RainMachine Mini-8 front uncovered

RainMachine Mini-8 install and setup with video

The guys from RainMachine have sent over the Mini-8 for an honest review and I went through the install and setup today.

The RainMachine Mini-8 Smart Irrigation Controller is an EPA Watersense certified WiFi sprinkler controller that will skip waterings when it rains. The unit can be controlled with an iOS, Android or web device and also integrates with IFTTT (If This Then That), which can wire up with other smart services like Amazon’s Echo.

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Orbit B-Hyve controls

B-Hyve 12-Zone WiFi Sprinkler System Controller review with video

After a couple years of startup companies inventing and dominating the WiFi-connected smart sprinkler controller market, one of the biggest players in the irrigation world has joined the fray.

Orbit’s B-Hyve 12-Zone WiFi Sprinkler System Controller is the first try at a smart sprinkler controller for a big company with a household name. After testing the unit for two weeks, it’s clear that the B-Hyve is not ready for prime time. I ran into bugs all the way through the process. I’ve been assured by the team at Orbit that this is an evolving product and that bugs are being squashed and new features will be added.

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RainMachine Mini-8 contents.

RainMachine Mini-8 unboxing photos and video

After testing and really enjoying the RainMachine HD-12, I’m now going to give the Mini-8 a run. Here’s some info on what’s inside the box.

The RainMachine Mini-8 Smart Irrigation Controller is an EPA Watersense certified WiFi sprinkler system that will skip waterings when it rains. The unit can be controlled with an iOS, Android or web device and also integrates with IFTTT (If This Then That), which can wire up with other smart services like Amazon’s Echo.

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