Wi-Fi Irrigation Control

Controller - Viewing Controller Status

From the Home screen  navigate to the Controller Status by pressing Status > Controller Status.

The controller status screen shows your controller’s connection to Hydrawise servers for synchronizing schedule and weather information.


Server Status

A successful connection to the Hydrawise servers is indicated by Sync’d as the Server Status. Different types of status messages are shown below:

Sync’d                    Controller has a connection to Hydrawise servers.

No Internet             Controller has connected to wireless but is unable to connect to Hydrawise servers. Check that your internet is OK by connecting another device to the same wireless router. If this is OK then go to Status > Network and select Test Network to perform a diagnostics test.

Wireless Down      Controller has not connected successfully to your wireless. Go to Settings > Wireless Settings to check the wireless status.

Checking                The controller is checking connection to Hydrawise.

Error XXX               The controller received an error while connecting to the Hydrawise server.



The success percentage shows the percentage of time the controller successfully connects to Hydrawise servers to synchronise weather and schedule-related information.

A low success percentage will indicate a poor wireless connection between the controller and your access point.

To improve your wireless signal strength you could try the following:

  • Move the controller closer to your wireless
  • Remove any obstacles in a direct line of sight between the controller and your wireless router such as metal items (metal interferes with WiFi signals).
  • Move your wireless router closer to the
  • Install a higher gain antenna on your wireless
  • Use Ethernet in a location closer to the controller and install a new wireless
  • Consider a WiFi repeater between your wireless router and the Hydrawise controller to boost the signal strength.
  • Consider moving the controller away from potential sources of interference, including
  • Microwave ovens


  • Cordless telephones operating in the 4GHz range – you could also change the channel your phone uses
  • Nearby base stations using adjacent channels

Note that the Hydrawise unit is designed to work in poor wireless environments. However, if you wish to manually run or stop a zone and the wireless signal is down then these actions will fail.


Offline Mode

If the controller loses internet for more than 24 hours you’ll receive a notification email.

The controller will go into an offline mode. In offline mode your controller won’t be able to access local weather conditions such as rainfall or evaporation and will revert to a pre-defined program.

  • For Smart (ET) Watering zones, the controller will adjust each zone’s watering length based on your offline watering budget and will water at each zone’s configured peak watering
  • For Time Based watering zones, the controller will adjust each zone’s watering length based on your offline watering budget and will water at each zone’s configured watering
  • Note that Cycle & Soak is not supported in Offline Mode and each zone will water for its full watering length without
  • The controller will water only at your configured Program Start Times.


Saving Your Controller Configuration

The controller doesn’t have a battery backup – your configuration settings are stored in non-volatile RAM which is preferable as batteries need to be periodically replaced.

Configuration settings are automatically saved.


Serial Number

The serial number is used to link your actual controller with your Hydrawise account. This number is also printed on the controller.

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