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  • #2644
    sagunn
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    Hi all,

    I’ve had the “Orbit 57946 B-hyve Smart Indoor/Outdoor 6-Station WiFi Sprinkler System Controller” for a couple of months now and I’ve had so many issues that I’m considering returning this timer. For example:
    1) I have smart watering turned off completely, but it will still set off a rain delay and not water my lawn. This is problematic here as our storms can be very regional, e.g. one part of the city can be completely dry while 5 miles east will receive a half inch of rain. So my lawn goes dry.
    2) Most importantly, the timer says it’s watering or has finished watering but the program never actually ran. I’ve actually gone outside while it’s supposed to be on and nothing is happening. Lawn is bone dry. I can run programs manually just fine, all of my zones work.

    If it helps, my MAC address is 44:67:55:02:8E:CE

    thank you for any assistance you can provide.
    Scott

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    #2647
    sagunn
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    An update after looking through some other posts:

    My watering history says all of the scheduled programs ran for less than 1 minute. Apparently, this has something to do with a rain sensor but I have no sensors hooked up to this timer. I tried to turn the sensor off by holding the “Rain Delay” button down for five seconds (as mentioned in some other posts) but this doesn’t do anything within the bhyve app. After holding down the button it just gives me the rain delay options–1 day, 3 day, etc.

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    #2672
    Ryan
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    To check and make sure your rain sensor is turned off you need to have it set in auto mode. Hold down the rain delay button at the actual timer itself. If you don’t have a rain sensor hooked up then it needs to read sensor off. also look at your timer screen when it should be watering and look for any fault/error messages.

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    #2804
    sagunn
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    OK, turning off the rain sensor (at the timer itself) fixed the issue. My programs are running as scheduled now. thanks!

    Why does Orbit ship these timers with a rain sensor enabled by default? My unit did not come with a rain sensor and I don’t plan on purchasing one right now. Seems like it should be off by default to save some confusion.

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    #2928
    nadwyer0525
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    I set up my hyve today, have smart watering turned on but I cannot see when the next scheduled run date is to occur. I have it linked to my google home and asked when the next scheduled run is and it said January 1st at 6 am. Please help. My MAC address is 44:67:55:02:A9:32.
    Thank you.

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    #3030
    Ryan
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    @nadwyer0525, I’ve just checked your timer and there seems to be nothing wrong. It usually takes a little bit of time after the initial set up for the schedule to appear. It is showing scheduled watering for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, of this week. It will water some of your zones each day. I’m also updating your firmware for you. Please let us know if you have any further issues.

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    #3031
    nadwyer0525
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    Thank you Ryan, I just noticed it updated. Appreciate the quick follow up

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    #4166
    Tammy Rey
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    Hi

    I have 3 stations programmed on my B-hyve 6 station. 1 & 3 are working but 2 is not. I can manually turn it on from the valve so I know it works. Any suggestions?

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    #4236
    Ryan
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    @Tammy Rey, If it is just your station 2 that wont run, it could be a wiring or solenoid issue. If you have a multimeter you can test the resistance to check. You would set your meter to read in ohms (usually the lowest setting), and measure the resistance between your common, and zone 2 wires. You want to read 24 and above. If you’re getting a reading of 0 then the issue lies with your wiring, if its in between 0 and 24 then it is most likely a solenoid issue. If you don’t have a multimeter you could just swap the solenoid/line with another valve (if you have a manifold system/the’re installed close to each other) to see if the issue travels. If it does then you know it’s not an issue with the timer.

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    #4554
    Tammy Rey
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    Ryan, thank you I will try this. ­čÖé

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    #4571
    rocourteau
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    To Sagunn: the timer ships with a jumper wire on the rain sensor terminals. If that jumper is kept in place, the rain sensor setting is irrelevant, since the timer will always detect the (normally closed) sensor as inactive. The jumper wire is well documented in the install docs.

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