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How to Set Up Local Mode

IMPORTANT This feature is only supported on the Gen 3 Hydrawise and Hunter HC controllers - IT IS NOT SUPPORTED ON THE PRO-HC!

In this guide, you will learn how to directly connect from your smartphone Hydrawise application.

NOTE: This can also be done through your laptop or PC. However, Wi-Fi is required to connect the Hunter HC controller and the chosen device.

The first thing you need to do is set your controller to local connection only. To do this, you will need to factory reset the controller. You can do that by following these steps.

Once the factory reset is complete, you will see the screen below.

Please click on Exit wizard. Then go Settings > Config.

On this screen, you will see what the local password is, which you will need for the next step. 

NOTE: The password can be changed at a later time, if required.

Next, from your smartphone, open your Wi-Fi settings and connect to your Hydrawise controller as shown below. Connecting to your controller when it is in local mode does not require a password, as it is a direct connection.

Now, open the Hydrawise application. On the bottom right-hand side, click More.

Then select Local Mode.

Once you have selected local mode, a screen will appear where you can enter the IP address of your controller and password to connect.

Enter in the Local Password as shown above, which you get from the controller itself. The IP address should be set by default, and does not need to be altered unless you manually change it. Finally, hit Connect.

You are now connected in Local Mode.

IMPORTANT: In Local Mode, you cannot program or schedule the controller. You can only manually start and stop zones if you are within the Wi-Fi range of the controller and your connected device.

To exit Local Mode, connect your controller back to your home Wi-Fi. From your phone, also connect back to your home Wi-Fi.

Once connected back to your home Wi-Fi, reopen the app and click on more. Then tap on Online Mode. This will bring you back the normal cloud-based access to Hydrawise.

To do this from your PC or laptop, follow the same steps to connect to the controller. Then, open a webpage and enter the IP address of the Hydrawise controller while it is in Local Mode. You will be prompted for a username and password. The username is "admin" and the password is what has been set on your Hydrawise controller as shown above.

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