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mcsSprinklers Capability Comparison

 

 

 

Software Version

Basic

Standard

Professional

 

HARDWARE INTERFACE

 

PC Interface

Serial COM

Serial COM

Serial COM

IP

xAP

X10 Interface

ACK on Cmd

Ack on Cmd or Poll

 

Ack on Cmd or Poll

Test Buttons

Command Timing

EtherRain

No

No

 

Multiple

Discovery

Command Timing

Communication Test

Rain8Net and WiFi Master Interfaces

1

1

Multiple

Rain8 Net and WiFi

Itemize Units

Itemize Units

Itemize Units

Search

Command Timing

Communication Test

Command Buttons

Rain8 UPB

Yes, Itemize Units

Yes, Itemize Units

Yes, Itemize Units

Communication Test

Command Buttons

Rain8 X10

Yes

Yes

Yes

Rain8 X10-2

Yes

Yes

Yes

Rain8 Wireless

Yes

Yes

Yes

EPROM Programming

No

No

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCHEDULING

 

Control Strategy (Program)

Day of Week

Even-Odd

Interval

Day of Week

Even-Odd

Interval

Calculated ET

Day of Week

Even-Odd

Interval,

Moisture Probe

Calculated ET

Zone Sequence Control

One Zone at a Time in user-entered order

One Zone at a Time

in user-entered order

One Zone at a Time

One Zone per Area

Multiple Simultaneous Zones

External Control

Run Styles

Zone-to-Zone

Zone-to-Zone

Zone-to-Zone

Round Robin

Inter-zone Delays

Program Modes

Automatic

Manual

Automatic

Manual

Automatic

Manual

Syringing

Program Start Times

24

24

24 per program

Sunrise/Sunset Offset

Variable Duration

Duration Resolution

1 second

1 second

1 second

Areas (Program Variants)

1

8

8

Month to Month Time Adjustments

No

No

Yes

Global Multi-zone program adjustments

By Month

By Month

By Month,

By Percentage

Scheduling Restriction Setup

Day of Week

 Even-odd Days

Between Hours

 

Day of Week,

Even-odd Days

Between Hours

Wind Speed

Temperature

Rainfall

Rain Forecast

 

Day of Week

Even-odd Days

Between Hours

Wind Speed

Temperature

Rainfall

Rain Forecast

ET

External Discrete Inhibit

Max Cycles

Between Hours by Area

Log Restriction

Pump Control

Yes

Yes

Yes

Water Source Management

No

No

Discharge Rate

Recharge Rate

Gravity Tank

Fertigation Control

No

No

Yes

Soil Moisture Determination

No

ET Calculation

 

Head Efficiency Adjustment

Crop Type Adjustment

ET Calculation

Moisture Sensor

Evaptranspiration Calculation

No

Hourly Weather

Historical

Hourly Weather

Weatherstation

Internet-based Weather

No

AWS

Weatherunderground

NWS/EPA

Accuweather

AWS,

Weatherunderground

NWS/EPA

Accuweather

Selectable Download Method

Weatherstation-based Weather

No

No

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

 

USER INTERFACE

 

Remote/Handheld Control

X10 Powerline

 

X10 Powerline

RF

X10 Powerline

RF

PDA

IPhone/IPad/Android

Browser/Internet Access

Yes

Yes

Selectable HTTP port

Browser Style Customization

No

No

Yes

Graphical User Interface

Yes

Digital Pictures

Calendar-based history

Digital Pictures

Calendar-based history and status

Current weather or other user-selected status devices

Touchscreen/Kiosk User Interface

600x800

600x800

600x800

Imperial and Metric Display Units

No

Yes

Yes

Control and Status Browser Views

Zone Status

General Status

Run Log

Touchscreen UI

Zone Status

General Status

Run Log

Run Projection

Touchscreen UI

Zone Status

General Status

Run Log

Run Projection

Touchscreen UI

Scripting Automation Interface

No

No

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

 

RECORDS and HISTORY

 

Wiring Color Record

Yes

Yes

Yes

Wire Harnesses

3

32

32

Zone, Area, and Site Digital Pictures

No

Yes

Yes

Water Use Accounting

No

No

Measured

Calculated

Soil Moisture Trends

No

Yes

Yes

Valve Activation Logging

No

Yes

Yes

Number of Loadable Configurations

Unlimited

Unlimited

Unlimited

Scheduled

Historical Database

No

MS Access

MS Access

SQL Server

MySQL

SQLite

Historical Calendar

No

Weather Items,

Soil Moisture Level RunTime

Weather Items,

Soil Moisture Level RunTime

Water Use

Fertigation

Annual Trend Charts

No

Yes

Yes

Daily Detail Statistics

No

Yes

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAFETY  and BACKUP

 

Redundancy / Hot Backup

No

No

Self-Monitored

Multiple PCs

Min and Max Safety Intervals

No

No

Yes

Communication retry and failure recovery

Yes

Yes

Yes

Internet Login Authentication

Yes

Yes

Yes

Email Notification

No

No

Yes