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Skydrop Smart Sprinkler Controller Setup & Install

After testing the likes of Rachio, RainMachine, Blossom and B-Hyve over the past few months, the Skydrop is the one device that has been missing from my analysis.

But I’ve finally got my hands on the 8-zone Skydrop and I’m ready to install it and show you guys how it works.

The Skydrop has apps for iOS and Android, web control, manual controls and EPA WaterSense certification. It’s not weather resistant, so you’ll need to buy an external housing if you need to mount it outdoors.

SETUP AND INSTALL VIDEO

INSTALLATION

The Skydrop comes in two pieces, the back unit that you attach to the wall that holds the wires and power cord, and the front unit that has the display and the wheel controller.

The Skydrop comes with some of the biggest screws I’ve ever seen. I zipped the back unit into my wood backing easily and I figured two of those beefy screws would be enough.

I like the way the Skydrop routes the wires through the bottom of the unit, even though it meant my little zone stickers had to come off.

Snapping the front unit into the back unit took a little bit of a push. At first I thought that I had not centered the screws enough for it to fit. But then I gave it a harder push and it clicked in.

Very simple and clean install.

APP SETUP

Setup was quite easy, but I did have one hiccup along the way.

Your first move is to download the app, then create an account. As I proceeded through the steps I eventually came to a screen that said “enter your six digit security code”. My Skydrop was on, the wheel was green, but the screen was blank.

After a few minutes of searching around for the security code (one of the units I reviewed previously had something similar printed on a sticker in the manual), I found that the screen was supposed to be displaying the code.

So I did what any good computer geek would do: unplug it and plug it back in. The Skydrop booted up properly this time and eventually gave me my security code for pairing. Side note, the Skydrop takes about a minute to fully boot up.

Once I paired up the rest of the setup was easy.

I did smart watering for all of my zones and inputted the type of plant, soil, shade, slope and number of sprinklers. This came back with a smart watering schedule that seems pretty good to me. Only time will tell.

INITIAL IMPRESSIONS

I really like the look of the Skydrop app and how it lays everything out nicely on the home screen. The highlight for me is the easily readable calendar that shows each day and which zones will be watered that day. Just beautiful.

One flaw I’ve noticed so far is that even though I have notifications enabled, I’m not getting any notifications on my lock screen. I want to see when watering is starting and when it has ended, and I have those boxes checked, but I’m not getting anything. We’ll see if it persists over the 2 week trial period.

PHOTOS

Skydrop installed and running
Skydrop installed and running
Skydrop powering down
Skydrop powering down
Skydrop wired up
Skydrop wired up
Skydrop box
Skydrop box
Skydrop box
Skydrop box
Skydrop box side
Skydrop box side
Skydrop box end
Skydrop box end
Skydrop box contents
Skydrop box contents
Skydrop control unit back
Skydrop control unit back
Skydrop control unit
Skydrop control unit
Skydrop wiring unit
Skydrop wiring unit
Skydrop box contents
Skydrop box contents

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