Posted On June 19, 2014
The time had come where I had to replace my 17 year old sprinkler controller. The display was so bad, I could hardly program it as the display was so faded. I can’t tell you how many times I set a zone for 5 minutes and ran outside to make adjustments on the sprinkler heads. It was getting a little crazy, I figured there had to be a better way.
I had feared for years that changing out the controller would be a nightmare. Then I found the RainCommander RC1200! I was told it would be extremely easy to set-up and was a Wi-Fi based controller. I knew this was the controller for me!
When the unit arrived, I quickly opened it to see if I was in for trouble. It looked pretty straight forward so I headed to my basement. I used my cell phone to take a picture of the wires and which color went to which zone. I then carefully removed them and put them in the same order in the RC1200. I finished re-wiring in about 15 minutes. I thought to myself, “Ok it can’t be that easy!” Well it was. However, that was just the first step.
As you can see from the picture above, there is no clock or awkward dial on the front to program each zone. The beauty of this device is that is all done via their webpage or a cell phone app. I thought to myself, “OK here is where the fun begins!” To be honest, I couldn’t connect the RC1200 to my wireless router right away. Well a quick visit to their troubleshooting page instructed me to go to my router settings and enable “wireless b”. As soon as I did I was up and running! I was able to easily connect the RC1200 and control everything from my iPhone! In addition, since it is web based, when I lost power, I didn’t need to reprogram everything. Just reconnect to my router and I was back in business!
The funny thing is, my sprinkler company came out to adjust some sprinkler heads the other day because I did a lot of yard work to open up some new areas that needed watering. When the tech arrived, I met him at the door and we walked my property. I opened the RainCommander app (available on the app store for free) and started each zone. He was amazed I could do this from my phone!
If you want complete control of your sprinkler system, I highly recommend the RC1200 by RainCommander. Check them out on-line at www.raincommander.com!