I have read many posts about all of the different options and I am looking for a few more details.
– They all appear to use the same firmware now, correct? Does this mean they all have the same base functionality?
– According to this blog post it sounds like the “regular version” can’t support cloud functionality, but I assume this isn’t the case for the Pi version?
– I see a few mentions of plugins. Are those only available for the Pi version?
– The instructions for getting the Pi version up and running seem pretty straight forward. Is there anything else that I would need to worry about? I have seen a few references to worries about security.
– You are right that all of them run the same firmware, the OpenSprinkler Unified Firmware.
– To make them all compatible, if we release cloud support, it will also be available on all three products.
– The plugins are only available for OSPi/OSBo by running Dan’s Python-based Firmware. It is not part of the Unified Firmware.
We only recommend OSPi for users who have experience with RPi and have knowledge about Linux. The reason is that unlike OS, OSPi is not a fully assembled product — you will need to provide RPi and burn SD card yourself. No matter how easy the set up process is, you will eventually encounter something that requires technical skills. So if you have no experience with RPi or Linux in general, we would recommend OS instead.