INSTALL & SETUP VIDEO
Connecting over WiFi for setup was easy. You connect your machine to the BlueSpray directly to get it configured and then the BlueSpray can log on to your network. You can also connect with an ethernet cable if you need a hard-wired connection.
The BlueSpray will run on it’s own without the internet, so your controller won’t turn into a brick when your internet goes out or their servers go down. The RainMachine also does this, but many other smart sprinkler controllers on the market offload the work to the cloud, thereby depending on the cloud 100% for operation.
The software is not slick, but it works. The non-mobile website feels clunky and dated. Dragging and dropping the sprinklers to create your zones is a cool idea but it isn’t executed very well.
Google Maps integration is also a great idea, but didn’t work great for my house. But it’s a fantastic feature if you are running a big job on a large plot of land. Think about running the irrigation for Disneyland or a similarly big operation. You would have each zone visualized on the map and named, and it would be so much easier to deal with when things broke.
There are no native apps (iOS or Android) to control the BlueSpray unit, but that’s not a big deal. The mobile site looks less dated than the full-browser version and feels nice.
There is a weird “network alert” screen that comes up between every single page load on the mobile site. I eventually became numb to it.
The mobile site gives you plenty of control and I used it many times over the past couple weeks to test a zone after I hooked up new drippers.
GARAGE DOOR INTEGRATION
My favorite part of this unit is the ability to control my garage door. This is such a genius integration because most sprinkler controllers are already in the garage. BlueSpray has two inputs, one for a garage door sensor and the other that connects directly to your garage door to control it. You need both hooked up for it to work.
I have always wanted to be able to control my garage door from my phone and to see if I forgot to close my garage door. To get it to work you need to install a sensor and run some wire. This was not hard at all and you can check out my setup article and video to see how I did it. The software setup was a little confusing, but once I realized that you have to tell it to automatically close after X number of minutes it worked. This feature works well, as I have been sitting below the garage door when the automatic closing started and gave me a good scare.
The BlueSpray is the top controller for managing big commercial jobs with multiple zones and multiple controllers. For the normal do-it-yourself this unit requires a lot of setup, but once you’ve got it setup you can forget about it. Add in the garage door feature and it vaults to the top as one of the best units on the market.Check it out on Amazon