Quick Start Guide (Generation 2)

Generation 2 Controller install steps & tips

  • Prepare
  • Install
  • Connect
  • Configure
  • Control
  • PDF of Quick Start Guide
  • Rachio Generation 2 Controller Installation Guide from Rachio.
    A step by step walkthrough of how to replace your current irrigation controller with a Rachio Generation 2 Controller.



    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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    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


    Plug it in

  • Light One should start blinking; once solid proceed to Connect Step.
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    WiFi credentials are required for this step

    Download the Rachio app


    Create Rachio account


    Connect controller to WiFi via the app

    Steps to Connect
    • Launch the app and Add a Device; select Rachio Generation 2
    • The app will attempt to find your controller; select your controller
      • If installing multiple controllers, reference the last six digits of the MAC number (found on the front of the controller)
      • The MAC is used to identify the controller you wish to add
    • Select the WiFi network you wish to connect your controller to
      • The network must be 2.4 ghz or dual band
      • separated bands (2.4 ghz / 5 ghz) are recommended
      • blended networks are NOT recommended
    • Activate your controller; entering the serial number (found on the front of the controller)
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    Rachio needs to know a little about your landscape in order to recommend accurate watering schedules

    Set up your zones

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

    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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    Run Zones


    Run Schedules


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    PDF of Quick Start Guide

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    PDF copy:  Rachio Controller, Generation 2

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