It may seem like a niche feature to include a public API with your sprinkler controller hardware, but most products on the market allow you to tinker with their hardware with your own software.
Even though most of the time you will be controlling your smart sprinkler controller with an app on your phone, sometimes you want to control the unit without a device. It’s really nice to be able to walk up to the controller with muddy fingers, click a couple buttons and run one zone for testing.
Even though this blog is called The WiFi Garden, sometimes you’ll need to connect your smart sprinkler controller with a cable ethernet line. There are times when it’s just easier to use a hard line when you can’t get a WiFi signal out to the far reaches of your property.