If you value your lawn the Rain8net 8 Zone Irrigation Controller is for you! It’allows non-X10 control of 8 zones directly from your PC, which must remain running to control the irrigation schedule. Main features are:

  • Access and control irrigation system remotely over any Internet-connected computer
  • Allows non-X10 control of 8 to over 2000 zones directly from a PC or any RS232 serial device
  • Provides 2-way control of individual zones with status response

The Rain8net 8 Zone Irrigation Controller can be integrated with home automation systems such as HomeSeer. Maybe it’s also possible to use it with Plutohome (as Generic Serial Device).


UPDATED: It seems that Plutohome should support Rain8net but I didn’t find yet how. I found this software mcssprinklers which can be used standalone or as plugin to the Homeseer to control Rain8net.

UPDATED: There is a WiFi version of Rain8net which seems more catching than wired version.

[via SmartHome]

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    1. Scott Bunker, 21. July 2006, 19:24

      Do a google on “mcssprinklers” and purchase this software to control your rain8net. The software is 50% for the rest of 2006 and very reasonable. There is a standalone (no homeseer) or plugin (homeseer) version.

      You won’t beleive how powerful a sprinkler system can be running rain8net and mcssprinklers.

      You can daisy chain additional rain8nets (only 1 transformer needed) if you need to add more zones. For under $200, you can have an 8 zone setup that is computer controller and smarter than any other controller on the market today — and it uses free information from the internet, not any expensive monthly service.

  • Michael Stepanov, 24. July 2006, 18:38

    Thanks for your comment. But I’m interesting to control Rain8Net via Plutohome (www.plutohome.com). Because, I’m building a home automation system based on Plutohome. So, it’s better to have only one system for all devices.

  • Kerry, 29. November 2012, 8:04

    I know this is a very old post but since you are looking at VDR again and according to this last you tried pluto didn’t have support for rain8 I thought I’d mention LinuxMCE does have rain8 support and works very well.

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