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Rachio IRO WiFi Irrigation Controller (1st Generation): 16-Zone $150, 8-Zone EXPIRED

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Amazon has a couple Rachio IRO Smart WiFi Enabled Irrigation Controllers (1st Generation) on sale from as low as $129.99. Shipping is free. Thanks Discombobulated

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This item is highly-rated, having earned 4.7 stars overall (out of possible 5) based on 718 customer reviews at Amazon. - brisar

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Any thoughts on whether it's worthwhile to get the Generation 2?
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Any thoughts on whether it's worthwhile to get the Generation 2?
I think the Gen1 does everything the Gen2 does. Rachio made Gen2 a little easier to wire, put start/stop buttons on the console for easy seasonal testing, but those aren't show stoppers, IMO. I read on a forum that the Gen1 doesn't support Amazon Alexa integration, but that seems like a backend cloud thing, not a hardware generation thing, so I question that.

I do have a Gen2, and I configured the Rachio "skill" for Alexa last week. I haven't actually used it yet, but think it will prove useful for setting rain delay days and running zones ad-hoc on occasion (although both of those tasks are so easy from the app, it's more of a nerdy gimmick than a truly useful feature).
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Quote from OneLeggedTroll View Post :
Any thoughts on whether it's worthwhile to get the Generation 2?
I've heard great things about generation one, so I think its a good deal. Me, personally, I can't bring myself to paying almost $200 (price + tax) for a sprinkler controller. I'm waiting to see if they discount further.
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FYI: The Gen2 8-zone controller should be available for sale on April 12 according to Franz on their community forums. I am personally waiting for that to become available.
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I have this controller. With the water savings over a "dumb" controller I was able to pay for itself last summer paying the old $225 price. I was saving about $50 to $100/month on water. Highly recommend it.
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Quote from JRock79 View Post :
FYI: The Gen2 8-zone controller should be available for sale on April 12 according to Franz on their community forums. I am personally waiting for that to become available.
Yeah I used a 16 zone gen 2 to wire my 5 zones lol.

Took advantage of the $150 upgrade from Gen 1 Rachio offered. Really no difference in use, it just looks prettier and I can run zones manually from the controller now.
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Great price on this model. I had bought and returned it for a RainMachine controller instead which I'm happier with. With that said, for half the price of the RainMachine, this is probably a better bang for the buck. Thumbs up!
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Looks like both Gen 1 and Gen 2 work with the Amazon Echo now.

In for one, thanks!
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Great price on this model. I had bought and returned it for a RainMachine controller instead which I'm happier with. With that said, for half the price of the RainMachine, this is probably a better bang for the buck. Thumbs up!
I'm looking at a RainMachine as well. price is similar to Gen2 Rachio. Did you compare the RainMachine vs Rachio gen2?
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I have this controller. With the water savings over a "dumb" controller I was able to pay for itself last summer paying the old $225 price. I was saving about $50 to $100/month on water. Highly recommend it.
howd you save so much? rain delays, etc?
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any video on how to install? the installation part is whats holding me back
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howd you save so much? rain delays, etc?
My old Rain Bird schedule was every other day it watered for 15 to 20 minutes per zone. The Rachio figures in soil type, rain, sun, slope, etc. It only waters *each zone* when it needs to water. I went from watering every zone every other day to watering 1 or 2 zones a day. With the rain sensor, it only kicked in if the rain sensor was full. The Rachio uses the rain sensor and the weather forecast, again reducing watering intervals to prevent waste. It added up real quick.

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any video on how to install? the installation part is whats holding me back
Youtube is your friend. It's 15 minute process, with 10 minutes just unmounting your old system and mounting the rachio to the wall. Pull old controller off - label wires zone 1 to 16 (or less). Put Rachio in and push wires into zones 1 to 16. Plug in power and rain sensor if you have one. That's it.

I took my time and it took me 30 minutes.
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