitting next to a router. I guarantee there are more people with this problem but Rachio has bet they can offload this and come out with a better ver at a later time. Who cares about all the features if it can’t stay connected long enough to use them. I really had high hopes for this device. Shame on you, Rachio! I lost count of how a lot of emails I sent requesting assistance without even one tip of a solution being provided.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:20

    Initial review covering install/setup:I have a Hunter system with 5 zones, 4-5 heads per zone. It took me 5-10 mins to analyze the wiring on the Hunter Pro-C unit to figure out what goes where. I also have a Hunter Rain sensor installed. The location wiring (1-5) was straightforward. I had a single "Com" wire, and then misc other wires for power, the rain sensor and some sort of wired port that the irrigation company must plug into. The Hunter power wires were no longer relevant as were the 3 wires for the random port...so that left power and sensor wires for the rain sensor. Figuring that out, and hooking up the Rachio unit was maybe 15 minutes. Setting up the application / zones / etc was a breeze. Setup is done per location where you can name the location and even take a photo. Data like soil type, grass type, what sort of shrubs there are, sprinkler type, amount of sun and slope are all collected. A fast try is done for each location to create sure everything is connected properly. You also input your address and choose whether to use their weather network, or a specific weather station (eg an Acurite or related station you might have, or one local from WeatherUnderground). There are 3 types of schedules you can create, and the system accounts for rain / wind / temp as part of the schedule. The whole process took 30 minute or less. There are also a number of integrations with Alexa, Google, Nest, etc. So far, so good. Now it's time to see how intelligent this thing is...will post another review after we're through August, which is typically our hottest summer month.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:20

    Was working perfectly fine for several months until suddenly the scheduling function just stopped working. Now I have to manually run the thing daily, not optimal! There is no telephone support, and they don’t obtain back to you via their only communication method: email. Frustrated! Test another product!Update several day later: They responded after the review. Eventually required to do a firmware modernize (that was unknown). Works again ok now as expected.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:20

    This thing is awesome. We are coming from the dumb Rainbird system, I say 'dumb' because it was clunky and wasn't even capable of using the wireless connection module. We had to make batter the rainbird controller then buy an extra wireless connection glad I looked outside the Rainbird brand. I got this thing hooked up in 10 minutes. Wireless connection over the app, no problems.We have an interior installation, which makes things easier (See my photos) but I didn't bother tacking down all the wires to create it look nice. In my images you'll see we have a rain sensor hooked up also... Speaking of this we have a weather station less than 1/2 mile away, when you are that hyper local, I don't see why you even need it. So that's a potential cash saver there if you are thinking about buying the sensor and live near a weather e application is very good, we also use nest products and it's just like hooking up and scheduling thermostats. Very related experience.Overall I'm very happy, little form factor, smart, and intuitive application and simple installation.Hard to beat this...Side note: right now I'm running an daily schedule which lasts in all 8 zones for 50 minutes, that's my nightly. Then I have the front 3 zones on secondary schedule for 20 mins as I place down fresh seed and topsoil and I wish to hold those seedlings ding the secondary schedule in the application was a bit less intuitive, but just took me an additional min to figure it out.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:20

    One month after purchasing and I like it a lot. Between the weather intelligence, location skips, ease of location testing, this device should pay for itself while having complete control of your irrigation.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:20

    This controller has some nice features and seems to work - so, why one star? Customer service does not respond the phone. Www service has problems. And unwanted SPAM emails - like I really need marketing emails. Unless a contractor, I see no reason I would need a second controller or emails...Application is not intuitive and support pages are not always correct.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:23

    This is my first Rachio product and I purchased on the advise of my next door neighbor and brother whom both own previous versions. I am glad I took their tip as this controller is nothing short of awesome. It is well constructed, has simple to understand instructions, was very simple to install, and the application for your intelligent phone is very well designed and thought out.I've been using this device for about three weeks now and I am very satisfied with the results. The device is hyper smart and will run as automated or as manual as you prefer. You can run it every day exactly when you wish to, or you can set it up to monitor the weather conditions in your zone and let it to determine when and how much to water. I have a private weather station on top of my house and I have connected my Rachio to the weather data received by my PWS. Intelligent watering is based on actual rain fall amounts at my house and not for some remote weather station miles away from is obvious Rachio has done their homework and have produced a high quality device that works extremely well. The application is equally awesome and you can run everything from the phone application or from the controller itself. At a glance you can verify if the system is on-line and connected to wi-fi and if it is actively watering a zone. This unit supports up to 8 zones. I only have 6 so I have disabled the latest two from my setup. If you have an Amazon Echo you can control everything through that device but if you use HomeKit like me, that functionality is waiting in the wings. I am hopeful that feature is added soon, but honestly, the controller is already so automated there's really not much advantage to the voice controlled aspect anyway. Highly recommend this unit. I am thoroughly impressed and happy with my purchase.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:23

    Installation of this system is easy. I simply removed my old, dumb controller and replaced it with the Rachio. I wired the old leads into the fresh system with no trouble. The wires don't fit quite as well into the sleek controller, so the cover doesn't sit flush, but that's a minor complaint. The application looks nice, and it's nice to be able to control my sprinklers and drip system with my phone, particularly when I'm changing the drip around and need to try it.During the winter in California, we had heavy rains and Rachio was intelligent enough to basically never water at all. However, now that we're into the summer, we are experiencing our typical temperatures into the nineties. I was getting my regular pop-ups that Rachio was watering, so I was happy. Then I noticed our lawns all turning brown. I looked into it some more and realized Rachio was watering them for five mins every other day! In 95 degree weather no 's nice to have a remote control for your sprinklers, but that's not why you buy this product. You buy it to have the intelligence to water your garden without having to worry about it. The application has some *complex* scheduling options, but why would I wish that? The whole point was to create things easier. I'd rather go back to the old Rain Bird, program the zones manually, and buy a remote. The intelligence isn't there, and Rachio is killing my lawn. Trying to figure out how to modify the schedule, by the way, is neither intuitive nor easy.Oh, I called their technical help for support and after 10 mins on hold, the system tells you there are no agents available. Nice trick. I could have saved 10 mins of my life if they told me that earlier.I was swayed by the positive reviews but definitely would recommend versus buying this product.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:23

    Amazing product. Allows me to hardwire my Rachio 2nd Gen. I was going to go with the other guy WIFI controller, then Rachio came out with 2nd Gen. Now this is great. Highly recommended.What I don't understand is the lack of pictures from Rachio. Why don't they take more pictures and present them in info on the site? I was wondering how do these work. Why can't they take a picture that shows the plug in there? Rachio! Have you seen Apple www service about their products? A amazing idea to copy them, don't you think? '.Anyways, love my Rachio 2nd Gen and this enclosure.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:23

    I purchased this to replace an existing RainBird unit I was not overly thrilled with. While it was programmable, it was no very amazing at sensing when it was going to rain and slay the scheduled watering. After the install, which took less than an hour to remove and replace existing unit, I setup the schedules. Overnight it was supposed to water and I was impressed by how it ran. I picked the intelligent cycle watering and it worked as advertised. It split the watering times into two separate smaller watering to reduce the amount of runoff. I love the fact that I can pick a single location and set that up to run the sprinklers as well and I was unable to do this on my old Y problem is that it does not work with Apple Homekit yet.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:23

    Worst customer service I’ve encountered... maybe in my lifetime. You will obtain a number of emails the first day, none of which will resolve your problem or even test for that matter, but radio silence will follow. I just about have every intelligent device on the shop so I’m not fresh to tweaking something until it works; however, this device has some major problems in its design. In a weeks time it stayed online for maybe 15 minutes. It seemingly can’t reconnect on it’s own either, even with an extender 10ft. away. Intelligent doorbell, video cameras, you name it outside with no issue... this couldn't search a channel if it were sitting next to a router. I guarantee there are more people with this problem but Rachio has bet they can offload this and come out with a better ver at a later time. Who cares about all the features if it can’t stay connected long enough to use them. I really had high hopes for this device. Shame on you, Rachio! I lost count of how a lot of emails I sent requesting assistance without even one tip of a solution being provided.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:23

    Initial review covering install/setup:I have a Hunter system with 5 zones, 4-5 heads per zone. It took me 5-10 mins to analyze the wiring on the Hunter Pro-C unit to figure out what goes where. I also have a Hunter Rain sensor installed. The location wiring (1-5) was straightforward. I had a single "Com" wire, and then misc other wires for power, the rain sensor and some sort of wired port that the irrigation company must plug into. The Hunter power wires were no longer relevant as were the 3 wires for the random port...so that left power and sensor wires for the rain sensor. Figuring that out, and hooking up the Rachio unit was maybe 15 minutes. Setting up the application / zones / etc was a breeze. Setup is done per location where you can name the location and even take a photo. Data like soil type, grass type, what sort of shrubs there are, sprinkler type, amount of sun and slope are all collected. A fast try is done for each location to create sure everything is connected properly. You also input your address and choose whether to use their weather network, or a specific weather station (eg an Acurite or related station you might have, or one local from WeatherUnderground). There are 3 types of schedules you can create, and the system accounts for rain / wind / temp as part of the schedule. The whole process took 30 minute or less. There are also a number of integrations with Alexa, Google, Nest, etc. So far, so good. Now it's time to see how intelligent this thing is...will post another review after we're through August, which is typically our hottest summer month.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:23

    Was working perfectly fine for several months until suddenly the scheduling function just stopped working. Now I have to manually run the thing daily, not optimal! There is no telephone support, and they don’t obtain back to you via their only communication method: email. Frustrated! Test another product!Update several day later: They responded after the review. Eventually required to do a firmware modernize (that was unknown). Works again ok now as expected.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:23

    This thing is awesome. We are coming from the dumb Rainbird system, I say 'dumb' because it was clunky and wasn't even capable of using the wireless connection module. We had to make batter the rainbird controller then buy an extra wireless connection glad I looked outside the Rainbird brand. I got this thing hooked up in 10 minutes. Wireless connection over the app, no problems.We have an interior installation, which makes things easier (See my photos) but I didn't bother tacking down all the wires to create it look nice. In my images you'll see we have a rain sensor hooked up also... Speaking of this we have a weather station less than 1/2 mile away, when you are that hyper local, I don't see why you even need it. So that's a potential cash saver there if you are thinking about buying the sensor and live near a weather e application is very good, we also use nest products and it's just like hooking up and scheduling thermostats. Very related experience.Overall I'm very happy, little form factor, smart, and intuitive application and simple installation.Hard to beat this...Side note: right now I'm running an daily schedule which lasts in all 8 zones for 50 minutes, that's my nightly. Then I have the front 3 zones on secondary schedule for 20 mins as I place down fresh seed and topsoil and I wish to hold those seedlings ding the secondary schedule in the application was a bit less intuitive, but just took me an additional min to figure it out.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:23

    One month after purchasing and I like it a lot. Between the weather intelligence, location skips, ease of location testing, this device should pay for itself while having complete control of your irrigation.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:23

    This controller has some nice features and seems to work - so, why one star? Customer service does not respond the phone. Www service has problems. And unwanted SPAM emails - like I really need marketing emails. Unless a contractor, I see no reason I would need a second controller or emails...Application is not intuitive and support pages are not always correct.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review []  2019-12-8 18:7

    This is my first Rachio product and I purchased on the advise of my next door neighbor and brother whom both own previous versions. I am glad I took their tip as this controller is nothing short of awesome. It is well constructed, has simple to understand instructions, was very simple to install, and the application for your intelligent phone is very well designed and thought out.I've been using this device for about three weeks now and I am very satisfied with the results. The device is hyper smart and will run as automated or as manual as you prefer. You can run it every day exactly when you wish to, or you can set it up to monitor the weather conditions in your zone and let it to determine when and how much to water. I have a private weather station on top of my house and I have connected my Rachio to the weather data received by my PWS. Intelligent watering is based on actual rain fall amounts at my house and not for some remote weather station miles away from is obvious Rachio has done their homework and have produced a high quality device that works extremely well. The application is equally awesome and you can run everything from the phone application or from the controller itself. At a glance you can verify if the system is on-line and connected to wi-fi and if it is actively watering a zone. This unit supports up to 8 zones. I only have 6 so I have disabled the latest two from my setup. If you have an Amazon Echo you can control everything through that device but if you use HomeKit like me, that functionality is waiting in the wings. I am hopeful that feature is added soon, but honestly, the controller is already so automated there's really not much advantage to the voice controlled aspect anyway. Highly recommend this unit. I am thoroughly impressed and happy with my purchase.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review []  2019-12-8 18:7

    Installation of this system is easy. I simply removed my old, dumb controller and replaced it with the Rachio. I wired the old leads into the fresh system with no trouble. The wires don't fit quite as well into the sleek controller, so the cover doesn't sit flush, but that's a minor complaint. The application looks nice, and it's nice to be able to control my sprinklers and drip system with my phone, particularly when I'm changing the drip around and need to try it.During the winter in California, we had heavy rains and Rachio was intelligent enough to basically never water at all. However, now that we're into the summer, we are experiencing our typical temperatures into the nineties. I was getting my regular pop-ups that Rachio was watering, so I was happy. Then I noticed our lawns all turning brown. I looked into it some more and realized Rachio was watering them for five mins every other day! In 95 degree weather no 's nice to have a remote control for your sprinklers, but that's not why you buy this product. You buy it to have the intelligence to water your garden without having to worry about it. The application has some *complex* scheduling options, but why would I wish that? The whole point was to create things easier. I'd rather go back to the old Rain Bird, program the zones manually, and buy a remote. The intelligence isn't there, and Rachio is killing my lawn. Trying to figure out how to modify the schedule, by the way, is neither intuitive nor easy.Oh, I called their technical help for support and after 10 mins on hold, the system tells you there are no agents available. Nice trick. I could have saved 10 mins of my life if they told me that earlier.I was swayed by the positive reviews but definitely would recommend versus buying this product.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review []  2019-12-8 18:7

    Amazing product. Allows me to hardwire my Rachio 2nd Gen. I was going to go with the other guy WIFI controller, then Rachio came out with 2nd Gen. Now this is great. Highly recommended.What I don't understand is the lack of pictures from Rachio. Why don't they take more pictures and present them in info on the site? I was wondering how do these work. Why can't they take a picture that shows the plug in there? Rachio! Have you seen Apple www service about their products? A amazing idea to copy them, don't you think? '.Anyways, love my Rachio 2nd Gen and this enclosure.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review []  2019-12-8 18:7

    I purchased this to replace an existing RainBird unit I was not overly thrilled with. While it was programmable, it was no very amazing at sensing when it was going to rain and slay the scheduled watering. After the install, which took less than an hour to remove and replace existing unit, I setup the schedules. Overnight it was supposed to water and I was impressed by how it ran. I picked the intelligent cycle watering and it worked as advertised. It split the watering times into two separate smaller watering to reduce the amount of runoff. I love the fact that I can pick a single location and set that up to run the sprinklers as well and I was unable to do this on my old Y problem is that it does not work with Apple Homekit yet.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review []  2019-12-8 18:7

    Worst customer service I’ve encountered... maybe in my lifetime. You will obtain a number of emails the first day, none of which will resolve your problem or even test for that matter, but radio silence will follow. I just about have every intelligent device on the shop so I’m not fresh to tweaking something until it works; however, this device has some major problems in its design. In a weeks time it stayed online for maybe 15 minutes. It seemingly can’t reconnect on it’s own either, even with an extender 10ft. away. Intelligent doorbell, video cameras, you name it outside with no issue... this couldn't search a channel if it were sitting next to a router. I guarantee there are more people with this problem but Rachio has bet they can offload this and come out with a better ver at a later time. Who cares about all the features if it can’t stay connected long enough to use them. I really had high hopes for this device. Shame on you, Rachio! I lost count of how a lot of emails I sent requesting assistance without even one tip of a solution being provided.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review []  2019-12-8 18:7

    Initial review covering install/setup:I have a Hunter system with 5 zones, 4-5 heads per zone. It took me 5-10 mins to analyze the wiring on the Hunter Pro-C unit to figure out what goes where. I also have a Hunter Rain sensor installed. The location wiring (1-5) was straightforward. I had a single "Com" wire, and then misc other wires for power, the rain sensor and some sort of wired port that the irrigation company must plug into. The Hunter power wires were no longer relevant as were the 3 wires for the random port...so that left power and sensor wires for the rain sensor. Figuring that out, and hooking up the Rachio unit was maybe 15 minutes. Setting up the application / zones / etc was a breeze. Setup is done per location where you can name the location and even take a photo. Data like soil type, grass type, what sort of shrubs there are, sprinkler type, amount of sun and slope are all collected. A fast try is done for each location to create sure everything is connected properly. You also input your address and choose whether to use their weather network, or a specific weather station (eg an Acurite or related station you might have, or one local from WeatherUnderground). There are 3 types of schedules you can create, and the system accounts for rain / wind / temp as part of the schedule. The whole process took 30 minute or less. There are also a number of integrations with Alexa, Google, Nest, etc. So far, so good. Now it's time to see how intelligent this thing is...will post another review after we're through August, which is typically our hottest summer month.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review []  2019-12-8 18:7

    Was working perfectly fine for several months until suddenly the scheduling function just stopped working. Now I have to manually run the thing daily, not optimal! There is no telephone support, and they don’t obtain back to you via their only communication method: email. Frustrated! Test another product!Update several day later: They responded after the review. Eventually required to do a firmware modernize (that was unknown). Works again ok now as expected.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review []  2019-12-8 18:7

    This thing is awesome. We are coming from the dumb Rainbird system, I say 'dumb' because it was clunky and wasn't even capable of using the wireless connection module. We had to make batter the rainbird controller then buy an extra wireless connection glad I looked outside the Rainbird brand. I got this thing hooked up in 10 minutes. Wireless connection over the app, no problems.We have an interior installation, which makes things easier (See my photos) but I didn't bother tacking down all the wires to create it look nice. In my images you'll see we have a rain sensor hooked up also... Speaking of this we have a weather station less than 1/2 mile away, when you are that hyper local, I don't see why you even need it. So that's a potential cash saver there if you are thinking about buying the sensor and live near a weather e application is very good, we also use nest products and it's just like hooking up and scheduling thermostats. Very related experience.Overall I'm very happy, little form factor, smart, and intuitive application and simple installation.Hard to beat this...Side note: right now I'm running an daily schedule which lasts in all 8 zones for 50 minutes, that's my nightly. Then I have the front 3 zones on secondary schedule for 20 mins as I place down fresh seed and topsoil and I wish to hold those seedlings ding the secondary schedule in the application was a bit less intuitive, but just took me an additional min to figure it out.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review []  2019-12-8 18:7

    One month after purchasing and I like it a lot. Between the weather intelligence, location skips, ease of location testing, this device should pay for itself while having complete control of your irrigation.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review []  2019-12-8 18:7

    This controller has some nice features and seems to work - so, why one star? Customer service does not respond the phone. Www service has problems. And unwanted SPAM emails - like I really need marketing emails. Unless a contractor, I see no reason I would need a second controller or emails...Application is not intuitive and support pages are not always correct.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review []  2019-12-8 18:10

    This is my first Rachio product and I purchased on the advise of my next door neighbor and brother whom both own previous versions. I am glad I took their tip as this controller is nothing short of awesome. It is well constructed, has simple to understand instructions, was very simple to install, and the application for your intelligent phone is very well designed and thought out.I've been using this device for about three weeks now and I am very satisfied with the results. The device is hyper smart and will run as automated or as manual as you prefer. You can run it every day exactly when you wish to, or you can set it up to monitor the weather conditions in your zone and let it to determine when and how much to water. I have a private weather station on top of my house and I have connected my Rachio to the weather data received by my PWS. Intelligent watering is based on actual rain fall amounts at my house and not for some remote weather station miles away from is obvious Rachio has done their homework and have produced a high quality device that works extremely well. The application is equally awesome and you can run everything from the phone application or from the controller itself. At a glance you can verify if the system is on-line and connected to wi-fi and if it is actively watering a zone. This unit supports up to 8 zones. I only have 6 so I have disabled the latest two from my setup. If you have an Amazon Echo you can control everything through that device but if you use HomeKit like me, that functionality is waiting in the wings. I am hopeful that feature is added soon, but honestly, the controller is already so automated there's really not much advantage to the voice controlled aspect anyway. Highly recommend this unit. I am thoroughly impressed and happy with my purchase.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review []  2019-12-8 18:10

    Installation of this system is easy. I simply removed my old, dumb controller and replaced it with the Rachio. I wired the old leads into the fresh system with no trouble. The wires don't fit quite as well into the sleek controller, so the cover doesn't sit flush, but that's a minor complaint. The application looks nice, and it's nice to be able to control my sprinklers and drip system with my phone, particularly when I'm changing the drip around and need to try it.During the winter in California, we had heavy rains and Rachio was intelligent enough to basically never water at all. However, now that we're into the summer, we are experiencing our typical temperatures into the nineties. I was getting my regular pop-ups that Rachio was watering, so I was happy. Then I noticed our lawns all turning brown. I looked into it some more and realized Rachio was watering them for five mins every other day! In 95 degree weather no 's nice to have a remote control for your sprinklers, but that's not why you buy this product. You buy it to have the intelligence to water your garden without having to worry about it. The application has some *complex* scheduling options, but why would I wish that? The whole point was to create things easier. I'd rather go back to the old Rain Bird, program the zones manually, and buy a remote. The intelligence isn't there, and Rachio is killing my lawn. Trying to figure out how to modify the schedule, by the way, is neither intuitive nor easy.Oh, I called their technical help for support and after 10 mins on hold, the system tells you there are no agents available. Nice trick. I could have saved 10 mins of my life if they told me that earlier.I was swayed by the positive reviews but definitely would recommend versus buying this product.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review []  2019-12-8 18:10

    Amazing product. Allows me to hardwire my Rachio 2nd Gen. I was going to go with the other guy WIFI controller, then Rachio came out with 2nd Gen. Now this is great. Highly recommended.What I don't understand is the lack of pictures from Rachio. Why don't they take more pictures and present them in info on the site? I was wondering how do these work. Why can't they take a picture that shows the plug in there? Rachio! Have you seen Apple www service about their products? A amazing idea to copy them, don't you think? '.Anyways, love my Rachio 2nd Gen and this enclosure.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review []  2019-12-8 18:10

    I purchased this to replace an existing RainBird unit I was not overly thrilled with. While it was programmable, it was no very amazing at sensing when it was going to rain and slay the scheduled watering. After the install, which took less than an hour to remove and replace existing unit, I setup the schedules. Overnight it was supposed to water and I was impressed by how it ran. I picked the intelligent cycle watering and it worked as advertised. It split the watering times into two separate smaller watering to reduce the amount of runoff. I love the fact that I can pick a single location and set that up to run the sprinklers as well and I was unable to do this on my old Y problem is that it does not work with Apple Homekit yet.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review []  2019-12-8 18:10

    Worst customer service I’ve encountered... maybe in my lifetime. You will obtain a number of emails the first day, none of which will resolve your problem or even test for that matter, but radio silence will follow. I just about have every intelligent device on the shop so I’m not fresh to tweaking something until it works; however, this device has some major problems in its design. In a weeks time it stayed online for maybe 15 minutes. It seemingly can’t reconnect on it’s own either, even with an extender 10ft. away. Intelligent doorbell, video cameras, you name it outside with no issue... this couldn't search a channel if it were sitting next to a router. I guarantee there are more people with this problem but Rachio has bet they can offload this and come out with a better ver at a later time. Who cares about all the features if it can’t stay connected long enough to use them. I really had high hopes for this device. Shame on you, Rachio! I lost count of how a lot of emails I sent requesting assistance without even one tip of a solution being provided.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review []  2019-12-8 18:10

    Initial review covering install/setup:I have a Hunter system with 5 zones, 4-5 heads per zone. It took me 5-10 mins to analyze the wiring on the Hunter Pro-C unit to figure out what goes where. I also have a Hunter Rain sensor installed. The location wiring (1-5) was straightforward. I had a single "Com" wire, and then misc other wires for power, the rain sensor and some sort of wired port that the irrigation company must plug into. The Hunter power wires were no longer relevant as were the 3 wires for the random port...so that left power and sensor wires for the rain sensor. Figuring that out, and hooking up the Rachio unit was maybe 15 minutes. Setting up the application / zones / etc was a breeze. Setup is done per location where you can name the location and even take a photo. Data like soil type, grass type, what sort of shrubs there are, sprinkler type, amount of sun and slope are all collected. A fast try is done for each location to create sure everything is connected properly. You also input your address and choose whether to use their weather network, or a specific weather station (eg an Acurite or related station you might have, or one local from WeatherUnderground). There are 3 types of schedules you can create, and the system accounts for rain / wind / temp as part of the schedule. The whole process took 30 minute or less. There are also a number of integrations with Alexa, Google, Nest, etc. So far, so good. Now it's time to see how intelligent this thing is...will post another review after we're through August, which is typically our hottest summer month.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review []  2019-12-8 18:10

    Was working perfectly fine for several months until suddenly the scheduling function just stopped working. Now I have to manually run the thing daily, not optimal! There is no telephone support, and they don’t obtain back to you via their only communication method: email. Frustrated! Test another product!Update several day later: They responded after the review. Eventually required to do a firmware modernize (that was unknown). Works again ok now as expected.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review []  2019-12-8 18:10

    This thing is awesome. We are coming from the dumb Rainbird system, I say 'dumb' because it was clunky and wasn't even capable of using the wireless connection module. We had to make batter the rainbird controller then buy an extra wireless connection glad I looked outside the Rainbird brand. I got this thing hooked up in 10 minutes. Wireless connection over the app, no problems.We have an interior installation, which makes things easier (See my photos) but I didn't bother tacking down all the wires to create it look nice. In my images you'll see we have a rain sensor hooked up also... Speaking of this we have a weather station less than 1/2 mile away, when you are that hyper local, I don't see why you even need it. So that's a potential cash saver there if you are thinking about buying the sensor and live near a weather e application is very good, we also use nest products and it's just like hooking up and scheduling thermostats. Very related experience.Overall I'm very happy, little form factor, smart, and intuitive application and simple installation.Hard to beat this...Side note: right now I'm running an daily schedule which lasts in all 8 zones for 50 minutes, that's my nightly. Then I have the front 3 zones on secondary schedule for 20 mins as I place down fresh seed and topsoil and I wish to hold those seedlings ding the secondary schedule in the application was a bit less intuitive, but just took me an additional min to figure it out.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review []  2019-12-8 18:10

    One month after purchasing and I like it a lot. Between the weather intelligence, location skips, ease of location testing, this device should pay for itself while having complete control of your irrigation.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review []  2019-12-8 18:10

    This controller has some nice features and seems to work - so, why one star? Customer service does not respond the phone. Www service has problems. And unwanted SPAM emails - like I really need marketing emails. Unless a contractor, I see no reason I would need a second controller or emails...Application is not intuitive and support pages are not always correct.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review []  2019-12-9 18:6

    This is my first Rachio product and I purchased on the advise of my next door neighbor and brother whom both own previous versions. I am glad I took their tip as this controller is nothing short of awesome. It is well constructed, has simple to understand instructions, was very simple to install, and the application for your intelligent phone is very well designed and thought out.I've been using this device for about three weeks now and I am very satisfied with the results. The device is hyper smart and will run as automated or as manual as you prefer. You can run it every day exactly when you wish to, or you can set it up to monitor the weather conditions in your zone and let it to determine when and how much to water. I have a private weather station on top of my house and I have connected my Rachio to the weather data received by my PWS. Intelligent watering is based on actual rain fall amounts at my house and not for some remote weather station miles away from is obvious Rachio has done their homework and have produced a high quality device that works extremely well. The application is equally awesome and you can run everything from the phone application or from the controller itself. At a glance you can verify if the system is on-line and connected to wi-fi and if it is actively watering a zone. This unit supports up to 8 zones. I only have 6 so I have disabled the latest two from my setup. If you have an Amazon Echo you can control everything through that device but if you use HomeKit like me, that functionality is waiting in the wings. I am hopeful that feature is added soon, but honestly, the controller is already so automated there's really not much advantage to the voice controlled aspect anyway. Highly recommend this unit. I am thoroughly impressed and happy with my purchase.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review []  2019-12-9 18:6

    Installation of this system is easy. I simply removed my old, dumb controller and replaced it with the Rachio. I wired the old leads into the fresh system with no trouble. The wires don't fit quite as well into the sleek controller, so the cover doesn't sit flush, but that's a minor complaint. The application looks nice, and it's nice to be able to control my sprinklers and drip system with my phone, particularly when I'm changing the drip around and need to try it.During the winter in California, we had heavy rains and Rachio was intelligent enough to basically never water at all. However, now that we're into the summer, we are experiencing our typical temperatures into the nineties. I was getting my regular pop-ups that Rachio was watering, so I was happy. Then I noticed our lawns all turning brown. I looked into it some more and realized Rachio was watering them for five mins every other day! In 95 degree weather no 's nice to have a remote control for your sprinklers, but that's not why you buy this product. You buy it to have the intelligence to water your garden without having to worry about it. The application has some *complex* scheduling options, but why would I wish that? The whole point was to create things easier. I'd rather go back to the old Rain Bird, program the zones manually, and buy a remote. The intelligence isn't there, and Rachio is killing my lawn. Trying to figure out how to modify the schedule, by the way, is neither intuitive nor easy.Oh, I called their technical help for support and after 10 mins on hold, the system tells you there are no agents available. Nice trick. I could have saved 10 mins of my life if they told me that earlier.I was swayed by the positive reviews but definitely would recommend versus buying this product.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review []  2019-12-9 18:6

    Amazing product. Allows me to hardwire my Rachio 2nd Gen. I was going to go with the other guy WIFI controller, then Rachio came out with 2nd Gen. Now this is great. Highly recommended.What I don't understand is the lack of pictures from Rachio. Why don't they take more pictures and present them in info on the site? I was wondering how do these work. Why can't they take a picture that shows the plug in there? Rachio! Have you seen Apple www service about their products? A amazing idea to copy them, don't you think? '.Anyways, love my Rachio 2nd Gen and this enclosure.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review []  2019-12-9 18:6

    Worst customer service I’ve encountered... maybe in my lifetime. You will obtain a number of emails the first day, none of which will resolve your problem or even test for that matter, but radio silence will follow. I just about have every intelligent device on the shop so I’m not fresh to tweaking something until it works; however, this device has some major problems in its design. In a weeks time it stayed online for maybe 15 minutes. It seemingly can’t reconnect on it’s own either, even with an extender 10ft. away. Intelligent doorbell, video cameras, you name it outside with no issue... this couldn't search a channel if it were sitting next to a router. I guarantee there are more people with this problem but Rachio has bet they can offload this and come out with a better ver at a later time. Who cares about all the features if it can’t stay connected long enough to use them. I really had high hopes for this device. Shame on you, Rachio! I lost count of how a lot of emails I sent requesting assistance without even one tip of a solution being provided.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review []  2019-12-9 18:6

    I purchased this to replace an existing RainBird unit I was not overly thrilled with. While it was programmable, it was no very amazing at sensing when it was going to rain and slay the scheduled watering. After the install, which took less than an hour to remove and replace existing unit, I setup the schedules. Overnight it was supposed to water and I was impressed by how it ran. I picked the intelligent cycle watering and it worked as advertised. It split the watering times into two separate smaller watering to reduce the amount of runoff. I love the fact that I can pick a single location and set that up to run the sprinklers as well and I was unable to do this on my old Y problem is that it does not work with Apple Homekit yet.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review []  2019-12-9 18:6

    Initial review covering install/setup:I have a Hunter system with 5 zones, 4-5 heads per zone. It took me 5-10 mins to analyze the wiring on the Hunter Pro-C unit to figure out what goes where. I also have a Hunter Rain sensor installed. The location wiring (1-5) was straightforward. I had a single "Com" wire, and then misc other wires for power, the rain sensor and some sort of wired port that the irrigation company must plug into. The Hunter power wires were no longer relevant as were the 3 wires for the random port...so that left power and sensor wires for the rain sensor. Figuring that out, and hooking up the Rachio unit was maybe 15 minutes. Setting up the application / zones / etc was a breeze. Setup is done per location where you can name the location and even take a photo. Data like soil type, grass type, what sort of shrubs there are, sprinkler type, amount of sun and slope are all collected. A fast try is done for each location to create sure everything is connected properly. You also input your address and choose whether to use their weather network, or a specific weather station (eg an Acurite or related station you might have, or one local from WeatherUnderground). There are 3 types of schedules you can create, and the system accounts for rain / wind / temp as part of the schedule. The whole process took 30 minute or less. There are also a number of integrations with Alexa, Google, Nest, etc. So far, so good. Now it's time to see how intelligent this thing is...will post another review after we're through August, which is typically our hottest summer month.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review []  2019-12-9 18:6

    Was working perfectly fine for several months until suddenly the scheduling function just stopped working. Now I have to manually run the thing daily, not optimal! There is no telephone support, and they don’t obtain back to you via their only communication method: email. Frustrated! Test another product!Update several day later: They responded after the review. Eventually required to do a firmware modernize (that was unknown). Works again ok now as expected.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review []  2019-12-9 18:6

    This thing is awesome. We are coming from the dumb Rainbird system, I say 'dumb' because it was clunky and wasn't even capable of using the wireless connection module. We had to make batter the rainbird controller then buy an extra wireless connection glad I looked outside the Rainbird brand. I got this thing hooked up in 10 minutes. Wireless connection over the app, no problems.We have an interior installation, which makes things easier (See my photos) but I didn't bother tacking down all the wires to create it look nice. In my images you'll see we have a rain sensor hooked up also... Speaking of this we have a weather station less than 1/2 mile away, when you are that hyper local, I don't see why you even need it. So that's a potential cash saver there if you are thinking about buying the sensor and live near a weather e application is very good, we also use nest products and it's just like hooking up and scheduling thermostats. Very related experience.Overall I'm very happy, little form factor, smart, and intuitive application and simple installation.Hard to beat this...Side note: right now I'm running an daily schedule which lasts in all 8 zones for 50 minutes, that's my nightly. Then I have the front 3 zones on secondary schedule for 20 mins as I place down fresh seed and topsoil and I wish to hold those seedlings ding the secondary schedule in the application was a bit less intuitive, but just took me an additional min to figure it out.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review []  2019-12-9 18:6

    One month after purchasing and I like it a lot. Between the weather intelligence, location skips, ease of location testing, this device should pay for itself while having complete control of your irrigation.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review []  2019-12-9 18:6

    This controller has some nice features and seems to work - so, why one star? Customer service does not respond the phone. Www service has problems. And unwanted SPAM emails - like I really need marketing emails. Unless a contractor, I see no reason I would need a second controller or emails...Application is not intuitive and support pages are not always correct.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review []  2019-12-9 18:8

    This is my first Rachio product and I purchased on the advise of my next door neighbor and brother whom both own previous versions. I am glad I took their tip as this controller is nothing short of awesome. It is well constructed, has simple to understand instructions, was very simple to install, and the application for your intelligent phone is very well designed and thought out.I've been using this device for about three weeks now and I am very satisfied with the results. The device is hyper smart and will run as automated or as manual as you prefer. You can run it every day exactly when you wish to, or you can set it up to monitor the weather conditions in your zone and let it to determine when and how much to water. I have a private weather station on top of my house and I have connected my Rachio to the weather data received by my PWS. Intelligent watering is based on actual rain fall amounts at my house and not for some remote weather station miles away from is obvious Rachio has done their homework and have produced a high quality device that works extremely well. The application is equally awesome and you can run everything from the phone application or from the controller itself. At a glance you can verify if the system is on-line and connected to wi-fi and if it is actively watering a zone. This unit supports up to 8 zones. I only have 6 so I have disabled the latest two from my setup. If you have an Amazon Echo you can control everything through that device but if you use HomeKit like me, that functionality is waiting in the wings. I am hopeful that feature is added soon, but honestly, the controller is already so automated there's really not much advantage to the voice controlled aspect anyway. Highly recommend this unit. I am thoroughly impressed and happy with my purchase.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review []  2019-12-9 18:8

    Installation of this system is easy. I simply removed my old, dumb controller and replaced it with the Rachio. I wired the old leads into the fresh system with no trouble. The wires don't fit quite as well into the sleek controller, so the cover doesn't sit flush, but that's a minor complaint. The application looks nice, and it's nice to be able to control my sprinklers and drip system with my phone, particularly when I'm changing the drip around and need to try it.During the winter in California, we had heavy rains and Rachio was intelligent enough to basically never water at all. However, now that we're into the summer, we are experiencing our typical temperatures into the nineties. I was getting my regular pop-ups that Rachio was watering, so I was happy. Then I noticed our lawns all turning brown. I looked into it some more and realized Rachio was watering them for five mins every other day! In 95 degree weather no 's nice to have a remote control for your sprinklers, but that's not why you buy this product. You buy it to have the intelligence to water your garden without having to worry about it. The application has some *complex* scheduling options, but why would I wish that? The whole point was to create things easier. I'd rather go back to the old Rain Bird, program the zones manually, and buy a remote. The intelligence isn't there, and Rachio is killing my lawn. Trying to figure out how to modify the schedule, by the way, is neither intuitive nor easy.Oh, I called their technical help for support and after 10 mins on hold, the system tells you there are no agents available. Nice trick. I could have saved 10 mins of my life if they told me that earlier.I was swayed by the positive reviews but definitely would recommend versus buying this product.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review []  2019-12-9 18:8

    Amazing product. Allows me to hardwire my Rachio 2nd Gen. I was going to go with the other guy WIFI controller, then Rachio came out with 2nd Gen. Now this is great. Highly recommended.What I don't understand is the lack of pictures from Rachio. Why don't they take more pictures and present them in info on the site? I was wondering how do these work. Why can't they take a picture that shows the plug in there? Rachio! Have you seen Apple www service about their products? A amazing idea to copy them, don't you think? '.Anyways, love my Rachio 2nd Gen and this enclosure.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review []  2019-12-9 18:8

    Worst customer service I’ve encountered... maybe in my lifetime. You will obtain a number of emails the first day, none of which will resolve your problem or even test for that matter, but radio silence will follow. I just about have every intelligent device on the shop so I’m not fresh to tweaking something until it works; however, this device has some major problems in its design. In a weeks time it stayed online for maybe 15 minutes. It seemingly can’t reconnect on it’s own either, even with an extender 10ft. away. Intelligent doorbell, video cameras, you name it outside with no issue... this couldn't search a channel if it were sitting next to a router. I guarantee there are more people with this problem but Rachio has bet they can offload this and come out with a better ver at a later time. Who cares about all the features if it can’t stay connected long enough to use them. I really had high hopes for this device. Shame on you, Rachio! I lost count of how a lot of emails I sent requesting assistance without even one tip of a solution being provided.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review []  2019-12-9 18:8

    I purchased this to replace an existing RainBird unit I was not overly thrilled with. While it was programmable, it was no very amazing at sensing when it was going to rain and slay the scheduled watering. After the install, which took less than an hour to remove and replace existing unit, I setup the schedules. Overnight it was supposed to water and I was impressed by how it ran. I picked the intelligent cycle watering and it worked as advertised. It split the watering times into two separate smaller watering to reduce the amount of runoff. I love the fact that I can pick a single location and set that up to run the sprinklers as well and I was unable to do this on my old Y problem is that it does not work with Apple Homekit yet.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review []  2019-12-9 18:8

    Initial review covering install/setup:I have a Hunter system with 5 zones, 4-5 heads per zone. It took me 5-10 mins to analyze the wiring on the Hunter Pro-C unit to figure out what goes where. I also have a Hunter Rain sensor installed. The location wiring (1-5) was straightforward. I had a single "Com" wire, and then misc other wires for power, the rain sensor and some sort of wired port that the irrigation company must plug into. The Hunter power wires were no longer relevant as were the 3 wires for the random port...so that left power and sensor wires for the rain sensor. Figuring that out, and hooking up the Rachio unit was maybe 15 minutes. Setting up the application / zones / etc was a breeze. Setup is done per location where you can name the location and even take a photo. Data like soil type, grass type, what sort of shrubs there are, sprinkler type, amount of sun and slope are all collected. A fast try is done for each location to create sure everything is connected properly. You also input your address and choose whether to use their weather network, or a specific weather station (eg an Acurite or related station you might have, or one local from WeatherUnderground). There are 3 types of schedules you can create, and the system accounts for rain / wind / temp as part of the schedule. The whole process took 30 minute or less. There are also a number of integrations with Alexa, Google, Nest, etc. So far, so good. Now it's time to see how intelligent this thing is...will post another review after we're through August, which is typically our hottest summer month.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review []  2019-12-9 18:8

    Was working perfectly fine for several months until suddenly the scheduling function just stopped working. Now I have to manually run the thing daily, not optimal! There is no telephone support, and they don’t obtain back to you via their only communication method: email. Frustrated! Test another product!Update several day later: They responded after the review. Eventually required to do a firmware modernize (that was unknown). Works again ok now as expected.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review []  2019-12-9 18:8

    This thing is awesome. We are coming from the dumb Rainbird system, I say 'dumb' because it was clunky and wasn't even capable of using the wireless connection module. We had to make batter the rainbird controller then buy an extra wireless connection glad I looked outside the Rainbird brand. I got this thing hooked up in 10 minutes. Wireless connection over the app, no problems.We have an interior installation, which makes things easier (See my photos) but I didn't bother tacking down all the wires to create it look nice. In my images you'll see we have a rain sensor hooked up also... Speaking of this we have a weather station less than 1/2 mile away, when you are that hyper local, I don't see why you even need it. So that's a potential cash saver there if you are thinking about buying the sensor and live near a weather e application is very good, we also use nest products and it's just like hooking up and scheduling thermostats. Very related experience.Overall I'm very happy, little form factor, smart, and intuitive application and simple installation.Hard to beat this...Side note: right now I'm running an daily schedule which lasts in all 8 zones for 50 minutes, that's my nightly. Then I have the front 3 zones on secondary schedule for 20 mins as I place down fresh seed and topsoil and I wish to hold those seedlings ding the secondary schedule in the application was a bit less intuitive, but just took me an additional min to figure it out.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review []  2019-12-9 18:8

    One month after purchasing and I like it a lot. Between the weather intelligence, location skips, ease of location testing, this device should pay for itself while having complete control of your irrigation.

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    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, 8 Zone review []  2019-12-9 18:8

    This controller has some nice features and seems to work - so, why one star? Customer service does not respond the phone. Www service has problems. And unwanted SPAM emails - like I really need marketing emails. Unless a contractor, I see no reason I would need a second controller or emails...Application is not intuitive and support pages are not always correct.

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    Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller, 8 Zone 1st Generation, Works with Alexa review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:23

    This is a amazing device! I added a junction box (see photo) to transition from my existing 14 gauge wires to 18 gauge which created my installation a lot easier. The smaller wires fits the opening in the base plate of the IRO a lot better. Here are the extra stuff I ordered at Amazon to do this: 1) Hubell PDB77550WH junction box 2) Morris 22052 terminal blockBeing able to remotely turn on and off each location manually created the job of troubleshooting my pop up sprinklers and drip emitters so much easier. The Rachio Application provided all the features and flexibility I required for optimum watering of my landscape. This product is a joy to use.

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    Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller, 8 Zone 1st Generation, Works with Alexa review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:23

    I debated quite a bit before purchasing the IRO (it is expensive) – I poured over the reviews (mainly on Amazon, but on other websites as well). Honestly, I wasn’t overly convinced until I started reading the responses to the negative (and the positive) reviews … this is what SOLD ME! Customer service ABSOLUTELY ROCKS with these folks!!! Emil doesn’t obtain paid enough (and I have no idea how much he makes) for putting up with all of the negative nannies that post reviews where the user was simply ignorant of the product and how it is explained it should be used. Ashley and Lena were also helpful to me in getting through the setup. But Kevin Rooney really connected with me on behalf of Rachio – thanks, Rooney! If you’re thinking about a “smart” irrigation timer – buy one from these folks! If only for the customer service!!! They do care – the technology is not perfect, the product is not excellent … but it is still a fairly new/innovative product and some hiccups are expected to be encountered. The folks at Rachio will go above and beyond to create you satisfied (and we know that there are some folks that never will be, but Rachio still tries!).Now for the review – I’ve had problems and am patiently waiting for “fixes” (a fresh application was recently issued):1. If you are one of the few (like me) that uses a Windows Phone, you can’t connect through an app. You can connect through the internet on your phone and have some control over the system. But it seems the application would be the method to go. This is on me and not Rachio – while I will continue to use Windows Phones until they are more obsolete than the Zune (which was better than the IPod) I probably wouldn’t invest much in developing apps for it either.2. I blinked the system up with the wife’s Android device … it took several attempts, but we got it done (note: if you’re unfamiliar like I was – take the case off the phone … that seemed to create it work right away).3. I actually measured off the zone of each location and entered all of the data into the advanced fields hoping that the “technology” would advise of watering times and such … it doesn’t. Not yet anyway. But I still believe that as the technology evolves and more troops are sold – we’ll obtain there!4. In short, you can do EVERYTHING that you could do with you “old fashioned” irrigation timer – plus, you can control it from your phone. If you check your sprinklers once or twice a year to create sure everything is working well – you don’t have to walk back and forth to the well house (I am irrigating about 3 acres) – I just change the location on my phone. The technology continues to improve. I have waited nearly six months to write this review to insure that I have place it through it’s paces – I want there was a Windows application so I would know how the rest of the globe uses the conclude, it’s a very amazing product that only continues to improve and with the STELLAR customer service provide by all employees, you should buy this if you’re in the shop for a wireless connection irrigation controller.

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    Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller, 8 Zone 1st Generation, Works with Alexa review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:23

    Several things to say. I'll test to be as concise and objective as possible.Positive- I purchased this because of the flawless 5-star reviews on Amazon. I agree with the rating after having used for 2 weeks.- Rachio's customer help is at par with (or even beyond) Amazon's own (which I keep in very high esteem). The guys are amazing and very responsive. Not sure how long they'll be able to keep up that quality as their company grows, but right now I can say their responsiveness to my questions has been method above average. Kudos to them for their focus on customer experience.- Comes with terminals to connect sensors (e.g.: rain sensor).- Installation was a breeze- Connection to home WiFi (router) was fast and painless.- Amazing build quality. "press-in" wire connectors create installation simple (no screws to mess around with). All it took was 2 larger screws to fix it to the wall--no biggie.- Very nice app. You can customize things like soil type, grading and irrigation head type for each zone, and if you activate the intelligent irrigation setting, the program will calculate appropriate "soak times" (to acc for heavier, clayey soils taking up water slower). The program is not so amazing at showing you the "soak minutes" it has decided to add (they do have a comprehensive FAQ on it, but it is a bit cumbersome to do the calculations yourself, just because there are so a lot of variables involved), but I was told changes/improvements to the application are coming in e not so positive- I have 12 zones. Felt I was ripped off a small in buying the "16 zones" to accommodate for only 12 (their smaller controller only has 8 so it didn't fit the bill). Not a product issue--More of just being stuck in the middle with my current configuration.- They do not help Weather Underground "cloud", so some of the nicer and lower-priced persona weather stations (such as WS-1001-WiFi) are not supported. You often need a weatherbridge or more fancy equipment running hundreds of dollars if you wish to improve accuracy with your own small weather station. Most of the Private Weather Stations (PWS) they help are somewhat expensive.- Has the option to use "Personal Weather Stations" if you think the national grid is not so accurate. In my case, the closest national weather station was 15 miles away (ugh!), and I had a "Personal Weather Station" set up by a neighbor 0.15 mi away. However, you never know how reliable that data could be. It is not Rachio's fault that I don't have more neighbors setting up their own PWS, but I am still a bit skeptical on weather data interpretation--then again, local weather is always hard to predict. This kind of goes in hand with my opinion about the pricey compatible PWSs that Iro will work with. ...still, not critical to the unit itself; more of my private wishes as a user speaking gative- As pointed out by other reviewers, wiring can be tight. I had 12 zones, and my wiring was massive (probably 14 or even 12 gauge, solid strand copper, same as house wiring). I had to chop the plastic in the back panel to obtain the cables to fit. And then bend every wire individually and meticulously press it back versus the controller to be able to close the lid without it popping back open. There is just enough room to fit the cables (they obtain "sandwiched in between the front and back part of the controller). And I have only 12 zones--had I used 16 I would have required to splice my cables to lower gauge wires. Still, the "retrofit" did not take all that long.- Some minor bugs in their app. Crashes on one screen in particular, and did a few weird things on others. Was able to work around things, and they said they'll be releasing a fresh improved ver of the application in May. Can't wait.

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    Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller, 8 Zone 1st Generation, Works with Alexa review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:23

    I love this! So far it is my favorite home automation upgrade. Living in Orlando, lawn irrigation can cost a lot of cash in water and wastewater bills. My bill was basically chop in half based on this device is recommendations and my lawn looks great. I recommend using an external rain sensor if you live in an zone that has fast localized bursts of rain (like Florida) as opposed to only using the internet weather service that this device pulls from. This unit will pay for itself in about a half a year in my case (Orlando water costs are beautiful high).Even outside of the savings, this device is cool and definitely worth it.

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    Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller, 8 Zone 1st Generation, Works with Alexa review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:23

    UPDATE 5/28/16 - I would advise not letting this unit figure out your optimal watering durations. I programmed in my sprinkler precipitation rates based on the manufacturer (Rainbird) specifications for their nozzles, which for my specific nozzle was 1.75 inches/hour then allow the software figure out the optimal watering times, which came out to only 8 mins per zone, watering every other day. Watering 3 times a week that's only .7" of rain a week, when it's recommended that you water 1" a week.I didn't do this math initially trusting the software and by mid-July most of my lawn was driven into dormancy due to lack of water. Even if I was to water 4 times a week at 8 mins I'd still only obtain .93", and that's not even taking into acc loss of water due to wind, partially clogged nozzles, advise is search out your sprinkler's precipitation rates and calculate your own watering times to obtain the desired 1" of water since as far as I can tell the Rachio algorithm would rather save water than hold your lawn from going dormant due to lack of water.----I picked this up on a "Goldbox Deal of The Day" and I'm glad I did. I purchased a house late latest summer that had been vacant for 8 years with bare-minimum maintenance on the sprinkler system. The controller is in the basement down two flights of stairs, making it a true pain to turn zones off and on while finding broken sprinklers. This product makes sprinkler troubleshooting so much easier and faster.I had an problem with the neighbors sending their dogs to "do their business" in my yard, especially the ones across the road who have only a rock garden for a front yard rather than grass. I have a webcam set up to watch the front yard, so while I'm at work I leave the video feed begin and if I see a dog come in to my yard, they obtain blasted with water before they obtain a possibility to "do the deed". I'm sure the neighbors across the road wonder why their wiener dogs hold coming back into the house soaking wet. This alone was worth the cash I spent. :)There are a few cons, however. As others have said, the spring clips that secure the location and common wires are tiny. I'm glad the unit supports two common wires as the previous controller had both common wires under a single terminal, this is not possible with the Rachio. If you have older thick gauge wires, you may need to splice in some thinner wire to use this e only true issue I had was with the overly-gimmicky "blink up" procedure. It doesn't work well with a lot of Android device phones, and this is a serious issue when as of the first quarter of 2015, Android device devices had 78% of the shop vs. 18% for Apple devices. This means that 78% of Rachio customers are topic to having problems with the Blinkup process. I tried using a Samsung Galaxy Note I had laying around as my daughter was using my basic phone, and the Blinkup failed no matter how much I tweaked the screen settings. At one point I was standing in my basement with all the lights off, pressing the phone up to the Iro in pitch black darkness. This is not the sprinkler controller for you if you're afraid of the dark, or don't wish to explain to your family why you're standing in the basement with all the lights turned off with your phone pressed screen-first versus the wall, cursing under your breath. You might end up in a psych ward on a 2 week "mental health evaluation".Finally I got my normal cell phone back from my daughter (a OnePlus One), turned the screen brightness up to max and it finally allow me "Blink Up" the Rachio. It shouldn't be this hard Rachio, just set the controller up so it allows you to connect via Wireless connection with a generic network name and configure it from there. Blinkup is an annoying gimmick, and much of the reason why I gave this product 4 instead of 5 stars."Wish List" Items:1.) The controller's suggestions for my yard was an every-3-days schedule. I prefer a every-2-days schedule, but when you change it, it doesn't re-calculate the recommended location watering times. I just multiplied the 3 day suggestion by 0.666 and this seems to work so far, but it should re-calculate the suggestion when you change the watering frequency rather than making customers pull out a calculator.2.) It would be nice if it had more selections for soil types, the available types are mixes of sand, top soil, and clay. I have top soil with a lot of river rock/gravel in it, so I selected "top soil with some sand" figuring it would take into acc that it drains faster than plain topsoil.3.) You can configure custom nozzles if you can search the info from the manufacturer. It would be nice if Rachio would build a database of various sprinkler models and brands and associated nozzles. It would be amazing to be able to enable an "advanced" mode which would allow you select your brand and model of sprinkler per zone, select the nozzle size you have installed, and enter how a lot of sprinklers you have per zone. I suspect water use estimates would be more accurate as well as calculating watering times this method rather than using a "one size fits all" approach. Even if they just did the main brands like Rainbird, Hunter and Orbit it would be really e software otherwise is very stable thus far. Ver 2.0 of the software is due out soon which is supposed to add a number of features, so if you're reading this review note that my comments are based on the 1.9.3-73 software revision.

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    Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller, 8 Zone 1st Generation, Works with Alexa review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:23

    I ordered my IRO as the Amazon Deal of the Day on Saturday morning. With the wonders of Amazon Prime, it arrived the NEXT DAY. Sunday. Not living anywhere near an Amazon warehouse. Via USPS (I didn't even know the post office delivered mail on Sunday, until Amazon came along). That's ortly after the excitement of fast delivery - I found myself with the setup stuck on "Step 4 of 4" Trying to connect Iro to (my network name). The "blink up" process is rather creative... essentially sending a morse code notice via light: steaming a sequence of bits via flashes on my cellphone to an optical receiver on the Iro. After the first time around, the WiFi light was blinking on and off green. Great! I thought this was success, but my phone said no. I tried to login to web site, and it said I didn't have any registered devices, and forwarded me to a purchase ter a few sequential attempts, I decided to do a hard reset. No luck there, as I ended up pulling the anchors out of the drywall trying to begin it up. Super scary if I ever need to adjust the wiring. I don't even know if a hard restart is possible. Be sure you have the wiring correct!I ended up exiting the app, waiting a bit, turning off the IRO and then completely starting over. Even if the light is flashing green, apparently it can be reprogrammed. The next time around it seemed to work. I think perhaps it missed just a hero or 2 the first time around.I have one of those "passwords longer than 20 characters"... but I was really not in the mood for changing EVERY WifFi password on EVERY device I own, just for this guy. Also - was using Android device Lollipop on Galaxy S5. Some people mentioned that the IPhone / IPod ver may work for security - I found it annoying that that you can only search the MAC address once connected. It is not printed ANYWHERE on the box. Apparently you can email help with your serial number, but I was excited to install and didn't wish to see how long a response might take. So plan on disabling MAC security on your router, if you happen to have it enabled - during ports required to be opened on the router. There's some discussion about this - but it is for OUTBOUND traffic - and not a lot of people block outbound ports on their e minus one star, is that I cannot directly control the IRO from my phone. You *must* connect to the IRO server, and the sprinkler box will then poll to see if there's anything new. It will be interesting to see if this things works at all in 10 years. The old school controller this replaced would of course never have this ere are lots of cool features. I will admit I was a bit disappointed in the lack of actual intelligence. After setting up sprinklers, I expected to see a "smart" schedule based on the sprinkler types I entered and soil type. Instead: nothing. You need to actually *create* a schedule. And the initial schedule I wanted ended up FIVE HOURS long (living in California, I water considerably less than that). One issue was the drip beds. With the sprinkler I selected with "perennials" - it wanted to water them for HOURS. I had to press the "minute less" button hundreds of times to set it to 20 then end, I have essentially the same schedule I had on my old-school controller. I do have handy features. The ability to turn things on and off from my phone is awesome. I've spent a lot of trips back and forth during maintenance time. Hopefully my phone will stay dry though.I wasn't able to search a feature that says "never water on given day" such as a Friday. We have day-of-week water restrictions. I'll post an modernize after I have more days of watering. I'd still recommend this guy. It is cool... just not as cool as I was expecting. Perhaps with a software update...

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    Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller, 8 Zone 1st Generation, Works with Alexa review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:23

    I ordered this product to replace an older controller. I took tip from other reviewers and applied for the rebate through my town making this product almost free! I really have fun being able to control everything from my phone. I travel a lot for work and it's nice to be able to have control on the road. I've also noticed a significant savings based on the application automatically postponing watering due to rain. One of the most beneficial functions of this device is that I can water my flowers which is a separate location independently from the rest of the zones. This means I can water my flowers everyday and my yard every 2 to 3 days. I also like the fact that you can control the zones manually from the application which makes replacing sprinkler heads and flushing the system for winter much easier. The application is very user-friendly and simple to understand. I am thrilled with this device and have already recommended it to all my neighbors who always question how I'm able to turn on my sprinklers from my front yard. Highly recommended

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    Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller, 8 Zone 1st Generation, Works with Alexa review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:23

    I am writing this review because my set up was a small bit various than others and I hope that my experiences will support others. I have a huge yard. Our old sprinkler controller had 19 zones. I researched this unit and the Skydrop for a few weeks. They seemed beautiful comparable. I ultimately based my decision on which unit had the most advanced application according to the reviews. The application for the Skydrop was updated recently but some of the comments still knocked the look and feel of the app. So I decided to go with the Rachio. I contacted Rachio about my 19 location problem and I asked how they recommended the problem be addressed. They told me that I could have two troops and that I would need to splice the common wire to the fresh unit. They also stated that to hold them from both running at the same time, it was recommended that I run one on even days and one on odd days. I did not like this proposed solution. I have been told that the ver 2 application will let multiple controllers to be integrated and work as one controller.I researched on the Rachio forum and found someone asking questions about putting two wires on a single zone. The comments stated that it should be okay, but might affect pressure. So I mapped out my existing zones and picked three that I thought could be combined.I purchased the Rachio and it was delivered three days ago. Installation was a breeze. I followed the recommendations and took a picture of the existing layout and then proceeded to set up the fresh zones with the proposed combining of three on the fresh system. If I did not have the problem with the 19 zones going to 16, the whole process would have taken about 1/4 of the time. I then proceeded to set up the system. It was so much fun to be walking around our huge yard turning on each of the zones on and give it a name on my cell phone..Of the zones I selected to combine, one affected water pressure. The other two worked fine. So that location could not continue to be together. I tried two other configurations and both affected water pressure for the two combined zones that I selected. I disconnected one of the two wires for a location and just left it overnight. I slept on it and tried to decide whether to buy another unit or to return the thing because I could not obtain it to do what I wanted it to sterday, when I woke up, I decided to take one of the two other zones that I had combined and to break it up between two neighboring zones. Then I set up the lone remaining location on its own. When I tested it, all was fine and the pressure was not impacted by any combination.Right now I am out of city and my Rachio is watering away through the various zones in my yard. The largest advantages for me with this unit is the ability to turn on a single location at anytime from anywhere. Also, our yard is mostly clay. So I am hoping that the changes for clay will support manage our yard better. This was the reason that I did not wish two units. With clay, the unit breaks up the watering over a period of time during the day. So the only sure method to hold them separate would be to water various days. We have had water restrictions in the past so I did not like that as an option. I think that you could address the two troops differently and water on the same day, but never had to test that since I was able to successfully combine three zones.I did message a couple of things during installation. There were some comments about if the wires are too long, it can make problems with closing the unit. I agree with these comments. The problem is that there is no click to close. It is being held closed by a data connection between the two pieces. I think that a click catch between the two plastic troops would be a nice added feature.Overall, the installation was super simple and would have been even more so but for my 19 location issue. I am very satisfied with the product so far.

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    Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller, 8 Zone 1st Generation, Works with Alexa review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:23

    So far, the Rachio is terrific. I replaced an age-old clock that still worked, but I was always stressed about turning it off if it was going to rain, how long to water each zone, etc. etc... After setting up each location on the Rachio, I've done nothing. It doesn't water if it's going to rain, it skips days based on temperature, and you can easily manually water a location from your phone. I was a small freaked by having a box on the wall with no ability to manually turn on a zone, but that soon faded, and now my lawn looks fine.I live in Colorado, and some brown spots during our hot dry weeks are unavoidable; so even with the Rachio I have a couple spots that look a small dry, but fewer than I did before, and I'm using FAR less water.I'm marginally tech savvy, but you sure don't need to be. The application walks you through set up. Another cool thing is I finally took the time to describe each zone, so now they are named in the app. This is an outstanding product that I suspect will hold getting better.I received a $100 rebate from Denver water for buying this (I required two but only obtain a rebate for one), and I believe I've probably already saved enough in a couple months to pay the difference. Plus I'm saving water, which is always critical in locations like CO.

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    Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller, 8 Zone 1st Generation, Works with Alexa review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:23

    I did a lot of research prior to making this purchase. I wanted to move away from my dumb/terminal RainBird and onto something that is more Eco friendly and can adjust itself. I looked at over a dozen various devices and landed on this one. The installation of this was very easy, and did not need me to change anything (except of course the box itself). The internal wiring on my old RainBird had the colourful wires labeled and it was a piece of cake to place them into this Rachio. One bit of advice, take a cell picture of your existing wiring so you can review what was there prior as you setup the fresh Rachio (also amazing to have that in case you have any problems and need to place the old box back on). I did have a small bit of an problem getting this to sync up with my wireless network, but after a second test it connected up and has been working amazing since (I required to turn out the lights and put my phone closer to the Rachio port for it to read the flashes properly).I setup several schedules (just playing around with it mostly). I landed on utilizing the "Flex Schedule", which allows you to define the info of your zones (such as slope type, soil type, grass type, sun type, etc) and the device will monitor weather reports for your zone and automatically determine when and how much to water each. I also enabled the "Smart Cycle" feature as I have a clay type soil and this feature will water my lawn with a series of short cycles (which improves water absorption and prevents runoff). I have to say, I have been very satisfied with this and my lawn has been looking very amazing (with much less interference from me).Now to the cons (which I use this word lightly as they are more irritations than outright issues). First, you have to setup an acc with Rachio and that is what drives everything (your device and your cell phone connectivity to the device). This does not cost anything to have, but my fear is that if something ever happens with the company that I'm not sure what I will be able to do with this device. Second, when you use the "Flex Schedule" it will automatically determine the base/default length of time to water each location (it will of course adjust this based on local weather). The part I don't like is that it doesn't let me to adjust that base level to a finer detail (it does let you to do a More/Less which I believe is percentage based). Again this is not a huge con, more of an annoyance as I would rather just place in my own specific amount of time outright. Third (and last), when you are on a "Flex Schedule" and look at the next projected watering date it usually has it a couple of weeks away. However, I found that it would end up watering in the next few days fairly consistently. Of course, this device is always adjusting itself based on local weather but I feel that the formula it uses to determine next watering date should be updated to more accurately reflect when it will water next. As I said in the beginning of this list though, these are all just annoyances rather than problems and should be taken the end, I am satisfied with this device and its performance thus far. I would like to see a few changes as highlighted above, but otherwise this really is a very amazing system.

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    Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller, 8 Zone 2nd Generation, Pro-Edition review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:24

    Works Great

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    Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller, 8 Zone 1st Generation, Works with Alexa review []  2019-12-8 18:10

    This is a amazing device! I added a junction box (see photo) to transition from my existing 14 gauge wires to 18 gauge which created my installation a lot easier. The smaller wires fits the opening in the base plate of the IRO a lot better. Here are the extra stuff I ordered at Amazon to do this: 1) Hubell PDB77550WH junction box 2) Morris 22052 terminal blockBeing able to remotely turn on and off each location manually created the job of troubleshooting my pop up sprinklers and drip emitters so much easier. The Rachio Application provided all the features and flexibility I required for optimum watering of my landscape. This product is a joy to use.

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    Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller, 8 Zone 1st Generation, Works with Alexa review []  2019-12-8 18:10

    I debated quite a bit before purchasing the IRO (it is expensive) – I poured over the reviews (mainly on Amazon, but on other websites as well). Honestly, I wasn’t overly convinced until I started reading the responses to the negative (and the positive) reviews … this is what SOLD ME! Customer service ABSOLUTELY ROCKS with these folks!!! Emil doesn’t obtain paid enough (and I have no idea how much he makes) for putting up with all of the negative nannies that post reviews where the user was simply ignorant of the product and how it is explained it should be used. Ashley and Lena were also helpful to me in getting through the setup. But Kevin Rooney really connected with me on behalf of Rachio – thanks, Rooney! If you’re thinking about a “smart” irrigation timer – buy one from these folks! If only for the customer service!!! They do care – the technology is not perfect, the product is not excellent … but it is still a fairly new/innovative product and some hiccups are expected to be encountered. The folks at Rachio will go above and beyond to create you satisfied (and we know that there are some folks that never will be, but Rachio still tries!).Now for the review – I’ve had problems and am patiently waiting for “fixes” (a fresh application was recently issued):1. If you are one of the few (like me) that uses a Windows Phone, you can’t connect through an app. You can connect through the internet on your phone and have some control over the system. But it seems the application would be the method to go. This is on me and not Rachio – while I will continue to use Windows Phones until they are more obsolete than the Zune (which was better than the IPod) I probably wouldn’t invest much in developing apps for it either.2. I blinked the system up with the wife’s Android device … it took several attempts, but we got it done (note: if you’re unfamiliar like I was – take the case off the phone … that seemed to create it work right away).3. I actually measured off the zone of each location and entered all of the data into the advanced fields hoping that the “technology” would advise of watering times and such … it doesn’t. Not yet anyway. But I still believe that as the technology evolves and more troops are sold – we’ll obtain there!4. In short, you can do EVERYTHING that you could do with you “old fashioned” irrigation timer – plus, you can control it from your phone. If you check your sprinklers once or twice a year to create sure everything is working well – you don’t have to walk back and forth to the well house (I am irrigating about 3 acres) – I just change the location on my phone. The technology continues to improve. I have waited nearly six months to write this review to insure that I have place it through it’s paces – I want there was a Windows application so I would know how the rest of the globe uses the conclude, it’s a very amazing product that only continues to improve and with the STELLAR customer service provide by all employees, you should buy this if you’re in the shop for a wireless connection irrigation controller.

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    Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller, 8 Zone 1st Generation, Works with Alexa review []  2019-12-8 18:10

    Several things to say. I'll test to be as concise and objective as possible.Positive- I purchased this because of the flawless 5-star reviews on Amazon. I agree with the rating after having used for 2 weeks.- Rachio's customer help is at par with (or even beyond) Amazon's own (which I keep in very high esteem). The guys are amazing and very responsive. Not sure how long they'll be able to keep up that quality as their company grows, but right now I can say their responsiveness to my questions has been method above average. Kudos to them for their focus on customer experience.- Comes with terminals to connect sensors (e.g.: rain sensor).- Installation was a breeze- Connection to home WiFi (router) was fast and painless.- Amazing build quality. "press-in" wire connectors create installation simple (no screws to mess around with). All it took was 2 larger screws to fix it to the wall--no biggie.- Very nice app. You can customize things like soil type, grading and irrigation head type for each zone, and if you activate the intelligent irrigation setting, the program will calculate appropriate "soak times" (to acc for heavier, clayey soils taking up water slower). The program is not so amazing at showing you the "soak minutes" it has decided to add (they do have a comprehensive FAQ on it, but it is a bit cumbersome to do the calculations yourself, just because there are so a lot of variables involved), but I was told changes/improvements to the application are coming in e not so positive- I have 12 zones. Felt I was ripped off a small in buying the "16 zones" to accommodate for only 12 (their smaller controller only has 8 so it didn't fit the bill). Not a product issue--More of just being stuck in the middle with my current configuration.- They do not help Weather Underground "cloud", so some of the nicer and lower-priced persona weather stations (such as WS-1001-WiFi) are not supported. You often need a weatherbridge or more fancy equipment running hundreds of dollars if you wish to improve accuracy with your own small weather station. Most of the Private Weather Stations (PWS) they help are somewhat expensive.- Has the option to use "Personal Weather Stations" if you think the national grid is not so accurate. In my case, the closest national weather station was 15 miles away (ugh!), and I had a "Personal Weather Station" set up by a neighbor 0.15 mi away. However, you never know how reliable that data could be. It is not Rachio's fault that I don't have more neighbors setting up their own PWS, but I am still a bit skeptical on weather data interpretation--then again, local weather is always hard to predict. This kind of goes in hand with my opinion about the pricey compatible PWSs that Iro will work with. ...still, not critical to the unit itself; more of my private wishes as a user speaking gative- As pointed out by other reviewers, wiring can be tight. I had 12 zones, and my wiring was massive (probably 14 or even 12 gauge, solid strand copper, same as house wiring). I had to chop the plastic in the back panel to obtain the cables to fit. And then bend every wire individually and meticulously press it back versus the controller to be able to close the lid without it popping back open. There is just enough room to fit the cables (they obtain "sandwiched in between the front and back part of the controller). And I have only 12 zones--had I used 16 I would have required to splice my cables to lower gauge wires. Still, the "retrofit" did not take all that long.- Some minor bugs in their app. Crashes on one screen in particular, and did a few weird things on others. Was able to work around things, and they said they'll be releasing a fresh improved ver of the application in May. Can't wait.

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    Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller, 8 Zone 1st Generation, Works with Alexa review []  2019-12-8 18:10

    I love this! So far it is my favorite home automation upgrade. Living in Orlando, lawn irrigation can cost a lot of cash in water and wastewater bills. My bill was basically chop in half based on this device is recommendations and my lawn looks great. I recommend using an external rain sensor if you live in an zone that has fast localized bursts of rain (like Florida) as opposed to only using the internet weather service that this device pulls from. This unit will pay for itself in about a half a year in my case (Orlando water costs are beautiful high).Even outside of the savings, this device is cool and definitely worth it.

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    Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller, 8 Zone 1st Generation, Works with Alexa review []  2019-12-8 18:10

    UPDATE 5/28/16 - I would advise not letting this unit figure out your optimal watering durations. I programmed in my sprinkler precipitation rates based on the manufacturer (Rainbird) specifications for their nozzles, which for my specific nozzle was 1.75 inches/hour then allow the software figure out the optimal watering times, which came out to only 8 mins per zone, watering every other day. Watering 3 times a week that's only .7" of rain a week, when it's recommended that you water 1" a week.I didn't do this math initially trusting the software and by mid-July most of my lawn was driven into dormancy due to lack of water. Even if I was to water 4 times a week at 8 mins I'd still only obtain .93", and that's not even taking into acc loss of water due to wind, partially clogged nozzles, advise is search out your sprinkler's precipitation rates and calculate your own watering times to obtain the desired 1" of water since as far as I can tell the Rachio algorithm would rather save water than hold your lawn from going dormant due to lack of water.----I picked this up on a "Goldbox Deal of The Day" and I'm glad I did. I purchased a house late latest summer that had been vacant for 8 years with bare-minimum maintenance on the sprinkler system. The controller is in the basement down two flights of stairs, making it a true pain to turn zones off and on while finding broken sprinklers. This product makes sprinkler troubleshooting so much easier and faster.I had an problem with the neighbors sending their dogs to "do their business" in my yard, especially the ones across the road who have only a rock garden for a front yard rather than grass. I have a webcam set up to watch the front yard, so while I'm at work I leave the video feed begin and if I see a dog come in to my yard, they obtain blasted with water before they obtain a possibility to "do the deed". I'm sure the neighbors across the road wonder why their wiener dogs hold coming back into the house soaking wet. This alone was worth the cash I spent. :)There are a few cons, however. As others have said, the spring clips that secure the location and common wires are tiny. I'm glad the unit supports two common wires as the previous controller had both common wires under a single terminal, this is not possible with the Rachio. If you have older thick gauge wires, you may need to splice in some thinner wire to use this e only true issue I had was with the overly-gimmicky "blink up" procedure. It doesn't work well with a lot of Android device phones, and this is a serious issue when as of the first quarter of 2015, Android device devices had 78% of the shop vs. 18% for Apple devices. This means that 78% of Rachio customers are topic to having problems with the Blinkup process. I tried using a Samsung Galaxy Note I had laying around as my daughter was using my basic phone, and the Blinkup failed no matter how much I tweaked the screen settings. At one point I was standing in my basement with all the lights off, pressing the phone up to the Iro in pitch black darkness. This is not the sprinkler controller for you if you're afraid of the dark, or don't wish to explain to your family why you're standing in the basement with all the lights turned off with your phone pressed screen-first versus the wall, cursing under your breath. You might end up in a psych ward on a 2 week "mental health evaluation".Finally I got my normal cell phone back from my daughter (a OnePlus One), turned the screen brightness up to max and it finally allow me "Blink Up" the Rachio. It shouldn't be this hard Rachio, just set the controller up so it allows you to connect via Wireless connection with a generic network name and configure it from there. Blinkup is an annoying gimmick, and much of the reason why I gave this product 4 instead of 5 stars."Wish List" Items:1.) The controller's suggestions for my yard was an every-3-days schedule. I prefer a every-2-days schedule, but when you change it, it doesn't re-calculate the recommended location watering times. I just multiplied the 3 day suggestion by 0.666 and this seems to work so far, but it should re-calculate the suggestion when you change the watering frequency rather than making customers pull out a calculator.2.) It would be nice if it had more selections for soil types, the available types are mixes of sand, top soil, and clay. I have top soil with a lot of river rock/gravel in it, so I selected "top soil with some sand" figuring it would take into acc that it drains faster than plain topsoil.3.) You can configure custom nozzles if you can search the info from the manufacturer. It would be nice if Rachio would build a database of various sprinkler models and brands and associated nozzles. It would be amazing to be able to enable an "advanced" mode which would allow you select your brand and model of sprinkler per zone, select the nozzle size you have installed, and enter how a lot of sprinklers you have per zone. I suspect water use estimates would be more accurate as well as calculating watering times this method rather than using a "one size fits all" approach. Even if they just did the main brands like Rainbird, Hunter and Orbit it would be really e software otherwise is very stable thus far. Ver 2.0 of the software is due out soon which is supposed to add a number of features, so if you're reading this review note that my comments are based on the 1.9.3-73 software revision.

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    Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller, 8 Zone 1st Generation, Works with Alexa review []  2019-12-8 18:10

    I ordered my IRO as the Amazon Deal of the Day on Saturday morning. With the wonders of Amazon Prime, it arrived the NEXT DAY. Sunday. Not living anywhere near an Amazon warehouse. Via USPS (I didn't even know the post office delivered mail on Sunday, until Amazon came along). That's ortly after the excitement of fast delivery - I found myself with the setup stuck on "Step 4 of 4" Trying to connect Iro to (my network name). The "blink up" process is rather creative... essentially sending a morse code notice via light: steaming a sequence of bits via flashes on my cellphone to an optical receiver on the Iro. After the first time around, the WiFi light was blinking on and off green. Great! I thought this was success, but my phone said no. I tried to login to web site, and it said I didn't have any registered devices, and forwarded me to a purchase ter a few sequential attempts, I decided to do a hard reset. No luck there, as I ended up pulling the anchors out of the drywall trying to begin it up. Super scary if I ever need to adjust the wiring. I don't even know if a hard restart is possible. Be sure you have the wiring correct!I ended up exiting the app, waiting a bit, turning off the IRO and then completely starting over. Even if the light is flashing green, apparently it can be reprogrammed. The next time around it seemed to work. I think perhaps it missed just a hero or 2 the first time around.I have one of those "passwords longer than 20 characters"... but I was really not in the mood for changing EVERY WifFi password on EVERY device I own, just for this guy. Also - was using Android device Lollipop on Galaxy S5. Some people mentioned that the IPhone / IPod ver may work for security - I found it annoying that that you can only search the MAC address once connected. It is not printed ANYWHERE on the box. Apparently you can email help with your serial number, but I was excited to install and didn't wish to see how long a response might take. So plan on disabling MAC security on your router, if you happen to have it enabled - during ports required to be opened on the router. There's some discussion about this - but it is for OUTBOUND traffic - and not a lot of people block outbound ports on their e minus one star, is that I cannot directly control the IRO from my phone. You *must* connect to the IRO server, and the sprinkler box will then poll to see if there's anything new. It will be interesting to see if this things works at all in 10 years. The old school controller this replaced would of course never have this ere are lots of cool features. I will admit I was a bit disappointed in the lack of actual intelligence. After setting up sprinklers, I expected to see a "smart" schedule based on the sprinkler types I entered and soil type. Instead: nothing. You need to actually *create* a schedule. And the initial schedule I wanted ended up FIVE HOURS long (living in California, I water considerably less than that). One issue was the drip beds. With the sprinkler I selected with "perennials" - it wanted to water them for HOURS. I had to press the "minute less" button hundreds of times to set it to 20 then end, I have essentially the same schedule I had on my old-school controller. I do have handy features. The ability to turn things on and off from my phone is awesome. I've spent a lot of trips back and forth during maintenance time. Hopefully my phone will stay dry though.I wasn't able to search a feature that says "never water on given day" such as a Friday. We have day-of-week water restrictions. I'll post an modernize after I have more days of watering. I'd still recommend this guy. It is cool... just not as cool as I was expecting. Perhaps with a software update...

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    Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller, 8 Zone 1st Generation, Works with Alexa review []  2019-12-8 18:10

    I ordered this product to replace an older controller. I took tip from other reviewers and applied for the rebate through my town making this product almost free! I really have fun being able to control everything from my phone. I travel a lot for work and it's nice to be able to have control on the road. I've also noticed a significant savings based on the application automatically postponing watering due to rain. One of the most beneficial functions of this device is that I can water my flowers which is a separate location independently from the rest of the zones. This means I can water my flowers everyday and my yard every 2 to 3 days. I also like the fact that you can control the zones manually from the application which makes replacing sprinkler heads and flushing the system for winter much easier. The application is very user-friendly and simple to understand. I am thrilled with this device and have already recommended it to all my neighbors who always question how I'm able to turn on my sprinklers from my front yard. Highly recommended

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    Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller, 8 Zone 1st Generation, Works with Alexa review []  2019-12-8 18:10

    I am writing this review because my set up was a small bit various than others and I hope that my experiences will support others. I have a huge yard. Our old sprinkler controller had 19 zones. I researched this unit and the Skydrop for a few weeks. They seemed beautiful comparable. I ultimately based my decision on which unit had the most advanced application according to the reviews. The application for the Skydrop was updated recently but some of the comments still knocked the look and feel of the app. So I decided to go with the Rachio. I contacted Rachio about my 19 location problem and I asked how they recommended the problem be addressed. They told me that I could have two troops and that I would need to splice the common wire to the fresh unit. They also stated that to hold them from both running at the same time, it was recommended that I run one on even days and one on odd days. I did not like this proposed solution. I have been told that the ver 2 application will let multiple controllers to be integrated and work as one controller.I researched on the Rachio forum and found someone asking questions about putting two wires on a single zone. The comments stated that it should be okay, but might affect pressure. So I mapped out my existing zones and picked three that I thought could be combined.I purchased the Rachio and it was delivered three days ago. Installation was a breeze. I followed the recommendations and took a picture of the existing layout and then proceeded to set up the fresh zones with the proposed combining of three on the fresh system. If I did not have the problem with the 19 zones going to 16, the whole process would have taken about 1/4 of the time. I then proceeded to set up the system. It was so much fun to be walking around our huge yard turning on each of the zones on and give it a name on my cell phone..Of the zones I selected to combine, one affected water pressure. The other two worked fine. So that location could not continue to be together. I tried two other configurations and both affected water pressure for the two combined zones that I selected. I disconnected one of the two wires for a location and just left it overnight. I slept on it and tried to decide whether to buy another unit or to return the thing because I could not obtain it to do what I wanted it to sterday, when I woke up, I decided to take one of the two other zones that I had combined and to break it up between two neighboring zones. Then I set up the lone remaining location on its own. When I tested it, all was fine and the pressure was not impacted by any combination.Right now I am out of city and my Rachio is watering away through the various zones in my yard. The largest advantages for me with this unit is the ability to turn on a single location at anytime from anywhere. Also, our yard is mostly clay. So I am hoping that the changes for clay will support manage our yard better. This was the reason that I did not wish two units. With clay, the unit breaks up the watering over a period of time during the day. So the only sure method to hold them separate would be to water various days. We have had water restrictions in the past so I did not like that as an option. I think that you could address the two troops differently and water on the same day, but never had to test that since I was able to successfully combine three zones.I did message a couple of things during installation. There were some comments about if the wires are too long, it can make problems with closing the unit. I agree with these comments. The problem is that there is no click to close. It is being held closed by a data connection between the two pieces. I think that a click catch between the two plastic troops would be a nice added feature.Overall, the installation was super simple and would have been even more so but for my 19 location issue. I am very satisfied with the product so far.

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    Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller, 8 Zone 1st Generation, Works with Alexa review []  2019-12-8 18:10

    So far, the Rachio is terrific. I replaced an age-old clock that still worked, but I was always stressed about turning it off if it was going to rain, how long to water each zone, etc. etc... After setting up each location on the Rachio, I've done nothing. It doesn't water if it's going to rain, it skips days based on temperature, and you can easily manually water a location from your phone. I was a small freaked by having a box on the wall with no ability to manually turn on a zone, but that soon faded, and now my lawn looks fine.I live in Colorado, and some brown spots during our hot dry weeks are unavoidable; so even with the Rachio I have a couple spots that look a small dry, but fewer than I did before, and I'm using FAR less water.I'm marginally tech savvy, but you sure don't need to be. The application walks you through set up. Another cool thing is I finally took the time to describe each zone, so now they are named in the app. This is an outstanding product that I suspect will hold getting better.I received a $100 rebate from Denver water for buying this (I required two but only obtain a rebate for one), and I believe I've probably already saved enough in a couple months to pay the difference. Plus I'm saving water, which is always critical in locations like CO.

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    Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller, 8 Zone 1st Generation, Works with Alexa review []  2019-12-8 18:10

    I did a lot of research prior to making this purchase. I wanted to move away from my dumb/terminal RainBird and onto something that is more Eco friendly and can adjust itself. I looked at over a dozen various devices and landed on this one. The installation of this was very easy, and did not need me to change anything (except of course the box itself). The internal wiring on my old RainBird had the colourful wires labeled and it was a piece of cake to place them into this Rachio. One bit of advice, take a cell picture of your existing wiring so you can review what was there prior as you setup the fresh Rachio (also amazing to have that in case you have any problems and need to place the old box back on). I did have a small bit of an problem getting this to sync up with my wireless network, but after a second test it connected up and has been working amazing since (I required to turn out the lights and put my phone closer to the Rachio port for it to read the flashes properly).I setup several schedules (just playing around with it mostly). I landed on utilizing the "Flex Schedule", which allows you to define the info of your zones (such as slope type, soil type, grass type, sun type, etc) and the device will monitor weather reports for your zone and automatically determine when and how much to water each. I also enabled the "Smart Cycle" feature as I have a clay type soil and this feature will water my lawn with a series of short cycles (which improves water absorption and prevents runoff). I have to say, I have been very satisfied with this and my lawn has been looking very amazing (with much less interference from me).Now to the cons (which I use this word lightly as they are more irritations than outright issues). First, you have to setup an acc with Rachio and that is what drives everything (your device and your cell phone connectivity to the device). This does not cost anything to have, but my fear is that if something ever happens with the company that I'm not sure what I will be able to do with this device. Second, when you use the "Flex Schedule" it will automatically determine the base/default length of time to water each location (it will of course adjust this based on local weather). The part I don't like is that it doesn't let me to adjust that base level to a finer detail (it does let you to do a More/Less which I believe is percentage based). Again this is not a huge con, more of an annoyance as I would rather just place in my own specific amount of time outright. Third (and last), when you are on a "Flex Schedule" and look at the next projected watering date it usually has it a couple of weeks away. However, I found that it would end up watering in the next few days fairly consistently. Of course, this device is always adjusting itself based on local weather but I feel that the formula it uses to determine next watering date should be updated to more accurately reflect when it will water next. As I said in the beginning of this list though, these are all just annoyances rather than problems and should be taken the end, I am satisfied with this device and its performance thus far. I would like to see a few changes as highlighted above, but otherwise this really is a very amazing system.

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    Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller, 8 Zone 1st Generation, Works with Alexa review []  2019-12-9 18:8

    This is a amazing device! I added a junction box (see photo) to transition from my existing 14 gauge wires to 18 gauge which created my installation a lot easier. The smaller wires fits the opening in the base plate of the IRO a lot better. Here are the extra stuff I ordered at Amazon to do this: 1) Hubell PDB77550WH junction box 2) Morris 22052 terminal blockBeing able to remotely turn on and off each location manually created the job of troubleshooting my pop up sprinklers and drip emitters so much easier. The Rachio Application provided all the features and flexibility I required for optimum watering of my landscape. This product is a joy to use.

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    Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller, 8 Zone 1st Generation, Works with Alexa review []  2019-12-9 18:8

    I debated quite a bit before purchasing the IRO (it is expensive) – I poured over the reviews (mainly on Amazon, but on other websites as well). Honestly, I wasn’t overly convinced until I started reading the responses to the negative (and the positive) reviews … this is what SOLD ME! Customer service ABSOLUTELY ROCKS with these folks!!! Emil doesn’t obtain paid enough (and I have no idea how much he makes) for putting up with all of the negative nannies that post reviews where the user was simply ignorant of the product and how it is explained it should be used. Ashley and Lena were also helpful to me in getting through the setup. But Kevin Rooney really connected with me on behalf of Rachio – thanks, Rooney! If you’re thinking about a “smart” irrigation timer – buy one from these folks! If only for the customer service!!! They do care – the technology is not perfect, the product is not excellent … but it is still a fairly new/innovative product and some hiccups are expected to be encountered. The folks at Rachio will go above and beyond to create you satisfied (and we know that there are some folks that never will be, but Rachio still tries!).Now for the review – I’ve had problems and am patiently waiting for “fixes” (a fresh application was recently issued):1. If you are one of the few (like me) that uses a Windows Phone, you can’t connect through an app. You can connect through the internet on your phone and have some control over the system. But it seems the application would be the method to go. This is on me and not Rachio – while I will continue to use Windows Phones until they are more obsolete than the Zune (which was better than the IPod) I probably wouldn’t invest much in developing apps for it either.2. I blinked the system up with the wife’s Android device … it took several attempts, but we got it done (note: if you’re unfamiliar like I was – take the case off the phone … that seemed to create it work right away).3. I actually measured off the zone of each location and entered all of the data into the advanced fields hoping that the “technology” would advise of watering times and such … it doesn’t. Not yet anyway. But I still believe that as the technology evolves and more troops are sold – we’ll obtain there!4. In short, you can do EVERYTHING that you could do with you “old fashioned” irrigation timer – plus, you can control it from your phone. If you check your sprinklers once or twice a year to create sure everything is working well – you don’t have to walk back and forth to the well house (I am irrigating about 3 acres) – I just change the location on my phone. The technology continues to improve. I have waited nearly six months to write this review to insure that I have place it through it’s paces – I want there was a Windows application so I would know how the rest of the globe uses the conclude, it’s a very amazing product that only continues to improve and with the STELLAR customer service provide by all employees, you should buy this if you’re in the shop for a wireless connection irrigation controller.

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    Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller, 8 Zone 1st Generation, Works with Alexa review []  2019-12-9 18:8

    Several things to say. I'll test to be as concise and objective as possible.Positive- I purchased this because of the flawless 5-star reviews on Amazon. I agree with the rating after having used for 2 weeks.- Rachio's customer help is at par with (or even beyond) Amazon's own (which I keep in very high esteem). The guys are amazing and very responsive. Not sure how long they'll be able to keep up that quality as their company grows, but right now I can say their responsiveness to my questions has been method above average. Kudos to them for their focus on customer experience.- Comes with terminals to connect sensors (e.g.: rain sensor).- Installation was a breeze- Connection to home WiFi (router) was fast and painless.- Amazing build quality. "press-in" wire connectors create installation simple (no screws to mess around with). All it took was 2 larger screws to fix it to the wall--no biggie.- Very nice app. You can customize things like soil type, grading and irrigation head type for each zone, and if you activate the intelligent irrigation setting, the program will calculate appropriate "soak times" (to acc for heavier, clayey soils taking up water slower). The program is not so amazing at showing you the "soak minutes" it has decided to add (they do have a comprehensive FAQ on it, but it is a bit cumbersome to do the calculations yourself, just because there are so a lot of variables involved), but I was told changes/improvements to the application are coming in e not so positive- I have 12 zones. Felt I was ripped off a small in buying the "16 zones" to accommodate for only 12 (their smaller controller only has 8 so it didn't fit the bill). Not a product issue--More of just being stuck in the middle with my current configuration.- They do not help Weather Underground "cloud", so some of the nicer and lower-priced persona weather stations (such as WS-1001-WiFi) are not supported. You often need a weatherbridge or more fancy equipment running hundreds of dollars if you wish to improve accuracy with your own small weather station. Most of the Private Weather Stations (PWS) they help are somewhat expensive.- Has the option to use "Personal Weather Stations" if you think the national grid is not so accurate. In my case, the closest national weather station was 15 miles away (ugh!), and I had a "Personal Weather Station" set up by a neighbor 0.15 mi away. However, you never know how reliable that data could be. It is not Rachio's fault that I don't have more neighbors setting up their own PWS, but I am still a bit skeptical on weather data interpretation--then again, local weather is always hard to predict. This kind of goes in hand with my opinion about the pricey compatible PWSs that Iro will work with. ...still, not critical to the unit itself; more of my private wishes as a user speaking gative- As pointed out by other reviewers, wiring can be tight. I had 12 zones, and my wiring was massive (probably 14 or even 12 gauge, solid strand copper, same as house wiring). I had to chop the plastic in the back panel to obtain the cables to fit. And then bend every wire individually and meticulously press it back versus the controller to be able to close the lid without it popping back open. There is just enough room to fit the cables (they obtain "sandwiched in between the front and back part of the controller). And I have only 12 zones--had I used 16 I would have required to splice my cables to lower gauge wires. Still, the "retrofit" did not take all that long.- Some minor bugs in their app. Crashes on one screen in particular, and did a few weird things on others. Was able to work around things, and they said they'll be releasing a fresh improved ver of the application in May. Can't wait.

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