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Home Sprikler Controller with ethernet connection?

4,485 1,041 October 21, 2017 at 01:11 PM
Looking to see if I can upgrade my Rainbird Sprinkler controller (5 zones) to a smart device that I can control over my home network (and theoretically via Android app). I see there are wi-fi available models but I am looking for one that I can hard wire via ethernet to my network as I just assume not have to deal with having to rely on wi-fi for this. Can anyone recommend a model?

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many parts of the country are nearing the end of the watering season. If this is the case wait until next year. See what new products are out and which vendors have patched the wifi KRACK vulnerability.

Most products in the consumer market have gone to wifi only as it's simpler, cheaper, and appealing to to people who don't know better. Until recently my recommendation for one with ethernet would have gone to OpenSprinkler, but the current version lacks ethernet. You may still be able to buy the old version or you could get the version you add to a raspberry pi.

Many water providers have rebates for "water sense" labeled sprinkler timers. I can a get $99 rebate on one. I've been eyeing the Orbit B-hyve despite it's lack of ethernet, but that was before KRACK. You can find a list of watersense controllers on the epa website if you're looking for other products / brands you may not have been aware of.

It may be best to just run a 802.11g only network on a different channel firewalled from the rest of your network and with client isolation enabled for all the 'smart' crap you own. That way things like this can't slow your connection and the security risks are lessened.

There are some other products that have potential like on from Nxeco, but I haven't seen any reviews and there's always risk with a little unknown brand when evaluating things that require a cloud connection to fully function. I know there are some professional products targeted at places like golf courses and rec districts but they're expensive.

I keep finding software glitches in my current non-smart timer that are proving rather annoying.
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http://www.quicksmart.com/qs_etherrain.html

I have had a Rachio for over 2 years on wifi with zero issues. I have changed routers 3 times since with no issues so I would not worry about it that much.

Check you water company for rebates mine was 100 bucks.
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I have the Irrigation Caddy and it has an ethernet port. www.irrigationcaddy.com. [irrigationcaddy.com] I will warn that it seems they have stopped updating the firmware and website, but mine works great and it looks pretty cheap on Amazon ($59).
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Upon further thought wifi might not be so bad as a way to help keep lightning strikes from taking out your network.

I'm likely to stick with Orbit, Hunter, or Rain Bird. Rachio is good too.
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