The b·hyve smart sprinkler timer app allows you to control or monitor your sprinklers from anywhere in the world with the convenience of your smart device.
Knowing how long and how often to water your plants can be challenging. When set to smart watering mode, b·hyve takes the guesswork out of watering and utilizes Mother Nature, along with some really great technology, to determine the watering schedule for your yard. When set and left in smart watering mode, b·hyve can save users as much as 50% more water over a traditional controller.
When set in smart mode, b·hyve uses local weather data to determine how much water is evaporated and transpired through your plants each day to know when it needs to water. It also accounts for any rainfall that is in the forecast, shuts off the system for rain, then looks back to see how much actually fell. That’s smart! But all yards are not the same. b·hyve also takes into account things like soil type, plant type, sun/shade and slope to determine a watering schedule that takes the water to the roots and helps avoid runoff.
If you want to be the one in control of the schedule, that’s okay too. With b·hyve you can set custom programs to water how you want while still taking advantage of the local weather data to override watering in case of a weather event. This will shut off your system during the rain and resume your program when the rain has passed. That’s smart!
Integrated Irrigation Audit Tool
The b·hyve app also integrates the award-winning irrigation audit tool right to your smart device. By performing a catch cup test on your sprinkler system, you will know exactly how much water is being applied rather than relying on estimated sprinkler head water use that other timers/apps use, which can be off by as much as 50%, saving you more water and money.
This is the app for the best-selling, WaterSense and SWAT certified Orbit B-hyve Smart Wifi Sprinkler Timer. This is also the companion app for homeowners with the Hydro-Rain B·hyve Pro Wifi Controller.
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ALEXA – Works with Alexa. For a list of Alexa commands visit http://help.orbitbhyve.com/Alexa-Commands/
• Bug fixes and performance optimizations.
Ratings and Reviews
Reliable but Arcane
Everything works connection-wise but there seems to be no way to simply run a programmed watering cycle by itself. When selecting a program you can either edit it or replace it. How about just running it? Adding a “Run Now” button would be great. To just get it to run a watering cycle manually you have to go into the remote, set each zone and time, and then run it. Every time!
Also, it is very easy to not have an edit to a program save. This happens when you fail to hit save the requisite number of times. Say you wish to change a start time: you click the time field, change it, hit save in that field; done, right? No. You have to hit save in the upper right of the screen too or your edit doesn’t actually save.
Lastly, the automatic “rain delay” can kick in on you when there has been zero rain. The reason is wind. It looks at the wind and will set a rain delay in high winds. The problem is that it doesn’t say wind. So you can run the app and see rain delay while your plants are turning brown. These are some things that could use some work. Otherwise, the app and the B-Hyve controller are still light years ahead of having to run out to the garage!
Decent when it is not having connection issues
This is an app that controls real physical utilities - so it is pretty important that it turns on and off when you need it to. If I run a test on one of my sprinkler zones it may run correctly for the first test but all tests after that for several hours sometimes are not registered and get put in some sort of back order. The only error I am given is that there is a server connection error. I know it is not my local Internet or wireless. I reset the server connection through the app which sometimes appears to update the last server connection timestamp and sometimes it does not. Regardless, it does not seem to fix the problem. Several hours later I will get a notification on my phone saying that it has completed a watering program. This has me worried that some of the nicer dynamic watering/smart watering features will not always work if it doesn’t have a good server connection. And possibly as a worst-case scenario – maybe it won’t be able to turn off a watering… I have developed a mobile app myself and did the dev ops work. My guess is that they need to get this on AWS and have much better server uptime and clean up the codebase. Of course, I could be wrong, but my app frequently had similar issues about reaching the main server when we had backend problems. It’s unfortunate that we need to communicate with the back and in order to run a local test. Please fix!
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Water water everywhere!
It’s been about a year now since we installed our b-hyve water timer. It sure does beat having to be at the box to change programs, test drip lines and heads, and just keep up with the changing weather here in Phoenix, AZ.
BUT, the interface is a bit awkward, and it’s more difficult to use than it should be. Too many screens, and too few bells and whistles. So, even though I can be in East Kishnev when I want to turn a zone on or off, make changes to the programs for each zone, or just turn it all off because a storm just soaked the whole state.
I’d like to see drip heads that have an individual soil monitor, so that each drip head could be individually programmed. The one that’s under the shade tree should be turned on, say, half the times that the full sun bushes are watered. Or, the newly planted small flowers or bushes should be watered twice as often but only half as long as the established plants are. Or, bush A gets four times as much rain water as bush B. Program for that!!
Anyway, I can’t really complain too much, because my city rebated the full price of my b-hyve when I submitted my receipt and paperwork. Free for nothing! What a deal.
- Orbit Irrigation Products Inc.
- 86.2 MB
Requires iOS 9.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2018 Orbit Irrigation Inc.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.