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General Discussion / Re: Resetting my device
« Last post by PollieXmas on February 27, 2015, 02:14:18 am »
Ok here we go again...

I decided to replace my adsl router as I need all 4 port on the router.

Now that the router is configured, I cannot get my EtherRain to work again...

Surely I'm missing something as this cannot be this difficult...

I have tried switching off the EtherRain and leaving it off for at least 10 seconds. Then switching it back on. I also tried it with the LAN cable out.

When I look in my list of DHCP client connected to the router, the EtherRain does not show up in the list. This leads me to believe that my altering to use DHCP on it did not work...

The green LAN light comes on immediately or when the power comes on/or when I connect the LAN cable.

I get the following in my router log;

Feb 27 11:11:03   user   crit   kernel: eth2 Link DOWN.
Feb 27 11:11:03   user   info   kernel: br0: port 3(eth2) entering disabled state
Feb 27 11:11:08   user   crit   kernel: eth2 Link UP 10 mbps half duplex
Feb 27 11:11:08   user   info   kernel: br0: port 3(eth2) entering forwarding state
Feb 27 11:11:16   user   crit   kernel: eth2 Link DOWN.
Feb 27 11:11:16   user   info   kernel: br0: port 3(eth2) entering disabled state

I'm assuming eth2 is port 3 where the EtherRain is plugged in.

Any help on what else to try?

I'm now going to plug it directly into my PC to see if the java admin client can't detect it.



General Discussion / Resetting my device
« Last post by PollieXmas on February 20, 2015, 02:21:20 am »
Hi Jim,

I've read your post on resetting the device.,27.msg27.html#msg27

However when trying to reset it using the defaults you provided, EtherRain Admin still complains about a value being more than 255. I guess this is because I left the primary and secondary dns entries blank.

I then tried to use for the dns entries, but it still failed on a different error. On the second attempt a few minutes later it only accepted the settings.

So I have reset my device now with DCHP on and the defaults you provided, but now that it is reset, the EtherRain Admin is not picking up the device, despite the router assigning the same ip address that it had before when I was using a fixed address.

I have left it alone/running for quite a while to see if it will find it.

(Fixed: I just switched all the LAN cables around again...) I did test the LAN cable itself and that tested 100%.

I'm not able to ping the EtherRain. Is that disabled?


Ps. For those who like all the detail...

The issue that I'm having is that my irrigation stopped working this working. I'm assuming it is network issues. Last week my one port on my wireless router blew but that I only discovered after switching my EtherRain to the blown port which meant it did not irrigate :-/

This week it is something else so just wanted to reset everything and start a new. Partly because when setting everything up initially I could not get it to work and ended up adding port forwarding and assigning manual ip addresses only to discover that for it to work your irrigation tap should be open. (Let me have it, I deserve it.) (I had a leak before the manifold so closed the tap between (manual) irrigation cycles. Now that it is automated I of course had to fix the leak.)

Anyway, as it was working I just left it as is, but now want to eliminate all the extra settings as a possible cause for my new issues.
Feature Requests / Hostname on device
« Last post by PollieXmas on February 20, 2015, 12:29:41 am »

Is it possible to add a hostname for the devices?

Every now and again I need to dig into my router to troubleshoot some network issues. It then is very useful to see which ip address is assigned to which device. I see that my Etherrain's hostname is blank and there does not seem to be an area where it can be filled in on the device setup.


Feature Requests / Re: "chain" two devices together
« Last post by pohoda on December 28, 2014, 10:57:45 pm »
Thanks Jim. An Android app would also be awesome! Keep up the great work.
General Lawn and Garden Irrigation / Re: Automatic adjusting schedules?
« Last post by PollieXmas on December 28, 2014, 01:03:36 pm »
Thanks Jim, I will connect it that way.

General Lawn and Garden Irrigation / Re: Automatic adjusting schedules?
« Last post by Jim on December 24, 2014, 04:43:51 pm »
Hello PollieXmas,

Yes you can use the rain sensor with the forecasts.  The rain sensor automatically stops irrigation whenever the rain sensor detects water.  In addition if you are using the rain sensor you can extend the amount of time to block irrigation after rainfall by checking the "RainBrain" box on your program.  RainBrain counts the number of minutes that the rain sensor reports rain and will delay irrigation for up to 24 hours after the rain sensor last reports rain.  Also, the rain sensor takes awhile to dry out after the last rain drop has fallen.

You can use RainBrain in conjunction with the weather forecasts, but you must also have a rain sensor attached.


Feature Requests / Re: Dashboard Status
« Last post by PollieXmas on December 24, 2014, 04:05:52 am »
Funny, I had the same thought this morning.

I've only recently connected my EtherRain because it took me a while to get a LAN cable to the weather proof box outside.

Overall, I'm quite impressed with the setup and the options and agree that it should be more hands off. However it would be nice to show it off a bit.

My solar system has a simple graphing option showing how much power you generate every day. It is quite cool to see and how hotter, overcast and shorter days affect total power.

Having a graph that shows water usage throughout the year would be cool to see on a dashboard.


Feature Requests / Re: Support for
« Last post by PollieXmas on December 24, 2014, 03:52:58 am »
Thanks Jim,

I appreciate it and will look into the PoP feature.

When I used to water manually I would still water on rainy days and reduce the time per zone based on the amount of rainfall. (It drizzles a lot in Cape Town.) That way I ensure that I get good penetration on days with only a little bit of rain.

General Lawn and Garden Irrigation / Re: Automatic adjusting schedules?
« Last post by PollieXmas on December 24, 2014, 03:41:09 am »
Thanks for the quick response.

The 24 hour delay will be the closest to work with worst case scenario that it might not water for two conesecutive days if it rains on an uneven day.

I did purchase the rain sensor and plan to connect it in the new year. Is it possible to use it in conjunction with the forecasts.


Feature Requests / Re: "chain" two devices together
« Last post by Jim on December 23, 2014, 04:17:44 pm »
Hello pohada,
Thanks for your additional request.  We've just added the feature to OptiRain Open in the recent Version 2.0 so we hope to also add this to LawnCheck.  We are working on an android app right now and when completed will prioritize  to get to this functionality implemented ( by spring 2015).


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