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Announcements / BlueSpray v2.2 is released
« on: October 19, 2018, 07:17:44 PM »
We are pleased to announce the release of BlueSpray firmware version 2.2.  This version has 1 major feature and of course, minor bug fixes.
Feature added:

- Notifications: You can sign up to be notified of any event that occurs on the controller.  The notifications will be sent out to your registered email.  So you'd need to register your controller in order to benefit from this feature.

Bug fix:

- Controller's time some times set back to 1970: Due to problems with NTP server at times. the controller cannot get the correct time and would default to 1970.
- GUI interface for Daily Repeat feature not working on touch device.

Hardware wise, all BlueSpray controllers will be equipped with Ethernet from now on.

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If you change your router/ISP or your wifi password, you will need to provision your controller again to tell it your new wifi password.

To reset:

1. Locate the reset switch on the left side of the controller.  Slide it down for 20 seconds then slide it back up.
2. The amber linght will start flashing.  Use a laptop or tablet, look for the bluespray hotspot.
3. Connect to the bluespray hospot.  Type http://192.168.1.1 on your browser.  You will be connected to the controller.

Provision:

1. Click Setting->System
2. Click the wifi button next to the SSID field.  The controller will scan for wifi networks nearby.
3. Select your wifi network.  Make sure it has at least 3 bars.  Click OK.
4. Enter your wifi password in the Key field.  Click Save

The controller will now take your wifi information and attempt to connect to the router.  If it fails, try resetting and repeat these instruction.

If success, connect to your wifi router again.  Type http://my.bluespray.net in your browser to access your controller from now on.

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If you changed your router or your wifi password, the controller will no longer able to connect to the new router.  You will have to provision again to tell the controller of the new router or password:

1. Reset the controller (to make the controller forget the last wifi network):
  a. Locate the reset switch on the left side of the controller.
  b. Slide the switch down.  The amber light should flash once then pauses.
  c. When the amber light starts flashing again, let it flash 3-4 times then slide the switch up.
The controller is now reset.

2. Discovery mode
  a. Slide the reset switch down.  This time let the amber light flash all the way.
  b. When the amber light stops flashing, use your laptop or tablet and look for a hotspot named bluespray.
  c. Connect to the bluespray hotspot.
  d. Bring up a browser and type http://192.168.123.1 in your browser URL bar.
You should be able to see the BlueSpray UI.

3. Provision
  a. Click Settings->Network
  b. Click the blue wifi button next to the SSID field.  The controller will show a list of networks that it sees.  Find yours, select it, and click OK.
  c. Enter your wifi password in the Key field and click Save.
If you didn't mis-type the password, and your wifi signal is good, the controller should be able to connect to the router and tells you that it was successful.  If you did, reset and start over.

After successful provision, slide the switch up.  Connect your laptop/ipad back to your wifi network and type my.bluespray.net on the browser or you can log onto your account on our web site to access it.


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Announcements / BlueSpray firmware 2.1.1 is released
« on: February 20, 2017, 08:02:07 PM »
We are pleased to announce the release of BlueSpray firmware version 2.1.1.  This release is kind of unexpected due to a bug fix.

Feature added:

- Daily repeat: you can tell the controller to water X minutes apart, Y times.  For example, if you want to water at 10AM, 1PM and 4PM, you don't have to create 3 start times.  Just tell the controller to water ar 180 minutes apart, 3 times, starting at 10AM.  This feature is designed with nurseries and indoor growers in mind, but can be used for cycle and soak as well.

Bug fix:

- NOAA has changed its weather forecast API.  This release is all about this bug.  If you're using the conserve feature, you will want to update.

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Firmware updates / BlueSpray firmware 2.1.1 is released
« on: February 20, 2017, 08:01:39 PM »
We are pleased to announce the release of BlueSpray firmware version 2.1.1.  This release is kind of unexpected due to a bug fix.

Feature added:

- Daily repeat: you can tell the controller to water X minutes apart, Y times.  For example, if you want to water at 10AM, 1PM and 4PM, you don't have to create 3 start times.  Just tell the controller to water ar 180 minutes apart, 3 times, starting at 10AM.  This feature is designed with nurseries and indoor growers in mind, but can be used for cycle and soak as well.

Bug fix:

- NOAA has changed its weather forecast API.  This release is all about this bug.  If you're using the conserve feature, you will want to update.

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Firmware updates / BlueSpray firmware 2.1 is released
« on: July 13, 2016, 11:49:09 PM »
We are pleased to announce the release of BlueSpray firmware version 2.1.  There has been smaller releases since 2.0, in 2.1 we've made it official for these features which we've added since 2.0:

1. Cloud access: you no longer need to do port forwarding.  Just register your controller and access it from your BlueSpray account.
2. Multiple Master Valve: you can turn any of your unused terminals as extra master valve(s) in addition to the main master valve.  If you have multiple water sources, this feature is for you.  You can also use the extra master valve to turn on additional pump.  You can also assign any master valve or none to any program.
3. Drag lock: when you lock the drag, it stays even after you quit your browser.

Bug fixes:

1. Phone UI: we've not updated the phone UI after many features have been added and it fell behind.  We've fixed it and improved in in 2.1.
2. Tablet UI: with the multiple master valve feature, you need to select master valve in every manual run.
3. Enforce required fields for Network Settings: The fields IP address, Netmask, DNS and Gateway cannot be blank.
4. Unexpected flow: the controller correctly identify unexpected flow when there is no run activity.
5. Fix manual run sometimes does not start.

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Firmware updates / BlueSpray firmware 2.0 is released
« on: September 14, 2015, 04:14:34 PM »
We are please to announce the release of firmware 2.0 today.   Version 2.0 is a major upgrade from 1.2.x.  The new firmware is designed for the newer controller 2.0, but is also backward compatible with the old controller.

Features added in 2.0 are:

1. Static IP address settings.  Please note the new tab called Networking.  This is where you'd set up networking settings for the controller.  You will have the option of assigning a fixed IP address instead of DHCP.

2. Delay between zones: if you pump water from a well and need to let the well water catch up, you can tell the controller to pause between zone runs.  Note that this is done at the program level to give you greater flexibility.

3. Delay after rain: You can tell the controller to automatically delay X number of days after the rain sensor is tripped (due to rain).  This feature is designed to comply with some of California's water restriction rules.

4. Flow sensor support: If you have a flow sensor installed, purchase a BlueSpray Flow Sensor Reader to provide live flow reporting, leak detection with automatic shutoff.

5. Count down timer: You will be able to see how much time is left in a run for each zone.

6.  Detailed system log and improve history chart: The controller logs every event and keeps the records for up to one year.  Water history report now also shows how much water has been used alongside with how long it watered.  Note that the actual water usage is available if you have flow rate recorded for each zone only.  This is achieved by installing a flow sensor.  If you don't have a flow sensor, but you know the flow rate of each zone, you can enter this value for each zone.  The controller will take this number in calculating the water usage.

7. Faster API: We improved API speed which results in faster page loading.

NOTE the biggest difference between 1.2.x and 2.0 is the way the reset switch works.
There is no more Standalone or Service or Internet mode.  We made it simpler in 2.0 by enabling a hotspot with the name bluespray after the switch is down for 30 seconds.  This is called Discovery mode. You will be able to connect to the bluespray hotspot for local access, configure the controller, etc.  When done, just slide the switch back up and the hotspot will go away.

Please note that the controller's IP address while in Discovery mode is 192.168.123.1, not 192.168.1.1 any more.

If you forgot your controller's login username and password, slide the switch down.  It will pause for about 5 seconds then it will start to blink 10 times.  If you slide the switch up while it blinks, the controller will reset the login password.  No other settings will be affected.

Other features of BlueSpray 2.0 (for the new 2.0 controller only)

1. Expansion port (new): the expansion port is designed to expand the capability of the controller by connecting to additional modules such as expansion module (to control up to 64 zones) and flow sensor reader (to read flow rate from sensor).  Future modules to be added later.
2. Ethernet and USB (optional): if you preferred wired over wireless, purchase the Ethernet & USB version of the controller.  If it's impractical to extend your wifi signal, you may be able to use an Ethernet over Power Line module to provide wired access to the controller.  The USB port is for cellular modem.
3. Garage door switch is included: you no longer need to purchase a Garage Door Kit.  You will need to purchase your own door sensor though.

If you have any issues or questions, please contact our support group at support@bluespray.net.

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Announcements / BlueSpray firmware 2.0 is released
« on: September 14, 2015, 04:14:00 PM »
We are please to announce the release of firmware 2.0 today.   Version 2.0 is a major upgrade from 1.2.x.  The new firmware is designed for the newer controller 2.0, but is also backward compatible with the old controller.

Features added in 2.0 are:

1. Static IP address settings.  Please note the new tab called Networking.  This is where you'd set up networking settings for the controller.  You will have the option of assigning a fixed IP address instead of DHCP.

2. Delay between zones: if you pump water from a well and need to let the well water catch up, you can tell the controller to pause between zone runs.  Note that this is done at the program level to give you greater flexibility.

3. Delay after rain: You can tell the controller to automatically delay X number of days after the rain sensor is tripped (due to rain).  This feature is designed to comply with some of California's water restriction rules.

4. Flow sensor support: If you have a flow sensor installed, purchase a BlueSpray Flow Sensor Reader to provide live flow reporting, leak detection with automatic shutoff.

5. Count down timer: Shows how much time is left in a run for each zone.

6. Detailed system log and improve history chart: The controller logs every event and keeps the records for up to one year.  Water history report now also shows how much water has been used alongside with how long it watered.  Note that the actual water usage is available if you have flow rate recorded for each zone only.  This is achieved by installing a flow sensor.  If you don't have a flow sensor, but you know the flow rate of each zone, you can enter this value for each zone.  The controller will take this number in calculating the water usage.

7. Faster API: We improved API speed which results in faster page loading.

NOTE: the biggest difference between 1.2.x and 2.0 is the way the reset switch works.

There is no more Standalone or Service or Internet mode.  We made it simpler in 2.0 by enabling a hotspot with the name bluespray after the switch is down for 30 seconds.  This is called Discovery mode. You will be able to connect to the bluespray hotspot for local access, configure the controller, etc.  When done, just slide the switch back up and the hotspot will go away.

Please note that the controller's IP address while in Discovery mode is 192.168.123.1, not 192.168.1.1 any more.

If you forgot your controller's login username and password, slide the switch down.  It will pause for about 5 seconds then it will start to blink 10 times.  If you slide the switch up while it blinks, the controller will reset the login password.  No other settings will be affected.

Other features of BlueSpray 2.0 (for the new 2.0 controller only)

1. Expansion port (new): the expansion port is designed to expand the capability of the controller by connecting to additional modules such as expansion module (to control up to 64 zones) and flow sensor reader (to read flow rate from sensor).  Future modules to be added later.
2. Ethernet and USB (optional): if you preferred wired over wireless, purchase the Ethernet & USB version of the controller.  If it's impractical to extend your wifi signal, you may be able to use an Ethernet over Power Line module to provide wired access to the controller.  The USB port is for cellular modem.
3. Garage door switch is included: you no longer need to purchase a Garage Door Kit.  You will need to purchase your own door sensor though.

If you have any issues or questions, please contact our support group at support@bluespray.net.

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Firmware updates / 2.0 is coming
« on: July 29, 2015, 10:25:09 PM »
BlueSpray will soon get a facelift.  We've been working a new and improved controller with new enclosure and a new firmware to go with it.

The new controller is designed to be expandable.  Some of the new features are:

1. Expandable up to 64 zones with expansion modules.
2. Ethernet and USB available (as option).
3. Flow sensor supported
4. Garage door is included.  Just furnish your own door sensor.

And of course, the new firmware will be compatible with existing controllers.

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Firmware updates / Firmware 1.2.3 is released
« on: February 04, 2015, 01:56:42 PM »
We have just released firmware version 1.2.3 recently.  This is a minor release with some bug fixes/feature requests since 1.2.1:

1. Fix google map disappearance when access over https.
2. Additional time zones for some major South America cities.
3. Increase maximum water time to 1440 minutes (24 hrs).
4. Weather forcast look ahead.
5. When changing over to Internet mode, SSID shows blank in popup.

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Firmware updates / BlueSpray firmware 1.2.1 released
« on: November 29, 2014, 11:23:25 AM »
We are please to announce the release of firmware 1.2.1 today.  Mostly a bug fix release, 1.2.1 also sees some new features added such as:

1. Water Restriction compliance - for those who need to follow water restriction rules imposed by your local water municipal, we can help.  We've implemented for rules that water certain day(s) of the week by certain address number only.  We'll add more as we encounter more.  If you have water restriction rule but you don't see it listed, please contact our support group.

2. Variance scheduled run - if you need to do extra watering while following water restriction, you can specify a scheduled run as Variance in the "Active" field and the controller will run this schedule along side water restriction runs.

3. Master valve configurable by program - if you have a master valve, by default, it will turn on for every run.  But if you have the need for finer granularity, you can specify whether you want to turn it on or off for each program.  This is helpful for those who want to operate a pump but may have multiple water sources, and you may need to turn on a pump from one water source but not from another.  For those who need to turn on the pump by zone, you can do so by creating a program that runs those zones only.

If your controller's firmware version is 1.2, go to Settings->Administration.  If the Update button (next to Latest Version) is active, just click on it.  If you have an older firmware version (1.1.x), you'd have to download the latest firmware from our support page to your computer then upload to the controller to update.

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Firmware updates / BlueSpray firmware 1.2 is GA
« on: May 13, 2014, 02:33:27 PM »
We’re excited to announce the official GA of our latest firmware version 1.2.  It is available for download from our support page:

http://www.bluespray.net/support.html

Just click on latest firmware.

List of new features in 1.2:

1. Google map integration – you now can use google map directly in addition to hosting your own picture.  Just click on the wrench button on the lawn view.  Select Google Map, enter your home address.  Choose the view that is best for you by tilting/zooming (subject to availability from Google Map).  Click on “Save” and you’re done.

2.  Water in seconds – you now can water down to the seconds.  You can choose between minutes or seconds as unit.

3. Multiple HTTP/HTPS ports – some of our users can only do port mapping instead of port forwarding.  So we’ve added 1 more HTTP port (8000) and 1 HTTPS port (8443).  These are also configurable, so you can change them to any port number that you need.

4. One click firmware update – from now on, if there is a latest version of firmware available, just click on the Update button and the controller will download the latest firmware and update itself.

5. Weather settings now changed to Conserve – we’re planning on adding additional water conservation feature in addition to weather forecast.  Just stay tuned.

6. Embedded User Manual – the manual is included on the controller.  You don’t have to look for it.  You don’t have to download it from the internet.

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Announcements / Firmware v1.2 is released
« on: May 13, 2014, 02:32:16 PM »
We are please to announce the release of BlueSpray firmware version 1.2.  Please read the Firmware Update thread for details of what is included in this release.

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Announcements / New feature (server side)
« on: November 22, 2013, 11:01:21 AM »
Along with the release of v1.1 firmware, we're also introducing a new feature that will help you access your controller without DNS.

If you've registered your controller, you have created an account with BlueSpray.  Now if you log onto your account (via the "Account" tab on our web site), you will be able to access your controller and your account.

NOTE: You must set up Port Forwarding in order to access your controller from the internet.  This feature assumes that you have successfully set up Port Forwarding from your router to your controller.

After logging in, on the "Controller access" tab, you will see a list of the controller(s) that you've registered.  The "Controller name" is the name of your controller (modifiable at the controller).  The "Protocol" column is either "http" or "https", the protocol you'd prefer to access your controller from the internet.  The "Remote host" column is the pubic IP address of your router.  The "Port" column is the port number that you have set your router to "port forward" to.  The "Save" button will save your changes to "Protocol" and "Port".  The "Go" button will take you to your controller providing that you have set up port forwarding correctly and the controller is up and running.

Tip: If your ISP constantly changes your router's public IP address, you should change the "Heartbeat Interval" to a lower value at the controller, under the "Operations" tab.  What that does is tell the controller to ping the server more often, better chance of catching the IP address changes.  The default and maximum heartbeat value is 24 hours.  The minimum is 1 hour.

We will be working a phone version of the account page.  Stay tuned.

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Announcements / Firmware v1.1 is released
« on: November 22, 2013, 10:47:33 AM »
We are please to announce the release of BlueSpray firmware version 1.1.  Please read the Firmware Update thread for details of what is included in this release.

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