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Rach.io irrigation controllers

Anybody using one of these?

I installed one the other day, and it seems to be a great controller. I installed it for a client that I am responsible for the irrigation settings. It sends me emails when it skips watering sessions and seasonal adjustments. And I can control it from my iphone. When we had temps in the teens the other day, I watered their plants at 32 degrees, and coated them in ice and protected the from colder temps(our zone is not supposed to get below 20 degrees), and I think I potentially saved several plants.

Another cool thing is that it has no user interface other than the app which means clients don't monkey with it. I can't tell you how many times, my clients have killed plant material because the obvious solution to a sick looking plant or grass is "water it more"!
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What happens when ya have 700 installed and ya start getting 700 emails every time the weather changes?
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What happens when ya have 700 installed and ya start getting 700 emails every time the weather changes?
I will end it with my .45 and meet up with some good friends in hell.
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700 emails x $50-$75 per 10 minute adjustment to the controller from the chair at your desk = a lotta caaaaash for little work. Hire a goon to do this work.
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How do yall think this controller stacks up against an esp smart clock? I think the rach.io gets its weather off the internet rather than a weather sensor(s). It seems pretty good. I am thinking about changing my esp smart at my home. I am installing some nice plant material at my home and it would be nice to just look at my phone and see when it watered or did not and make adjustments without walking outside.
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Nothing new about "internet weather" controllers, so see how they satisfy their installers and homeowners.
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How do yall think this controller stacks up against an esp smart clock? I think the rach.io gets its weather off the internet rather than a weather sensor(s). It seems pretty good. I am thinking about changing my esp smart at my home. I am installing some nice plant material at my home and it would be nice to just look at my phone and see when it watered or did not and make adjustments without walking outside.
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Local data will always be more accurate than data that aggregated from sites that in most cases are miles from your location. In all of my experience the data that the SMT collects is extremely accurate (nearly identical) when compared to the very expensive Campbell Scientific weather station that the Rain Bird MaxiCom / IQ systems use.
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