Rain Bird Electronic WiFi Irrigation Controller Surge Protection Digital Display

June 5, 2019 - Comment

Rain Bird ST8I-2.0 Smart Indoor WiFi Sprinkler/Irrigation System Timer/Controller, WaterSense Certified, 8-Zone/Station, Works with Amazon Alexa. Rain Bird’s improved Smart Irrigation WiFi Timer places even more control of your sprinkler system in the palm of your hand; saving time, water and money. This new and improved model features numerous upgrades and replaces the obsolete ST8I-WIFI

Rain Bird ST8I-2.0 Smart Indoor WiFi Sprinkler/Irrigation System Timer/Controller, WaterSense Certified, 8-Zone/Station, Works with Amazon Alexa. Rain Bird’s improved Smart Irrigation WiFi Timer places even more control of your sprinkler system in the palm of your hand; saving time, water and money. This new and improved model features numerous upgrades and replaces the obsolete ST8I-WIFI timer. Upgrades include: faster app speed, enhanced water usage reporting, custom manual watering options, automatic shut-off when rain forecasted, copy a zone’s program to other zones, turn timer on/off via app, notification of program changes. EPA WaterSense certified to provide at least a 20% water-savings over non-certified timers. Rain Bird app allows control of multiple timers located anywhere in the world. Install app on multiple devices, securely share control with family members, landscapers etc. Compatible with: Amazon Alexa, Apple iOS 8 or greater, Android 4.4 (KitKat) or later. Access timer programming via: mobile devices on a WiFi network or away from home; in-range mobile devices or directly from timer’s control panel. It’s simple to customize watering schedules which will be automatically adjusted all year. Each watering zone can be set with a different name, picture, frequency, start time and run time to ensure healthy plants and a lower water bill. Automatic Seasonal Adjust will adjust daily watering schedule based on season, local weather, temperature and humidity. Data for your specific ZIP Code is automatically downloaded and calculated every night. Each zone is customizable for Watering Days, Start Times and Run Time: water on custom days of week, odd or even calendar days, or cyclic (every 1-14 days), allows 6 Start Times per zone and Run Times from 0-199 minutes. All timer settings are stored indefinitely in memory; no need to re-program in case of power outage. Enable Notifications in the Rain Bird app to be informed of what’s happening in your yard even when away from home. Know if someone enables a watering delay, Automatic Seasonal Adjust is applied, date or time is incorrect, timer disconnects from WiFi network, valve malfunctions, or of a possible freeze. Watering Delay feature suspends watering from 1 to 14 days; programming automatically resumes once your selected delay has ended. Connects to master valve or pump start relay and supports a wired Rain Sensor to automatically turn off watering when it rains (rain sensor CPRSDBEX sold separately). Compatible with most 24 VAC irrigation valves. Sealed case protects from moisture, insects and grime. Timer designed for use in weather-resistant locations like a garage or waterproof shed. Includes: transformer with 6’ cord, mounting hardware and installation guide. Also available (sold separately) is the ST8O-2.0 Indoor/Outdoor model. Rain Bird “The Intelligent Use of Water”

Product Features

  • New and Improved model 2.0 WiFi timer; features numerous upgrades and replaces the Obsolete ST8I-WIFI
  • WiFi signal conveniently places control of your timer in the palm of your hand
  • Super easy to program; allows access to timer functions from anywhere in the world
  • Compatible with: Amazon Alexa, Apple iOS 8 or greater, and Android 4.4 (KitKat) or later
  • Access timer functions via: wireless network, in-range mobile device, or directly through control panel
  • Daily watering schedule automatically adjusts based on season, local weather, temperature, and humidity
  • Enable Notifications in the Rain Bird app to be informed of what’s happening in your yard even when away from home
  • Watering Delay feature suspends watering from 1 to 14 days; programming resumes automatically once delay has ended
  • EPA WaterSense certified to provide at least a 20% water-savings over non-certified timers

Comments

Anonymous says:

Works great; app lacking I love this product, but there are a lot of quirks w/ the app. Unit automatically pulls the weather and adjusts watering. Works as advertised. The app is lacking. I can’t stop the watering completely (can only delay watering for a few days). Nor can I start the watering if I had it shut off manually at the unit (can only manually run each section). Also, cannot manually run all the zones (tell it to water all zones for a set amount of time). You can only tell it to manually run a specific zone for a specific amount of time. Then, you have to tell it to run the next zone using the same way. Also, if the phone goes to sleep w/ the app open, the phone will lose connection w/ the controller.

Anonymous says:

Just completed installation and it works great. The instruction recommend taking pictures of the existing … Just completed installation and it works great. The instruction recommend taking pictures of the existing wiring. That is a very good suggestion. Installation went smoothly but note; The unit replaced a Rain Bird ESP-6TM which has the power and zone wiring at the bottom in the center. The wire opening on the ST8-WiFi is on the left side. This posed a problem because the white “comm” wire was too short. Luckily the previous installer left some slack behind the sheetrock wall and I pulled as much as needed. This won’t be a even “swap” so take wire run lengths into consideration. All four zones ran via my Droid app. The old controller was OK but the app makes programming a lot easier. Pretty slick. Now I have sprinkler heads to repair. Sigh…

Anonymous says:

Works only slightly worse and less conveniently than a hardwired unit As long as you’re willing to walk EVERY SINGLE DAY all the way down to your basement or out to your barn or wherever you keep this unit to reset its (non 5G) Wi-Fi, then it works great… for a minute or two. Then, after resetting its Wi-Fi…. if you’re willing to stand there within a couple feet of it to use your smart phone to control it via Wi-Fi…. it works great!!!! BUT… if you’re expecting that this is a Wi-Fi powered unit like a NEST thermostat that you can CONSISTENTLY access and control anywhere in the world via “the cloud”…. you are NOT going to get that level of response or functionality from this Rainbird unit. I’m not sure what Rainbird employee got their nephew working on a summer internship (who once touched a computer at a YMCA Summer Camp) to design this product for them…. but that appears to be the level of technical expertise that went into the design that led to this frustrating P.O.S.

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