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The Orbit B-hyve combines dated looks with modern smarts

Large buttons and a clunky interface belie the Wi-Fi enabled prowess of this smart controller.

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Smarts on a budget

The affordable Orbit B-Hyve costs $100 for a six-zone controller or $120 for 12 zones. Replace your existing controller and the B-Hyve will watch the weather and help you schedule your sprinklers.

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Control options

Connect the B-Hyve to your Wi-Fi network, and you'll be able to control it with your phone or the buttons on the front panel. 

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Weatherproof

The B-Hyve comes in waterproof case so it's ready to endure the outdoors. 

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Setup

Connect power and the wires for your zones and you'll be up and running. 

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Get wired

Setup is as simple as installing a thermostat.

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The app

You'll want to set up the app as well. Once you do that, you can program schedules or let the B-Hyve do that for you. 

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Help it help you

For the smart schedules, you'll want to tell the B-Hyve about each zone so it knows how much to water. 

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Voice controls

Not only can you control the B-Hyve with your phone, it works with Amazon's Alexa, so you can control it with voice commands to Amazon's smart speaker, the Amazon Echo

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