Why won’t my timer stay connected to my WiFi network?

This is most likely due to the timer being on the far range of the WiFi signal broadcasted by your home’s WiFi router. The best way to check this is to open the mobile application when it is connected and select the timer from the list of timers.  Once you are inside the expanded timer view, you can select the tab with the icon showing a WiFi signal. If the signal strength indicator has very few bars, this confirms the timer is on the edge of the WiFi range. If possible, move the timer closer to the WiFi router. If this is not possible due to wiring or its location outdoors, the next best option is to attempt to move your WiFi router closer to the timer. If the timer is unable to communicate with your home WiFi router at all, place the WiFi Module in AP mode and connect your mobile device directly to the WiFi Module’s broadcasted AP signal (Network Name: “RainBirdXXXXXX” where XXXXXX is the last 6 digits of the WiFi Module’s serial number found on the back of the device).

Can my phone access the timer if there is no internet in my wireless network?

Yes. This system does not require the Internet to allow the mobile app to talk to the timer, if the timer and smart device running the Rain Bird App are on the same local WiFi network. However, there are certain features (such as automatic daily seasonal adjust and notifications that originate from the Rain Bird server) that will not work unless an Internet connection is available.

What can I do if I can’t see the timer’s wireless network?

First, ensure you are well within range of the timer itself. If you are standing next to the timer and still do not see the timer’s wireless network, ensure the WiFi Module’s status indicator is alternating between Red and Green. If it is not, press the button on the WiFi Module for one second. Once the WiFi Module is alternating Red and Green, rescan for the network. If this does not remedy the situation, please disable and re-enable WiFi on your smart device, as occasionally smart devices scanning for WiFi networks need to be refreshed.

What is the range of my timer’s wireless signal?

The following table lists the typical expected operating range, which is dependent upon the connection mode:

Mode Indoor (feet)
802.11b 115
802.11g 125
802.11n 230

**WiFi range can be affected by materials in the range path, in particular dense materials.

What is the “Rain Bird” network name that is viewable as an available network from my device?

The RainbirdXXXXX network is the internal WiFi Access Point (Hotspot) for the Rain Bird WiFi Timer. This connection method can be used either for initial setup or simple remote access to a timer. This method will allow for simple remote access to operate your system or make changes to the system schedule, but will not allow access of features such as notifications, weather data, or daily Automatic Seasonal Adjustments.

Do I need WiFi in my home to use the Rain Bird WiFi Timer?

You do not need WiFi in your home to use the Rain Bird WiFi Timer. However, you will not be able to use some of the product features without WiFi access, such as notifications, weather data, or daily Automatic Seasonal Adjustments. You will only be able to connect to the timer to make schedule and settings changes to the timer or operate your system manually from the Rain Bird mobile app in Hotspot mode.

What is Hotspot Mode?

Hotspot Mode is a simple remote access mode to your timer with the Rain Bird mobile app. To use this product in Hotspot Mode without a local WiFi network, complete the following steps:

1. Press the button on the Rain Bird Timer WiFi Module for 1 second and observe the LED flashing pattern alternating Red and Green.

2. Open your mobile device’s WiFi connection menu and connect to the Rain Bird network.

3. Open the Rain Bird mobile app and connect to your timer. If you have not setup a timer, please refer to the “Quick Start” topic of this FAQ or to the Quick Start Guide and videos found at the top of the Support page.