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    jseymour
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    Last night we had a bunch of rain. Have our MiniClik set for 1/4″. Figured we’d had more than enough rain to suspend today’s early-morning watering. Yet what do I see when I get up this morning? “Watering Complete. Home Irrigation System: B-hyve has finished watering program 3x Weekly, Full.”

    Really?

    Since there’s no other way to tell what the irrigation controller sees, I had it run a test program in a minute. As I’d hoped (and rather expected): “Test Rain Sensor is suspended because of a Rain Sensor.” But sure enough, when that program normally would have finished, several minutes later: “Watering Complete. Home Irrigation System: B-hyve has finished watering program Test Rain Sensor.”

    The fact it doesn’t notify you of the rain sensor preventing (part of) a watering cycle until it’s starting (or in) a cycle I understand. Actually, that’s kind of logical. After all: The sensor could dry out and deactivate by the time the watering cycle is to start.

    But telling you it’s run a watering cycle when it has not is pretty annoying.

    (And, while I’m here: Can you guys please, please, PLEASE turn off that annoying, incessant reCAPTCHA thing? It’s particularly burdensome on a small, hand-held mobile device, where you almost need a magnifying glass to decipher the images.)

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    #78070
    Stephen
    Keymaster

    @jseymour this has been passed up to our devs as well. Thank you for all of your feedback!

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    #78086
    jseymour
    Participant

    Thanks, Stephen!

    Our B-hyve being in-place for three weeks I have to say we’re pretty darn satisfied with its operation. Having the rain sensor, I ran Weather Adjustments -> Rain Delay Percentage and -> Rain Delay Depth Threshold up to 80% and 0.5 in., respectively. Over the three weeks the system has been in operation with the rain sensor and those adjustments, it has so far not run when we wouldn’t want it to, and has run when we would’ve have wanted it to.

    The only fly in the ointment being no way to tell when the rain sensor’s tripped. It’s a tiny >< annoyance, to be sure, but, were it not for that: I’d call this irrigation controller literally perfect for our needs.

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    #78565
    jseymour
    Participant

    First of all: Thank you, thank you, thank you to whomever disabled that annoying CAPTCHA thing in the support forums. I’d like to buy that man or woman a beer!

    Now, to my main point: This issue with rain sensor status remains. Would it at least be possible to get the current status of an attached rain sensor to display somewhere in the app?

    I’m about to the point of fabricating an indicator with a handy box, LED, and small relay, so I can at least tell when it’s engaged when we’re home. Wouldn’t do us any good when we’re away, but it would be better than nothing at all.

    Thanks in advance!

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    #78894
    powersjg79
    Participant

    JSEMOUR – Agree would really like to know when rain sensor is activated. I looked into the relay possibility but the problem is the relays available are 24 VAC coil maximum 110% of voltage rating or 26.4 VAC max. The actual voltage on B Hyve 24 volts terminals is >29 volts on my system, so the 24 VAC relay would not work in my case unless I provide a dedicated power supply or us a dropping resistor. I don’t know the current rating on the 24 volt output on the B Hyve so I would be hesitant in using it. Like you, I am not sure why they can’t simply display SEN anytime the rain sensor is wet and tripped.

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