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!
Works great and setup went flawlessly. Had an Orbit brand installed on this house when I bought it, but something went wrong and it needed replacing. Went to Lowe’s to pick up a new one and saw this WiFi version. Since my home is rather “connected”, i.e. we bugged ourselves with Alexa, smart plugs, smart lights, etc, I thought it appropriate to make my irrigation system smart too. Very glad I did. Once we had it wired correctly (5 zones), setup of the timer to our home network (via WiFi) was super-simple and programming the 5 zones was a breeze. Took less than 5 minutes to connect it to my network, test the zones, and program 5 zones. If you’re used to using apps, the common app interface makes it super-simple to navigate and use - way easier than programming an irrigation timer using the LCD screen and buttons on the timer itself. Plus you can do a rain delay right in the app (not necessary if you have a rain sensor...I do not). There are 4 “Programs”, so you can program the same zones on multiple programs and toggle them on/off with a slider. Useful if your zones are treated differently for different seasons, for example. The only thing that’s not 100% clear during setup is any Alexa compatibility. I’m going to research that now. So far, the timer works great and I love the easy app interface, setup, and programming. Great job, Orbit!
My previous controller stopped providing free remote access in favor of a $2 per month charge. Then the power supply failed so I made the switch to the B-Hyve 6 station. Despite what some reviewers have stated I found the set up using the app on my phone to be simple. The program walks you through the process which only takes a few minutes. Adding the photographs for each zone is a nice touch. Smart watering is very effective based on local weather and evapotranspiration. I wasn’t clear on how to manual water, but the FAQ had it all spelled out. There are collection cups that can be purchased and added to the system to enhance water management, but I haven’t put any on my system. The transformer for the power cord is in the control box which is a nice touch, but there is only one place to hang the box from, a center screw slot. The weight of the transformer makes the controller tilt on the wall unless you add the second crew (provided) to the lower right inside the box (this is not pre-punched out I used a 1/4” drill bit through the plastic). I would have appreciated a bubble level in the box and a full set of paper instructions, as opposed to the quick start/mounting leaflet provided. Otherwise, this unit is awesome for the price! Great job Orbit.
- Orbit Irrigation Products Inc.
- 103.5 MB
Requires iOS 9.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish
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- © 2018 Orbit Irrigation Inc.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.