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RainMachine HD-12 Wi-Fi Irrigation Controller (2nd Gen) EXPIRED

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I didn't see this posted, so I thought I'd share. I believe this is the cheapest price this model has been by $15! Amazon [amazon.com] currently sells it for $239.00.NOTE: This item is Sold and Shipped by: Green Electronics LLC

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Very nice irrigation controller with IFTTT and Amazon Alexa support. I prefer my controller to have all setting saved locally on the device along with cloud settings vs all cloud settings that the best competitor (Rachio) has, which will offset any risk of the company imploding and taking their cloud offline.
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Very nice irrigation controller with IFTTT and Amazon Alexa support. I prefer my controller to have all setting saved locally on the device along with cloud settings vs all cloud settings that the best competitor (Rachio) has, which will offset any risk of the company imploding and taking their cloud offline.
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This looks really cool. My current main control hub cost about $500 and does nothing like this. I did not know anything like this existed. Thanks for sharing TDMVP.
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would love to replace my irrigation caddy which the company seems to have stopped supporting

but hard to justify when it still works and all i would gain here is nicer interface and some more options/flexibility
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Anyone knows how to use this? I would like to build sprinkler system for my backyard lawn. Please suggest.
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would love to replace my irrigation caddy which the company seems to have stopped supporting

but hard to justify when it still works and all i would gain here is nicer interface and some more options/flexibility
The main reason to get something like Rainmachine is to use the internet for weather data and adjust water usage as needed. The other features like IFTTT support, Echo support, remote control, etc are nice, but not the main reason I got this. I got this over the other ones (eg. Rachio) is that this device is not cloud-dependent.
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Do you have to pay with a Visa credit card to get the additional discount?
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Anyone knows how to use this? I would like to build sprinkler system for my backyard lawn. Please suggest.
This and other controllers such as the Rachio are primarily used to control when and how/when your irrigation system is active. It provides you with full control of each zone and also smart intuitive scheduling and even insights on how much water is required based on the landscape. It will also handle scheduling based on weather conditions to avoid over/under watering.

Learn more directly from RainMachine:
http://www.rainmachine.com/howitworks.html
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would love to replace my irrigation caddy which the company seems to have stopped supporting

but hard to justify when it still works and all i would gain here is nicer interface and some more options/flexibility
Ditto.

On a related note, I have noticed that my irrigationcaddy uses an average of about 60MB data (25 download, 35 upload) every single day, even with the weather forecast feature disabled. Thankfully I don't have bandwidth caps, but curious to know what data it is exchanging. Created a ticket for them in June, with weekly 'bumps' - absolutely no response/acknowledgement yet.

It is still working, so I have it - but when friends asked for recommendations, I ended up suggesting this one Rainmachine instead.
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I purchased this to replace a very old - > 25 years, rainbird analog controller that had 8 zones. Took me about 30 minutes to replace and setup was a snap.

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Hey guys,

I didn't see this posted, so I thought I'd share. I believe this is the cheapest price this model has been by $15! Amazon [amazon.com] currently sells it for $239.00.
NOTE: This item is Sold and Shipped by: Green Electronics LLC

OPTIONAL: You may also save an additional $15 off $200+ Purchases if you pay using Visa Checkout and Apply Code: VCOGOLD16 at checkout. (Details)
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I got one of these a couple years ago as a gift. It replaced a 25 year old controller that was so confusing to program. My old one would run if i twas raining or freezing. This will water based on the temperature and precipitation of the day. The best part is I can turn it off or on from my Android phone. I'm sure mine will pay for itself in water savings over the years.
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Ditto.

On a related note, I have noticed that my irrigationcaddy uses an average of about 60MB data (25 download, 35 upload) every single day, even with the weather forecast feature disabled. Thankfully I don't have bandwidth caps, but curious to know what data it is exchanging. Created a ticket for them in June, with weekly 'bumps' - absolutely no response/acknowledgement yet.

It is still working, so I have it - but when friends asked for recommendations, I ended up suggesting this one Rainmachine instead.
yeah, they are no longer responding to tickets. i would venture to say they are going under or maybe being bought out. the last firmware they updated screwed up the internal wifi access. so basically if you did it and couldnt get a long ethernet cable to setup the iP info for wifi, you are farked. i had to drag out my long cable to do so and finally got it working

however, i am pretty sure the weather info is not working and the whole cloud thing is not functioning. this is pretty much why i hate all cloud things, you invest money into a product that becomes a viable aspect of your home - requiring 100% uptime and then businesses go under and leave you hanging

luckily, it works fine as a basic function of remotely controlling, the app is still working and it still waters my lawn and provides more than a basic controller.

however, i regret buying it and wish i had gone with a better name.

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The main reason to get something like Rainmachine is to use the internet for weather data and adjust water usage as needed. The other features like IFTTT support, Echo support, remote control, etc are nice, but not the main reason I got this. I got this over the other ones (eg. Rachio) is that this device is not cloud-dependent.
yes, i understand...but those reasons alone arent enough over my existing wifi controlled device. id spend more in the device then in money i will save for water due to rain/predictions in the lifetime of the device (which lets be honest is probably 5 years before u want something newer)
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Do you have to pay with a Visa credit card to get the additional discount?

You can tie any credit card (visa, MC, amex, Disc) to your Visa Check Out account and still get the discount.
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Some counties that offers a rebate for this "weather base irrigation" controller also:

https://www3.epa.gov/watersense/r...water.html
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