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Rain Bird IQNCCRS RS-232 Network Communication Cartridge
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Rain Bird IQNCCRS RS-232 Network Communication Cartridge

The Rain Bird® IQNCCRS product is a RS-232 Network Communication Cartridge.

  • Requires serial port or serial port adapter on PC for Direct or Server Satellite applications

NCC Network Communication Cartridge

NCC Network Communication Cartridges upgrade ESP-LXME, ESP-LXMEF and ESP-LXD Series standalone controllers to IQ satellite controllers capable of being controlled by the IQ Platform. The NCC cartridge connects to the back of the controller faceplate and provides the communication link between the IQ central computer and the remote site controllers.


IQ is the perfect irrigation control solution for parks departments, school districts, property managers, landscape maintenance contractors, and water managers. IQ can manage small single-controller sites as well as large multi-controller sites. NCC cartridges are compatible with the ESP-LXME traditionally-wired controllers with 1 to 48 station capacity and ESP-LXD 2-wire controllers with 1 to 200 station capacity.

NCC cartridges are initially configured through a setup wizard provided in the ESP-LX Series Controller IQ Settings dial position. Communication setting parameters are configured through the IQ software or the IQ Configuration Software designed for netbook/ laptop/Windows tablet use on the job site.

Direct Satellites

Single controller sites would use an NCC cartridge configured as a Direct satellite. A Direct satellite has an IQ central computer communication connection but no network connections to other satellites in the system.

Server and Client satellites using high-speed data cable for IQNet communication require installation of an IQ CM Communication Module. Server and Client satellites using radio communication for IQNet communication require installation of an IQSSRADIO or RBSS-TN9B radio. Each cartridge kit includes cables to connect the NCC cartridge to connection module and/or radio.

NCC-RS RS232 Cartridge

  • Includes RS-232 Port for IQ Direct Cable or External Modem communication connection to the IQ central computer
  • Includes external modem cable (IQ Direct Cable provided with IQ Software Package)
  • Used for Direct or Sever Satellite applications requiring direct cable connection or external modem (radio or other 3rd-party device) communication with the IQ central computer
  • User for Client Satellite applications requiring IQNet high-speed data cable or radio communication with the Server Satellite


The irrigation central control system shall be the IQ Platform as hereafter specified and as shown on the drawings. The system shall be fully programmable, providing the operator with absolute and full control of the entire control system. The system shall provide a degree of flexibility such that, in effect, anything that could be done at the satellite controller shall be capable of being done at the central computer.

Rain Bird® IQ™ Platform

The new IQ Platform delivers powerful remote water management tools so you have more control over your irrigation systems right from your computer, tablet or smartphone. To use IQ, you will need an ESP-LXME, ESP-LXMEF or ESP-LXD Controller with a Network Communication Cartridge (Wi-Fi, Ethernet, Cellular).

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Rain Bird® IQ™ Platform - Features & Benefits

  • Communication
    • Automated satellite Synchronize & Retrieve Logs and Weather Source Retrieve Weather Data communication
    • Automated Email Alarm/Warning and Satellite Station Run Time Reports
  • Programming
    • Satellite PIN-Code Protection (4-digit PIN-Code required to make programming changes at the satellite)
    • Satellite 2-Way Programming (changes made at the satellite can be viewed and accepted in the IQ software)
    • Copy/Move Satellite Utility (copy or move a satellite to another site)
  • ET Management
    • Automated MAD (Management Allowed Depletion) Irrigation Scheduling adjustments
    • Software uses Irrigation Association terminology and formulas
    • 4 ET Checkbooks per satellite controller
    • ET/Rainfall Weather Sources include:
      • IQ Global Weather - local weather data including rainfall available through the Internet
      • CIMIS Internet Service (California only)
      • Rain Bird® WS-PRO LT Weather Station - Rain Bird® WS-PRO2 Weather Station
  • Flow Sensing
    • Retrieves minute-by-minute flow logs from flow sensor-equipped ESP-LXMEF and ESP-LXD Satellite Controllers
    • Flow Logs vs. Projected Flow Graphical Report (identifies which programs & stations were running at any point in time)
    • Actual Flow Totals added to Satellite Station Run Time Report

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