Elgato & # 39; s smart hose attachment led the way (reviewed) with sprinkler integration earlier this year in HomeKit. Today Rachio announces the first smart sprinkler controller ($ 229) with HomeKit integration.
After a simple installation process, users can control their sprinkler via the Home app or use their voice with Siri. You can now ask your iPhone or even your HomePod to turn on your sprinklers.
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Rachio implements the irrigation profile on HomeKit. You can use the Apple Home app on your iOS device to view watering zones and status, enable or disable watering, including adjust how long the water should run.
This means you can ask Siri to do things like & # 39; Enable sprinklers & # 39 ;, & # 39; Stop spraying & # 39; or & # 39; Please drink water [zone name] for ten minutes & # 39 ;.
Unfortunately, HomeKit currently does not support automation or scenes for irrigation accessories. This is an Apple protocol policy and not a restriction on Rachio integration.
Rachio uses software authentication to enable HomeKit support, so you do not need to purchase an additional hub or anything if you already have a Rachio 3 controller. Download the latest version of the Rachio app from the App Store, go to the More tab, tap Controller settings, and then tap HomeKit. This will generate a HomeKit code that can be entered in the Add Accessory screen in the Apple Home app.
Owners of the first or second generation Rachio controller equipment have had bad luck that the company says that those models have insufficient memory to support HomeKit. Customers must use the Rachio 3 controller, which is currently on sale for $ 230. Read more information on the Rachio website.