Woox test Smart Garden: a ZigBee 3.0 connected irrigation controller for your irrigation

Our opinion on the Woox connected sprinkler system

Woox Smart Garden - ZigBee watering controller

WOOX - Smart ON / OFF Zigbee 3.0 watering controller

With the arrival of summer, daily watering chores resume! Either you go with your watering can and your muscles, or you go through the automatic watering option (drip or rotary sprinkler). But the best thing is to automate everything, right? We presented you the solution of Earthsmart/ Benexmart, with its advantages and its shortcomings. Here, today, an even more versatile product. The Woox connected sprinkler controller, sold at a little over 30 €, indeed has the great advantage of being in ZigBee and therefore wireless, but also to be able to be put where you want it. he is also compatible with Woox Hub, Home Assistant, Jeedom, but also with Tuya bridges and Amazon Echo compatible. And he works perfectly with voice !

woox Smart Garden: the connected irrigation controller

Unboxing and setting up

Le Woox controller Smart Garden comes in a fairly qualitative, colorful and detailed green and white packaging. In addition to the glossy print visual, you will find the main features and content. Also note the emphasis on the use by voice assistants Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

The product is well wedged in cardboard reinforcements and you will also be entitled to a ¾ '' adapter and 4 AA batteries. To this should be added a more or less fair user manual. Of course, you have fittings already in place on the controller body itself.

Regarding the module as such, connected watering woox Smart Garden is 19 x 10 x 7,7 cm (hx L x W) for 445 grams. It is made of green and black plastic, ABS type, resistant to rain and UV. We are on a product of very good quality, without problem of finish, with a simple design:

  • A water inlet for tap or ¾ '' connection.
  • One outlet with ½ '' quick adapter. You can remove this quick connector to put the one supplied in addition in 26,5mm.
  • A panel that rises from the top giving access to two control buttons.

 

The inlet nozzle is equipped with a strainer to prevent the passage of debris coming from the network and being able to block your drip.

The ZigBee Woox controller Smart So garden goes be able to operate both online, we will come back to it, but also in physics thanks to the two buttons mentioned above. Very simple: a green to open the flow of water and a red to cut it. There is also an LED that will activate when used in ZigBee (with each command sent) and during pairing.

For connection to your outdoor or indoor tap, it's very simple because you just have to screw it onto the threaded spout. Completely unscrew the module containing the strainer, screw it to your faucet, put the main block back into alignment and screw the ring back on. The ¾ '' size is the standard size for water inlets, so there shouldn't be a problem. Do not hesitate to tighten it well and also to put a little Teflon tape to avoid leaks. By the fitting anyway. Because as with all these devices of this type, you must have a good quality faucet that will not have the annoying tendency to leak everywhere if you block the water outlet. Otherwise, you will have a leak at the level of the handle and the interest will be greatly limited ...

Of course, be careful to stay within the coverage area of ​​your ZigBee ...

In terms of technical characteristics:

Food : 4 batteries of 1,5 V type AA, supplied, giving 6 months of autonomy.
Supported water pressure : 2 - 7 Bars, low water pressure.
Operating range : 0 to 45 ° C, 0 to 90% RH
Water resistance : IP 44. Splashing, but no direct spraying.
Communication : ZigBee3.0 in 2,4 ~ 2,483 GHz and 802.15.4 standard
Scope: 10 ~ 30 meters indoors and 30 ~ 50 meters outdoors (different environments will have different results)

You can see that its big advantage is the fact that a ZigBee operation allows it to dispense with a mains connection and that makes it more secure!

Woox Connected Watering Controller: Use under Smart Life

As announced in the preamble, this system is originally made to work with the brand's bridge. However, since it is a Tuya environment, it is fully compatible with Tuya hubs / Smart Life (the test was done with the Earthsmart wireless) but also with the gateways of Echo devices which contain it (Echo Show 2, Echo Show 10, Echo Studio and echo 4).

It is first of all necessary to open the block and to insert the batteries there. Close it well, taking care not to pinch the joints. Then put pairing mode. For this, no button reset as mentioned in the instructions, but press the red button for 3-5 seconds. The front LED will flash blue.

On your app Smart Life / Tuya, get your bridge. Done "Add subdevices" and let look. In a few seconds, it's found. Once done, change its name to make it easier to use with voice assistants and enjoy!

If you already have the skill SmartLife / Tuya activated, the device goes back under Alexa. It is therefore well controllable by voice! If you don't have a Tuya hub / Smartlife, ask your Echo equipped with a gateway « Alexa, detect my devices » (once it is in pairing mode) and let it search. Then change the name, either on the screen of your Echo Show, or from the application.

In the app you can turn it on or off via a virtual button which takes the place of a remote control "Play". To stop, put in "Pause". But its main interest lies in the fact that you can put a countdown of one hour maximum for watering. Slide your finger around the edge of the circle to choose the duration and press Play to start watering.

You also have the possibility to plan irrigations by choosing days, hours and durations. If you think you are a little tight on possibilities, you can go through scenarios Smart Life. For example, you can start cleaning at nightfall, when the temperature drops, to avoid the magnifying effect or having too much evaporation ... We refer you to our Tuya tutorial /Smart Life and on the one concerning routines Alexa.

 

Via the voice assistants, we remain on a fairly basic use, which is not surprising. It is possible to turn on and off, but also to set up routines. If you installed the controller through your Echo Hub, you will not have access to the timer, the scenarios, but simply the on and off function. It is essential !

In use, we did not see any problems. The reactivity of Woox Smart Garden is good although it depends a lot on the placement of the module and the distance to the ZigBee bridge. The use by voice, even if a little limited, is ultimately quite interesting to start a watering cycle without having to move, or to do it remotely in case of absence. The only limiting factor, in addition to your network, remains the quality of your taps, the tap obviously remaining open, even if the water flow is cut off ...

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In conclusion, the Woox controller Smart Garden does not suffer from any particular defect. Its design is everywhere, quite compact and with good finishes. The brand had the good idea of do not lock yourself into a proprietary ZigBee protocol, but to allow use via Tuya hubs / Smart Life or home automation box Home Assistant, Jeedom, Homey ... Good point, it can even work directly on the gateways integrated in some Amazon Echo. It is completely autonomous in the sense that it is wireless, which is also more secure. Very easy to use and configure, it is, for 32 € at Domadoo.fr, excellent value for money!
Did i choose Alexa or did she choose me? Let's say that as a beta tester, it's a bit of both! And I do not regret having met our favorite assistant nor this adventure undertaken with Alexien Modo. Technophile, self-taught and loving popularization, I try to make our common passion easy to access!