Home Community B-Hyve Indoor/Outdoor Timer Scheduled watering using 5 zone index valve does not switch zones

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  • #1909
    OTownGator
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    I have a 5 zone index valve connected to my B-Hyve. I believe I have the valve wired to the B-Hyve correctly based on information in this forum and instructions I’ve seen on the website. This is the wiring config:
    1. Black wire from the solenoid to the COM on B-Hyve
    2. Red wire from the solenoid to Station 1 on B-Hyve
    3. Jumper wires from 1 to 2, 2 to 3, 3 to 4, 4 to 5

    If I manually start and stop the sprinklers the valve successfully cycles to the next zone with each start/stop.
    If I use a scheduled watering session (ie Smart Water), the schedule indicates that the various zones will get watered for different amounts of time but in reality the same zone gets watered for the entire duration of the schedule. When I discovered this I started a scheduled watering session and tried to make it move to the next zone manually. On the app it said that the next zone was being watered but the valve didn’t actually move to the next zone. It appears that with the scheduled/auto execution, when the B-Hyve moves to the next zone it does not send a “stop” command but rather just the next zones “start” command? As a result the index valve is never allowed to index to the next zone via the actual stop and start of the water flow.

    How do I make my 5 zone index valve actually switch zones during a scheduled (ie Smart Watering) watering?

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    #1970
    Ryan
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    Hello OTownGator, sorry ti inform you, but smart watering is not compatible with indexing valves. You will have to use a custom program. If you need help programing it please contact our product support line.

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    #1983
    OTownGator
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    Ryan, thanks for the reply. Do I basically need to wire jumpers from station 1 to station 3, and from station 3 to station 5? Program 1, 3, and 5 will run for my duration, and stations 2, 4, and 6 will have delay minutes? Then you I program 2 start times. The first start time will water the first 3 zones, the 2nd start time will water the last 2 zones? Or is there a better way?

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    #1989
    Ryan
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    Hello OTownGator, To wire your indexing valve using jumper wire you would need out 12 station timer.
    However there is another way to program, and wire it which I find a little easier. For the wiring part all you would need to do is have the one wire in com and the other in terminal 1. Then for programming you would need to make 2. they will need to be exactly the same other than the start times, and you will need a 1-5 min delay for the indexing valve to have time to rotate to the next line.

    example
    Program a start times: 1) 7AM 2) 7:10AM 3) 7:20AM 4) 7:30AM Run time just for station 1 9min (just so there is that one min delay) how often is mon-fri
    program b start time: 1) 7:40AM Run time just for station 1 9min how often is mon-fri

    So it just needs to look something like that. The run times need to be the same on both programs and only for station 1. Then for how often both programs need to be the same. Then you need 5 start times total in-between both programs. with some form of 1-5 min delay.

    let me know if you have any other questions.

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    #77691
    Swamper
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    Is there anyway to setup a 4 zone Orbit B-hyve timer with a 4 zone Indexing Valve so you can actual program the zones and not use Programs A,B,C & D to make it work (turn on and off to switch zones)? You lose too much functionality not being able to use the zones. This would be the greatest product since sliced bread if it could! Is there a firmware up date to accomplish this? Thanks

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    #77769
    Stephen
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    @swamper This is not currently a possibility, but I will pass this information on to my dev team for their consideration.

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