Smart Networked Sprinkler/Irrigation Controllers

Products > High-Tech > Home automation
2017-01-24 10:41:27
Compare the features of Smart Internet Connected App Enabled Sprinkler and Irrigation Controllers and Timers. Rachio vs RainMachine vs Skydrop vs GreenBox vs Irrigation Caddy vs OpenSprinkler vs netAQUA vs Lono vs BlueSpray vs hydrawise
GreenIQhydrawiseRachioBlossomSkydropLonoBlueSprayRainMachineIrrigation CaddyhydroFLASHEtherRainCyber RainOpenSprinkler
Price249 USD299 USD249 USD199 USD299 USD300 USD230 USD249 USD249 USD269.99 USD159 USD499 USD150 USD
Price (Advertised)198 USD199 USD
Built-In Zones6128128208121116888
Max Zones16 (next model)36 (180 stations with multiple controllers)161620 (per main unit)2412431682448
Weather EnabledYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYes
Full CalendarYesYesYesYesNoNoNoNo
Ethernet (LAN, RJ45)YesNoNoYesNoNoNoNoYesYesYesYes w/ RF bridgeYes
WiFiYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes- OptionalNoNoNo
Cellular ModelYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
ET AlgorithmYesYes WaterSmart ApprovedYesYes- FutureYesNoNoNo
Soil Sensor(s)3 (optional)10000
Rain SensorYes 1 (optional)Yes- OptionalNo- w/ ExpansionYesNoYesYesYesYesYes
Flow SensorYes (optional)YesNoNo- w/ ExpansionNoNoYesNoNoYesNo
Lightning Control OptionYes With Relay (optional)No
Smart Home ConnectivityYes Amazon echo, Crestron, IFTTT and moreYes
Local APIYesNoNoNoNo- UndocumentedYes- Undocumented- UndocumentedYesNoYes
Cloud APIYesYes- Announced- Undocumented- AnnouncedNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Remote AccessYesYesYesYesYes- Manual SetupYesYesYesNo- Optional- Port Forwarding
Local InterfaceNo Control via Smart Phone in June 2017NoNoYesNoNoYesYes- DisplayNoYesYes
Color LCDNoYesNoYesYesNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNo
Outdoor InstallationYes- Optional- w/ User Supplied EnclosureYes- w/ Optional Enclosure- w/ User Supplied Enclosure- OptionalNoNo- w/ User Supplied Enclosure- w/ User Supplied Enclosure- Optional- Optional
  • 2014-09-23 08:39:33
    2017-01-24 10:41:27
  • Home automation
  • Compare Rachio vs RainMachine vs Skydrop vs GreenBox vs Irrigation Caddy vs OpenSprinkler vs netAQUA vs Lono vs BlueSpray vs hydrawise
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  • commented on EtherRain
    One of the most frustrating problems with old fashioned timers from the traditional suppliers is complex programming due to a too-small interface and small buttons. Many of EtherRain's competitors have the same problem: forcing complex programming into an LCD screen or small smartphone app. Or they offer very unsophisticated scheduling. To overcome this issue and to make programming simple while still offering sophisticated control, EtherRain separates the scheduler from the valve controller. With EtherRain you get a choice of schedulers that offer simple browser-based setup with sophisticated control options. EtherRain, in combination with our browser-based schedulers, provides simplicity, sophistication, security, and control.
    Posted 2017-05-28 23:54:34 by rainman
  • commented on EtherRain
    In additional to the full-featured schedulers that offer weather based irrigation, EtherRain also has Android (ZonePopper) and iPhone (Sprinkler Ace) smartphone apps available for conveniently running manual cycles and valve tests via Wifi. If you have a large irrigation project you can combine multiple controllers for 8, 16, 24 (and more) zone applications - scheduled through one interface! EtherRain provides simplicity along with sophisticated control.
    Posted 2017-05-28 22:16:13 by rainman
  • commented on EtherRain
    EtherRain is built upon a different model than the old fashioned timer - it was not designed to be a silo'd device - it is a IoT device. Their are sophisticated free schedulers available that work with EtherRain to give the user a simple yet sophisticated scheduling experience including weather controlled irrigation. EtherRain also works with popular home automation packages. In order to get the full benefits from EtherRain please also look at or OptiRain Open.
    Posted 2017-05-28 21:16:52 by rainman
  • No info on wire conditioning/diagnostics. ie: open/short, distance from unit, etc?
    Posted 2016-07-30 20:40:59 by Thag
  • Not sure why we have RS232 and RS485 none of the controllers support either one.
    Posted 2016-07-20 16:19:33 by els
  • Not sure who did the hydrawise but it is obviously biased. I nearly bought hydrawise based on the features but found out local API is not supported. Also, local interface is not available - it relies on cloud service and when it is down (Wi-Fi, internet, or cloud server) you can't do much via controller even though it has touchscreen.
    Posted 2016-07-20 16:18:50 by els
  • voted for this Comparison (Like)
    Nice Comp
    Posted 2016-03-01 02:31:31 by Jamr
  • suggested on hydrawise to set Name to Hydrawise
    Posted 2015-07-06 10:09:49 by Anthony
  • suggested on hydrawise to set Name to Hydrawise
    Posted 2015-07-06 10:09:27 by Anthony
  • suggested on Skydrop to set Name to Skydrop
    Posted 2015-06-13 00:37:02 by killroyboy
  • Very helpful. Thanks!
    Posted 2014-11-29 18:34:40 by Arroxane
  • voted for this Comparison (Like)
    Posted 2014-09-25 13:44:16 by Seralo

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