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Rain Bird Irrigation ESP-TM2 & ESP-Me Series Controller LNK WiFi Plug in Module

Reviews by Features

Expect

(10 reviews)
Phone

(21 reviews)
Way

(19 reviews)
Tech support

(28 reviews)
Installation

(19 reviews)
Work

(16 reviews)
Describe

(16 reviews)
Advertise

(21 reviews)
Setup

(30 reviews)
Install

(25 reviews)
Device

(29 reviews)
Signal

(70 reviews)
Water

(12 reviews)
Software

(20 reviews)
Connection

(33 reviews)
Communication error

(12 reviews)
Schedule

(8 reviews)
Review

(20 reviews)
Connectivity issue

(10 reviews)
Wifi issue

(6 reviews)

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Reviews around expect (5.00 of 5)

  • Installed easily and worked as expected using WiFi or GSM!
  • but it still does everything it should and works as expected which is why I still gave 4 stars.
  • Otherwise, the app works as expected, I mostly wanted it to to be able to turn the sprinklers off if it was
  • The unit works as expected and was pleasantly surprised to see it working with a low wifi signal in my pump room outdoors
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Reviews around phone (5.00 of 5)

  • I can make changes from my smart phone via the all if I want.
  • Pairing was fairly easy, just follow the guide and have your smart phone handy.
  • I wanted to have WiFi Link of my sprinkler to my smart cell phone
  • Works fine with a smart phone, although it is very pricey
  • You can test your sprinklers from your smart phone while in the yard
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Reviews around way (4.68 of 5)

  • Convenient way to control irrigation schedule from my phone
  • I like the way one can use your cellphone to operate the irrigation system
  • Great way to control the irrigation schedule especially when it just rained before the sprinklers come on
  • Your time is worth way more than wasting it on this
  • Great way to convert to allow me to use iPhone to control sprinklers.
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Reviews around tech support (4.58 of 5)

  • Based on the negative reviewer’s experiences with the Rainbird app, I assume that Rainbird has made a lot of quality improvements since they wrote their reviews
  • Tech support was readily available and helpful, it was just frustrating it took so long to determine and fix the problem.
  • Will give a try calling tech support before returning it.
  • Couldn’t figure out how to connect, tech support was quick and very helpful!!
  • Had to return because Rainbird Tech Support would not respond.
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Reviews around installation (4.38 of 5)

  • Based on the negative reviewer’s experiences with the Rainbird app, I assume that Rainbird has made a lot of quality improvements since they wrote their reviews
  • Installation was not bad
  • Easy installation, worked as described, intuitive user interface
  • Very easy installation with the simple step by step instructions included.
  • Installation was fairly easy and the connection has been solid
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Reviews around work (4.26 of 5)

  • The customer service line was helpful and prompt working through small issues
  • What is latest version?This works well enough for very basic function but could offer so much more.
  • There is little to no interference and we have over 60 smart devices working quite well, including a few outside of the house.
  • Had a little problem getting it synchronized with my iPhone but with the help from Rainbird's team it's working great.
  • I should give it 2 stars because of the poor design, but it does function correctly when it functions and there is an easy work around to keep it functioning correctly, even if it is an annoying work around.
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Reviews around describe (3.95 of 5)

  • Easy installation, worked as described, intuitive user interface
  • No problems with WiFi here at home that others describe
  • Based on the negative reviewer’s experiences with the Rainbird app, I assume that Rainbird has made a lot of quality improvements since they wrote their reviews
  • This module will not work as described
  • I found, works as described and came quicker than I expected
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Reviews around advertise (3.93 of 5)

  • Based on the negative reviewer’s experiences with the Rainbird app, I assume that Rainbird has made a lot of quality improvements since they wrote their reviews
  • The pencil takes you into edit mode (which you find later is also control mode), and the raindrop is manual station control (the only thing that kinda works as it should)
  • Works as advertised no issues so far.
  • Works exactly as advertised and makes watering when you’re away from home so much easier.
  • When a product doesn't work as advertised, I feel as though I should not have to pay to return.
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Reviews around setup (3.73 of 5)

  • Easy setup and allows me to more easily program the unit without having to go outside!
  • The setup was a nightmare, the wifi module has virtually no distance (even though I installed a netgear extender 6 inches underneath the controller
  • Setup was not difficult and product seemed to work, for a while.
  • Setup is pretty easy, so much better using the App to remotely control
  • Setup was easy through the app and only took a few minutes
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Reviews around install (3.61 of 5)

  • Our controller is installed in neighbor’s backyard with fence, the rain bird WiFi controller solves our issue, easy to install and setup, no issue with WiFi, so far so good!
  • Our controller is installed in neighbor’s backyard with fence, the rain bird WiFi controller solves our issue, easy to install and setup, no issue with WiFi, so far so good!
  • Install is stupid easy... just plug in to port inside the sprinkler box.
  • This Rain Bird device was installed with my new home irrigation system in August 2018.Set up instructions that come with the devise are very poor.
  • Our controller is installed in neighbor’s backyard with fence, the rain bird WiFi controller solves our issue, easy to install and setup, no issue with WiFi, so far so good!
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Reviews around device (3.55 of 5)

  • this device and its controllers do no not qualify for rebates
  • This device has major potential and frankly I would have picked another controller if I knew that this device was so shoddy.
  • I am fairly tech savvy, but no programmer, and this device was really easy to install and set up zones
  • I have concluded after a month or so that this device was almost ready when it was released.
  • Cannot recommend either the device or the company as a whole.
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Reviews around signal (3.52 of 5)

  • I could not get this to connect up to WiFi despite a strong signal.
  • I do have a strong Wi-FI signal so that could be the reason for no issues.
  • It was tough to make the app work for the first time, maybe due to weak WiFi signal, but once I could turn it on... voilà!
  • Still had too weak a signal even though the wireless extender was placed in a window less than 10 feet from the controller
  • Signal is still weak but still communicates to panel and works well.
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Reviews around water (2.23 of 5)

  • The unit show online both in my network scanning app as well as when logged into my router with max signal strength
  • I can delay watering and change the schedule from anywhere
  • Adding the WiFi module to my Rain Bird controller has allowed me to better manage my yard irrigation; delay watering after a storm and monitor usage
  • Bottomline, this device will avert unnecessary watering based on current and future weather forecasts.
  • I converted my non wifi RainBird Smart water system to a wifi system by replacing the front panel and adding this little gadget.
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Reviews around software (2.18 of 5)

  • If Rainbird wants to keep up with the latest competition, they should think about basic software stuff like testing, scaling, and sharing.
  • But what makes this a poor purchase for me is the truly terrible software that is not only flaky but dangerous.
  • The pencil takes you into edit mode (which you find later is also control mode), and the raindrop is manual station control (the only thing that kinda works as it should)
  • Others have complained about this process and it is indeed tiresome due to poor software.
  • Clunky software interface and very few features available
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Reviews around connection (2.05 of 5)

  • In the garage, my phone showed a strong connection but the Rain Bird adapter had intermittent problems connecting.
  • Only likes 2.4 gH connection for setup, then works mixed!
  • However it is constantly losing connection to the wifi and does not (to my knowledge) reconnect after it has disconnected.
  • It would reset regularly and lose connection on 5ghz wifi
  • Also, it does have a tendency to lose the WiFi connection, which is a PITA to deal with
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Reviews around communication error (1.69 of 5)

  • There are communication errors that appear once in a while.
  • The app can be slow to load and will sometimes results in a communication error, most likely due to the distance from the wireless network.
  • At times when accessing one of the sub menus I get communication error.
  • I get communication error, but I simply close out of app and relaunch and it works again
  • (Communication Error, manual time out error) reinstalled, worked again for about a day, then back to same error message.
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Reviews around schedule (1.33 of 5)

  • Based on the negative reviewer’s experiences with the Rainbird app, I assume that Rainbird has made a lot of quality improvements since they wrote their reviews
  • Total ease of setup, the app makes scheduling and controls much simpler that the dial with controller.
  • I could also turn on sprinkler 'on-demand' for specific zone(s), scheduled to delay one day to a few days
  • The schedule can be a little confusing because everything is on the 1/4-hour only, while zone duration can be programmed to the minute.
  • I now really enjoy being able to remotely adjust or delay the schedule
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Reviews around review (1.26 of 5)

  • Those bad reviews almost had me not purchasing this item.
  • Should have known that based on the rate of bad reviews
  • I purchased this adapter after reading all the bad reviews
  • well I guess the bad reviews may have been mostly right.
  • Inspite of other negative reviews about those issues I have pretty much no issues with mine.
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Reviews around connectivity issue (1.00 of 5)

  • I know a lot of people talked about connectivity issues with the controller, but so far I haven't experienced any
  • I am having the same connectivity issues noted by another reviewer
  • Based on the negative reviewer’s experiences with the Rainbird app, I assume that Rainbird has made a lot of quality improvements since they wrote their reviews
  • Based on the negative reviewer’s experiences with the Rainbird app, I assume that Rainbird has made a lot of quality improvements since they wrote their reviews
  • FOLLOW-UP:I began having a lot of odd intermittent connectivity issues.
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Reviews around wifi issue (1.00 of 5)

  • When I installed it, it had some wifi issues, and I was expecting this based on other reviews
  • Based on the negative reviewer’s experiences with the Rainbird app, I assume that Rainbird has made a lot of quality improvements since they wrote their reviews
  • Based on the negative reviewer’s experiences with the Rainbird app, I assume that Rainbird has made a lot of quality improvements since they wrote their reviews
  • It basically works, didn't have the wifi issues (yet) that others have mentioned but the app software has a long way to go to get FULL FUNCTIONALITY of the unit.
  • I suspect many of the complaints regarding the wifi issues are from people who are not connected to 2.4 ghz wifi.2
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