Deep watering your garden early in the morning is important to grow a healthy lawn, and NETIChome together with a sprinkler system can do this for you. When you water your lawn in the morning you allow the gras and soil to absorb the water when it is cool and windless compared to a brisker and hotter afternoon. Watering your lawn deeply on a rotating schedule encourages the roots of the gras to grow deeper because it is looking for water that has soaked down into the soil. Knowing this is all well and good, but putting it into practice means getting up at 5:00 AM and drag your sprinklers around the garden, here is where NETIChome can help you. Using NETIChome you can create a full automated sprinkler system that takes care of your lawn.

Setting up the sprinklers

Lawn sprinklerThe first steps of installing the sprinkler is to position the sprinklers, make sure that they are positioned so that they don’t spray water on your neighbours car, the street or the pavement.

What do you need to get started with NETIChome?

The heart of your automated sprinkler system will be the NETIChome main unit, it will open the valves of the watering system you have implemented. Then depending on the size of your garden you can use either the NETIChome On/Off module or the NETIChome Double On/Off module.

Additional valves and or pumps might be needed depending on the size of your garden.

Small gardens

Setting up and automated sprinkler system in a small garden is straightforward. In most cases you’ll be using the water system from your home. What you’ll be needing is an electronic valve that will be connected to the water system from your house. When the electronic valve is opened the sprinklers in your garden will receive water and watering of your garden will start.

Most electronic valves, if not all work on 24 Volt, which is supported by both the NETIChome On/Off module and the NETIChome Double On/Off module, which means you can connect the module directly between the transformer (supplying the power for the valves and the modules) and the valve.

Note: if you have multiple garden sprinklers in your garden and the water pressure is not strong enough to power all garden sprinklers you might want to use 2 or more valves, you can then use NETIChome to create virtual “zones” in your garden, opening and closing valves once after each other, making sure that you’ll have a constant water pressure for your sprinklers.

After you’ve connected the valve to the NETIChome module of your choice you need to connect the garden sprinkler to the valve and the valve to your home water system.

Medium and large gardens

Having an automatic sprinkler system in medium or large gardens are not much different compared to the sprinkler garden in small gardens. The only different is that you might need to have different “zones” that are switched on and off to ensure a constant stable water pressure to your sprinklers additionally you might want to use a garden pump when you have a medium or large garden to ensure a constant pressure to all sprinklers.
When you are about to select a garden pump, select a pump that has a reservoir of e.g. 30 litters. The pump has a build in pressure sensor and it will automatically start when the water pressure in the reservoir gets below a certain level.

Just like with the small garden you need valves electronic valves to control the water flow to your garden sprinklers. The amount of valves needed depends on the size of your garden and the water pressure. The NETIChome On/Off module can control 1 valve while the NETIChome Double On/Off module module can control two valves, you can add multiple modules and combinations of modules to your NETIChome wireless network.

What you need to do next is to connect the garden sprinklers to the valves and then depending on your situation either connect the valves to your garden pump or to your home water installation. Last but not least is to connect the valves to the NETIChome module(s).

Never forget to water your garden again with an automated watering system

NETIC sprinkler widgetSetting up the automation part is just as simple as connecting the sprinklers. If you did not do so yet, connect your NETIChome main unit the the power grid and to the Internet (so you can access your sprinklers remotely).

Once you have connected the On/Off module or the Double On/Off module to your garden pump and the power you can include the module into your NETIChome wireless network. The easiest way is to open the NETIChome web interface into your computers browser and go to the device management interface

From within the device management interface you can easily include your On/Off module or the Double On/Off module into your NETIChome wireless network.

Simply follow the inclusion instructions provided on the screen and you’ll have your NETIChome module included in no time.

Once you have included the switching module you can give the switching module a name and icon that fits the situation. In this case the icon of a pump and text label “Garden pump”.

Now that the NETIChome module is included within the NETIChome wireless network you can start or stop the garden pump by pressing the On or Off button on the widget. Additionally you can control the NETIChome module controlling the garden pump via a Android powered mobile device or an iOS powered mobile device, this give you endless possibilities to e.g. scare away unwanted animals in your garden or have a “surprise” welcome to (unwanted) guests and visitors.

Scheduling

Since you don’t want to press the on and off button each time to start or stop the garden pump you can create a automated schedule that turns your garden pump on or off for you when needed. To create a schedule go to the NETIChome interface in your browser and select the New Scene option from the drop down menu.

The new scene wizard helps you to create, in a step by step process, a new scene that will switch your pump on or off on a schedule you determine.

Once you’ve completed the wizard process you have setup a automated sprinkler installation that will water your garden on a defined time schedule.

You can expand upon this basic installations with various plugins or sensors, e.g. to check if rained, the possibilities are endless.

Warning: water and electricity don’t mix. We recommend that you have your installation installed by a certified installer.