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IrrigationCaddy Cloud is Here

We are happy to announce that our Cloud service is now live!  You can get started by going to Cloud Features.  There you will find more information and a link to create an account.  Now you can truly communicate and manage your IrrigationCaddy at home or on the go.  Anytime, Anywhere!

NOTE: The IC-W1 units ship already enabled with the ability to connect to the Cloud. There are also Cloud firmwares for the S1 but they are still in BETA, and they don’t ship with the Cloud enabled. If you would like to try it on the S1 please upgrade the firmware.

WiFi Wireless Adapter for the IrrigationCaddy

By popular demand we are now offering a new WiFi Wireless Adapter ( IOGEAR GWU627 Universal Wi-Fi N Adapter – Ethernet to Wi-Fi N ).

WiFi Wireless Adapter for the IrrigationCaddy

 The Wireless-N Adapter allows you to connect your IrrigationCaddy to any Wireless-N network in your home, vacation home, or business. 

 Simply connect the adapter to your device without worrying about re-wiring your home. Using dual antennas (1T1R) this product provides data rates up to 150Mbps and reduces Wi-Fi dead zones in your wireless environment. In addition to the increased speed and coverage, you will be pleased to know that it is compatible with your existing 802.11b and 802.11g routers and access points. The unit also features a WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup™) button offering a quick and secure network setup.

Side by Side IrrigationCaddy with Old Controller

Check out this photo of one of our user’s installation. This user wanted to maintain its old controller side by side the new IrrigationCaddy. The wiring (even though the photo does not does it justice), is quite simple. Just wire the zones one to one. So a cable goes from a zone on the old controller, to a zone on the new controller (IrrigationCaddy).

Old-New-side-by-side

Old-New-side-by-side

It is best if only one controller is triggering a zone at a time, but even if both are on at the same time the controllers should be ok.

WiFi Adapter Evaluation

Several users have been succesfully deploying the IrrigationCaddy using a WiFi wireless bridge. What this means is that they can put the IrrigationCaddy anywhere they want, and not have to run an Ethernet cable all the way to that location.

For users that don’t have the ability to run the Ethernet cable to the IrrigationCaddy’s location, this is a great alternative. We just obtained a WNCE2001 “Universal Wireless Internet Adapter”, which we will be testing with the IrrigationCaddy, and posting a full review in the coming days.

WNCE2001 Universal Wireless Internet Adapter

WNCE2001 Universal Wireless Internet Adapter

For those wondering if there will ever be an IrrigationCaddy with integrated WiFi (so that you don’t have to buy one of these adapters); the answer is yes, we are working on a WiFi version as well.