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  • #76887
    phil.c
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    Hows this traveling? Still developing?

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    #76909
    Gregory Cook
    Keymaster

    Phil.C

    As far as I know we are in the final stages of making our timers home kit compatible.

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    #76944
    heron
    Participant

    Any just to confirm– Existing older b-hyve hose faucet timers w/ hubs will get the update to make them HomeKit compatible?

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    #76945
    heron
    Participant

    This is great, I’m excited for HomeKit support (it’s why I went with B-Hyve over others). A couple questions:

    1:
    Will existing B-Hyve hose faucet timers will get an update to make them HomeKit compatible or will HomeKit only be available on newly purchased timers?

    2:
    Will faucet timers require the Orbit Hub to connect to HomeKit or will the faucet timers be able to do bluetooth directly to an existing HomeKit Hub such as the HomePod? The bluetooth directly to the HomeKit Hub/HomePod is preferable in my opinion.

    3:
    Are there plans to overhaul the B-Hyve app to reduce complexity and make it more intuitive, etc? I look at your competition (not going to name names) and I wish your app was as intuitive and flexible as theirs. I hope to see Orbit/B-Hyve be a leader in the “smart watering” scene.

    Thanks!

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    #76954
    markk
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    After waiting a year or more and watching Rachio plow right past Orbit and come out with HK support, I no longer really believe we will be supported on homekit. There is clearly something wrong.

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    #76956
    walstib373
    Participant

    Does anyone here have actual experience with Rachio’s HomeKit-enabled device?

    My spring and summer watering season is about to begin, and I’m leaning toward ditching Orbit for Rachio.

    After more than a year of this “it’s coming soon” business, I’m ready to do something different.

    What’s the deal, Orbit?

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    #77009
    Josh Wheeler
    Keymaster

    Hello Everyone!

    Here’s a brief update. We are currently performing the Bonjour Conformance Test portion of the HomeKit certification process. I know that there are some “bugs” that our engineers are working on with Apple’s engineers so I can’t say when this will be worked out but it is happening as I type. If you care to learn all about BCT here’s the link: https://developer.apple.com/bonjour/

    I won’t say, “It’s coming soon” but I will say that we want to get this completed in a bad way. Yes, it’s been way too long coming and we are all ready too.

    Thanks for hanging in there with us!

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    #77010
    ReyG
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    Hi Josh, we certainly appreciate the updates and specifics of Orbit’s status on HomeKit integration and realize you are under no obligation to communicate those to us. Thank you for keeping us updated and not feeding us a canned response like so many other companies do in regards to their promised HomeKit support. Best of luck to your engineers and developers for a successful launch!

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    #77013
    heron
    Participant

    Thanks for the update Josh 🙂

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    #77054
    caalvarez
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    Does anyone here have actual experience with Rachio’s HomeKit-enabled device?

    I haven’t used them. There was a Reddit thread in the last few days in the Homekit sub, where everyone said they loved it. At this point I can only conclude that Orbit has been lying to us for two years. If the Rachio works for you, get it. We also have two hose controllers, and am not aware of any other option, so we’re stuck. And those are the ones I need Homekit for, since they are always used on demand and not on a schedule. It would be far more convenient than having to navigate the Orbit app and set it for a few hours every time.

    On the Homekit sub, someone also reported they got a refund from Ring because they’ve also failed to deliver the promised Homekit support.

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    #77126
    priva28
    Participant

    Is this nearly done. Has the bonjour testing been successful?

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    #77130
    priva28
    Participant

    I appreciate that you are trying to get everything done the best way possible. But you have been working on it for supposedly 1 and a half years now. It’s very hard to believe that you are still ironing out bugs.

    If we look at Homebridge, something that I use everyday, is open source, with people making platforms all the time. These platforms are created by majority as a hobby and aren’t paid to create them. 9/10 of them work perfectly with no issues whatsoever, therefore it is hard to believe that you are still trying to fix bugs in yours.

    Either you have really slow development team(which I doubt as they are most likely paid and have already created a great app) or Apple is continually not approving your implementation. If the latter is the case, please be honest with us. It would be even better if you could release an open api so that the DIY smart home community can integrate it into platforms like HomeKit and Home Assistant until you perfect yours.

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    #77139
    walstib373
    Participant

    I see Rachio is offering an Earth Day special — $30 off through April 22.

    Their controller is already HomeKit enabled. Details on the Rachio website.

    I don’t know about the rest of you, but absent any signs of progress beyond “we’re working on it,” I’m about ready to jump ship for the 2019 irrigation season.

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    #77140
    caalvarez
    Participant

    I would be curious what some others want to do with these controllers in Homekit. After having used a few for a while, I can’t see where I would ever manipulate our food garden through Homekit. There’s no need. I have a hose controller that I’d like to turn on as needed during the summer. Not sure how important that sort of function is to other people. It’s pretty annoying the number of steps you have to go through in the app to tell it “run for the next four hours.” Our main decorative landscaping also rarely needs control, although it would be good to be able to add time when I notice that it’s being under-watered (happens randomly during summer, we are in AZ).

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    #77141
    robmehrer
    Participant

    WALSTIB373 while i can appreciate your frustration, i can tell you from experience with Apple the issue is not Orbit. Apple will requires a lot in their certification process. They want to insure anything that is on the Homekit platform operates as expected every time all the time.

    That being said Orbit is locked in to what they can convey to customers by Apple. I use Orbit through my Alexa at the moment because i do have some other devices that are not home kit compatible. It happens, relax, let them work through the process. If you want a Rachio and want to hauk them go for it. Ill stick with my B-Hyve since I know it works and works well. With any new technology there will be setbacks and issues to work through. I think Orbits dev team might be a tad smaller than a larger company but I can say they make a great product.

    Just have patience and stop trying to hauk other garbage on here to try and make them “feel the pain” its a $80-$100 conroller… losing a couple of whiny Home Kit customers wont hurt Orbit in the long run.

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