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IrrigationCaddy App for Control4 Available on 4Store

As promised we have released an app for the IrrigationCaddy S1 that works on Control4 systems. The app is available from the 4Store.com website.
This is the Lite version, and it runs on 7″ Control4 tablets. It is available for free, and it allows the user to start and stop zones, as well as monitor the progress on the active zone.

In the coming months we will also be releasing the full version of the app. This app will allow for full control of the caddy, (scheduling, status, …).

NOTE: Requires driver name: “IrrigationController_HTTP_IrrigationCaddy_ICEthS1.c4i”

Control4 Integration

We are pleased to announce we have a new Control4 driver for the IrrigationCaddy S1 which we just released.
It is available from Control4 from the online database. It was listed under “Device Type = Others”, and “Manufacturer = IrrigationCaddy.com”.
We will also be releasing a 4Store app soon, which will replicate almost all the same capabilities we offer on the mobile apps for iPhone and Android, but Control4 users will be able to use it from their 7″ displays, and other form factors.

IrrigationCaddy now has a Twitter account

We have finally relented and joined Twitter! I know we should have probably joined a long time ago but here we are.

We will use it mainly to communicate product updates, new features, new products, etc. We are hoping that this will make it easier for those of you that use twitter to quickly learn of what is going on, and hopefully you will find it useful.

To follow us you can click on the link below, or click on the button at the bottom of the sidebar on this Blog.

 

Android App

This past November we released the iPhone app, and now it is Android’s turn.

A lot of you have asked for Android support, and we have promised support for it for a while now, so here it is! In fact I think the app is slightly better than the iPhone version. We have included support for an upcoming firmware release which will improve the caddy’s performance, as well as the app’s responsiveness, but in general the apps are almost identical.

The app is deployed on the Google Play site (click on the Google Play badge below to see details).

Get it on Google Play

It is also available from Amazon for the Kindle Fire.

To see more screenshots you can check the features page on the website here:

http://irrigationcaddy.com/index-4.html#tab3

We hope you like it.

iPhone App

We are happy to announce the availability of our new iPhone app for the IrrigationCaddy available now at the Apple App Store. You can take a look at it here:

The app will allow you to control your IrrigationCaddy Web Based Sprinkler system on the go.
You will be able to control your caddy from your iPhone, and schedule as well as run your sprinklers from it. You will be able to see the current status, whether the sprinkler zones are active, waiting to run, or inactive, etc.

The app requires Firmware version ICEthS1-1.2.171 or higher to be running on the caddy.

Here are some screenshots:

 

 

 

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.

DHCP or Static IP addresses ?

A while back I realized that most users are unaware of a very useful feature most new internet routers provide. That is the ability to tell the router to always assign the same IP address to the same MAC address while still using DHCP addresses.

Many IrrigationCaddy users like to enjoy the ability of controlling their caddy from the Internet, while on vacation, on a trip, or whatever the reason. Most however tend to want to set a static IP address on the IrrigationCaddy, so that then they can do Port Forwarding to that IP address, knowing that the IP will never change. The fear is that if the router reboots for example, that if the caddy is on a DHCP address, port forwarding would be lost. The good news is that most modern routers will allow the user to fix a DHCP address to a specified MAC address.

Note that either method works just as well, whether the user sets a Static IP on the caddy, or fixes a DHCP address on the router.

The following is a screenshot from my Linksys router running a “DD-WRT” firmware, which is an open source router firmware.

Fixing a DHCP address to a MAC Address

Fixing a DHCP address to a MAC Address

 

Almost all modern routers will allow users to do this type of static lease assignment. If you are curious you might want to check.

The benefit of doing this, is that there is no setup needed on the caddy. Even if you reset the caddy and clear all its settings, the next time it boots the caddy will still get the same IP address; if the settings were set with a static IP and the caddy is reset, the user would have to specify the static IP address again.

API

One of our users wanted to be able to control the IrrigationCaddy from another application he uses, and so we helped him figure out how to do that using HTTP POST and GET requests. I know some of you reading this post might also be interested in this type of capability. The user has been kind enough to share his work on Sourceforge:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/irrigationcli/

and here is a screenshot:

New BETA firmware (ICEthS1-1.2.85) released

We just released the ICEthS1-1.2.85 firmware ( Get it here ). This is a BETA release.

This release has some interesting changes. A lot of you have been asking for “Multiple Start Times” for some time now, and this release includes that feature.

Another requested feature has been to add the ability to run a Program at any time without having to change the start time. So we have added a “Run Now” button to each program, which when pressed transfers the program data to the “Run Now” program and runs it immediately.

Finally we have added a Program Summary area where the total program run time is calculated and displayed.

Hope you find these new features useful, and productive.

iPhone App for the IrrigationCaddy

The guys at www.virtualremotecontrols.com have put together a new iPhone app to control the IrrigationCaddy.

We haven’t gotten our hands on the app yet, but it looks like they have done a great job! The IrrigationCaddy iPhone app seems to be part of a host of other remote control apps designed for home automation type devices.

The picture below will give you a good idea of their handy work, or if you need more details you can go to their site.