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Irrigation Controllers?

Does anyone have any irrigation controllers that they've interfaced with AMX before? We're looking for a communicating controller that has it's own standalone interface that we can over-ride/control via AMX.


  • jeffacojeffaco Posts: 121
    I've been looking at the Ware Borthers Irrigation controller.

    It's a standalone controller, but has an interface to allow for it to be automated. I've contemplated picking one of these up and writing a module to control it via NetLinx, but haven't acted on this impulse (yet).


    for more info.

    -- Jeff
  • Thanks Jeff, I haven't seen that one before. Here's another one: http://www.wgldesigns.com/rain8pc.html. They used to make only X10 based controllers, now they allow direct control of the valves and offer a computer interface. One of the things I'm looking for is one that has a dedicated simple outdoor interface so we don't need to have the landscapers accessing computers or AMX panels inside the home.
  • jeffacojeffaco Posts: 121
    I'm familiar with the "rain8" model. It gives strict control to the valves. You can get this much by just using a relay card in a NetLinx system. A relay card gives you 10 relays, and thus access to 10 zones.

    I wanted more smarts than this. I wanted the irrigation system to work as per it's own schedule (even with NetLinx down), but allow the NetLinx system to override the schedule, etc.

    I, too, want a simple outdoor interface that landscapers can use. Apparently, the Ware Brothers controller doesn't do that, but they're looking at that capability shortly. It'll be "dumb" (i.e. press a button and that zone turns on for a prearranged time). For anything smarter, you'd use the HTTP interface, or a NetLinx system to control it. This is probably good enough for me.

    -- Jeff
  • Irrigation controller for AMX

    I know that this thread is quite old, but it asks a very relevant question. If you still need a solution, look at AccuWater <http://www.accuwater.com>. It provides centralized, weather-based irrigation while allowing you to override it via an API on the controller. AMX has just released an integration module for it.
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