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  • #920
    DougHo
    Participant

    I installed controller earlier this year and have two concerns:

    1) I’ve been unable to find indication on controller and/or app that the rain sensor is active. Our area requires a rain sensor, and an indicator is useful to see whether there has been enough recent rain to activate sensor (i.e., did the cork expand or has it dried out). Similarly I should be able to “click” that type of sensor and see the indicator while holding the click. Am I missing something?

    2) The automatic rain delay seems to have fairly significant weaknesses. Delay always seems to be 24 hours, and it seems to occur even if the prediction is for only a small amount of rain such as 0.02 inches. When we are on our one-day-a-week watering restrictions, a 24 hour rain delay means no watering for a whole week. Why can’t there be something like 12-hour delay, allowing watering to occur later in the day if rain didn’t occur? Similarly, why can’t there be something like automatic cancel of the rain delay if a significant amount of rain such as quarter-inch or half-inch doesn’t actually occur? The prediction/delay seems to be too “binary” which might be able to recover a day or two later in areas with no watering day restrictions, rather than being smart about the reality of varying rain prediction/actual amount and watering day restrictions.

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    #984
    Stephen
    Keymaster

    Hello Dougho,

    Thank you for your question. You are likely still on the current firmware, which doesn’t have the Rain Sensor indicators on it. If you’d like me to upgrade you to the firmware with this on it, please provide me with the MAC ID and I can take care of that for you.

    Currently our Rain Delay does not take into account the amount of Rainfall, just the chance of Rainfall. We are currently working on an update that will change how the Rain Delay works, and you will be able to change the amount required for the delay or the % of chance of rainfall. However, you still won’t be able to make it less than 24 hours, but this is something I can definitely request to our team.

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    #1092
    DougHo
    Participant

    MAC Address: 44:67:55:02:1a:e9

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    #1102
    Stephen
    Keymaster

    I have updated your timer to reflect when your sensor is active.

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    #1443
    BioProf
    Participant

    Had 0.4 inches of rain yesterday, immediately after which my scheduled “Smart Watering” irrigation started! I do not have a rain sensor, so rely on integration with the weather report rain prediction.

    The system does delay (not irrigate) when rain prediction is greater than 50% but rainstorms are spotty, quick, and not reliably predicted in my tropical south Florida climate even if they are very heavy. What is needed is for the rain delay to kick in if there has just been heavy rainfall in the area, not only if rain is predicted.

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    #1577
    Stephen
    Keymaster

    @bioprof, you can set up the parameters for the rain delay in your app. Go to settings > devices > your timer > weather adjustments. From this page, you can change the Rain Delay %, and the depth. From this page, you can also choose weather stations in your area. You would just want to locate the station closest to your home and select that.

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    #1579
    BioProf
    Participant

    Thank you for the suggestion but that doesn’t affect the behavior of most concern. The system still delays based on PREDICTED weather whether or not % likelihood or amount (mislabeled as depth) is adjusted. The issue for me is if an unpredicted downpour occurs, the the timer will turn on my irrigation as scheduled –even if the downpour is still going on! What’s needed is a system that monitors not only predicted rainfall but actual rainfall to take account of tropical areas like mine (southern Florida) where predictions are often wildly inaccurate.

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