Say hello to the RainMachine, The Forecast Sprinkler.
The RainMachine app connects your iPhone to your RainMachine hardware and remotely controls and adjusts your watering cycles. RainMachine app allows you to interact with your garden from anywhere.
You bet. Allow billion dollar weather satellites to dynamically adjust your watering schedule, while maintaining a healthy garden. Free, accurate and local weather data using technology already paid for. Your tax money at work!
Control, adjust and supervise all your garden irrigation from the palm of your hand. Intuitive user interface allows you to change all watering properties.
RainMachine app requires the RainMachine sprinkler controller available at rainmachine.com (US only).
We’re continuing to fix and improve our RainMachine Apple iOS app, addressing bug fixes and making improvements to the user interface. Here’s what’s new:
- Fixes for RainMachine Mini-8 Wi-Fi set up
Ratings and ReviewsSee All
I have several smart devices in my home now and this thing, including the app, is one of only two that continually drive me crazy. First, the app doesn’t allow me to turn my pump on AFTER opening a valve. This causes my system pressure to rise to 130 psi for 4-5 seconds until the valve opens and returns to normal which is 25 psi. This over pressure situation happens at the beginning and end of each cycle. Not everyone needs this functionality, but everyone in my community (central FL with well and pump) does... and I think a S/W update would fix it. Also, connecting the device to my wifi was frustrating. I literally ran through the setup sequence- which did not fully conform to the instructions- over a dozen times before it connected. I would have quit earlier but my other crappy device (a pet feeder) gave me the same trouble so I stuck it out and just kept trying until it connected. Recently we lost power for over an hour causing the rain machine to lose connection. Reconnecting it to wifi again frustrated me nearly to the point of tossing it out. I’ve had an automatic sprinkler system for many years and this controller is really no better than the previous ones except for the convenience of accessing it through my phone. I’m prompted to call it ‘average’. However given the trouble and frustration it creates, 2 stars is all I’ll give it.
Startup Problems and Annual Problems
I have had the RainMachine controller for 3 years now. The setup instructions are not clear. When you are connecting the controller to WiFi you have switch local discovery in the network settings to “on” and once your done with set up you have to switch to “off” or you won’t be able to control the unit when your off your WiFi, they don’t tell you this in any instructions. I had to call the support line multiple times and they didn’t even understand that was what was needed to be done. After multiple frustrating calls I actually figured it out myself.
Also, every year when I start my system up I have some sort problem. This year, about a week ago everything seemed fine, then today I tried to water an individual zone and I got the “infinite thinking circle” that wouldn’t let me do anything. I tried rebooting, didn’t work, tried turning phone on and off, didn’t work, tried reinstalling app, didn’t work. Finally I reset the controller and went completely through setup and that worked. Clearly they have bugs. The overall ratings for this app is currently 2.7 and it is clear to me why.
I have pretty much automated everything in my home and this has to be my favorite and most used. The device is easy to install and the app is very easy even for my kids to understand and use. No more spending a half an hour in the basement trying to change my schedule because it’s getting hotter and no more stupid wireless rain sensor messing up my watering schedule. I connected zone to my garden drip system this year and my garden has never looked better. It’s really cool that I can stand in my garden and if it needs more water I can just press a button on my phone. Just yesterday my landscapers wanted to put fertilizer on the lawn but needed me to water it first and I was able to do that from work. The best part is being able to stop watering when I want to take a shower and the water pressure is low because the sprinklers are on. The only problem is that the snooze button does not work for programs that are actively on....if they add that function I would give it 5 stars and paid more money!
So pause button and skip zone button need to be in your next update...Thanks
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.