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  • #63648

    riverracer
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    hi, just about to pull the pin on a OS3.0 AC unit (have a couple of old power supplies thru work), and have a couple of questions,

    1: I live in Adelaide, western suburbs, are there any other users here? does the automatic weather adjustments work well here (& Australia in general)?

    2: Is there any special setting up for use downunder, can we use local B.O.M. (Bureau of Meteorology) data? or would the airport be the nearest weather source?

    3: Is this the latest hardware and firmware, any new releases on the horizon? (my luck is usually i buy some gadget and soon after a new model comes out…..)

    thanks

    #63658

    Ray
    Keymaster

    I can’t answer questions 1 and 2, but regarding 3: no, there is no new hardware release on the horizon. new firmware can always be uploaded to your controller when they are released.

    #63675

    Ian
    Participant

    I use the Canberra Airport weather station and the OS Evapotranspiration option for automatic weather adjustment appears to work well.

    You still have to get your individual zone watering times right and I don’t think any system will work all year round. I tweak my watering times around the growing season here on Anzac Day when the frosts start, Melbourne Cup Day when the growing season starts in earnest and at Christmas when the heat waves roll through until the end of February. I have 6 dripper zones and one front lawn sprinkler zone.

    In any case, rain here depends on you being lucky enough to be under a cloud when it dumps, so I run my rain delay manually when it actually rains in my back yard and only if we get more than a millimetre. You’re probably running rain tanks and a pump and I think using the auto EoT adjustment would work well for you over there.

    #63683

    psmedley
    Participant

    I’m in Henley Beach – so probably not far from you! I’m using the ETo method of weather adjustment and it works great!

    #63684

    riverracer
    Participant

    thanks, that’s what i wanted to hear, i’m in Findon, so i’ll look into setting up with the ETo adjustment when it arrives.

    #63688

    psmedley
    Participant

    Sing out if you need a hand, I’m about to set up a OSPi at our new holiday house in Aldinga Beach – just waiting for it to cool down to dig the trenches for the sprinklers!!

    #63734

    AussieByrd
    Participant

    I’ve got the OS3 up here in Brisbane. I’m still playing with settings, but recently switch to manual rain days rather than ETo purely because current conditions mean I was generally stuck at 133% to 199% ater level. And that just used too much (i.e. emptied my tanks).

    Out of interest, have any Aussie-based users identified a source for not-insanely-expensive 2-wire flow meter for the OS here?

    #63750

    riverracer
    Participant

    ordered my OS3 from the US last week, shipped Friday, got a txt that it arrived Sunday arvo in Melbourne customs.
    thought it would take till end next week/new year to get delivered to Adelaide
    i was wrong, it turned up just now, Tuesday morn, the day before xmas, great service.
    now to have a play with the setup, guess i’ll have to go put some pop ups in the lawn now….

    #63752

    psmedley
    Participant

    Great! I had fun last week down in Aldinga installing popups. Great to see the end result though!

    #63755

    riverracer
    Participant

    Have got the basics working great with home wifi and mobile on wifi,
    but i cannot get port forwarding to work for external access from another computer or 4g mobile phone.
    have read the info and watched the video on this site, but no go.
    Netcomm Wireless 18AVC router on Aussie Broadband.

    #63756

    riverracer
    Participant

    have also set up a static IP

    #63758

    psmedley
    Participant

    If you’re with Aussie, do you have a ‘real’ IPV4 address, or are you on CGNAT? For external access, I run a VPN server at home.

    #63759

    riverracer
    Participant

    have just given AussieBB a ring and had it turned off.
    still no idea how to get it to work thru router, have followed supports port forwarding video etc.

    i’m a mechanical person, not an IT type person.

    #63761

    psmedley
    Participant

    The port for the opensprinkler is 8080 – what model is your router?

    #63763

    riverracer
    Participant

    tried to add a couple of links above

    Netcomm NF18ACV

    #63773

    riverracer
    Participant

    i think i got outside access to work, just had to put “:8080” on end of the computer ip address.

    #63762

    riverracer
    Participant
    #63816

    [email protected]
    Participant

    have got os 3.0 but need to set up at my valves in fruit property 350 meters from my office router
    whats the best way to do this either use repeaters or can I connect some how to RF signal

    #63900

    jskogsta
    Participant

    I am on the Mornington Peninsula outside of Melbourne. Not installed my system yet, but just about to start planning the layout. Have either one of you bought valves from Bunnings that are controlled by this by any chance? Would be looking to source most of the equipment incrementally from Bunnings, so … any pointers and/or advice would be greatly appreciated!

    #63905

    [email protected]
    Participant

    Make sure you but the right valves to match your OS
    eg. 24VDC or 12VDC latch ect.
    no real reason Bunnings should be any problem

    #63921

    Ian
    Participant

    I have a 3.0V and the Bunnings valves work OK. There are some specialist sprinkler shops around that sell a larger variety of gear too.

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