Just got a new Orbit Controller for my multizone inground sprinkler system. I have the B-hyve app and set a watering program (Odd days on; start very early morning; duration for each zone). I wasn’t sure if the controller/app took forecast rainfall into account in program mode. I called support, and they told me it didn’t and that I should enable Smart Watering and set it for the same start time as my program mode. This morning, I heard my program mode kick on and believe it watered all zones according to my settings. But then it went into Smart Watering mode and went through all the zones again! I’m very confused.
I’m new to ORbit and wifi controller sprinklers I replaced an old, non-wifi enabled rainbird controller.
Thanks for any advice, help or clarification you can provide!
Thanks for reply. So, yes apparently it did record the watering history for the day — which seemed to include the program portion as well as the second go around. All zones now report 100%.
So just to confirm with this group, I can have a program set up — set days, start time, & watering duration — and have Smart Watering ON at the same time. And, theoretically Smart Watering should control (add to or delay) watering times based on weather forecasts (rain, etc) and watering history?
I would say that is a no. You can EITHER, have SmartWatering or manual schedule.
If you manually set a schedule to water, that is what will happen. Enabling Smart Watering will not override an existing manual schedule. You will not get the benefits of automation and water savings. You may get automated rain delays, but that is about it.
Deleting all manual schedules and enabling SmartWatering will create a customized watering plan for your needs based on the details you provide in Smart Zone Details. Answer all the questions, highly recommend using Catch Cups. (Check every setting)
My SmartWater schedule: For the remainder of June, this will repeat every six days. Then every 5 days for July and August.
Zone 1) Two 18 minute cycles with 10 minutes of soak time between.
Zone 2) Three 6 minute cycles with 10 minutes of soak time between.