Installed underground and featuring simple, low-cost wiring, decoders are an aesthetically pleasing, full-featured, economical option for reliable in-field control.
If you’re looking for an alternative to a traditional in-field controller, Rain Bird decoders may be the right solution for you. These self-contained switching stations for your central control system are simple, yet very reliable. They work with your central control system just like conventional controllers but are buried underground away from the elements.
A simple wiring configuration and absence of protective enclosures keeps installation and maintenance costs low. Rain Bird decoders are a “true lower than 30 volt” system that utilize a two-wire path of 14-gauge wire connecting the central control system, decoders and valves or valve-in-head sprinklers.
If you need information from analog, pulse or switch sensors to manage your irrigation, connect the sensor to the SD-210 sensor decoder and view the data at the central. Using Smart Sensor, sensor data can even be used to control the irrigation.
With all electronic components fully sealed within a water‑tight enclosure and buried underground, damage from floods, frost, rodents or vandals is virtually eliminated. Rain Bird decoders are an especially good choice for flood plains.
Buried decoder systems leave nothing exposed to the elements. With no evidence of in-field control, this aesthetically pleasing alternative works perfectly in situations where controller enclosures are unwanted or impractical.
Thanks to advanced central control technology and simple wiring requirements, decoders are a smart choice for many golf course renovations. With Rain Bird’s Cirrus,™ Nimbus™ II and Stratus™ II Central Control Systems, it is now possible to use Rain Bird’s hybrid control feature to operate controllers and decoders concurrently. This makes it easy to expand irrigation coverage using a minimal amount of wire and decoders.
The addition of decoders doesn’t mean the elimination of in‑field control. Decoders can be turned on and off in the field with The FREEDOM System or MI Series Mobile Controllers. The MI Series Mobile Controller allows precise control of the decoder system anywhere Internet access is available, even on a mobile phone. Another alternative is the FREEDOM System. This handheld radio remote allows you to signal changes to the central control system from anywhere on the course.
Select different decoders to operate one, two, four or six solenoids. Five different decoders let you choose the amount of control you need.