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Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller - 8-Zone

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  • Overview

    Extending your smart home into the yard, the Rachio 3 Sprinkler Controller helps you effectively manage your outdoor watering. It's HomeKit-enabled so you can operate it using the Apple Home app—whenever and wherever you want. With premium Weather Intelligence Plus, Rachio can also monitor local climate and alter automatic watering schedules accordingly to save water and money.

    Highlights

    The first smart sprinkler controller to work with HomeKit

    Care for your lawn remotely with your iPhone, iPad, or Mac

    Remote design allows one-touch run, pause, and skip between zones

    Weather Intelligence Plus pinpoints the forecast within a 36-foot radius of your location—then adjusts watering appropriately

    Helps reduce your water bill by up to 50%

    EPA WaterSense certified—eligible for utility rebates of up to 100% off (check your local water provider)

    Replace watering zone numbers with names and photos

    Add input details such as plant type and sun exposure to help Rachio automatically determine water needs

    Install it yourself or replace any controller with ease, no special tools needed

    Get expert help from Rachio any day of the week

    What’s in the Box

    Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller

    24VAC power supply

    Mounting hardware

    Tech Specs

    Other Features: HomeKit Compatible, Wireless

    Internet Access: Internet Access Required

    Connections: Wireless

    Power Source: External power supply

    Height: 10 in./25.4 cm

    Length: 12 in./30.48 cm

    Width: 6 in./15.24 cm

    Weight: 3.5 lb./1.59 kg

    System Requirements

    Operating System: iOS 10.3 or later

    Manufacturer Information

    Part Number

    Mfr. Part Number: 8ZULW-C

    UPC or EAN No.: 680140538863

    Warranty

    Note: Products sold through this website that do not bear the Apple Brand name are serviced and supported exclusively by their manufacturers in accordance with terms and conditions packaged with the products. Apple’s Limited Warranty does not apply to products that are not Apple-branded, even if packaged or sold with Apple products. Please contact the manufacturer directly for technical support and customer service.

    Warranty: Two-year limited

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    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Easily the best Smart-Home Irrigation Controller

      This is easy. The Rachio is easily the best Smart Irrigation Controller available. The recently added Homekit functionality is a nice addition, but you'll sti This is easy. The Rachio is easily the best Smart Irrigation Controller available. The recently added Homekit functionality is a nice addition, but you'll still want to use the Rachio app to get full-access to the incredible number of options for your irrigation. There's so many features here, it's hard to know where to start. Perhaps most important, while this controller has a myriad of options, its quite easy to setup and use. Among the feature we really liked: setup is super easy. In our case, it was just a swap of the various zone control lines from our old controller to the new, download the Rachio App, and our iphone basically did the rest. It connects via Wifi (not bluetooth), and we had plenty of signal strength in our garage where the controller was located. The Rachio app will ask you some basic questions about each zone (soil and vegetation type, slope, etc) and then recommend watering intervals. Rachio adjusts watering based on weather and season, and its been working great for us for over half a year. We actually installed a home weather station, mainly to feed data to the Rachio 3. This is easier than it sounds. Most weather stations upload data to wunderground, and the Rachio 3 can talk with any wunderground station and use that for micro-weather-forecasting at your locaiton. It's all auto-magic! The Rachio app will show all wunderground stations in your area; in our case, our home-based station was right there, easily selected. Another great feature is the ability to name zones and add a picture for each right into the app. Super easy. Micro-local weather is fantastic. Rachio uses rainfall, wind, and temperature data to adjust schedules. I'd guesttimate our water bills have decreased 20% thanks to this data, while our plants, lawn, and landscaping have never looked better. As for recently added Homekit control, you get very basic status and manual control via the Apple Home app. Homekit setup was simple: use the Rachio app to get your unique Homekit ID, and then enter this as a new device inside the Home app. Once you do this, the irrigation control appears, and each zone (with your preassigned names) appears under this device with a toggle switch. You can set a manual watering time for each zone, and manually turn them on/off via homekit. You'll still use the Rachio app for all your smart-watering schedules with Homekit as a backup for manaul activation and to monitor status of the controller. The ability to include irrigation control in some automations may have some unique uses. For example, a motion sensor on the lawn could be triggered to turn on sprinklers for a short period as a deterrant to trespassers. We haven't done this, but it's tempting... Highly recommended, 5-stars. Rachio features and ease-of-setup are class-leading, weather control is first rate, and homekit monitoring is a bonus.

      • Written by Joseph M from Albuquerque

      2 of 2 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Easily the best Smart-Home Irrigation Controller

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Easily the best Smart-Home Irrigation Controller

      This is easy. The Rachio is easily the best Smart Irrigation Controller available. The recently added Homekit functionality is a nice addition, but you'll sti This is easy. The Rachio is easily the best Smart Irrigation Controller available. The recently added Homekit functionality is a nice addition, but you'll still want to use the Rachio app to get full-access to the incredible number of options for your irrigation. There's so many features here, it's hard to know where to start. Perhaps most important, while this controller has a myriad of options, its quite easy to setup and use. Among the feature we really liked: setup is super easy. In our case, it was just a swap of the various zone control lines from our old controller to the new, download the Rachio App, and our iphone basically did the rest. It connects via Wifi (not bluetooth), and we had plenty of signal strength in our garage where the controller was located. The Rachio app will ask you some basic questions about each zone (soil and vegetation type, slope, etc) and then recommend watering intervals. Rachio adjusts watering based on weather and season, and its been working great for us for over half a year. We actually installed a home weather station, mainly to feed data to the Rachio 3. This is easier than it sounds. Most weather stations upload data to wunderground, and the Rachio 3 can talk with any wunderground station and use that for micro-weather-forecasting at your locaiton. It's all auto-magic! The Rachio app will show all wunderground stations in your area; in our case, our home-based station was right there, easily selected. Another great feature is the ability to name zones and add a picture for each right into the app. Super easy. Micro-local weather is fantastic. Rachio uses rainfall, wind, and temperature data to adjust schedules. I'd guesttimate our water bills have decreased 20% thanks to this data, while our plants, lawn, and landscaping have never looked better. As for recently added Homekit control, you get very basic status and manual control via the Apple Home app. Homekit setup was simple: use the Rachio app to get your unique Homekit ID, and then enter this as a new device inside the Home app. Once you do this, the irrigation control appears, and each zone (with your preassigned names) appears under this device with a toggle switch. You can set a manual watering time for each zone, and manually turn them on/off via homekit. You'll still use the Rachio app for all your smart-watering schedules with Homekit as a backup for manaul activation and to monitor status of the controller. The ability to include irrigation control in some automations may have some unique uses. For example, a motion sensor on the lawn could be triggered to turn on sprinklers for a short period as a deterrant to trespassers. We haven't done this, but it's tempting... Highly recommended, 5-stars. Rachio features and ease-of-setup are class-leading, weather control is first rate, and homekit monitoring is a bonus.

      • Written by Joseph M from Albuquerque

      2 of 2 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Easily the best Smart-Home Irrigation Controller