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  • #621
    caffeinejolt
    Participant

    Hi,

    So I finally went through the steps to setup the smart watering stuff. I *think* I got the soil type right – used the pinch a ribbon technique etc. I did not use the cups on the lawn thing yet – was going to see how it did without jumping through those hoops. My concern looking at the current smart schedule is that it looks like it will be watering every other day roughly in summer – I like the idea of saving a lot of water (main reason I bought it) – but don’t want my lawn/plants to die. I live in Arizona and in the summer most living things in the yard, except the desert plants, are under a lot of stress. Maybe things will work out just fine – but in the event I see issues – what can I tweak in the settings (besides disabling smart watering or adjusting drip/sprinklers) to get more water to places where I see problems? Only thing that comes to mind is to change certain areas from partial sun to full sun – anything else which can be set to get more watering time if needed?

    In order to avoid having smart watering possibly doing dumb things, I set the smart watering restrictions to not water between 10AM and 6PM – any issues this might cause with the smart watering algorithm? Reasoning here is I want to avoid having it water when its really hot out- when a good percentage of the water will be lost to evaporation.

    How does weather detection work if a rain sensor is also installed? If rain is forecasted by bhyve/noaa but no rain hits the sensor (happens all the time in the summer here – monsoons are hit and miss) will it be smart and reschedule watering? This is really only a big issue in the summer here when missing just one watering can be bad for the plants. What about vice versa when no rain was forecast and the sensor detects rain? Does it provide notifications when it makes these determinations?

    Also, some things which might be helpful feature requests…

    In addition to setting specific times in the app, it would be nice if we could set times relative to sunrise/sunset (basically a relative vs absolute time setting) – this would make it easier to account for seasonal changes. It would be great to allow for other season specific settings as well – for example in AZ, we have a winter lawn and a summer lawn – updating the grass type automatically would be nice (not major – but one less thing to have to do every season). Google assistant support would be great. Having notifications occur at the beginning of watering instead of at the end would be nice (with an easy option to cancel that zone or the whole routine for that day).

    Thanks!
    Michael

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    #657
    Justin
    Keymaster

    Hey Michael,
    Thanks for all your great questions and feedback! We’re glad you’re doing your best to try and conserve water with your B-hyve timer.

    In answer to your questions regarding “tweaking the settings” to conserve more water, within smart watering your water levels are based on what you put into your advanced settings (soil type, sprinkler type, ect.). If you feel that your system is getting too much or too little water you can adjust these settings further using our help page at help.orbitbhyve.com/advanced-settings/
    This explains what each setting in the advanced settings are, as well as, how changing them will impact your watering.

    Regarding your question on rain sensors, having a sensor installed will only shut the water off if it gets to a certain amount of rainfall that is determined by your sensor. It will not tell the system that there isn’t any rain. However, the timer will check the previous weather history as well to track rainfall from the previous day and it will implement that into the future schedule.

    The water restrictions only tell the timer not to water during that time, it won’t have an effect on the algorithm.

    Thanks for your feedback regarding the ability to set specific times in the app! We will pass this on to our development team!

    Let us know if you have any other concerns or questions!

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    #709
    tashbaugh49
    Participant

    I have a similar question about a rain sensor. I’ve just installed the smart b-hyve timer and have connected a rain sensor. Smart watering has implemented several delays based on the weather forecast, but I’ve seen no indication that the rain sensor has had any impact on the schedule, even though we’ve had enough rain for it to be triggered. How can I tell if the rain sensor is being recognized and what impact will it have on future scheduled programs when rainfall has been sufficient for the sensor? And can I program how long programs will be delayed based on the rain sensor?
    BTW, I checked the “Rain delay” button and verified that it’s activated, but I can’t seem to find any other indication.
    Thanks for your reply.
    Tom

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    #732
    Justin
    Keymaster

    Thanks for posting TASHBAUGH49! The newest version of firmware that is coming soon will have an update that shows when Rain Sensors are active in the app. If you want us to upgrade you now, just send us your MAC ID:)

    The rain sensor will prevent the timer from running a program, but the server will take that into account the next time that it waters. It will still look at weather history and update based off of the amount of rainfall the area received.

    There is no way to tell it how long to stay on a delay, but smart watering will monitor all of this and water when the soil moisture amount gets too low.

    Hope that helps!

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    #776
    tashbaugh49
    Participant

    Thanks Meranda, That’s great news about the new firmware. I’m happy to provide my MAC address but prefer it be confidential rather than on the public post. How can I send it to you?
    Also wondered if the new firmware includes support for Apple HomeKit?
    Tom

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    #793
    Justin
    Keymaster

    Absolutely! Stephen will take care of you! Send it to [email protected]
    We’re very excited about the integration of Apple Homekit. The timers that are currently shipping have the hardware to be compatible with Apple Homekit.

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    #5613
    Traganza
    Participant

    I have the “Smart Watering” set up on my sprinklers controller. I would like to reduce the watering. I went into “Watering Schedule Adjustments” and reduced the runtime using the “Runtime Adjustment” sliding bar. When I went back into the Runtime Adjustment later, it indicated that it was back to the original setting. However, I read somewhere that the controller has indeed taken the adjustment. It just doesn’t indicate that and it will not take effect until the next day. As a user, this seems odd and I would recommend a fix to this to give the user some feedback that the controller had taken the change. Also, when I went back to look several days later, it still didn’t take the change. It still shows the original setting. So that appears to be a bug too.

    It appears that my only other option is to go into “Advanced Details” and increase the “Application Rate” to decrease the watering. Is this correct?

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    #5626
    Ryan
    Participant

    Hello Traganza, You are correct the slide bars will revert to their original position once you’ve left the watering schedule adjustment page. However your adjusted settings are saved. When you reopen the watering schedule adjustments page, all adjustments are then made from your previously entered changes. The slide bars revert back to the middle, but the calendar and estimated duration will show your previously entered adjustments. This allows future adjusting from the changes you entered if necessary. The actual runtime adjustment is displayed up at the top of the page next to estimated duration. Then the interval adjustments (watering frequency) are shown in the calendar. Which shows the number of days in between each scheduled watering for every month of the year. If you still have any issues with it please provide us with your mac address to take look at your timer.

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    #17667
    Traganza
    Participant

    It does appear to be working. However, here is my MAC anyway just to make sure I have the latest firmware: 44:67:55:03:16:80

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    #64461
    Stephen
    Keymaster

    @traganza I have pushed the newest firmware to your timer. Please watch it and let me know if you continue to see issues with the timer.

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