Have we reached our goal to automate?
I picked up some additional z-wave gadgets. A GE dimmer, a couple of outlets and a three-way kit, plus an Orbit water faucet. We are running out of switches and plugs that need updating. Which is interesting, the idea that you can reach a point that there is no more to automate. There are switches and outlets of course that aren’t done and likley never will as they don’t make sense.
What was interesting is that I came upon a cool water valve at Lowe’s while looking at their Iris products. The Orbit water valve is both manual and automated. I think it’s Zigbee though not sure I care because our Smartthings bridge handles z-wave and zigbee.
I was able to pair up the Orbit and the device works but only as a switch. That’s good enough for what we need it for and the unit if you set up the timer before pairing will only run for the time you set. This minimizes the chance for leaving that valve on! I have noticed that the Orbit doesn’t always see the command so you have to command a couple of times if not. It may be related to the low update rate of the unit that saves batteries. It is a bit of a hassle but fine for now until Smartthings adds the official support for Orbit. And I know it’s an Iris device so why not get an Iris hub to control. How many hubs do we really want?
Now if Rain Bird would just join the Iot revolution and we would be all set.