ARC8 App-Based Residential Controller

Simply Smart Watering

Put control of your sprinkler system in the palm of your hand with a smart irrigation WiFi controller from Rain Bird. The ARC8 Controller provides simple commands at the controller interface that are complemented by advanced features accessed through the Rain Bird mobile app. The controller provides flexible scheduling features to accommodate a wide variety of landscape applications that can be adjusted automatically all year long to ensure a healthy, beautiful landscape, saving you time and money. That’s The Intelligent Use of Water™.

  • Simply smart watering – Use your mobile device to set, monitor and adjust schedules from anywhere
  • Greater scheduling flexibility – Keep your lawn healthy with three individual programs (A, B, C) and four start times per program for 12 total start times
  • Self-adjusting technology reduces water usage up to 30% – Automatically skips or adjusts daily watering duration based on historical weather averages, yesterday’s known weather and tomorrow’s weather forecast in a local postal code; can be applied to all programs simultaneously or to individual programs
  • Powerful water features – Easily meet regional watering restrictions with advanced features like notifications, custom program cycles, rain delay and more
  • Rugged design – Robust set screw terminals to accommodate up to eight stations plus master valve/pump start relay and rain/rain freeze sensor; controller comes preinstalled in a contractor-grade case to withstand even the harshest environments
  • Watering delay – Suspend watering for up to 14 days when it rains even without a rain sensor; programming automatically resumes when delay has ended
  • Meets EPA WaterSense criteria – Independently certified by ICC-ES for efficiency and performance
  • Smart home compatible – Use your voice to control sprinkler system when connected to Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant
  • Convenient access sharing – Safely share control for a specified time with family members or landscaping and maintenance professionals that may wish to adjust programming or make system repairs
  • Intuitive design – Simple commands at the controller interface complemented by advanced features accessed through the Rain Bird mobile app with or without WiFi available on-site

Features

App Features:

  • User your mobile device to set, monitor and adjust schedules from anywhere
  • Intuitive and secure setup
  • Schedule up to three individual programs (A, B, C) and four start times per program for 12 total start times
  • Multiple manual watering modes made easy in the palm of your hand
  • View upcoming watering schedules at a glance
  • Cycle+Soak automatically breaks up watering time into smaller cycles, allowing the water to soak into the soil
  • Use forecasted rain to delay watering, even without the use of a rain sensor
  • Automatic seasonal adjust changes daily watering to match the season, local weather, temperature and humidity
  • Manually activate watering delay up to 14 days
  • Optional notifications provide alerts for watering events, freeze warnings, shorted solenoids and more
  • Convenient and safe access sharing for a specified time period
  • Ability to control your sprinkler system when connected to Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant
  • Available for Apple iOS and Android devices

Controller Features:

  • Control up to eight zones (or stations)
  • Built-in WiFi eliminates the need for a separate plug-in module
  • Over-the-air updates allows wireless delivery of new software/firmware updates and feature upgrades
  • Power the controller off, as well as activate automatic and manual watering and advance to next zone on controller interface
  • Toggle between AP Hotspot and WiFi pairing modes
  • Blinking LEDs in automatic and manual watering modes give zone (or station) indication
  • Removable wire bay door protects the AC power transformer and terminal block to connect valve zone wires and optional accessories
  • Cross head screw terminals for secure wire connections, regardless of wire gauge
  • Rain/freeze sensor, master valve and pump start relay circuits
  • Non-volatile memory permanently saves the current programming
  • Preinstalled six-foot power cord so controller can be installed indoors or outdoors (if plugged into a weatherproof external outlet)
  • If desired, provided power cord can be removed and replaced with custom wiring
  • Controller comes mounted in an outdoor, weatherproof case for protection against inclement weather

Scheduling Features:

  • Program-based scheduling with three (A, B, C) independent programs that control watering days, times and durations per zone (or station)
  • Four start times per program for 12 total start times
  • Watering frequency by odd, even, custom or cyclic (specific intervals) days of the week
  • Watering durations of one minute to six hours

Easy to Install Hardware:

  • Requires only two mounting screws (fasteners and anchors included)
  • Cutout for 1 in. conduit allows for professional installation of field wires

Specs

Technical Specifications

Operating:

  • Program-based scheduling: Three individual programs (A, B, C) and four start times per program
  • Program day cycles: Odd (days of week), even (days of week), custom or cyclic (specific intervals)
  • Watering durations: One minute to six hours
  • Manual watering: Quick run, run by program or set custom watering durations by zone (or station)
  • Cycle+Soak range (maximum cycle and minimum soak): One minute to one hour, fifty-nine minutes
  • Forecasted rain delay settings: Probability of rain, rain amount and delay length
  • Automatic seasonal adjust range: 5% to 200%
  • Manual watering delay: Up to 14 days

Temperature:

  • Storage temperature range: -40°F (-40°C) to 150°F (66°C)
  • Maximum operating temperature: 149°F (65°C)
  • Operating humidity: 95% max @ 50°F to 120°F (10°C to 49°C) non-condensing environment

Electrical:

  • Input: 120VAC (±10%) @ 60Hz
  • Output: 0.68A at 24VAC (nominal), 1.0A at 24VAC (maximum)
  • Preinstalled six-foot power cord

Compliance:

  • UL/cUL
  • FCC Part 15b
  • IP24
  • Meets EPA WaterSense Criteria, as certified by ICC-ES
  • CAN ICES-3(B)/NMB-3(B)

Backup:

  • Date/time: External battery back-up not required
  • Watering schedule: Non-volatile memory permanently saves the current programming

Mobile device and wireless network:

  • Mobile device compatibility: Apple iOS version 8 or greater, Android devices 8.0 (Oreo) or later
  • Wireless networks supported 2.4 GHz 802.11b/g/n channels

Dimensions:

  • Unit height: 7.86 in.
  • Unit length: 7.92 in.
  • Unit width: 3.51 in.

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