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Control Sprinkler System Via X10 Commands or Over Internet
Rain8 Sprinkler Controller & PowerLinc
Rain8 Sprinkler Controller & PowerLinc
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Rain8 Sprinkler Controller & PowerLinc Rain8 Sprinkler Controller & PowerLinc
Rain8 Sprinkler Controller & Powerlinc
Item# 3125C
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Overview

  • Control sprinkler zones like any other X10-connected device
  • Multiple units can be networked for larger installations
  • 2-way system provides confirmation when signals are received
  • Kit includes all required hardware and software

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 2-Way X10 Sprinkler Controller will confirm any signals sent, so you'll receive verification that your on or off signal was received without going outside.

Manuals/Software

What's Included

  • Controller
  • Controller instructions
  • Serial port connector
  • RJ11 cable
  • Power adapter
  • Velcro mounting strips
  • Smarthome Manager Essential CD
  • PowerLinc II plug-in interface
  • Serial cable
  • RJ11 cable
  • PowerLinc instructions
  • More Info


    The Rain8 2-Way X10 Sprinkler Controller can be programmed with a computer 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 PC'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 PC and will respond to X10 signals just like any other X10-connected device. The Rain8 does not have to be connected to a PC for everyday operation.

    Using a PC and the included 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 Rain8 2-Way X10 Sprinkler Controller 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.

    The Rain8 2-Way Sprinkler Controller and PowerLinc Kit are also available to be purchased separately.

    NOTE: When using the Rain8 2-Way X10 Sprinkler Controller with the PowerLinc module, the included standard 4-conductor RJ-11 crossover phone cable is required.

    Specifications

    Specifications

    Product No.:Controller: WGL Designs #30005; PowerLinc II: Smarthome #1132b; software: Smarthome #1132cd; cable: 1155b
    Dimensions:Controller: 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:0 to 250 minutes in one-minute increments
    Operating Temperature:20° F to 125° F



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    DOUG -- clovis, CA   3/26/2007
    I love the heavy duty power supply that comes with the unit. The Rain8 works great. They could use a little test zone button on the device for briefly testing your sprinkler zones at the box without an X-10 remote.
    SANFORD -- canyon country, CA   9/30/2005
    Good Unit.
    JUSTIN -- fresno, CA   7/31/2005
    Works great easy to figuare out right out of the box.

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