Knowledge Center Connectivity

Rain Bird WiFi Controller Connected at Home But Not When Away

Sometimes a Rain Bird WiFi controller has a successful WiFi connection where the light on the WiFi module is blinking green, and the user is able to connect to the controller with a mobile device when at home, but when they are outside the range of their home network they get the Communication Error “The […]

Rain Bird WiFi controller connection troubleshooting

If your Rain Bird WiFi controller is not able to stay connected to your home WiFi network it may be on the outside edge of the WiFi signal broadcast by your WiFi router. This is seen at the controller with a blinking red WiFi Module. This can be improved by moving the router closer to […]

Internet Service Provider Change

If you change your Internet Service Provider (ISP), you should not see a change in your ability to manage your Rain Bird WiFi controller from within or from outside of your home WiFi network, as long as your router settings have not changed**. If your router has changed along with the ISP and there is […]

Using Guest (Unsecured) WiFi Networks

You are able to use any of the WiFi network connections, guest or otherwise, so long as they are Internet connected and are 2.4 GHz WiFi networks. Rain Bird WiFi will not connect to 5 GHz WiFi networks. Note: Public guest networks that require the acceptance of policy and terms will not work due to […]

Samsung, Android Connection to Rain Bird Network Troubleshooting

If you are having trouble connecting a Samsung or Android based mobile device to the Rain Bird hotspot network during controller setup, try the following troubleshooting steps: 1. Make sure you keep the WiFi connection, even if the mobile device tells you internet is not available when connecting to the Rain Bird network. The connection […]

WiFi Connection After Power Loss

A Rain Bird WiFi controller should reconnect to the local WiFi connection after losing then regaining power or WiFi service. An optional notification informs the owner when a connection is restored. If re-connection is not occurring, it is possible that the LNK is getting a weak WiFi signal. If this is suspected, check the RSSI […]

WiFi Signal Strength and Obstacles

Obstacles between the controller and the WiFi router or booster can significantly degrade WiFi signals, especially when installed outside the home. Things a WiFi signal will not pass through may include: Cinderblock Sheet metal Cars Brick Large amounts of water (fish tanks) In these cases, it is recommended to use a WiFi booster between the […]

Leaving the Rain Bird App Open

If the Rain Bird app is left open on a mobile device, the app will disconnect from the controller after several minutes. To reconnect the app may show the message “Connecting to controller…” If the app is slow to respond after being left open for a time, go back to the main screen and select the […]