Hi, I’m looking for the right solution for me, and I’m hoping OS might be it. Because of various restrictions, I cannot install in-ground sprinklers or run wiring around the yard. This means that I’m stuck with a system of hose timers for watering, but I have around 12 different zones with different needs! Right now I’m using various digital timers similar to this one, but they’re expensive, not always made well, and generally a pain to use.
So I’m building my own using ESP8266 modules, and the hardware part is coming along nicely! I expect to have 5 total hose timers. My initial thought was to just use MQTT with Home Assistant, but I need a scheduling interface that’s friendly, and HA’s is -to say the least- not. That’s where I’m hoping OS comes in. Is there a good way to run a central OS server that can control the ESP modules? That’d be my absolute ideal setup.
One possible solution is to run the firmware on a Raspberry Pi or just a Linux computer as the master controller (so it doesn’t have any physical zones, but all zones will be remote zones). Then have multiple ESP8266 based controllers that run the firmware and set them as remote controllers.