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Orbit B-hyve Smart Indoor/Outdoor 6-Station Wifi Sprinkler system - $80.86

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Orbit B-hyve Smart Indoor/Outdoor 6-Station Wifi Sprinkler system is $80.86. Great deal. This works with Alexa as well.

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12 station for $89.26 seems to be the real deal, no?

(looks like someone ripped my comment and made a separate thread: https://slickdeals.net/f/10233876-orbit-12-station-smart-indoor-outdoor-wifi-sprinkler-system-controller-89-more-free-s-h?v=1&p=100897984&comment=success#post100897984
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finally bit the bullet at this price

i am skeptical about how smart the smart feature is

i read about a rain delay, well if i normally water at 3am, and rain indicates to delay 7 hours (As shown in one of the reviewers pictures) - is it going to water my lawn at 11am in the middle of the day? I hope not!
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Got this for a dollar less a month ago. pretty good reviews overall from various sources, especially for the price. was going to finally install it this weekend.
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Got this for a dollar less a month ago. pretty good reviews overall from various sources, especially for the price. was going to finally install it this weekend.
go install it now and tell me the nth level of detail about its smart watering functionality and capabilities along with screenshots
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This could be a super-hot deal for Southern California homeowners, even at regular price.

YMMV, but this controller qualifies for a utility rebate ranging from ~$80 to as much as $250.

I submitted my rebate application about 6 weeks ago, and it was approved about 3 weeks ago. Not sure exactly what my rebate check will look like, but the estimator for my particular water agency indicated $200.

Estimate the rebate from your local water agency here:

http://www.socalwatersmart.com/?page_id=5389

By the way, you can buy this from Lowes for 99.99 and apply a $20 off coupon (might need a filler item). I bought the 12-station version for $120, and it was ~&109 out the door with tax. I got the coupon of ebay.

As for the product itself, you do NOT need to use the "smart" functionality. It works perfectly well as a traditional timer-based system. The WiFi capabilities are extremely useful, though, even if you don't use the smart watering.
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I have this but 12 station, it can't detect rain though, however, manually you have to change rain delay option either 24 hr/48hr etc.
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I have this but 12 station, it can't detect rain though, however, manually you have to change rain delay option either 24 hr/48hr etc.
True. It only gets a rain forecast from your internet connection. It also doesn't seem smart enough to evaluate how much rain you will get. I've cancelled all of the rain delays it has suggested so far (I've only had it for about 3 months) since we get very little rain in my area, even if it is in the forecast.

I suspect it will be a bit more useful in the winter when the rainstorms are a bit more predictable.

Regardless, it's still much much better than having to manually turn off the controller and then remember to turn it back on 2-3 days later.

EDIT: This might have a hookup for a rain sensor/gauge, but you would have to buy it separately.
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finally bit the bullet at this price

i am skeptical about how smart the smart feature is

i read about a rain delay, well if i normally water at 3am, and rain indicates to delay 7 hours (As shown in one of the reviewers pictures) - is it going to water my lawn at 11am in the middle of the day? I hope not!
This particular unit seems to delay in 24 hour increments, so the time-of-watering is not affected.

It is not smart enough to adjust your watering amounts depending on how much rain is forecast. It is either on or delayed for a day.

I'm also not certain how it treats rain delays if, like me, you water the lawn every other day. Potentially, it may get false alerts just on watering days, and it might skip watering for 5-6 days in a row.
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This particular unit seems to delay in 24 hour increments, so the time-of-watering is not affected.

It is not smart enough to adjust your watering amounts depending on how much rain is forecast. It is either on or delayed for a day.

I'm also not certain how it treats rain delays if, like me, you water the lawn every other day. Potentially, it may get false alerts just on watering days, and it might skip watering for 5-6 days in a row.
well, i used the smart watering feature all summer and quite frankly, it seemed (to my eyes) to water less so than my prior device which was set to reduce % time based on specific set entries "i.e. more than 1 inch over 3 days" - which doesnt help if it is 0.5 inches in 1.5 days

so my bills this summer were definitely less.... my grass was no worse off, if anything i had less mushrooms from potential overwatering

so i guess it did its job, but not necessarily perfectly or as optimized as i would probably like in such a system
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This could be a super-hot deal for Southern California homeowners, even at regular price.

YMMV, but this controller qualifies for a utility rebate ranging from ~$80 to as much as $250.

I submitted my rebate application about 6 weeks ago, and it was approved about 3 weeks ago. Not sure exactly what my rebate check will look like, but the estimator for my particular water agency indicated $200.

Estimate the rebate from your local water agency here:

http://www.socalwatersmart.com/?page_id=5389

By the way, you can buy this from Lowes for 99.99 and apply a $20 off coupon (might need a filler item). I bought the 12-station version for $120, and it was ~&109 out the door with tax. I got the coupon of ebay.

As for the product itself, you do NOT need to use the "smart" functionality. It works perfectly well as a traditional timer-based system. The WiFi capabilities are extremely useful, though, even if you don't use the smart watering.
lucky. in nj there seems to be no rebates for these things
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Probably YMMV, but I received my rebate check for $200 yesterday. The receipt I submitted was for $108.xx including tax.

FWIW, my water agency was Western Municipal Water District. I have no idea if that makes a difference or not.
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