Well, my wife is oblivious to its existence, so I can’t directly vouch for that. But I can say that before I moved it over to SmartThings, I was baffled by how to operate the old Hunter controller with it’s buttons, dial and cryptic LCD readout. And I only have one zone and code for a living!
The device itself has been very stable. As long as it’s receiving power and you have internet, it works. I can manually start the sprinkler via Alexa voice command, and I set up a webcore rule that automatically stops the
sprinkler after x minutes for those times I forget I told Alexa to turn it on.
I suppose there is one obvious risk… if the internet connection or ST goes down while the sprinkler system is running, it won’t receive the stop command during the outage. I haven’t been subjected to that yet. I can think of ways to handle that event from the ESP8266 board, but that would require different code than Konnected.io, unless they’ve added some features to their code that could be leveraged. I’m not running their latest release because I haven’t found a need to yet.