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Hunter HC WiFi 12 Station WiFi Indoor Controller | HC-1200I

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Hunter HC-1200I 12 Station WiFi Indoor Controller


Manage your irrigation controller from anywhere worldwide using your smart device or web browser with Hydrawise web-based software. Predictive watering adjusts schedules based on forecast temperature, rainfall probability, wind and humidity to provide maximum water savings while keeping your landscape healthy and beautiful. Add a simple-to-install flow meter and set up automatic notifications to alert you of broken pipes or sprinklers.


Features & Benefits

  • New style full-functioning controller with touchscreen
  • Wi-Fi enabled for simple connection to the internet
  • 12 station standard controller
  • 12 station expansion module allows for expansion to 36 stations
  • 2 sensor ports
  • Warranty 2 years

Electrical Status

  • Transformer input: 120 VAC
  • Transformer output (24 VAC): 1 A
  • Station output (24 VAC): 0.56 A
  • Pump/master valve (24 VAC): 0.28 A
  • Sensor inputs: 2
  • Operating temperature: 0°F to 140°F

Key Benefits

  • Number of stations:6, 12, or 24
  • Standard programming option allows for 6 independent irrigation programs and 6 start times per program
  • Advanced programming option provides station-based programming with up to 6 total start times available
  • 24-hour maximum station run time provides flexibility for low-flow zones
  • 2 sensor inputs available for use with any Clik sensor and HC Flow Meter
  • 1 P/MV output for pump start relay and master valve activation
  • Wi-Fi enabled for quick connection to Hydrawise software
  • 23/4" full-color touchscreen display for simple programming at the control panel
  • Built-in milliamp sensor for wire fault detection and alerts

Advanced Features

TOUCHSCREEN INTERFACE (PRO-HC)

The Pro-HC controller has a full graphical touchscreen interface, which makes programming with or without Wi-Fi connectivity and manual starting from the controller a breeze.

PREDICTIVE WATERING™ ADJUSTMENTS

Daily schedule adjustments based on local weather data monitor past, current and forecasted temperature, rainfall, humidity, and wind speed. This allows for adjustments of watering times and schedules to balance water savings with water efficiency for plants.

FLOW METER DETECTION AND ALERTS

Monitor your piping and sprinklers with an optional HC Flow Meter. Receive automatic alerts when a pipe is broken to prevent property damage.

WIRING DETECTION AND ALERTS (PRO-HC)

Pro-HC controllers continuously monitor the electrical current flowing to your solenoid valves. If the current is too high or too low, Hydrawise will alert you and tell you which valve is not working properly. This allows you to correct a failed valve before damage is done to plant materials.

ADVANCED SENSOR PORTS

Two general purpose sensor ports can be used for many different functions. Sensor port works with the Hunter HC flow meters, the Hunter Clik sensor range and standard rain and soil sensors to stop irrigation. The sensor ports can also start an irrigation cycle. This allow you to create custom starts based on sensor readings.

HYDRAWISE EPA WATERSENSE APPROVED SMART WATERING

All Hydrawise compatible controllers connected to Hydrawise web-based software are EPA WaterSense approved Smart Watering Controllers. Hydrawise Predictive Watering™ allows the controller to adjust schedules based on forecasted temperature, rainfall probability, wind and humidity to provide the maximum water savings you come to expect from a Hunter smart controller.

Brand:
Hunter
Weight:
2.450000
Product Type:
Controller (AC)
Enclosure:
Plastic
Zones:
12
Enclosure Type:
Indoor
Computer Program:
Yes
Advance Features:
Flow Sensor Ready
Max Station Run Time (HRS):
24
Warranty:
2 years
Application:
Light Commercial, Residential
Enclosure Type:
Indoor
Smart Features:
Mobile App, Remote Control Ready, WiFi
Series:
HydraWise
Freeze Sensor Compatible:
Yes
Expandability:
Modular
Wi-Fi:
Yes
Power Source:
AC Powered
Number of Programs:
36
Start Times Per Program:
6
Sensor Inputs:
2
Indoor:
Yes
Internet Based:
Yes
Sensor Compatible:
Flow, Soil, Weather, Freeze
Soil Sensor Compatible:
Yes
Weather Sensor Compatible:
Yes
Type:
Controller (AC)
Application:
Residential and Light Commercial
4.5 / 5.0
30 Reviews
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Decent smart irrigation controller, not perfect
For the average homeowner, this controller fits the bill. For me, I have more than 12 zones, so it was one of the few that would work since it allows for expansion. My goal was a smart controller that I can access on an app.

The good
- App is good. Well thought out and polished. Surprised me somewhat, was expecting your typical half-baked app when old companies introduce new tech.
- The built in zone current measurements is nice, good to have confirmation that wiring and zone is working.
- Supports a master valve
- Supports sensors, like flow meter

The really good
- Hunter support is excellent. They always respond fast with good information.

The bad
- Not digging the idea of paid plans, and the free plan just falls short. For now, I'm trusting a single local neighbor to maintain their weather station. Not prepared to setup my own station. Would like to have it aggregate 2-3 local stations for some redundancy.

The silly/weird/misc
- If you have a master valve, you have to attach it to the main controller, not the expansion units (not documented). Plus you will have double the solenoid current on zones 1-12 in the reporting.
- Had a few instances of zones sending low current alerts, but when I went to check the reports, there was no entry. I would like to see a 0mA entry, but lack of entry seems like a glitch.
- Would like to have a single button on the app to immediately pause all irrigation, then single button to resume. It's unclear how to do this. I can suspend and resume, but the resume simply resumes the schedule, I don't think it picks up where I paused. Also pausing is not immediate, you have to wait up to 1 min. If my dog is getting wet, I'd like to hit the panic button and stop it.
- Would like to see more integrations with other smart home devices.

In all, I'm happy with it. I'm glad a long time irrigation company like Hunter is making a smart product that fit my needs. I considered others like Rachio, but who knows how long they will be around? They have one product. t seems iot companies like this come and go. And when they go, their cloud goes away and you have a brick on the wall. I'm sure my Hunter will be going strong for 10-20 years.
June 15, 2017
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Lots of features for the price
I mainly like this because it can work with a flow meter, in addition to the web/mobile interface and local weather integration which is pretty common. In my experience the only controllers that use flow meters are about a thousand dollars.

My only problem with it is that my wifi router is too far away for a good signal, so I'll have to configure an old wifi router and put it next to the controller, where I already have an ethernet plug. It would have been nice if it could have plugged directly into the ethernet.
June 14, 2017
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Make me pay to work with my own weather station?
I selected this device because it was supposed to be compatible with my home weather station. Should have read the fine fine print but none of the literature was very forthcoming about the fact you have to pay an annual subscription to let it sync with your own weather station. Not worth it to me. This makes the water saving features useless to me because the nearest "free" weather station is a thousand get lower and behind a mountain range making it inaccurate for my location. Should have saved my money and bought something with basic WiFi features. Other than the refocus subscription, works as advertised.
July 10, 2017
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Excellent controller for the money
The flow meter monitoring is what sold me on this brand. Many other brands have great ET controllers in this price range, but lack the ability to measure actual water use. I have been working with weather based controllers since the 1990's and have found that the flow meter is one of the best tools to save water, because they let you know when there is a break in the line and are useful for calculating actual precip rates. The only feature I wish they had added is a way to show how much water is going through the system in real time. The monthly adjustment tool in the app is also a great feature. Water needs for plants change throughout the year, and this tool allows you to adjust raise or lower watering for seasonal needs of the plants.
September 11, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
Works as advertised
This product perfectly met my needs. Avoided multiple trips to my basement to turn on zones for repairs or select zone runs. Could use more space to connect wires on setup and didn't mount until the connections were in place.
July 14, 2017
Purchased
over 3 years ago
One of the best Controller
Great program-ability. Looks at 2 local weather stations to see if watering is necessary. A water saver!
November 23, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
Definitely recommend!
Love it. I can control my sprinklers from whatever state I'm am in!
June 20, 2017
Purchased
over 3 years ago
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I've installed six of them and everyone seems to like
July 24, 2017
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Hydrawise HC 1200I controller
Very good and easy controller to install. It took maybe 20 minutes to mount, wire up and set up on the network. Set up an account on their web site. Then set up zones than watering times for those zones. Very easy. This should be the future of all the sprinkler controls. I'm very satisfied with this controller.
July 28, 2018
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Very good product
Very good product. I can use the local weather and do more accurate water usage. The reports are good. A great working product
August 19, 2017
Purchased
over 3 years ago
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Why did you choose this?
SprinklerWarehouse.com Store
New control for sprinkler control
William N on Feb 11, 2019
recommended by a friend
R O on Sep 18, 2018
New control for sprinkler control
William N on Feb 11, 2019
Functionality and cost
G R on Nov 8, 2018
recommended by a friend
R O on Sep 18, 2018
Replacing an existing Hunter unit that is not web enabled
MELISSA D. on Aug 19, 2018
Because I have been researching this controller for some time and I liked it's value for the number of features. I couldn't even find a comparably priced smart controller that had flow meter capability.
T I on Aug 13, 2018
It has the capability to program delay times between zones, which allows a system on a well to recover between zones.
D A on Jul 30, 2018
WIFI and Water Sense Feature
Chris B on Jul 27, 2018
I chose the Hunter HC because Hunter is the only company with a smart controller designed with the contractor in mind. Love having a dashboard that shows every customer and the issues they are having!
Carlan W on Jul 18, 2018
It is a little intimidating at first but it is by far the easiest Wi-Fi controller on the market.<br />Everything is easily accessible from any of your devices.<br />One note, one of the zones needs to be used as your Master valve (pump start relay).<br />Fantastic controller .
R A on Jul 18, 2018
I have a Hunter product and died and liked their quality, plus like the app and Wi-Fi capability.
J L on Jul 1, 2018
To update by current contoller
J I on Jun 29, 2018
its what I wanted
Douglas N on Jun 28, 2018
BECAUSE THE 6 ZONE UNIT I ORDERED DIDNT HAVE A SLOT FOR THE MASTER VALVE
RONALD B on Jun 11, 2018
The price was the lowest.
R J on Jun 5, 2018
My irrigation company recommended it.
M A on Jun 1, 2018
recommended by installer
H A on May 13, 2018
I can't wait to upgrade my sprinkler system technology.
Matt B on May 8, 2018
Cheapest weather based controller I found on the internet
Brian L on Apr 17, 2018
upgrade from 20 year old tech
John Z on Nov 9, 2017
Best value and features for smart Wi-Fi irrigation controller.
Richard on Nov 1, 2017
I have one already and it has functioned very well and now changing out the other controllers on the property to have WIFI access and use the Hydrawise phone app
J H on Oct 12, 2017
Features, size, customer support
D A on Aug 14, 2017
After 29 years my old irrigation controllers are biting the dust... time for a new shiner tech smart model! AND a flow meter to help me detect ( expensive- CA!) leaks- YAY!<br />Can't speak to service on this site but the prices are certainly the best for these products😊
T A on Aug 1, 2017
A much smaller replacement, wifi capable.
E M on Jul 27, 2017
Price and customer reviews.
V A on Jul 25, 2017
The price was better than any other site.
B V on Jul 21, 2017
to control my sprinkler system from my phone
J E on Jul 19, 2017
To control from out of town!
Mark F on Jul 10, 2017
to interupt and have time between stations to build up water pressure from gravity flow to activate solonoids
W O on Jun 26, 2017
recommended by sprinkler man and the price here was the best with free shipping.
L K on Jun 18, 2017
My old controller died and this one looked really good. It seems to be pretty cutting edge
C K on Jun 15, 2017
Have had a Hunter since this house was built. It has given very solid performance with almost no issues over the 17 years I've had it. I have to stay with Hunter and this is the WiFI enabled version I've been wanting.
James K on May 31, 2017
It fits my needs! Currently have hunter products and I'm satified with the product reliability.
M A on May 6, 2017
Sprinkler Warehouse technical support recommendation
P A on Apr 12, 2017
Upgrading form Hunter Pro -C
K E on Mar 15, 2017
This won over the other smart/wifi controllers like Rachio, Rain Machine and the like, because it can handle lots of zones and the company has been around a while. Not excited about the extra yearly license for pulling weather from multiple weather stations.
Mr. Pat on Mar 3, 2017
IOT - controllable from anywhere and decent reporting...
R S on Mar 2, 2017
Best software and weather data to turn off, increase, and decrease run times. I have looked at all of the others at the Irrigation Association show NV 2016. Very happy.
Byron V on Jan 23, 2017
I liked the features of the Hunter controller and the alerts for solenoid current as well as the water flow controls.
Simon H on Jan 5, 2017
indoor- 12 stations- Wi-Fi Water rebate qualified
G A on Dec 6, 2016
Functionality and cost
G R on Nov 8, 2018
Replacing an existing Hunter unit that is not web enabled
MELISSA D. on Aug 19, 2018
Can you turn system off with smart phone?
A shopper on Nov 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the mobile app is easy to use ... pretty much the same as the PC-on-line app. But one odd thing that found is that you can't stop or start an entire program manually. You can easily start any single zone or all zones, but I can't start one of my pre-programmed sets without altering the start time and/or days to water. Similarly with stopping ... you can stop the currently running zone or suspend the currently running program (to resume later), but you can't really stop the entire program easily. I suggested this to customer support and they said they would relay it to the developers. Should be a simple-enough feature to add to the web-side server software.
Is the transformer plug in included?
Cathi J on Jun 27, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the transformer is included. I have had mine for over a year and I love it, The installation and programming is extremely simple. It is so convenient to be able to turn the system on and off while out in the yard . Only to just advantage is that it must be mounted indoors unless you purchase a Weather proof enclosure
can i easily swap out my hunter pro-c controller with this?
Justin on Feb 15, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, just keep good track of the wires - I usually take a clear photo of the old wiring then swap out the controllers. The master valve output on the Pro-C will connect to one of the zone outputs on the HC, and the rain sensor will connect to one of the sensor inputs. I usually use zone 12 for the master valve. Then you define that zone as a master valve when you set up the programming, and define the rain sensor to the appropriate sensor input. If there is no master valve or rain sensor then you can literally swap things over wire by wire, 1-1, 2-2, c-c, etc.
will the hc1200i work with the HC-075-FLOW 3/4 inch NPT Thread Flow Meters? if so, how do they connect to each other?
Chandra on Jan 4, 2017
Hunter HC WiFi 12 Station WiFi Indoor Controller | HC-1200I
Hunter HC WiFi 12 Station WiFi Indoor Controller | HC-1200I
Hunter HC Flow Meter 3/4
Hunter HC Flow Meter 3/4" Stainless Steel | HC-075-FLOW
BEST ANSWER: The HC-075-FLOW meter will come with instructions about which wires will hook to the sensor inputs on the controller. The meter essentially outputs a simple click and the controller sees that click and counts it as a gallon, liter, etc. depending on what units you have set in the controller. You'll want to use a two conductor cable and NOT route it near the 24vac wires for the valves as it may pick up extra clicks from the opening and closing of valve solenoids. I have been installing these meters for several years on Hydrawise controllers and have noticed that longer runs (<100') between the meter and controller tend to pick up extra clicks during thunderstorms. Perhaps a shielded cable would help but I haven't figured out where to ground it.
Can this product schedule one valve, wait 30 minutes, then schedule the next valve? Or do they just run sequentially?
Bob W on Aug 19, 2017
BEST ANSWER: If that function exists, I have not found it. It does have the soak function where all sprinklers will run for part of their scheduled time in sequence and then run back through the sequence. The minimum delay for soak is chosen by the user.
Is the hunter rainclik rain sensor compatible with the Hunter HC-1200I 12 Station WiFi Indoor Controller?
A shopper on May 6, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes it is, I have set them up with both wired and wireless rain sensor's and they work fine.

I love this little timer I have been waiting for a long time for it to hit the market Very simple installation and very easy set up. Only thing I could think of that they can improve is to increase the amount of storage for zone photographs
I have an old hunter src is the hunter hc a direct swap out ?
Derek on Jul 29, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I have the Hunter 12 station HC Controller and it works very well. I believe it would be an easy swap so long as your old station and control valves work off 12 volts the standard voltages. But hunter has excellent technical support team and I would call them to just be sure. Also I added a Hunter wired rain freeze sensor to the HC controller and it works great too. When wiring this the sensor is closed meaning it completes a electrical loop and when it gets wet, it opens meaning the electrical loop is broken and the controller turns off sprinklers currently running or due to run. Once the sensor dries out the system resumes normal watering schedule.
Is this compatible with the remote controls that make servicing the yard easier? I was not seeing this in the manual or Hunter tutorials. If not it looks like I would have to upgrade a Pro-C 400i with the faceplate to get this functionality.
Robert on Apr 18, 2018
Hunter HC WiFi 12 Station WiFi Indoor Controller | HC-1200I
Hunter HC WiFi 12 Station WiFi Indoor Controller | HC-1200I
Hunter ROAM-KIT Handheld Sprinkler Remote Control System
Hunter ROAM-KIT Handheld Sprinkler Remote Control System
BEST ANSWER: It is not compatible with remote control as it is not necessary. You install an app on your phone and control it this way. Also has a touch screen on the controller but to small to use with your finger. There are many better wifi controllers available. The biggest issue with this one is inadequate space for wires. If you have burial grade wire with the thicker insulation, space is inadequate. Check out Sprinkl Control for better space for wires and easier installation along with more frequent weather updates.
How much experience does it take to set this up and connect it to soaker hoses??
GardenGirl on Nov 12, 2017
BEST ANSWER: You will need an understanding of 24 vac wiring and how to connect a valve which is required to connect to the controller. There are many how to videos on Youtube that you can view and decide if it is something you are comfortable with.
hunter hc-12001, does this work with the apple I phone 6+?
A shopper on Feb 1, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I use it on my I-Phone, it's newer, my wife's which is older, two iPads and my lap top. It's great and easy to use. I'm in Houston on business and can run, control and change the system from here 200 miles away. Easy to hook up and set up. Once it's on the ICloud it goes to all of the Apple devices.
Is this model considered Hunters top of the line for a 12 station controller?
FREDERICK m on Jun 25, 2018
BEST ANSWER: As I recall, there was a more expensive model with similar features so I assume the short answer is “no.” This one requires an interior location and I assume the other unit was suitable for an exterior location. Since they all use the same software and internet interface, they all probable do the same thing. I’ve struggled with the connection to the flow meter, but that is a software issue and not caused by the controller. Hunter has responded promptly to my questions.
how to program days of the week?
A shopper on Jun 25, 2018
BEST ANSWER: On the app go to zones and scroll to the bottom to set up a program start time and then select the zones
?whitch control panel do I need , I have a 6 zone system, 35 heads with a hardie panel now. Thank you
George K on Nov 26, 2017
BEST ANSWER: If you get the HC-600i, it will handle your 6 zones.

If you get the HC-1200i, it will handle your 6 zones with 6 to spare for future expansion (up to 36) or for adding a master valve.

The number of sprinkler heads don't really matter in the selection, just the number of zones/valves.
Do you have a hunter HC-1200 230 VAC?
LeoContadini on Dec 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No. 110.
Does the HC-1200I sense the current to the solenoids like the pro version does?
Chipmunks keep chewing my wires.
Gene B on May 29, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, in fact, I just got a low-current alert this past weekend. Might have been an anomaly because it senses fine now.
Can you use this to control the Hunter NODE station battery operated controllers? Do you need to purchase additional parts or a master valve?
Emma N on Jul 31, 2019
BEST ANSWER: This controller uses 24 volt to operate the valves, the nodes use 9 volt so you would need the different solenoids
This controller has 12 stations and one station can be set up as a master valve for 11 stations.
Will the Hunter MWS operate with the Hunter HC-1200i controller?
Charlievet on Dec 21, 2018
Hunter HC WiFi 12 Station WiFi Indoor Controller | HC-1200I
Hunter HC WiFi 12 Station WiFi Indoor Controller | HC-1200I
Hunter MWS-FR Mini Wind/Rain/Freeze Weather Station
Hunter MWS-FR Mini Wind/Rain/Freeze Weather Station
BEST ANSWER: Yes it will work, I have the same setup.
do they make a 220v option for europe ?
A shopper on May 16, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The unit is 24 Volt DC ,
Need 220 AC transformer to 24 Volt DC
I have a 6 zone 35 head system with a Hardie panel now, witch one will model do I need to order to replace my current one?
George K on Nov 26, 2017
BEST ANSWER: If you need a master valve or a pump relay, that will use up one of the zones as well. I'd go with the 12 zone model, not much more...
will hunter soil moisture sensor work with this controller?
A shopper on May 12, 2019
Do you also ship to Germany?
A shopper on Nov 10, 2017
Do you need unlimited data on your phone; plan on installing in small vacation home 5 hrs. away; have 3G data on phones and in-home wifi. Is controller always connected to wi-fi if it detects a signal?
Brian on May 24, 2017