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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Rachio second generation WiFi sprinkler controller

Why you need an EPA WaterSense certified smart sprinkler controller

If you’re looking to buy a smart sprinkler controller you should make sure the unit is EPA WaterSense certified. Certified controllers have been thoroughly tested by the EPA and are proven to save water by monitoring the weather and adjusting the irrigation schedule as needed. Some water agencies even offer rebates to offset the cost of a smart controller.

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