- Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 19.7 x 14.2 cm ; 522 g
- Shipping Weight: 862 g
- Batteries 4 AA batteries required.
- Item model number: 15043-RSC
- ASIN: B00OHRTUR6
- Date first available at Amazon.ca: Oct. 14 2014
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #53,067 in Patio, Lawn & Garden (See Top 100 in Patio, Lawn & Garden)
Melnor 15043-RSC Wifi Aquatimer
- Control from anywhere you have internet access
- Push-button control watering at the faucet
- Water 4 areas with one faucet
- Easily add a second faucet unit to water 4 more areas
- Works with Melnor's AquaSentry Automatic Rain Delay for total watering automation
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The Wifi Aqua Timer lets you directly control your watering devices with your tablet, PC, or iOS/Android smartphone, whether you are at home or away. The Aqua Timer gives you individual control of up to four separate zones, so you can water specific parts of your yard or garden. It works with existing hoses and sprinklers and allows hose valves to be opened manually. Color: Black/Gray, Application: Watering timer
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1. The UI is slick, setup is easy. Construction is very high quality.
2. When everything works, it does a beautiful job of switching valves/watering at the appropriate time.
3. I'm frequently on works trips that take me away for several days. It's nice to be able to add another watering if it's hot or turn it off if I know it's raining at home.
CONS (and I'm stretching my fingers so they don't cramp here):
1. You cannot connect directly to the unit, it requires an internet connection. If Melnor's service is down (and it was for nearly THREE DAYS after I bought it) there is no communicating with the device. What if Melnor goes out of business/sunsets this product? A better solution would be to have a direct connection/app when you're on the same wifi network.
2. The toll-free number appears to ring directly to a person - Which is great, but it depends on that person's working hours to respond. That said, they have been very helpful each time I've spoken with them.
3. The valve unit became unresponsive after about 2 weeks of use. Melnor was great and overnighted me a new one, but it makes me question the longevity of this product.
4. The rain delay feature should be renamed "require reboot feature." If you set the rain delay (I gave up on the automatic rain delay device, it's completely useless...But that's another review.) it never returns to the schedule. If you reboot the control box, all is well.
5. The unit has the bladder temperament of an excitable beagle - If it loses the connection to the internet or if the house loses power, it's panic response is to open the #3 valve and give you NO WAY to close it, even by manually pressing the button on the valve unit. This device is a flood hazard...What if this happens while I'm away?
I spend about as much time worrying about this device performing it's only function as I would spend watering manually. It's unreliable, has some fatal design flaws and generally comes off as a half-baked device. It seems to me that Melnor is not in the wifi device business, they're in the watering device business. And they should have stayed where they were comfortable. If I had to buy again, I'd buy one of Melnor's smarter non-internet-of-things watering timers.
This product, sadly, is not well made.
First of all, the red flag to me was that I had to modify my existing network in order to get the devices on-line. Why should a new product that cost $160 have to use wireless B & G legacy settings for 2.4ghz? C'mon... This is 2016, wireless N has been available for ages, nevermine AC.
The second problem is that the device does not have its own interface, but rather needs to communicate with Melnor's servers. So even though I have the device connected to my wifi network and my cell phone or computer is connected to the same home wifi network, both the Aquatimer controller and my cell phone/computer need to communicate through Melnor's web server? Why? (By the way,[...] has a bunch of coding errors which you can see by opening up your browser's developer tools [F12].)
The third problem is that the value unit needs to be within radio range of the controller. This is actually what made me return both of my Wifi Aquatimers. After I managed to get the controllers on my wifi network I was not able to get the valve devices to talk to the controllers. At first I thought that the problem was that the controllers were too far away from the valves so I moved the controllers right next to the valves. Nope. I tried removing them and adding them again. Nope. I tried resetting all the settings and refreshing. Nope. I tried leaving them for 24 hours to see if something might magically reset over time... Hey! It worked! Well, not really. The controllers said they could see the valves, but when I tried to control them through the interface nothing happened.
I called Melnor's technical support a few times and got directly through to a human being which was nice. Unfortunately, this person wasn't able to help me. After 72 hours of trying to get these to work, I'm shipping them back today.
Sadly there are no other wifi-enabled hose controllers available on the market so there are no other choices if you just want to control your hoses with a web browser. For me, I wasn't able to get them to work.