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Woot! is offering the Rachio WiFi Smart Lawn Sprinkler Controller, 8-Zone 2nd Generation [Factory Reconditioned] for $79.99. Free shipping for Prime members. Otherwise, it is a $6 flat rate.

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Here is a little tip:

If this is still within warranty, and ONLY if you have issues with the product, you can ask the manufacturer to send you a new one. They no longer have the 2nd generation product in their stock so you'll get the equivalent 3rd generation.

I've ordered the 2nd generation 8 zone version when it said it was "new". I receive the product and it was certainly not new with three of the prongs where you insert the cables indented and stuck with no way to remove it ( essentially broken). Asked woot about it, gave me an option to refund 30 bucks. I agreed. But i was still hessistant about it. Inquired with Rachio, it was still within warranty, they said they didn't have any 2nd gen in stock so they sent me a brand new 16 zone gen 3 for the price of a refurbished gen 2 8 zone product. Now that is a slick deal.
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I have used the Rain Machine, Rachio and now the B-Hyve (Orbit). There is no perfect device here guys! Each has their own advantages/challenges.
Rachio - Best app and ease of use.Lasted for 4 years and then broke.
Rain Machine - App is as good as Rachio. Gave it to a friend after using it for more than a year.
B-Hyve (Orbit) - Ugly and outdated app and little confusing to use if you are coming from Rachio/Rain Machine. It does have all the fetaures - but not very user friendly. I have had this for 6 months

In spite of all this, I think B-Hyve is the best compromise based on what you are looking for. The biggest advantage is - you can use/program/interact with it as a standalone device without a Wifi connection. The other two devices will work without a Wifi connection, but you will not be able to program or interact with it (unless you pick a model with a screen). In addition to that, the B-Hyve is built like a tank, and is about 2-3 times bigger than Rachi/RainMachine, It looks like a device from the 90s with knobs and buttons.
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Rain Machine for the win.
Is that what is used to be called?
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Get one of these. They are amazing. Also I got mine from costco and my water company came out to inspect installation and usage, then gave me a check for the whole amount. Yup I got it for free
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Tempting... are these pretty easy to install?
Very easy; just make sure your WI-FI can reach where your Rachio will be mounted!
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Tempting... are these pretty easy to install?
any idiot can do it, and to prove it - I did it.

label your wires before you remove them from the old controller.. And take a picture or two of the old. Then it is just a matter of lining up old to new.

Then hook it to wifi and use the app to control it
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Is that what is used to be called?
No it's a competitor and I like that product better
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Always check your local water district for rebates/cash incentives. I got $430 cash back for purchasing two 16 station Rachios a few months ago from SoCal WaterSmart which is good for nearly any customer in San Diego county.

Check your own water provider!
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I have used the Rain Machine, Rachio and now the B-Hyve (Orbit). There is no perfect device here guys! Each has their own advantages/challenges.
Rachio - Best app and ease of use.Lasted for 4 years and then broke.
Rain Machine - App is as good as Rachio. Gave it to a friend after using it for more than a year.
B-Hyve (Orbit) - Ugly and outdated app and little confusing to use if you are coming from Rachio/Rain Machine. It does have all the fetaures - but not very user friendly. I have had this for 6 months

In spite of all this, I think B-Hyve is the best compromise based on what you are looking for. The biggest advantage is - you can use/program/interact with it as a standalone device without a Wifi connection. The other two devices will work without a Wifi connection, but you will not be able to program or interact with it (unless you pick a model with a screen). In addition to that, the B-Hyve is built like a tank, and is about 2-3 times bigger than Rachi/RainMachine, It looks like a device from the 90s with knobs and buttons.
Previously had a Skydrop which went out of business and went to the BHyve. While it's a barebones unit and shall I say not as pretty as the Skydrop, it has worked reliably since day 1. I do agree that the app on BHyve can be convoluted but it gets the job done much better than the Skydrop system I had. The app is not buggy but the UI is in serious need of a refresh however it just works reliably 99% of the time. The main reason I chose BHyve is that Orbit gets its revenue from various sectors such as replacement heads, piping and even crop sprayers for the commercial agro market. Meaning it will be much harder for them to go out of business. After getting burned by Skydrop (and Wink) I made sure that I invested into a system I knew would be good a few years down the line. RainMachine as well is slightly iffy in that they haven't got any new products and no significant updates in a while. Rachio seems to be doing relatively well but again I most likely see them being swallowed up by Google or Amazon in the future. The company as a whole has no revenue stream outside of its controllers. And a sprinkler system is not something people want to upgrade on a regular basis so there's that.
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Tempting... are these pretty easy to install?
yes. they even include tape to label the wires from your old controller as you disconnect it. took about 10 minutes to install.app walks you through set up.
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Sounds like a restaurant dish.
Waiter will have two "Rachios" with all the trimming.
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Tempting... are these pretty easy to install?
If you have an existing box, very easy. I made the switch to a Rachio and love it.
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Previously had a Skydrop which went out of business and went to the BHyve. While it's a barebones unit and shall I say not as pretty as the Skydrop, it has worked reliably since day 1. I do agree that the app on BHyve can be convoluted but it gets the job done much better than the Skydrop system I had. The app is not buggy but the UI is in serious need of a refresh however it just works reliably 99% of the time. The main reason I chose BHyve is that Orbit gets its revenue from various sectors such as replacement heads, piping and even crop sprayers for the commercial agro market. Meaning it will be much harder for them to go out of business. After getting burned by Skydrop (and Wink) I made sure that I invested into a system I knew would be good a few years down the line. RainMachine as well is slightly iffy in that they haven't got any new products and no significant updates in a while. Rachio seems to be doing relatively well but again I most likely see them being swallowed up by Google or Amazon in the future. The company as a whole has no revenue stream outside of its controllers. And a sprinkler system is not something people want to upgrade on a regular basis so there's that.
I'm also on Bhyve and chose it largely for the same reasons as you (I have more faith in Orbit than the other vendors for various reasons). I've used it in Smart Water mode for quite a while now and have found it well worth it for both the convenience and savings in winter (didn't save much in summer).

While the app isn't great, I didn't find it that bad either especially after adding pictures so I know exactly which zone is which. Bhyve also has good integration with Alexa which is my primary interface post setup for doing things like adding a rain delay when the gardeners are coming or one-off watering. I recently discovered there's an integration with Home Assistant which is also nice (can track history, etc.). Overall I'd recommend it although I'm sure Rachio is also a solid product.

My watering district (CCWD [ccwater.com]in SF Bay Area offers $12/active zone up to 50% of the cost of the smart controller. Not as good as other areas, but still worth the paperwork.
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I have a first gen Rachio and love it!
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I have this and really not impressed with the smart end of it. I've had it start watering my lawn while it was literally raining.
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