Add $50.00 for FREE shipping

Mac-Compatible Controller Manages Sprinkler System Via X10 or Over Internet
Rain8MB Sprinkler Controller for Mac
Rain8MB Sprinkler Controller for Mac
Rain8MB Sprinkler Controller For Mac
Item# 3124M
Free shipping on orders over $50 - See Details


  • Control sprinkler zones like any other X10-connected device
  • Works with Macintosh home automation software to set timed sprinkler activation
  • 2-way system provides confirmation when signals are received

Essential Info

Automatic lawn sprinkler systems make yard irrigation easy, because you don't have to remember to turn the water on and off. But programming these systems is notoriously difficult, requiring numerous complex button-presses while viewing a tiny LCD screen. By linking your sprinklers to your X10 system, you'll be able to program your watering schedule on your computer's monitor and start the sprinklers at the push of a button, just like any other X10 appliance. Best of all, since this system has a two-way feature, the Rain8 Sprinkler Controller for Mac will confirm any signals sent, so you'll receive verification that your on or off signal was received without going outside. To control your sprinkler system via your Mac computer, you'll need Mac-friendly home control software, such as the Indigo Mac Home Automation Software (sold separately).


What's Included

  • Controller
  • Instructions
  • Serial port connector
  • RJ4-7 cable
  • Power adapter
  • 2-way powerline interface
  • Velcro mounting strips
  • More Info

    The Rain8 2-Way X10 Sprinkler Controller can be programmed with your Mac or over the Internet, controlled with standard X10 devices and home automation software packages. Setup is easy. All you have to do is connect the Rain8 to your Mac's serial port using the included cable to assign the X10 address and program cycle durations for each sprinkler zone. Once these have been set, the Rain8 can be disconnected from the Mac and will respond to X10 signals just like any other X10-connected device. The Rain8 does not have to be connected to a computer for everyday operation.

    Using a Mac and home automation software, all aspects of irrigation may be controlled over the Internet. Set run times, start time, and days of the week you wish your system to operate. Choose to water at sunrise or sunset and for how long. Since the system is accessible over the Internet, you'll be able reschedule programming from any location in the world!

    Designed for use with X10-compatible computer interfaces and other devices that can generate the X10 Status Request command, the two-way Rain8MB Sprinkler Controller for Mac gives you the power to poll irrigation zones to determine their on/off status. Your computer can send a command to the module and then check to see if the command was carried out; if it was not, the computer can automatically send the command again.

    This expandable system includes an eight-zone X10 Irrigation Controller, but by networking additional controllers together, you can create up to 256 zones. In this way, you can choose which areas of your yard are watered and for how long, so that sunnier areas can receive more moisture than shaded areas, if you so desire. With five separate programs you can fine-tune your irrigation to conserve valuable water. You can even make seasonal adjustments in 5-percent increments on all run times to avoid spending the time to set each zone individually.

    The Rain8 is designed for installation in a water-protected location or in a weatherproof enclosure. The sprinkler wiring termination block easily separates from the main Rain8 controller, allowing you to modify Rain8 programming without tedious rewiring. Multiple Rain8 modules can be networked together, requiring only one AC transformer and PLC interface.

    Newer Macs do not have serial ports, which makes setting the default house code for the standard Rain8 difficult since you have to purchase a USB-to-serial adapter. The Rain8MB allows you to program the house code easily by sending a sequence of X10 commands, letting you use the Rain8MB without a serial port (in manual computer controlled mode only). Rain8 sprinkler systems for PC control are available separately.



    WGL Designs Product No.:30010
    Dimensions:3.8" x 2.4" x 1.0"
    Weight:4 oz.
    Voltage:24 - 27v AC, 50 or 60 hz
    Power:120v AC to 24v, 300 ma
    Controller Current:30 ma
    Sprinkler Valve Voltage & Current:24v AC, 250 ma max (with supplied transformer)
    Connections:DB9 for PC, RJ11 for powerline
    Scheduled Run Times:15 seconds to 4 hours
    Operating Temperature:20° F to 125° F
    Approvals:UL listed

    Important notes:
    Defective exchanges for identical item within 30 days of purchase. After 30 days, please contact the manufacturer.
    Manufacturer contact information: WGL Designs, Tel: (210) 342-2858


    Related Items

    Sign-up for Exclusive Email offers 
    How to Order Track Your Package Shipping Returns Contact Us Customer Service Retail Store
    Getting Started Learning Center FAQ Dealers Customer Testimonials Affiliate Program
    About Us INSTEON Press Awards Employment Guarantees Security & Privacy
    Free Catalog Email Newsletter Forum RSS Site Map
    Have questions? Call us at 800-762-7846 (Mon-Fri 5am-7pm and Sat 6am-3pm PT) or send us a message
    Place your order by 3pm PT for same day shipping
    Copyright 1995-2014 SMARTHOME™
    Verisign Secure Site PayPal Acceptance Mark