So this is not really about the Raspberry Pi, but will be. The goal is to have the Pi powering all the home automation tools possible but in all honesty a Pi is not needed for the awesome that is EtherRain.
An EtherRain 8 lets you water your lawn without having to move away from your computer. The best part is the API allowing unlimited fun time with your sprinkler system. Just imagine a world in which your sprinkler comes on as a solicitor walks up to your front door (ok, maybe that is mean – we can pretend it is a burglar) or you want to have complex scheduling to allow you to skirt water restrictions. I now live in this world.
Currently you cannot order them directly from the website, but Jim from QuickSmart is great.
Setup took under 30 minutes. Nothing super technical at first – just follow the instructions and run the admin tool from the website. It detects the device and reports back the ip/current configuration. This step can be done from the API but honestly the admin tool was so ridiculously quick and easy.
I used PHP to schedule a quick test run of 1 minute per zone. Everything went as planned. Tomorrow morning is the real test – will update soon.
UPDATE – EtherRain is working great. Almost at the month mark.
Reviewed by Thomas Loughlin on July 11th.
It works! Customer service is great.
The whole process was easy. Filled out a contact form, Jim got back to me immediately and sent over all the information. Order was placed through Paypal and I received the order in only a couple days.