How to replace your Generation 2 with a Rachio 3

Upgrading from Generation 2 to Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler 

Ready to upgrade your controller to Rachio 3? Our Rachio 3 controller was designed with easy installation in mind. If you already have a Rachio Generation 2 on the wall, installing the Rachio 3 is even easier! You can transfer your settings, use the same mounting holes, and take advantage of our streamlined hardware that makes inserting and removing both faceplate and wires a snap! 

Installation Improvements 

Several thoughtful hardware changes make the Rachio 3 installation an all-around easier experience:

  • The wiring bay is now one long, color-coded strip for easy wire and zone identification. For tips on wiring, go here
  • The screw holes on the Rachio 3 are in the same place as the screw holes for the Generation 2, so it's easy to swap a Generation 2 with a Rachio 3. This also means the Rachio 3 is compatible with Generation 2 outdoor enclosures. 
  • Easy-press connectors in the wiring bay can be compressed with just a fingertip - no screwdriver needed! Simply lift up the lever, insert the wire, and release.
  • Rachio 3 has bigger wiring terminals to accommodate a wider range of wire gauges (14-22 AWG).
  • Enhanced Wi-Fi technology means the Rachio 3 allows for dual band setup; the controller can now connect to 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, blended, and mesh networks!
  • The Rachio 3 user guide (included with every controller purchase) comes with a handy mounting template with the holes pre-marked for easy drywall mounting! If you're upgrading from a Generation 2 but installing in a new location, the mounting template is a great time-saver. 

Tips for upgrading to Rachio 3

For tips on installing your Rachio 3, visit our installation guide and video tutorials.

Transferring settings from your old Rachio controller

During Zone Setup, you'll have the option to set up your zones from scratch, or transfer settings from an old Rachio controller. To transfer, select "Transfer Settings" and then select the controller settings you wish to copy. 

Transfer Settings on Rachio 3



Transfer Settings on Rachio 3 - select controller

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