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All features of Eve Aqua

Aug 3, 2022 - by Lars - Comments
 
 

Eve Aqua is a slick piece of hardware with software that takes ease of use to the next level. This feature-packed solution is effortless to fit, and makes it a breeze to connect your irrigation system to your HomeKit home.

 

The smart water controller screws on securely to your outdoor faucet, and thanks to the accessory's standard 26.5 mm / G ¾" thread you can fit regular hose pipes and other popular hose systems (such as from Gardena or Kärcher) with ease using the supplied hose connector. 

Eve Aqua has a single onboard button, which starts or stops the flow of water at a touch. Touch it once and the valve will open. Eve Aqua will then shut off the flow of water automatically after a set duration, which you can customize in the Eve app – a really easy way to water your lawn without wasting precious water. Eve Aqua is also equipped with HomeKit technology, plus enough memory to store sophisticated schedules. This means you can start watering using your iPhone or by asking Siri – and if you've got a home hub, you can even do so while on vacation. You can also go one step further and use the Eve app to add schedules which are then stored on Eve Aqua – you've then got yourself a fully automated irrigation system.

 

The latest generation of Eve Aqua supports Bluetooth and Thread, and joins your Thread network automatically. Thread makes your smart home network more responsive, robust, and increases its reach – the only thing else you need is HomePod mini. You can even add Thread support to your latest-generation Eve Aqua simply by updating the accessory’s firmware. Discover if your Eve Aqua can support Thread by visiting www.evehome.com/identify.

 

Fit and get ready for use

You can fit Eve Aqua to virtually any regular outdoor faucet. Just ensure you screw the accessory all the way on to the faucet using your fingers and that it is fitted securely to prevent leaks. 

 

To insert or change the batteries, use your thumbs to push down gently on the ribbed surface on the bottom of Eve Aqua and then slide the cover forward. The ribbon makes it easy to remove the batteries – just wrap it around them and tuck it fully into the compartment before closing the cover. If you leave it dangling outside, it can cause moisture to enter the housing and the battery compartment. Watch the installation video.

At the end of the gardening season, protect Eve Aqua, as you would do for most non-fixed irrigation products, against frost to avoid damage being caused to the moving parts, seals and fixings. It's best to unscrew Eve Aqua from the faucet, give the accessory a clean, open the valve, remove the batteries and allow everything to dry out nicely before putting it away for the winter.

 

With a standard thread, hose connector and ability to withstand a wide water-pressure range (anywhere between 1 bar/14.5 psi to 5 bar/72.5 psi), Eve Aqua is perfect for use with all regular irrigation systems. You can also fit it to a twin-tap connector, among other types of multi-channel distributors. With this setup, Eve Aqua is always supplied with water – and you still have one outlet free to hook up your regular hose. The possibilities truly are endless. Keep reading for further examples, such as how you can use a Gardena multi-channel distributor or even a micro-drip system for your patio plants with Eve Aqua.

Set up Eve Aqua

To launch the setup process, open the Eve app and go to Settings > Add Accessory. Scan the HomeKit code, add a unique name and assign the accessory to a room – before you’ve even had time to say "how did I ever manage before Eve Aqua?", the setup process will be complete. As you'll have already assigned Eve Aqua to a room, browse for the accessory in the "Rooms" view and tap on the name you gave Eve Aqua. The detail view of Eve Aqua brings all the key control elements together in one single command center for you:

An on/off switch, schedule control and editor, irrigation history, the default duration picker for configuring how long you want the valve to remain open, estimated consumption and automation overview.

Tap the on/off switch and the valve will open for the length of time set under Default Duration. Expand the Last Watered field and you'll see a timeline. It shows you when the valve was last opened along with a handy export option that you can access by tapping the list icon.

The Estimated Consumption field also includes supplementary historical data. This shows you how much water you've been consuming each day. While not a precise measurement, it provides you with a good estimate based on the value you've set in the Eve app under Settings > Accessories > [Eve Aqua] > Flow Rate.

Default Duration and Schedules

 

Eve Aqua is categorized as a "Sprinkler" within HomeKit. This means that the Home app offers a large virtual switch that allows you to choose between "Running" and "Off" as well as select the default run time in the settings. The duration you select determines how long the sprinkler runs for when you press the button on Eve Aqua, tap the switch in the app to set it to "Running" or ask Siri to start watering. You can also set this value using the Eve app or even by asking Siri, such as by saying "Set Sprinkler to 10 minutes".

Take practicality and ease of use to a whole new level by using schedules, as they allow Eve Aqua to operate autonomously with no manual intervention required on your part and no need for your iPhone or home hub to be nearby. You simply add them in the Eve app and send them to Eve Aqua where they're stored. This means that Eve Aqua always runs the schedule autonomously. The big advantage: your Eve Aqua will turn on and off automatically independently of a network or internet connection. 

 

In the detail view of Eve Aqua, tap the gear icon on the bottom right of the Schedule segment. Now add a program and then select which days of the week you want it to run. Following that, add up to seven watering times (for further details, see our blogpost "Automatic multi-zone lawn and flowerbed irrigation made easy"). Here are three examples for a range of scenarios:

Water your balcony plants at the same time every day: The best time to water your balcony plants is in the early morning when the plants aren't in the sun yet and the soil is still cool. To do that, select every day of the week, set the watering time to two hours before sunrise and choose a suitable duration.

Water your lawn twice a week: Your lawn doesn't need watering every day – depending on the type of soil you have, two to three times a week is sufficient. However, when you do water your lawn, ensure the roots get a good soaking (wet the soil down to 15 cm/5"). To achieve this, be sure to set a long enough watering duration.

Water your flower beds and lawns: If you need to water different sections of your garden, and each has very different irrigation requirements, you need an automatic multi-channel distributor. To learn how to best control this using Eve Aqua, see our blogpost "Automatic multi-zone lawn and flowerbed irrigation made easy".

Pause watering if the weather's about to turn bad 

To avoid wasting water, you should pause watering if the weather is going to do the job for you. The Eve app will help you do this, and save you from the hassle of having to first turn off schedules and then turn them back on again manually. To do so, in the detail view of Eve Aqua, tap the gear icon in the Schedule segment. Now tap Exceptions > Schedule Suspension and then turn on the Add to Suspension Scenes option in the following dialog. You can now respond quickly to weather changes and pause watering for the current day and/or for the next day too.

By long-pressing the Eve Aqua tile in the At a Glance view or the Eve Aqua entry in the assigned room in the Rooms view, you can access the context menu where you can pause watering for the current and/or next day. Your schedule will then run again as normal following that.

If you drag the watering pause scenes in the Eve app under Automation > Scenes to the first two positions, you can even turn them on by long-pressing the Eve app icon on your Home screen.

In conjunction with Apple's Shortcuts app, version 4.4 of the Eve app lets you pause Eve Aqua automatically depending on the weather forecast. All you need to do to use this great feature is install a specially prepared Siri shortcut via the Eve app. For further details on how to configure this feature, see the blogpost "Suspend your watering schedule based on the rain forecast".

 
 

Increase the reach of Eve Aqua

Add HomePod mini to your home and your Thread-enabled Eve Aqua (2nd generation) will be able to communicate via Thread – the mesh network that reaches even the farthest corners of your abode. This happens automatically without you needing to configure anything. Simply position a Full Thread Device, such as Eve Energy, as close as possible to your Eve Aqua. The Eve Energy accessory will then act as a router node and relay data packets from Eve Aqua.

 

To view the structure of your Thread network and see where you can make improvements, simply go to the Settings area of the Eve app and tap Thread Network. Among other things, you’ll be able to tell which node Eve Aqua uses to communicate and whether you can further improve the stability and reach of your network and accessories by using an additional router node – such as by adding one more Eve Energy or moving one to a better location.

 

And the features keep on coming... 

To fine-tune the Estimated Consumption measurement in the detail view of Eve Aqua, enter as accurate a value as possible in the Eve app under Settings > Accessories > [Eve Aqua] > Flow Rate. To calculate your flow rate, use a water meter. Alternatively, the easiest way is to take a bucket or container (whose volume you know) and time how long it takes to fill it with water output by all the components of your irrigation system. Then simply divide the volume by the time it took. 

 

The Child Lock is another key feature in the accessory settings. Once turned on, it disables the button on the front of Eve Aqua so nobody can go playing practical jokes with your sprinkler.

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158 Comments
Paolo
Hello,
i have problems with the old model 20EBM8101. After about 5/6 months of work it does not close perfectly and water continues to come out.
This problem does not occur with the new 20ECC8101 model and from the noise it seems that it has a different opening/closing system. If my hypothesis is correct I will continue to use the new model but in the meantime I ask if you have any suggestions for solving the problem on the old model so that I can reuse it without running the risk of flooding the terrace.
Thanks in advance and best regards
Paolo
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Jan 9, 2023
Hello Paolo! The latest model has a magnetic valve. Best regards, Volker
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Jan 10, 2023
Ben Deller
I have an Eve Aqua unit and an Eve Window/Door sensor and want to be able to pause the watering schedule if the window is open. How would I create a condition for this?
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Nov 9, 2022
Hello Ben! The trigger would be opening the window and the screen to turn off Eve Aqua. Best regards, Volker
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Nov 9, 2022
Philippe Herve
Did anyone find the bad weather exclude feature mentioned in the help file?
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Oct 21, 2022
Hello Philippe, please check the paragraph on "Pause watering if the weather's about to turn bad " in this post. Best regards, Volker
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Oct 25, 2022
Reggy Mac Gillavry
Hello, I have the Eve Aqua and the Eve Weather. Is it possible to suspend watering depending on a weather forecast of the Eve Weather? If yes, how to setup this.
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Sep 9, 2022
Hello Reggy! You may set an automation with the weather trend from Eve Weather as a trigger to not water. But this is only a trend, based on the barometric pressure of the last 12 hours. Best regards, Volker
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Sep 10, 2022
aldov
Eve Aqua I have is on a presssured line with a float valve at the end. While Eve Aqua is scheduled to release water into the pressured line w/ float valve 2 times a day for 10min interval, it does not accurately count the water consumption. I am topping off a 50 gall fish pond after evaporation with is about 5 gallon worth of water twice a day. Eve Aqua inaccurately measures that amount and time and indicates 95 gallons water consumed twice a day.

The fish pond is only 50 gallons, and there are no leakins in my water line.

Device works as expected (after I added Mini-home), except for measuring water consumption accurately.
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Sep 5, 2022
Hello Aldov! Eve Aqua does not measure the water flow, sorry. Using a water flow meter (starting at USD $20) is the most convenient way. Alternatively, use a measuring bucket to collect a minute’s worth of water from each outlet in your system. Once found out set it in the app Eve in
Settings > Accessories > Eve Aqua > Flow Rate
Best regards, Volker
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Sep 6, 2022
Kara C
On the US-specific webpage for Eve Aqua < https://www.evehome.com/en-us/eve-aqua > the little video in the middle of the page uses French language titles for information about the product. Surely there's an English version available? Thanks!
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Aug 2, 2022
Hello Kara! The Eve aqua is US of cause. The US version comes with the specific thread used in the US. Best regards, Volker
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Aug 3, 2022
Sean Katz
can Eve Aqua work with gravity fed water? or is there a minimum pressure to make the valve work?
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Aug 2, 2022
Hello Sean!
Eve Aqua needs a Water Pressure: 1-5 bar / 14.5- 72.5 psi / 100-500 kpa
Best regards, Volker
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Aug 3, 2022
Richard
Can this send an alert or notification if it detects a leak/increased flow on a irrigation system, e.g. if a pipe pops off.
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Jul 30, 2022
Hello Richard! Unfortunately HomeKit/Apple does not provide this so we can't either. Have a great weekend, Volker
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Jul 30, 2022
Randy
Hallo Volker,
wir nutzen nun Eve Aqua seit zwei Jahren sehr erfolgreich und bewässern damit unsere Terrasse. Nun ist unsere Terrasse sehr gross und wir benötigen einen 6fach-Verteiler von Gardena, welchen wir bis anhin auf drei aufteilten. Jeder Schlauch kriegt für 3min Wasser, dann wechselt der Verzeiler den Schlauch - drei mal Morgens und drei mal Abends gibt 6 Programme. Nun ist Ece Aqua auf 7 Programme limitiert, könnte man dies erhöhen? Wir würden gerne 4 Schläuche damit Bedienen, die Aternative wäre auf ein Gardena System umzusteigen.
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Jul 23, 2022
Hallo Randy! Das geht technisch leider nicht, bei Zeitplan ist bei sieben Bewässerungen Schluss. Du kannst natürlich Automationen nutzen mit der Zeit als Auslöser und Bewässerung in der Szene. Das machen viele Kunden mit Gardena 6-fach Verteiler, um zweimal sechs Bewässerungen am Tag zu haben. Viele Grüße, Volker
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Jul 24, 2022
mike
Hello, Can a trigger within homekit be used to turn on the water? To be exact, I am looking for any Homekit compatible motion sensor that can turn on the water. Furthermore, it seems the aqua is out of stock. Any ETA on availability or is it being discontinued?
Thank you.
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Jul 19, 2022
Hello Mike! Sure you can use a motion Ensor like Eve Motion as a trigger for Eve Aqua watering. Eve Aqua should be in stock again within a few weeks. Best regards, Volker
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Jul 20, 2022
Rolando Mota
Is there a procedure for updating firmware in Eve devices, or is that some thing that’s done automatically from the app?
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Jul 18, 2022
Hello Rolando! In case a firmware update is available you will be noticed in the app Eve, look for a red dot above Settings in the tab bar and follow. The update won't happen automatically, you have to start the process in Eve manually. Best regards, Volker
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Jul 19, 2022
Pau
Hi,
Could Eve aqua be used for nebulizing? That would need an irrigation program of less than 1 minute, repeated for example every 15 min and scheduled between 11am and 6pm.
Would that be possible using only Eve Aqua, or is it needed a HomePod Mini ...

Thank you!
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Jul 12, 2022
Hello Pau! The function Schedule allows 7 waterings per day. As you need more a home hub is mandatory like a HomePod mini. You may then set up the automations you need with the time as the trigger. Best regards, Volker
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Jul 13, 2022
Rodrigo Borges
I bought 2 products and one of them came with the internal thread groove already worn out. Is it possible to change only this part, so that it fits perfectly into the faucet?
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Jul 7, 2022
Hello Rodrigo! As there are no spare parts for Eve Aqua please get the accessory replaced by the retailer. Best regards, Volker
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Jul 8, 2022
Klemens
Hallo Volker,

kann man Eve-Aqua auch für Warmwasser verwenden und wenn ja, was wäre die maximale Temperatur?
Beste Grüße Klemens
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Jul 3, 2022
Hallo Klemens! Es funktioniert auch mit Warmwasser, maximale Temperatur ist 50 Grad. Viele Grüße, Volker
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Jul 5, 2022
Stefan
Hallo Volker, gibt es eine Möglichkeit, ein optisches oder akustische Signal (oder anderes Feedback) aufs iPhone zu erhalten, solange Eve Aqua läuft. Das würde einem ein sicheres Gefühl geben?
VG Stefan
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Jun 20, 2022
Hallo Stefan! Leider bietet das HomeKit nicht, also können wir das leider auch nicht, sorry. Viele Grüße, Volker
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Jun 20, 2022
Buck
What is the bluetooth range of the Eve Aqua? If you get out of range, does it close the valve?
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Jun 16, 2022
Hello Buck! The Bluetooth range to the iPhone or home hub is 6-8 meters / 20-25ft. In case you are using the latest model and a Thread Border Router (HomePod mini and/or Apple TV 4K 2nd generation) it will connect using Thread with more range. Leaving / arriving in range has no effect on the valve status. Best regards, Volker
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Jun 17, 2022
Eric
Hi,
Is it possible to have 2 Eve aqua in the same home ?
Thanks
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Jun 5, 2022
Hello Eric! This is not problem at all. I would recommend then for better finding both (or more) in the app Eve or Home to set names like Eve Aqua left or right or backyard and so on. Best regards, Volker
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Jun 5, 2022
Anne Kochendorfer
It would be nice to have the ability to program to water on odd or even days of the month. Many municipalities regulate when you can water lawns based on your house number and odd/even days of month.
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May 22, 2022
Hello Anne! I have forwarded your request to the developers, thank you very much! Have a great start into the new week, best regards, Volker.
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May 23, 2022
Chris
Dear Volker,
the Eve Aqua unfortunately breaks very easily at the connection point to the water inlet. I have already broken 2 devices within a year. Will there be a product update and if so when?
Thank you very much!
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May 16, 2022
Hello Chris! Sorry, but I can't talk about future product plans. Best regards, Volker
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May 17, 2022
Martin
Hallo,
ich besitze Eve Aqua und Weather. Bei Aqua habe ich einen täglichen Bewässerungsplan erstellt. Nun soll bei Regen nicht bewässert werden. Dafür habe ich eine Regel erstellt, dass bei einer Luftfeuchtigkeit über 70% Aqua gestoppt wird. Dafür habe ich eine Szene „Aqua Stop“ definiert.
Nun meine Frage: Wird die Regel ausgeführt wenn der Grenzwert überschritten wird (also nur 1x) oder bleibt Aqua immer geschlossen, wenn der Grenzwert überschritten ist. Letzteres wäre wünschenswert, damit alles automatisch läuft und es wirklich smart ist.
Grüße Martin
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May 15, 2022
Hallo Martin! Ein Auslöser in einer Regel ist immer eine Wertänderung. Wird also hier der Schwellwert erreicht oder überschritten, wird die zugehörige Szene ausgeführt. Dabei ist egal, was später passiert. Im Allgemeinen brauch mach bei Automationen wie der, die Sie einsetzen deshalb zwei Automationen, eine weitere, die etwa eine Szene enthält, die auf Aus schaltet. Viele Grüße, Volker
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May 16, 2022
Andre
Hey
Ich habe einen Eve Aqua und würde den gerne mit einem Bewegungsmelder koppeln
Ist dies möglich ?
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May 11, 2022
Hallo Andre! Ich kenne einige Kunden, die das so machen, etwa um Tiere zu verscheuchen. Sie benötigen natürlich eine Steuerzentrale, da es sich um eine Automation handelt. Wir empfehlen die Nutzung eines Apple TV 4/4K oder HomePod/mini. Viele Grüße, Volker
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May 12, 2022
Hi,

ich habe eine weitere Frahe zu dieser Kombination. Mein Eve Motion und Eve Aqua (neues Model) sind beide im Netz vom Homepod mini eingebunden, werden auf dem Monitor dargestellt und der Aqua kann ein und abgeschalten werden. An meinem Fischteisch möchgte ich den Reiher mit einem Implulsregner vertreiben. Bei dem einrichten der Ece Motion Automation kann ich aber nicht den Aqza einbinden, dieser wird (neben einer Vielzahl von anderen Schaltmöglichkeiten) aber nicht angezeigt. Beide geräte habe ich bereits zurückgesetzt und neu angemeldet.Wo liegt der Fehler?
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Jan 23, 2024
Hallo ralf! Zwar gibt es das HomeKit Characteristic Sprinkler schon lange, eine Szene lässt sich in Home von Apple immer noch nicht anlegen. Öffnen Sie die App Eve und legen eine Szene an, etwa Bewässerung 1 Minute. Die können Sie dann in Home nutzen, um Eindringlinge zu verjagen. Viele Grüße, Volker
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Jan 26, 2024
Rainer
Hallo,
ich habe 2 Eve Aqua der neuesten Generation gekauft. Die Verbindung beider Geräte zu meinem iPhone klappt prima. Nun will ich diese beiden Geräte auch vom iPhone meiner Frau ansprechen können. Ich habe dort die Eve-App installiert. Wenn ich die Geräte aber dort anmelden möchte, kommt die Meldung, dass die Geräte bereits angemeldet seien, ich sie also zunächst entfernen müsse, um sie erneut anzumelden. Am Handy meiner Frau ist aber nichts angemeldet. Was kann ich tun?
Viele Grüße
Rainer
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May 5, 2022
Hallo Rainer! Grundsätzlich ist die Person, die das erste HomeKit-fähige Gerät hinzufügt, der 'Eigentümer' des Zuhause mit allen Rechten. Sie/er kann auf allen seinen iOS-Geräten mit derselben Apple-ID die Geräte sehen und steuern. Familienmitglieder und Freunde, die ein iOS-Gerät mit einer anderen Apple-ID nutzen, muss der Eigentümer zu dem Zuhause einladen:
https://support.apple.com/de-de/HT208709
Dann können auch die Personen auf die Geräte zugreifen und sie steuern.
Viele Grüße, Volker
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May 6, 2022
Paolo
Habe 2 Eve Aqua die beide über thread stabil verbunden waren. Es gibt mehrere thread router, inklusive HomePd mini und Apple TV4k sowie mehrere Eve Energy und NanoLeaf Glühlampen. Alles war mit einander verbunden und hat wochenlang ohne Probleme funktioniert. Letzte Nacht war Stromausfall und danach hat sich alles wieder selbstständig verbunden und funktioniert tadellos weiter...BIS AUF die beiden Eve Aqua. Beise zeigen in Thread beständig "Nicht Erreichbar" und lassen sich durch nichts bewegen sich wieder zu verbinden. Sehr nervig! was kann man tun?! Danke.
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May 3, 2022
Hallo Paolo! Nach einem Stromausfall sind die Thread Border Router dafür zuständig, das Thread-Netzwerk wieder aufzubauen. Das mag etwas dauern, bitte prüfen Sie weiter. Versuchen Sie an den Eve Aqua auch einen Soft-Reboot, entnehmen die Batterien für eine Minute und legen sie wieder ein. Sollte auch das das Problem nicht lösen, öffnen Sie bitte ein Ticket im Support bei uns
https://www.evehome.com/de/support/ticket
Viele Grüße, Volker
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May 4, 2022
Jaden
Hi, can this do 10sec misting every hour?
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May 2, 2022
Hello Jaden! If you want that 24h every hour you need to use an automation as the function Schedule only provides 7 waterings per day. Using automations would require a home hub in range. We recommend using an Apple TV 4/4K or HomePod/mini. Best regards, Volker
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May 2, 2022
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