June 3, 2015 at 12:58 pm #38167
wondering what size of outdoor timer box I need that will accommodate powering the 24vac plug and the plug for the power line adapter ??June 3, 2015 at 1:27 pm #38170
The OpenSprinkler unit is quite small compared to classic timer boxes therefore there should be plenty of room in a typical enclosure to fit all the items. With that said, the outlet is typically in a corner so plugging in two bulky items might be difficult.
If this is the case, you can use a simple extension on either power adapter so move the bulky box item elsewhere in the enclosure. Please note the power line adapter cannot have a surge protector in its path as those typically filter the frequency used for the network. A classic extension cable will work without issues though.June 3, 2015 at 1:49 pm #38171
Thanks for the response, so if I understand, I cant plug the power line directly into the GFI plug, so I would need an additional power source in the box to power the power line adapterJune 3, 2015 at 6:17 pm #38181
The GFCI will attenuate the signal yes however it is something you can still attempt since most adapters (including the TP-Link) do have specified speeds they will likely use when passing through a GFCI outlet that are far greater than what is needed with OpenSprinkler.
Some of the data I see suggests speeds of 14-18 Mbit when using GFCI some suggests higher. I think it is worth trying and if it works, great otherwise find another outlet.
I hope this helps!June 4, 2015 at 9:45 am #38200
Thanks this info is helpful, I guess the alternative would be to go over wifi but I noticed in the forums postings that you are not recommending this nowJune 4, 2015 at 9:56 am #38201
Each home is unique and the only reason we are recommending the powerline is because the wireless adapter is small and may not have good signal if it is very far from the access point, which classically the sprinkler system is far away. If you have good wireless signal in that area, wireless is definitely an option.
Basically, right now we are offering both options so users can use the best option for their environment.June 7, 2015 at 2:14 pm #38242
This is a general-purpose waterproof enclosure that has built-in outlet and is big enough to fit one OpenSprinkler, transformer, adapter, plus a couple of expansion boards:
http://www.amazon.com/Orbit-57095-Sprinkler-Weather-Resistant-Outdoor-Mounted/dp/B000VYGMF2June 8, 2015 at 11:13 am #38260
Perfect, thanks for the InfoDecember 2, 2016 at 11:30 am #44808
what is the height clearance of a box for OSPi?December 3, 2016 at 7:47 am #44812
I had quite some trouble getting a network access for my OpenSprinkler. The box is placed right under the surface and while the WiFi is just good enough at surface height its no longer reliable a few centimeters below. Then I wanted to use Power Line which sounds like a good idea as the OpenSprinkler has to be powered anyways (might be a nice option to be ordered in the future, eh?). Unfortunately when connected to the socket right besides my router it could connect. So I had to use a socket in the garage which is nearer to the outside placed Power Line adapter in the garden. I used a WiFi Bridge to connect the Power Line adapter in the garage.
I never thought it would be that hard to get a connection but you don’t install an ethernet cable in the garden “just in case”.December 11, 2016 at 10:48 pm #44978
@SD: The height of the OSPi box is about 1.5 inch.
@skyynet: sorry to hear you had trouble getting WiFi to work inside the waterproof box. The power line adapter generally requires the two modules to be plugged into the same electric wire group directly (i.e. with no surge protectors, filters or transformers in between). So it usually works best if you plug them into wall socket directly and not anything that has surge protector inside.April 8, 2019 at 3:35 pm #59643
Does anyone have a photograph of an OSPi and expansion board installed in one of these enclosures? Just looking for some ideas since I just bought both.
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