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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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PlantLink soil sensor unboxing with video and photos

I received the PlantLink soil sensor in the mail today so it’s time for an unboxing video before I get it into the ground.

The PlantLink base station connects to your home network with a wired ethernet cable. The base station broadcasts its signal to the sensors using the Zigbee protocol. For comparison, Parrot’s Flower Power sensor uses Bluetooth Smart and connects directly to your phone.

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BlueSpray 16-Zone WiFi Sprinkler Controller unboxing video and photos

I just got this 16-Zone BlueSpray unit with WiFi in the mail, so I’m taking a minute to post an unboxing video and some photos.

The BlueSpray WiFi Sprinkler Controller is a smart irrigation unit that allows you to set your watering schedule as complex or simple as you want. The controller can be expanded to support 64 zones, so this thing can be a workhorse for big commercial jobs.

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RainMachine HD-12 WiFi Sprinkler Controller unboxing video and photos

The HD-12 from RainMachine has arrived, so I took a minute to film an unboxing video.

The RainMachine HD-12 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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