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    rocourteau
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    Two relatively easy questions on Smart Watering – probably would be answered if I could navigate the app, but since I don’t have a timer (yet), I get locked into the setup part. So:
    1. In setting restrictions, I’ve seen that you can set a time period where watering is *not* allowed. Our city works the opposite – there is a 1.5hr time slot per 2 days (odd/even) where watering *is* allowed. Does the user interface allow entering this sort of restriction?
    2. Assuming the answer to #1 is “yes”, is Smart Watering smart enough to create programs it can fit in the time slot available? Or is it going to try to do a 2h-long program, and cut it short every time?

    Bonus question: I gather from the documentation that Custom programs and Smart Watering are independent, and therefore Custom programs will always run, regardless of Smart Watering status? Or will Smart Watering take into account the irrigation done by a Custom program?

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    #4340
    Ryan
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    Hello rocourteau, the answer to your first question is yes/no. So you’d have to just set your timer so it wasn’t allowed to water except during that 1.5hr block. However the only restrictions for days are as followed select days of the week, even days of the month, and odd days of the month. as for making the schedule it should create the schedule, but seeing as that is a very short window of time you will probably need to adjust the runtime for each zone to fit our city restrictions. This would be done under each zones smart details page under watering schedule adjustments. where you could set the exact runtime. In this section you can also adjust the interval between each scheduled watering. This is set by an interval of days. However depending on your city restrictions you may need to occasionally adjust it to get it to water on those even, and odd day. Over all smart watering would work, but would be on the more difficult end to set up and maintain.

    Bonus: smart watering will eventually take into account the watering from your programs and manual watering’s, which will adjust your soil moisture, however you will most likely end up with over watering if you have smart watering, and a custom program enabled for the same zone. If you had for example a 12 station timer and 8 of them used smart watering, and the other 4 used a custom program that would be fine. In that case they would run in coexistence. the only thing to be aware of is your 4 custom programed zones would receive weather delays, because your device is using smart watering.

    So I would suggest keeping smart watering enabled for your device, but turned off for each individual zone. This would still allow automatic weather delays, for your timer including your custom programs. Then you could just use 1 or more custom programs to fine tune the exact schedule you need to fit your restrictions. This way all of your zones will get watered, and you could use your full 1.5hr block.

    Just let us know if you have any further questions. I’d be happy to help!

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    #4570
    rocourteau
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    Many thanks. I did get a unit, and I’m running it in custom program mode. The 1.5 hour window is tight, but works. I’ll try enabling smart watering overall but not for the zones.

    So after reviewing the unit, three suggestions:
    1. Change watering restrictions to allow “watering is permitted between time 1 and 2” in addition to the current “watering is not permitted between time 1 and 2”
    2. Add a firmware update push function in the app. It will drop the traffic on this forum by half…
    3. Have someone who really speaks French review the iOS app – or allow an override of the language setting. Currently the app uses the iOS default, with no override. It really is quite atrocious – you have to use trial-and-error to figure out what the controls mean. As an example, in the watering restrictions page of custom programs, you have the choice between what translates as “odd” and “odd days”. Yes, one of these two gives you even days. How can you find out? Trial and error.

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