The Rain8II is a full featured, 8 zone irrigation controller that may be networked together to provide a maximum of 256 zones of operation. Using PC home automation software, such as HAL , you can even control your sprinkler over the internet
Each individual zone is controlled via an X10 address. The 2-way model differs from the basic Rain8 model in that a sequence can not be triggered by a single command in the 2-way model - the timers etc for each zone are programmed into your automation software, such as ActiveHome or HAL.
With the 2-way version, you can determine which irrigation zones are on and which are off. Designed for use with X10-compatible computer interfaces and other devices that can generate the X10 Status Request command. In addition to giving you the power to poll irrigation zones to determine their on/off status, it also allows your computer send a command to the module then check to see if the command was carried out. If not, the computer can automatically send the command again.
Other differences between the two-way and the one-way Rain8:
- There are no limitations on the number of zones that may be active at one time.
- Default run timers can be disabled if desired.
- Responds the X10 "All Units Off" command.
- Manual mode only, does not have the auto mode capability of the one-way Rain8
How it Works
To configure the Rain8II you connect it to your computer (Windows or Mac) and run the configuration utility application. This allows you to define the X10 address zone assignments and set the operational mode.
Requirements and Specs
The Rain8II requires an XM10 power line interface , as well as a power adaptor (not included). The Rain8II operates on 24 - 27 volt AC, 50 Hz).