Community Home Community B-Hyve Indoor/Outdoor Timer Is there a way to test if the rain sensor is working?

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  • #79142
    cctaco
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    I can manually test my zones via the app, but the zones would only run for 1sec.

    After investigating it I found that right before the it would water there was a message about delay due to sensor.

    Is there a way to test all zones and have b-hyve look and see what the rain sensor is doing?

    Thanks
    Chris

    Running b-hyve pro on my phone, with about 30 controllers installed.

    Is there a pro site?

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    #79143
    bhutchins
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    Login on this site with your B-hyve login.
    I think you will find it more versatile.
    It would be nice to always be able to monitor the status of the rain sensor for sure!

    https://techsupport.orbitbhyve.com/

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    #79150
    jseymour
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    Unfortunately, CCTACO, there is no way to know what, if anything, the rain sensor is doing. Worst of all: The B-Hyve controller will happily report the watering cycle complete even when all or part of it was suspended due to a rain sensor.

    The only way you’ll ever know if the rain sensor is engaged is if you check a watering cycle while it’s running. Then the controller will tell you the cycle is suspended due to the rain sensor–if it’s suspended at the time you check.

    If the rain sensor disengages during the watering cycle, the controller will begin watering wherever it is in the cycle.

    In short: You could just as well connect the rain sensor to the common for the power to the valve solenoids and get the same results. (Which some people have had to do, because the B-Hyve’s rain sensor input can be a bit wonky.)

    Yesterday we had plenty of rain. Despite the fact it should have been more than enough to engage our rain sensor, there was no way to know for sure it had, so I did a manual 12-hour rain delay to make sure the sprinklers wouldn’t start up this morning.

    Rain sensor input problems and the poor UI for it have been long-term, ongoing complaints wrt the Orbit B-Hyve irrigation controller. They seem disinclined to address these problems ­čÖü

    The controller is great in every other respect.

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    #79154
    jseymour
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    My wife, this morning: “The sprinklers ran this morning?!?!” (We’d received something like 2-1/2 inches of rain in the previous 12-18 hours.) “No, honey, they didn’t. That’s just Orbit’s broken software,” and explained it to her.

    *sigh* I guess I’ll start looking into a replacement for this thing…

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    #79160
    jseymour
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    It’s been eleven days and still not a peep from Orbit. Orbit’s been promising a fix for this problem since 2018. See: External Rain Sensor.

    I’ve given up on Orbit ever fixing this problem and fixed it, myself, by replacing our Orbit B-Hyve with a Rachio 3 irrigation controller. Wonder of wonders: It sends notifications on rain sensor activation/deactivation, displays it being activated on the app’s home screen, and logs activations/deactivations.

    It’s really too bad. I really liked our Orbit B-Hyve. But the rain sensor thing I could not live with.

    With that: I’m out. I wish y’all good luck!

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