Rachio Hose Timer

Has anyone used the new Rachio Hose Timer kit yet? I just ordered one. I had a rather unfortunate (and expensive) incident last year when I was watering some trees. Went inside to look at something, got distracted and left the hose running for a few hours. Lost a lot of WAF points on that one. Hoping this will solve that problem. Not to mention i have some reseeding / new sod ill need to put in this will be handy for that.

Automate your watering with Rachio Smart Hose Timer | Rachio

Seems to be completely cloud dependent.

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I'm happy with the Orbit. There is an integration. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09HL1FN44/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&th=1

And no API support planned. They seem to be open to it if there’s enough interest. I indicated my interest in their forum at that link.

I have one of these... works great.

Good news - Rachio will open the hose timer up to the API at some point


Is their software amazing? If it’s nothing special, then I’ll add a recommendation for the Orit B-hyve. I have three an they work great. One was hooped by a failed firmware upgrade and they replaced it very quickly, no questions other than a description of what caused the problem.

There’s a Hubitat integration and a Home Assistant integration. I’m using the HA integration because it’s going to allow me to automatically adjust the soil moisture settings for their smart watering feature once I receive the Misol bridge and sensors I ordered from Aliexpress.

Their software is much better than orbit. And the orbit batteries don’t last for me (don’t know about how that will compare with Rachio)

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Is now available in Beta:

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Nice. Thanks for the heads up. I’ll look into adding support.

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Has anyone gotten a sense of how long the batteries last in these? Mine will be a good 20-30 feet away from the wifi hub, so I'm afraid I'm going to have short battery life....at least that's been my experience with the Orbit B-Hyve hose timers.

I just ordered 2. Hopefully they'll be good! When they come in, I'll code it up.

Mine is not that far maybe 10 feet through a brick wall. Batteries are still good. Installed it in June or July, whenever they came out.

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