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“Is intended for reading the register with one’s automation software to track water usage?”
Yes. If water consumption is a concern irrigation can be suspended when a given quantity of water has been consumed. This would have to be part of an automation software package. I have one EZFlora connected to a pulse water meter on my house so I can track house water consumption. Water is a fixed yearly cost regardless of consumption. Likely will connect to county water at some point in the future. It allows me to anticipate water cost should the subdivision move from a well to county water.
Never tried wiring a Rain Sensor in series with the 24 volt supply. The rain sensor I tested long ago turned On when water came in contact with the adjustable sensor. It would not have worked as a device in series with the 24 volt supply. The county required a Rain Sensor on all automatic irrigation systems. I don’t have a rain sensor installed were I am now as I pump from a lake for irrigation where there is no water usage restrictions. There is a Rain Sensor On indicator in the Configuration Register.
SHN will have to comment next week on an EZFlora with a RJ45 jack and firmware at v24. I think v26 is the first firmware to support the Rain Sensor and Water Meter. Sounds like the EZFlora with the RJ45 jack entered the hardware distribution cycle before the firmware was available to support it. Likely that EZFlora does not have anything functional on the RJ45 jack. That is total speculation on my part. There is a fee based service to bring an old EZFlora up to the latest v28 firmware.
The SHN Utility is displaying the EZFlora firmware level. The MSB: value is provided only with the v28 firmware. It identifies the internal PLM meory size. This information is useful for applications that read/write link records.