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October 9, 2018 at 8:14 pm in reply to: External rain sensor testing and understanding its operation #72015
Josh or whomever at Orbit: Can you please reread this thread and update us on what if any progress might have been made to address the issue with Bhyve not working with some rain sensors? You mention in replies that Orbit would address it but I don’t see a conclusion. A possible firmware fix is mentioned to be tested by volunteers but I don’t see a conclusion on that either. It seemed that users had determined that wired sensors of any brand may create an impedance issue with Bhyve and not operate properly and cause short cycling. What’s the scoop?Spread the love!July 31, 2018 at 9:17 pm in reply to: External rain sensor testing and understanding its operation #5473
Josh, thank you SO much for replying with actual information as to what Orbit is doing on this. We have been asking for improvements with sensor notification for some time and it’s great to hear there might be a response. Immediate notification that a rain sensor has triggered would be terrific, however as pointed out by another poster the app must respond to that information by notifying the user. Also, there should be an annunciation on the timer itself that the sensor is tripped regardless of if program running or not.
Also Josh, can you possibly get someone who IS an electrical type at Orbit to read and respond to the other thread on the rain sensor where users have discovered that many sensors including Orbit brand often don’t work with Bhyve possibly due to noise or interference in the wire to the sensor? That thread can be found at https://bhyve.orbitonline.com/topic/external-rain-sensor/ Folks have been waiting for someone at Orbit to weigh in on that for some time, and many smart users have been trying to figure out why their sensors misbehave all the way back to February. Thank you in advance for your help with that.Spread the love!
Same for me. Their system must be down or messed up.Spread the love!
So did anyone at Orbit EVER reply to anyone either in the forum or via other means about this issue with rain sensors? It appears that even an Orbit branded wired sensor would have this same problem would it not, with noise causing issues within Bhyve? Wonder why Orbit is being so silent on this….?Spread the love!July 30, 2018 at 8:49 pm in reply to: External rain sensor testing and understanding its operation #5359
So did Orbit ever respond to this thread with any information? I have the Hunter Rain-Clik sensor from my previous system installed, and it the Bhyve is looking for more resistance that the Hunter provides I need to know that.
Sure would be nice if the Bhyve and the app gave a direct indication of when the sensor is tripped (at any time, not just when a program is running) and when it resets so we could tell what is happening. Folks have been asking for that feature for months and months.Spread the love!
Folks, I’m suspicious that this information is not correct. Most all rain sensors including those made by Orbit are normally closed. The Orbit Bhyve also uses a normally closed sensor, hence the jumper wire on the sensor terminals. The Bhyve manual says “If the sensor is enabled and no sensor is connected (hence open circuit) then the timer will not operate. The Bhyve manual does not say that the sensor terminals are only for the wireless rain gauge.
For the original poster, just move your normally closed rain sensor over to the “Sensor” terminals (remove the jumper), check enabled the sensor by holding down the rain delay button for 5 seconds to make sure it is set to ON, and you should be good to go.Spread the love!
Thank you for the post Steven and comments on my input. I have a couple more below 🙂
For item 1 above, I don’t think I clearly described what I was looking for. Let me try again. I know that you can INDIVIDUALLY go into each zone setup and change moisture level. What I was suggesting or asking about was an EASY one or two step way to tell the app that ALL zones should be a 100% because we had a drenching rain. I have noticed that after heavy rain (whole yard squishy), moisture doesn’t always reflect that for all zones. I am suggesting you need to add an easy way to tell the app to set all zones to 100% and react accordingly, and not try to sprinkle the next day or even several days. No one is going to go into individual zones when you might have 10 of them to set each moisture level separately…
For item 2 above, what is the purpose of the “antenna” icon on the home screen that can sometimes have a cross though it? I assumed it was a connectivity icon, but maybe that’s only to the server? What I have done which is not very pretty is to setup a “dummy” zone that has no wires to it. To check connectivity I manually “start” watering the dummy zone, and if it completes right away I think I can possibly conclude I have a successful connection to the timer?
For item 3, I have since determined that this happens mainly when my phone has connected to house WiFi from outside, but with a weak signal. This probably means that when I try to manually start or stop a zone, due to slow or weak WiFi it times out. If I turn off WiFi, and rely on cell network, I don’t see this issue.
Here are a couple more suggestions:
8). When setting up a program or editing a program, or when manually running multiple zones, it should show on the screen somewhere as you add zones what the total run time would be if you saved at that point. When setting up a program with watering restrictions in mind for example, I need to make sure watering if OFF by a certain time, so I need to make sure I select a start time that completes appropriately. This would make programming easier and avoid math in head errors 🙂
9). I would be very useful and nice to have more information on the history page when looking back at the calendar. Maybe have the app include if it recorded rain that day and how much? Also what the high and low temps for that day were?
Thanks.Spread the love!
Here is suggestion number 7, if anyone at Orbit is listening?? We would really appreciate it is Orbit would comment on these, tell us if there are other ways to work around, or if they have any of these on their list of improvements?
7). When setting up programs, we should be able to select zones in any order and have them run in that order we select. Right now it appears regardless of what order you setup in, the app reordered them in numbered zone order. Sometimes I need zones to run in a different order for a variety of reasons, such as activity in the yard, pet activity, etc. I don’t want to have to reprogram each zone to reassign them for a temporary change.Spread the love!
Does anyone know if a firmware update disrupts any existing programing on the timer? If a unit is at a vacation property, can it get a firmware update remotely and safely and reliably continue to operate afterwards without any direct on-site human interaction?Spread the love!June 1, 2018 at 2:34 pm in reply to: Can you setup Smart Watering to deal with runoff and more arid/high UV areas? #2490
BillK, I’m no expert yet on Bhyve but just a user. I assume you are fully setting up each zone in smart watering options? Inside there you can set soil to clay, and slope to as high as 13+%. Under zones, you choose the Smart Details options to set all those parameters of each zone.
The ability to control a “delay” is a feature I have asked for also. I also have extreme clay here in Houston, but less slope. Even when not using smart watering, I want to be able to setup a “delay” in a program between zones and to be able to select the same zone twice or more so that I can prevent runoff.Spread the love!
Ryan or whomever, can you explain to us why firmware update can only be initiated via Orbit action rather than an option on the device to check for firmware update? What is the logic behind this approach?Spread the love!
Hello Orbit, is there another way y’all would like to receive suggestions for improvements? When I started this thread I was expecting/hoping that Orbit might weigh in on them and acknowledge and comment on them. Thank you.Spread the love!
Any comments from Orbit regarding my suggestions, or should I be sending these to another location or address?Spread the love!
See this thread in this same forum:
This doesn’t fully address your question, and I actually wonder the same thing. It seems like an arbitrary setting, and I haven’t seen any documentation saying how to use it.Spread the love!
I believe you simply tap and hold, and slide to the left to see the delete option. That’s the way it works on mine.Spread the love!