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Re: EtherRain sprinkler controller
« Reply #30 on: April 25, 2010, 11:17:37 pm »
I'm interested to see if this works on UI3 now too? I was just thinking about buying one of these to replace my existing irrigation controller.

@Shady? are you still on UI3, have you had a chance to test this yet? 
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Re: EtherRain sprinkler controller
« Reply #31 on: April 26, 2010, 02:45:11 pm »
It works great.  Thanks to Aaron for giving it some special attention.  Apparently there are a few different places to download the plug-in (as with other things) and I ended up with old code or something.  I'm not sure if it is on the UI3 Plug-In marketplace yet...  or where the best place to download it is, but I can try to send you the file when I get home.

I showed it off to the family this weekend and it is so responsive through SQ Remote I can almost make the pop-up sprinklers dance!

I like the flexibility of being able to use Lawncheck.com and/or Vera to program my sprinkler timings.  Right now I am mainly using it manually until I can adjust some of my sprinkler heads.  I opted for the $9 rain sensor from them (which is functional but there's not much to it which might be better), but I think you can use any two-wire rain sensor if you have one.

I haven't mastered in Vera, the coupling of a scene to time the operation with the weather plug-in to cancel operation on forecasted rain events, but that is my goal.  Lawncheck.com is an easy alternative until I do.
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Re: EtherRain sprinkler controller
« Reply #32 on: April 26, 2010, 03:09:20 pm »
What are the other places to download the plugin?
The primary location is the link in the bottom of the Wiki page, are there others?

If you have code from elsewhere, do you mind to send it to me, dev@edmidor.com, so I can check/merge/update/sync it?
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Re: EtherRain sprinkler controller
« Reply #33 on: April 26, 2010, 05:28:45 pm »
MCV had asked me where I got the files, as if I had installed an older version.  I got mine from the wiki and I think there is a link or two floating around the forums.  It may be the only version, but that is how I understood what they told me. 

If you want 325xi, I can send you the copy that MCV adjusted for me to work in UI3 (it'll have to wait for tonight when I get home).
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Re: EtherRain sprinkler controller
« Reply #34 on: April 26, 2010, 05:37:22 pm »
If they were from Wiki then they weren't old. But UI3 did require some fixes, so original version there worked only on UI2

Anyways, please send me the files, if MCV did additional fix compared to current v2.2,  I'll merge and update Wiki to avoid further confusion.

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Re: EtherRain sprinkler controller
« Reply #35 on: April 28, 2010, 05:56:38 pm »
It needs an external OFF panic button for my wife, any ideas? ;D

In theory, and I really haven't spent time investigating, you should be able to wire a standard single pole toggle switch to the rain sensor contacts on the etherrain.  If I'm not mistaken, all a rain sensor does is close a circuit.
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Re: EtherRain sprinkler controller
« Reply #36 on: April 29, 2010, 04:14:08 pm »
325xi - I sent you the Plug-In files to your email.
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Re: EtherRain sprinkler controller
« Reply #37 on: April 29, 2010, 08:54:05 pm »
Tnx

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Re: EtherRain sprinkler controller
« Reply #38 on: May 05, 2010, 10:12:59 pm »
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In theory, and I really haven't spent time investigating, you should be able to wire a standard single pole toggle switch to the rain sensor contacts on the etherrain.  If I'm not mistaken, all a rain sensor does is close a circuit.
Hi defbykhorns, woodsby,
For EtherRain, the best way to implement an immediate cycle shutoff switch is to insert a normally closed momentary action switch (push to break)  into one of the conductors in the EtherRain power wire.  Just push the switch and hold for about 10 seconds and this will stop the cycle. 

The rain sensor input on the EtherRan has a built in delay to prevent false triggers, and if it starts raining during a cycle, (ie, an emergency switch is toggled) the sensor input will only stop the cycle after the current zone time expires.  Would not work well for an emergency cutoff.  Also, pulling the transformer for 10 seconds would also work.


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Re: EtherRain sprinkler controller
« Reply #39 on: May 06, 2010, 02:12:01 pm »
Thanks, ERdevman I suspected that was how the rain sensor input worked, but I haven't had time to test and respond.  I am very happy with Ether Rain, by the way, thank you.
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Re: EtherRain sprinkler controller
« Reply #40 on: May 06, 2010, 02:52:48 pm »
Is there soil humidity sensor that could be used with EtherRain?

We just had a very impressive thunderstorm, everything is soaking wet, but watering will go on at night as there will be no rain at that moment

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Re: EtherRain sprinkler controller
« Reply #41 on: May 06, 2010, 02:57:17 pm »
Is there soil humidity sensor that could be used with EtherRain?

We just had a very impressive thunderstorm, everything is soaking wet, but watering will go on at night as there will be no rain at that moment

EtherRain's rain sensor from their website offers a felt pad that should hold the moisture and leave the sprinklers off until the pad dries out.  This should keep the system off after a thunderstorm for some length of time, depending on where the sensor is mounted, how much sun/wind it gets, and how quickly the felt pad dries out.

Are you using ER's sensor or another one?
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Re: EtherRain sprinkler controller
« Reply #42 on: May 06, 2010, 02:59:30 pm »
I have ER sensor, but I didn't connect it yet. May be I should use it together with weather plugin for reliability

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Re: EtherRain sprinkler controller
« Reply #43 on: May 13, 2010, 12:47:20 pm »
Somewhat of a newb to Vera in general...

How do I create a scene which involves scheduling the EtherRain device to turn on and begin irrigation?

I tried to add a scene as I have done in other cases and the EtherRain Luup device isn't listed under available devices in the "Garage" Room where it is associated.

See attached images for both the EtherRain Luup Device and the Add Scene screen where the Luup device is missing.

...I just want to schedule when the EtherRain device turns on.
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Re: EtherRain sprinkler controller
« Reply #44 on: May 13, 2010, 12:49:33 pm »
You're right... got to fix it