Tagged: External Sensor
June 21, 2018 at 6:27 pm #3768
@tripinbillie, There is no indication in the app regarding your rain sensor. ass soon as you have it installed it goes into effect.Spread the love!June 21, 2018 at 7:27 pm #3774
I still have the problem. Rained last night activated my external rain sensor. Woke up this morning to my system turning in and off. Opened the app it said system delayed due to external rain sensor but seconds later I hear system turn on and the app shows the system turning on then few seconds later off again.Spread the love!June 21, 2018 at 7:50 pm #3777
what brand is your rain sensor?Spread the love!June 21, 2018 at 8:07 pm #3778
Wired Hunter miniclickSpread the love!June 21, 2018 at 8:29 pm #3779AnedwinParticipant
The warning of the delay due to a rain detector works well except that the warning is only in the b-hyve application and does not give me a notification in my iphone notification.
Is this normal?
Thank youSpread the love!June 21, 2018 at 8:41 pm #3780achattenParticipant
how do i turn off notifications for this feed? my issue is resolved mostly nso i dont need to get everyone elses questions and answersSpread the love!June 21, 2018 at 8:41 pm #3781achattenParticipant
found it i thinkSpread the love!June 21, 2018 at 8:59 pm #3782
Glad your issue was resolved! Please let us know if you have any further issues.Spread the love!June 21, 2018 at 9:24 pm #3786clowenthalParticipant
The issue with the rain sensor causing the timer to repeatedly go on an off has been experienced and discussed many times on this thread. It’s unfortunately not the rain sensor, but the timer that appears to not be handling the long run of wire properly. As I’ve noted in prior posts – this happens with a brand new sensor, as well as a prior sensor that was working fine – both Hunter miniclicks which you’ve guys have tested. So the bottomline is that is this something that you’ll be able to correct in a firmware upgrade or is it a hardware issue. Another poster did a great job summarizing the issue and we haven’t heard back from you guys with an answer. I’ve been sent a replacement timer and the replacement does the same thing – the rain sensor is useless until the timer is fixed. Can we please get a statement of direction from Orbit on this issue?
Thanks, CraigSpread the love!June 22, 2018 at 12:01 am #3803
Please a response to this would be great. I too have gone through a few sensors and know it isn’t the sensor it’s a hardware/firmware/app issue keep wanting to turn in the system.
The app and system see the rain delay from the rain sensor but still wanna override it and turn on but then forgets the rain sensor has a delay and turns back off and on and off it’s so annoyingSpread the love!June 23, 2018 at 11:52 am #3877Randall FoslerParticipant
RCC344 (or anyone) – I need a little more guidance on using a capacitor to assist with this issue. How exactly are you connecting the .1uf capacitor? Is it connected like a jumper across both sensor terminals?
I’m not sure that will help my issue as my wired Rainbird sensor does not trigger a rain delay at all. The sensor had worked great 2 weeks ago with my Rainbird controller but now it seems the electronics in the B-hyve controller is not picking up any signal at all. It may be easier to just get an Orbit wired sensor to replace my Rainbird sensor.Spread the love!June 24, 2018 at 3:19 pm #3901
Here is the info on what worked for me with the external rain sensor.
I placed a 0.1 uf 50 volt ceramic disk capacitor across the sensor terminals of the bHyve box. No polarity required to be followed. Just insert along with the sensor wires.
This means that the external sensor wires and the disk cap are both connected to the same screw terminals, in parallel. This fixed the on/off oscillation of the sensor.
The capacitor was one that I had in my parts box, not to say that a different value may also work. Must be a ceramic disk to be effective with high freq noise.
The rub is that, if you don’t have a cap around, it can be a task to get one. They are very low cost, but you probably have to purchase more than one. Looked on Amazon and ebay. Need to purchase a minimum of 25 to 50 caps at a cost between $4 and $7 for the lot. I believe Orbit should provide one capacitor upon request. Probably cost them less than the first class stamp to send the cap. Interesting that Orbit engineers have not responded to this design issue???Spread the love!June 24, 2018 at 3:32 pm #3902
BTW, I haven’t seen any comments from others that the fixed worked on their timers. My fix may just be a fluke? I only have one timer to test with.Spread the love!June 24, 2018 at 4:14 pm #3904Randall FoslerParticipant
RCC344 – thanks for the additional info. This probably won’t fix my issue since the Rainbird wired sensor is not being recognized at all by the Orbit controller. But if I get it working and it is oscillating, I’ll try your fix.Spread the love!June 24, 2018 at 8:27 pm #3910
Randall, Are you in a high noise environment? Close radio or Tv broadcast antenna?
Suggest taking a step approach. First disconnect all wires from sensor terminals. Activate SENSOR mode. The timer should halt water for all zones, except for manual override. If this doesn’t stop watering, place the .1 uf cap across the sensor terminals. If this sill doesn’t stop watering, and the SENSOR is active, the timer is at fault. Next check the Rainbird water detector with an ohm meter or a flashlight bulb and battery connected to the wires. When there is no water detection the wires should show zero ohms (a short) and the bulb should light. When water is present the wires show an open and no light. Connecting a long length wire to the timer terminals can cause all type of issues. These wires act as an antenna and transfer noise into the bHyve timer. I’m using a wireless rain sensor so the wires are only 18 inches long. A capacitor may solve your issue with the long wires, maybe….Spread the love!
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