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As I said, there are several ways to implement a custom weather algorithm. Here are the details:

1. The best and the easiest way is to make use of the OpenSprinkler HTTP API and have a computer or server (such as a linux machine, a raspberry pi would suffice too) send command to OpenSprinkler to update the watering percentage, or to change program settings as needed. The advantages of this approach include: no need to modify OpenSprinkler firmware; you can use any programming language of your choice, and it’s easy to make changes to the weather algorithm. The only downside is it requires another computer, but as I said, you can use a raspberry pi, which is very cheap.

2. You can also change the firmware on OpenSprinkler. The advantage of this is that it does not requires another computer, but it has many downsides, mainly that changing firmware is more difficult, you are limited to use C++ as that’s what the firmware is written in, and it runs on the microcontroller so the computational cost is more restrictive. Firmware compilation instructions are here.