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  • #2425
    Stephen
    Keymaster

    We are pleased to announce that Google Home is now available! When searching for new actions, simply search “Orbit Bhyve”.

    Here is a list of commands you can use to control your Bhyve device:
    http://help.orbitbhyve.com/google-commands/

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    #2966
    Jason
    Participant

    I don’t see “Orbit Bhyve” listed on the add devices menu within the Google Home App. Are there step-by-step instructions for connecting to Google Home?

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    #3396
    panchocole
    Participant

    You should add the functionality to Google Home as well, not just Google Assistant

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    #3469
    DiliMe
    Participant

    Yes, I’m also interested in a step-by-step guide for configuring B-Hyve with Google Home on iOS.
    In Google Home I have searched for new devices but my B-Hyve was not found. If I try adding manually a device, it asks me to connect temporarily over WiFi to my device, so I haven’t tried anything further.

    Thank you!

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    #3800
    nametbd
    Participant

    I would also appreciate instructions for setting this feature up. I’ve tried a few things but haven’t got very far. Thank you for the list of commands!

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    #3823
    kriemer
    Participant

    I just got off a chat with bhyve support and contrary to what Stephen wrote on May 31st Google Home is not available at this time. Apparently bhyve engineers are working on it and will release “soon”.

    I for one would prefer whatever updates are necessary be rock solid then having the next round of questions on the forum complaining “bhyve broke my timer”. I’m still anxious to implement, but good on bhyve.

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    #4078
    choochjb
    Participant

    I got the B-hyve action linked to Google Assistant, but I haven’t had much luck with any commands yet. I’m hoping to have more time to experiment later.

    Is there a way to specify a device when using the following query?

    “Talk to Orbit Bhyve, when is the next sprinkler start time?”

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    #4079
    nametbd
    Participant

    How did you connect it to Google Assistant? I would like to tinker with this over the weekend.

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    #4429
    XVPIT
    Participant

    I just successfully linked my sprinkler controller to Google Assistant on my phone and successfully tried out all of the various commands shown at http://help.orbitbhyve.com/google-commands/. The first time that I said “OK Google”, “Talk to Orbit BHyve”, Google Assistant came back saying “It looks like your Orbit BHyve account is not linked yet.” and it displayed a box containing the BHyve logo and the words “Link Orbit BHyve to Google”. I clicked on (touched) the box, and Google took me to a screen to provide my Orbit BHyve Account login credentials. I provided them, and tried “OK Google”, “Talk to Orbit BHyve” again, and it worked from that point forward through all commands that I tried. Everything is quite easy and works well. I do not currently use a Google Home device, but have no reason to believe that it would not work exactly the same way, and just as well.

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    #4435
    kriemer
    Participant

    XVPIT

    Thanks for identifying the procedure, works perfectly (and thanks bhyve for making it work).

    As far as the bhyve list of commands go, there are just too many of them that do the same thing. i.e.:
    – Talk to Orbit Bhyve, stop watering.
    – Talk to Orbit Bhyve, stop running.
    – Talk to Orbit Bhyve, stop sprinklers.
    – Talk to Orbit Bhyve, stop the sprinklers.
    – etc…..

    Just silly if you ask me.

    k

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    #4444
    XVPIT
    Participant

    Just another observation, this time of a “bug”. For the last 24 hours, whenever I have asked, Talk to Orbit B-Hyve reports that the last time watered was on July 9 at 1:05 AM. Now first of all, I have watered during that 24 hour interval, so the time last watered should have changed. Secondly, the current time is 9:58 PM on

      July 8

    . I’ve checked the date and time on my B-Hyve controller and it is set correctly, so there is clearly something wrong with the reporting of the last watering time.

    Other than that, however, I’ve found no other problems. BTW, I’m sure that the reason they have offered so many different forms of each command is to be able to handle a wide range of speaking preferences and minor inconsistencies among users. I’ve also noticed that it will sometimes accept undocumented commands, e.g. the word “zone” instead of “station” even where that difference is not offered. Nice job, Orbit Engineers!!!

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    #4449
    kriemer
    Participant

    For those of us who think brevity is of the essence “Talk to Orbit bhyve” can be replaced with just “Orbit bhyve”.

    Still think the multiplicity of the same command is silly.

    I too have the same time difference between actual and reported watering time.

    Yes indeed, a great job Orbit.

    k

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    #4450
    XVPIT
    Participant

    I couldn’t figure out how to replace “Talk to Orbit B-Hyve” with just “Orbit B-Hyve”, but I did discover that you can use “Ask Orbit B-Hyve” instead of “Talk to . . .” which to me seems shorter when speaking it. On the other hand, since I’ve been trying it, I find it to be a little bit of tongue twister for me when speaking quickly.

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    #4453
    kriemer
    Participant

    XVPIT

    I’ve got to admit I did nothing to replace “Talk to Orbit B-Hyve” with just “Orbit B-Hyve” other than forget to say “Talk to…”. It just seemed to work and still does. “Hello Google, Orbit B-Hyve”

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    #4590
    XVPIT
    Participant

    Here is some more trivia that I’ve learned since acquiring and playing with a Google Home Mini. You can create “Routines” for Google Home which eliminate the need to address Orbit B-Hyve by name, and which let you use pretty much any kind of phrasing you like. Routines are set up and managed within Google Home App > Menu > More Settings > Routines. Here is my new list of commands for managing my B-Hyve:

    Sprinkler Control Commands

    Say “OK Google” then any of the following commands:

    • Set a 1 day rain delay.
    • Set a 2 day rain delay. (Say YES when asked if you want to talk to Orbit B-Hyve)
    • Set a 3 day rain delay. (Say YES when asked if you want to talk to Orbit B-Hyve)
    • Set a 4 day rain delay. (Say YES when asked if you want to talk to Orbit B-Hyve)
    • Set a 5 day rain delay. (Say YES when asked if you want to talk to Orbit B-Hyve)
    • Set a 6 day rain delay. (Say YES when asked if you want to talk to Orbit B-Hyve)
    • Set a 7 day rain delay. (Say YES when asked if you want to talk to Orbit B-Hyve)

    • Cancel Rain Delay

    • Water the lawn. (Waters front for 20 minutes, then back, foundation shrubs and driveway for 15 minutes each)

    • Water zone 1. (Waters the front lawn for 10 minutes)
    • Water zone 2. (Waters the back yard for 10 minutes)
    • Water zone 3. (Waters the foundation shrubs for 10 minutes)
    • Water zone 4. (Waters the driveway side for 10 minutes)

    • Stop Watering. (Stops the watering if it is currently running)

    • Last Water? (Answers with the last time watered)

    • Next Water? (Answers with the next scheduled watering)

    I haven’t figured out why my routines for setting an x day rain delay cause Google Home to ask me if I want to talk to Orbit B-hyve, but when I say “Yes” they execute properly, so I can live with it asking until I figure out a fix.

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