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  • #22847

    sfbritskin
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    I absolutely LOVE the OpenSprinkler. What a fantastic product, and it has been so easy to use. Thanks!

    A few suggestions on the programming wish lists…

    1) Within a program be able to specify that the stations all run in parallel, with the overall set of programs be run in series. This way I can have 3 stations running at once in one program, and then the next scheduled program run after completion. The only way to do this at the moment is to turn off “Sequential Mode” (unchecked) and then manually make the programs in Sequential mode. This is annoying if you need to adjust the times of the programs – you end up having to edit 10+ programs.

    2) Have a special program that will adjust automatically to start at sunset, and finish at sunrise. This would be to control a relay that controls my outside lights. This program would have to be able to be running, as well as the other watering programs (some of which start before sunrise).

    These additions would make the programming just awesome.

    Thanks Ray!

    #26550

    Ray
    Keymaster

    @sfbritskin: thanks for the suggestions.
    1) one of the planned features in the new firmware I am working on is the concept of ‘serial groups’ — each station will be assigned a group index. There is a globally serial group (all stations by default belong to this group), a globally parallel group, and two or more custom groups. The idea is the controller will serialize all stations in one group, but stations in different groups are allowed to run in parallel (and any station in the globally parallel group can run in parallel). This should be a flexible enough to allow a complex mix of serial / parallel running patterns.

    2) Good suggestion. It should be possible to specify ‘sunrise time’ or ‘sunset time’ as the start time of a program. This will require the controller to check at least once per day the sunrise / sunset time, and it’s not hard to do so.

    Thanks.

    #26551

    sfbritskin
    Member

    Thanks Ray.

    Yes, your suggestions would be awesome, and totally do the job. Can not wait to see them and try them out. Thanks for the amazing support.

    #26552

    gretske
    Participant

    Ray –

    I just got this and it is a fantastic replacement to my “stupid” controller. I am just exploring all the options, but one thing I can’t find is a way to adjust the run times for each zone. In a program, does every zone have the same run time? If so, a great enhancement would be the ability to adjust run times. I guess I could set a different program for each zone, but I also like to have different programs for different seasons, i.e. spring, summer, fall.

    Great product, but if I missed something, I apologize.

    -gene

    #26553

    Ray
    Keymaster

    Hi Gene,

    The OpenSprinkler online user manual, particularly this section:
    http://rayshobby.net/?page_id=730#program
    explains how to assign each station a different water time. Basically each program requires a uniform water time, but you can create multiple programs, with the same start / end / interval times, and select different stations with different water time.

    Allowing stations to have different water time within a single program is being addressed in the next firmware update. For now, please use the work-around above. Thanks.

    #26554

    gretske
    Participant

    Thanks, Ray, I figured that there was a way to do it.

    -gene

    #26555

    mb42
    Participant

    Hello Ray,

    I ordered my OpenSprinkler last night and am very much looking forward to receiving it. This device is something I have literally day-dreamt of for many years – ever since installing my Hunter controller 10 years ago. This is a fantastic concept and I am happy to see someone with your background and talent is so passionate about making it a full-featured product.

    Anyway, I am very interested to see the ability to assign different station water times within a single program. Actually, that seemed like a bit of an omission when I viewed the firmware 1.8 video tutorial. I realized that I would be able to work around it with so many programs available, however, with 28 zones in my complex landscape, this feature is a must. Thus, my question is this… When do you foresee a new firmware update that includes this functionality?

    Thank you in advance!
    Mike

    #26556

    Angeaa
    Member

    There is a globally serial group (all stations by default belong to this group), a globally parallel group, and two or more custom groups. The idea is the controller will serialize all stations in one group, but stations in different groups are allowed to run in parallel (and any station in the globally parallel group can run in parallel). This should be a flexible enough to allow a complex mix of serial / parallel running patterns.
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    #26557

    Ray
    Keymaster

    @mb42: sorry for my late response. Per-station water time within a program should be implemented soon (a couple of weeks?) Other than the firmware, there are a bunch of other things needed to be updated (website, docs, mobile app) so it’s taking longer than I thought.

    #26558

    TechFan
    Participant

    #1. Nice to see that has already been suggested. That was the reason I found this thread. . .because that is exactly what I would like to be able to do. . .I would like to have some programs where multiple zones are on at the same time and some programs where they run sequentially. 🙂

    #26559

    kdemontf
    Participant

    Hello
    I see you are working on an addition I am very interested in. I use solid state relays to control my outdoor lights and receptacles and would be very interested in the sunrise sunset option. if I might suggest a spot to enter a positive or negative number to adjust the time to turn on or off before or after sunset would help. It would also be handy if we could modify the text for the “state” of the device: i.e. change “closed” to “off”, or any other text. I would like to integrate this with my pool heat and pump timers as well, and being able to change the states would make it nicer.
    Thanks, Keith

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