Linux sprinkler controller project

Brian Hawkins brianhks at
Thu May 14 21:59:28 MDT 2009

I would look in to this little gem

It has an 8 core processor a network connection and a bunch of IO pins to
connect up to stuff.  I've been looking for an excuse to buy one.  Only $75


On Sat, May 9, 2009 at 10:06 PM, Dave Smith <dave at> wrote:

> Okay Plug, let's get those creative juices flowing. I am sick of crappy
> non-intuitive user interfaces on home sprinkler control boxes, so I want to
> build my own. I want to create a box about the size of a home router that
> runs Linux, has Ethernet (or WiFi for a bonus), and controls up to 12
> sprinkler valves. It will run a web server on which I would want to write a
> web app for sprinkler control. Ideally it would cost less than $100 in
> parts, and be something I could solder together in a day. Here's the rough
> look of the system:
> Sprinker Valves <--- My New Box <--- TCP/IP <--- My home PC
> I've been googling for such a box, and I have found nothing complete enough
> to buy off the shelf, so I'm ready to start hacking my own together.
> Any ideas where I should start? I reckon I'll need these questions answered
> first:
>        - How do I control a sprinkler valve?
>        - What kind of hardware platform should I use to do that?
> If anyone has any ideas, I'm all ears.
> --Dave
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