Quick Start Guide (Generation 2)

Generation 2 Controller install steps & tips

IN THIS ARTICLE
  • Video Guides
  • Prepare
  • Install
  • Connect
  • Configure
  • Control
  • Troubleshoot
  • PDF of Quick Start Guide
  • Video Guides


    Prepare

    1

    Run your sprinkler system

  • Find and repair any issues before installing the Rachio controller.
  • 2

    Take a few pictures

  • Photos of your current wiring are important for reference when you are wiring the Rachio.
  • 3

    Unplug & remove

  • Disconnect your old controller.
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    Install

    1

    Attach to the wall

  • Use the four (4) mounting screws (provided).
  • 2

    Wire it up

  • Use the photo from your old timer for reference.
  • Required Wiring
    • Common Wires: Insert into either white terminal slot. If you have more than one common wire, we suggest entering one in each common slot (four options).
    • Zone Wires: Install in the green terminal slots.
    • Master/Pump Valve Wire (if present): Install in the "M" terminal slot, and enable in Advanced Settings within the app.

      Click wiring label for more WIRING TIPS

    3

    Plug it in

  • Light One should start blinking; once solid proceed to Connect Step.
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    Connect

    WiFi credentials are required for this step
    1

    Download the Rachio app

    2

    Create Rachio account

    3

    Connect controller to WiFi via the app

    Tips for Connecting:
    • Turn auto brightness all the way up on your smart phone/tablet.
    • Hold your smart phone/tablet as still as possible during BlinkUp
    • If you are in a brightly lit area, ambient light may impede the Blinkup process. We suggest a dark room. 
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    Configure

    Rachio needs to know a little about your landscape in order to recommend accurate watering schedules
    1

    Set up your zones

    • You can configure each zone’s vegetation, soil, shade, nozzle, and slope types.
    2

    Create watering schedules

    • Choose from 4 schedule types; Rachio will recommend an optimal watering schedule based upon the the zone attributes selected. 
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    Control

    1

    Run Zones

    2

    Run Schedules

    3

    Share Access with others

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    Troubleshoot?

    1

    Can't find your controller?

    • If the Rachio app is opened before Light One is solid, you might have trouble finding your controller. See this article for cheat tips if your controller is playing hide and seek.
    2

    Master Valve

    • Do you have a master valve, but forgot to enable it? No sweat, it's an easy fix! Refer to Advanced Wiring for instructions. 
    3

    Pump Valve

    • Your Rachio is designed to operate a pump start relay. Please reference Advanced Wiring AND the user manual for your pump start relay for wiring instructions.
    4

    Not Running

    • Assuming wiring is correct, double check to make sure that your sprinkler valves have 24VAC solenoids.
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    Want a paper copy of the Quick Start Guide?

    We know the graphics are sexy! Download & print a copy of the Quick Start Guide here: Rachio Controller, Generation 2

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