Can this be controlled using my smart speaker? (Google Home or Alexa)
No. This controller is controlled by an app of its own.
What is the difference between the Cloud Controller Extension and the Cloud Controller Kit?
- The Cloud Controller Kit includes 1 x Hub (to plug into your home router) and 1 x Controller that can be positioned up to 50m away on your outside tap.
- The Cloud Extension allows you to expand the system, as each hub can control up to 4 different taps.
How do I set two controllers, sharing the same hub to have different schedules?
At the moment both controllers are activated under the same controller, and therefore when you try to make amendments on one controller it also does it for the other.
To create a separate schedule on the second controller:
1. Click on the tear drop for Cloud Controller.
2. Turn off the current programme, so that it is no longer green.
3. Click on the ‘+’ sign to add a new schedule separate to your first controller.
4. Programme as usual.
How do I add a new controller to my existing hub?
1. Open up your app and click on settings in the top right hand corner.
2. Then click on Hub and Controllers.
3. Click on ‘Hub 1’.
4. At the bottom of the screen you will see add new controller, press this.
5. You will now be presented with the pairing screen and be required to press the pairing button on the controller and hub
Once added you will need to scroll right on the tear drop symbol in the middle of the home screen to set the watering schedule for your new controller.
How do I use the Water Now function on my controller?
The water now button serves several different functions. If you press and hold the button it performs a battery check. A solid green or red light will come on depending on the battery strength.
In order to activate the manual watering you have to press the button very briefly, for less than 2 seconds, and release. The light will flash to indicate that it is watering for the duration, or until you press the button to stop the water process.
Why are the batteries not lasting long in my Cloud Controller?
There could be a number of reasons for this:
1. Using rechargeable batteries. The voltage is usually low in rechargeable batteries (usually 1.2V cells). Batteries below 2.4v become flat very quickly.
2. Putting in the batteries, but not pairing or setting up the system with the HUB, so the controller is constantly searching for the HUB which drains the batteries.
3. If the distance between the HUB and controller is far the radio communication is weak so the data can be sent many times before it is successful - draining a lot of power.
4. If you manually operate the unit (pressing the water now button) many times in a day this puts the unit in fast mode which can drain a lot of power.
Can I use rechargeable batteries in a timer?
It is not recommended. The Cloud Controller is usually used to water your garden when you are away. The voltage is usually low in rechargeable batteries (usually 1.2V cells). Batteries below 2.4v become flat very quickly.