Central Controls

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by tiedemanllc, Oct 23, 2012.

  1. tiedemanllc

    tiedemanllc LawnSite Member
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    I am looking to install a central control type system for the lake pump type system here at my house and I need a little guidance on what products that you would recommend. The controller is approximately 100 ft away, so wireless would be nice, however I am open to new options. I want to be able to adjust it from either a computer or my iphone.

    What do you guys recommend as products and pros/cons?

    Thanks
     
  2. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    Calsense .... no cons other than price, and it will do anything you could ever need if you have enough money to throw at it.
     
  3. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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  4. SoCalLandscapeMgmt

    SoCalLandscapeMgmt LawnSite Bronze Member
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    There are a large number of fairly new Calsense controllers on E-Bay right now for pretty cheap. All you would need would be the software which I think you could probably buy from Calsense.
     
  5. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    With Calsense and RM, the software is the pricey issue.
     
  6. SoCalLandscapeMgmt

    SoCalLandscapeMgmt LawnSite Bronze Member
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    It's the same with Rain Bird. The IQ hardware is pretty reasonably priced but the software is pricy. Luckily, unlike Maxi-Com, you can buy the IQ software as modules so you are only buying what you want. Maxi-Com is awesome at flow management but the cost of a CCU is damn near $10K.
     
  7. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    I was always pissed at RM, that, after nine DX-2 Evolution clocks installed, they would not give me a break on software. :hammerhead:
     
  8. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    Perhaps it is, but as a trade off you aren't in the f'n cloud.
     
  9. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    Prolly true, I was never able to financially pull it off. The clients, when approached with the idea of Central, said, since the RM will operate as a stand-alone, they'd rather pay me and the crew to monitor and adjust the systems. We did plug in Central from one of my sites to my the shop with the RM rep, I almost wet my pants how cool that was.
     
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2012
  10. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yea dad, you cheap SOB. ;)

    You could always write your own software. :clapping:
     

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