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Sensing and Control Starter Kit
"The two Vegehub units I am using at my personal vegetable growing areas have not skipped a beat in two years. My highest respect to you for supplying a bulletproof product that is reliable and reasonably priced. As a bonus, I began tracking water usage via input volumes with Vegehub versus a digital timer schedule and I am saving 60% in nutrients and water."
Zach in Buckfield, ME
"So far I'm very impressed by Vegetronix products. I work in IoT professionally but don't have the time to put together my own microcontroller-based solution. You've solved all the critical IoT issues (TLS, low-energy, find out local IP address, send to cloud, etc) not to mention your magic soil moisture sensor. Everything I've tried so far (VegeHub and Air temp sensor) is simple and easy to use and worked on the first try. Well done."
Thomas in Redmond, WA
Sensing and Control Starter Kit - Features
- Perfectly control the moisture of 4 sprinkler zones.
- Wireless control of up to 4 latching valves with moisture sensor input.
- Reads up to 4 sensors.
- Get email/text alerts of problems.
- Battery operated, and optimized for long battery life.
- Wireless distributed data gathering and control.
- Made for expansion.
- Water tight enclosures.
- Simple setup using any web browser.
- View data on your phone at VegeCloud.com our free cloud server.
- Secure HTTPS connections using TLS1.2 Encryption.
- Easy mounting with flanged boxes.
Sensing and Control Starter Kit - Applications
- Garden and farm automation.
- Greenhouse automation.
- Water and power conservation.
- Crop steering.
- Wireless sensor data gathering.
- Environmental monitoring.
Sensing and Control Starter Kit - Details
Our products are modular building blocks. You can put them together in different ways, and create different systems for vastly different applications. After setting up your first project, you'll have lots ideas of how you can use our products to automate your garden and your life.
We've curated this starter kit, to give you everything you need to get started controlling sprinkler valves, wirelessly and with sensor input.
You can even get alerts when sensors have crossed a threshold, such as when the soil moisture has crossed the wilting point.
You'll probably come up with applications we haven't even though about. Drop us a email if you do, and we'll post them on our site.
Sensing and Control Starter Kit - Contents
|1||VG-SPRINKLER4-LATCH||WiFi Controller for Up to 4 Latching Sprinkler Valves|
|1||VG-HUB4||WiFi VegeHub with 4 sensor inputs|
|2||BH-AA-9V||Battery holder, 9V, 6 AA|
|2||BATTERY-BOX-6AA||Weather resistant battery boxes|
|4||VH400-2M||Soil moisture sensors|
|4||VALVE-LAT-NPT-0_75||3/4" 9VDC Latching Sprinkler valves (you can also substitute 1" valves)|
How the System Works
This kit will allow you to perfectly control 4 sprinkler valves and have them shut off when they reach the desired soil moisture level, saving water and money.
In each of your 4 sprinkler zones will have place a soil moisture sensor. These sensors are read by the VegeHub, which passes the moisture data up to our cloud server at VegeCloud.com, where you can configure your desired moisture levels.
You you set up run schedules for the sprinkler controller. However, unlike traditional controllers, when a valve is ready to run, it first checks-in with VegeCloud.com to check the moisture level of it's zone. If the ground is already at the desired moisture, it will skip the zone, and move on to the next. Likewise, as it's running the valve, it will continually check with VegeCloud, to see if the moisture has reached the correct level.
Built-in Security For Your Sensors
Our products use TLS 1.2 SSL for secure Internet connections, allowing it to do secure HTTPS posts to servers. If you don't care about security, you can still post using regular HTTP.
The VegeHub and Sprinkler Controller comes with the most commonly used website certificates, or using our certificate tool, you can put on your own.
Designed for Long Battery Life
One of our primary design goals for our products is long battery life. You can place our VegeHub and Sprinkler Controller anywhere without worrying about power connection connections. Under normal use scenarios batteries will last over a year.
The VegeHub and Sprinkler Controller come with a battery cable clip, suitable for standard 9V batteries. If you are using power from an adapter, you can replace the clip with your own wires.
Traditional 24VAC solenoid valves are power hogs. They draw power as long as they are engaged. The Vegetronix sprinkler controller sends a single pulse signal to the latching sprinklers to turn them on or off. Because this pulse lasts for only a few milliseconds the energy drain on the batteries is extremely small.
For extended durations we recommend using a 9V AA battery pack with 6 AA batteries. We sell 9V AA battery holders. Use lithium batteries, rather than alkaline, if the location will get cold.
You can configure the VegHub to send it's battery voltage when it updates to the server, so that you can monitor its level.
Battery life depends on your sample frequency, and update rate. Most agricultural sensors change rather slowly, and so a sample rate of once per hour is often sufficient and will extend your battery life.
Make sure you don't put batteries inside the box, because it is air tight, the batteries will off gas acid in the heat corroding the components.
Fast and Easy Setup
You can configure the VegeHub and Sprinkler Controller and add them to your local WiFi network by using a browser on your phone or PC.
Once each device has connected to your network you can plug in a USB thumb drive, and it will write the IP address to a file. This IP address allows you to configure it through it's web interface.
To configure it, press a button, and it will become a mini web server on your network, and serve up configuration pages.
These pages allow you to select the cloud site to which you want the hub to report data. Each channel can be independently configured with multiple options. For example channels can be configured to sample data periodically or, can be trigger on an event. The sensor warm up time is configurable, as well as how often the hub reports to the server. If your sensor is just a push button switch you can configure the channel to have pull up or pull down resistors. See the Quick Start Guide for step by step instructions.
Rugged and Waterproof for Long Life in Harsh Conditions
You can put these boxes outside in the rain or snow. The rugged ABS plastic boxes have silicone rubber gaskets making them waterproof. All of the cable entry points use cable glands, so that no water or insects can get in.
The box has flanges and screw holes for easy mounting, so that you can put it anywhere.
Internally Stores Data When Internet is Down
If your Internet goes down - no problem. The Vegehub has an internal 64 sample storage for each sensor channel. The buffer is circular, so if the Internet goes down for tool long, such that the storage fills up before you can post the data to the server, the older samples will be overwritten.
Likewise the sprinkler controller will continue to run it's programs, with or without Internet.
Infinitely Expandable Modular Building Blocks
Our product philosophy is simple. We provide low-cost modular building blocks to our customers, and then let them come up with their own applications. You can start with a basic system, and then expand it as much as you need.
Get creative with our very unique sensors, WiFi Hubs, Relay Boards and come up with your own creations.
We Want you to be Happy
Ordering is easy and low risk. Since we build our own products at our factory, all of our products are in stock. When you place your order from our website, it will ship same day from our factory, and you'll have it in your hands in just a couple of days. We ship to nearly EVERY COUNTRY in the world.
If you aren't amazed and delighted by your new Stater Kit, return it for a refund within 30 days.
Sensing and Control Kit Pricing and Ordering Info
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99% of orders ship same day.
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