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IQ™ v2.0 Central Control

More power. More flexibility.

IQ™ v2.0 Central Control Software offers state-of-the-art command and control features in an easy to learn and use interface. IQ provides advanced water management features saving money and time. IQ Software has modular satellite controller capacity and features. Purchase only what you need today and upgrade as your needs change in the future.

Smart technology meets smart irrigation with the new IQ Tablet from Rain Bird. This Dell Venue 11 Tablet puts water management in the palm of your hands for ultimate convenience, water and labor savings, and peace of mind.

Key Benefits

  1. Convenient–manage your entire system from anywhere at anytime.
  2. Labor and Water Savings–quickly make controller adjustments on the IQ Tablet and use ET-based scheduling to save water.
  3. Peace of Mind–sleep well at night knowing that IQ is monitoring your system and the information you need is at your fingertips.

Learn how Smart Watering Systems, a Toronto-based water manager, has reduced labor and fuel costs with help from the ESP-LXME and IQ v2.0.


IQ provides remote programming, management, and monitoring of ESP-LX Series Controllers from the computer in your office. 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 and supports both ESP-LX Series Traditionally Wired and 2-Wire Decoder controllers.

IQ v2.0 Software Package

The IQSTARTCD Base Software Package provides 5-satellite controller capacity and a basic set of features. IQ software satellite controller capacity can be upgraded in 5-satellite increments with the IQ5SATSWU Upgrade to any total satellite capacity required. Advanced features are available in IQ Software Feature Packs. Feature Packs include a bundle of related features that expand the capability­ties of the IQ Base Software Package.

IQ Base Software and Feature Packs include a context-sensitive help system. Click on the help icon available in most screens and be taken directly to the help topic feature you are using. The software offers multiple language, date/time, and units support allowing the user to interface with the software in their primary language. User select­able languages include English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Portuguese.

Base Software Package Features

  • 5-satellite controller capacity upgradable in 5-satellite increments
  • Compatible with ESP-LXME Traditionally Wired and ESP-LXD 2-Wire Decoder Controllers
  • Site, satellite, and station names
  • Programming in seconds, minutes, and hours
  • Daily or Monthly Seasonal Adjust % or ET station run time adjustments by site
  • Dry-Run™ Graphical Program Review
  • User initiated Synchronize and Retrieve Logs communication\
  • Manual Program, Test Program, Station starts
  • Detailed logs and reports

IQ Feature Packs

  • Feature Packs are enabled through a purchased software activation keycode
  • Feature Packs features are enabled for all sites and satellites in the IQ Software

Additional 5-Satellite Upgrade

  • Increases IQ Software satellite controller capacity by 5-satellites for each upgrade purchased
  • Additional capacity is added through a purchased software activation keycode

NCC Communications Cartridges

  • NCC Network Communication Cartridges upgrade ESP-LX Series standalone controllers to IQ v2.0 satellite controllers. The NCC cartridge snaps into the back of the controller faceplate and provides the communication link between the IQ central computer and the remote site controllers. Learn more about NCC Communications Cartridges.

Advanced Programming Software Feature Pack

  • 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)
    Learn more about Advanced Programming.

Advanced Communication Software Feature Pack

  • Automated satellite Synchronize & Retrieve Logs and Weather Source Retrieve Weather Data communication
  • Satellite IQ Call-in™ (satellite initiates communication, NCC-PH Phone Cartridge only)
  • Automated Email Alarm/Warning and Satellite Station Run Time Reports
    Learn more about Advanced Communication.

Advanced Flow Sensing Software Feature Pack

  • 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 (included in Automated Email Reports)
    Learn more about Advanced Flow Sensing.

Flow Smart Module

  • Standard with the ESP-LXMEF and available as an upgrade to the ESP-LXME, the IQ v2.0-compatible Flow Smart Module provides flow learning, logging and problem reaction. Learn more about the Flow Smart Module.

Flow Sensors

  • Combine IQ v2.0 with Rain Bird® Flow Sensors for precise and accurate flow monitoring. Choose from a variety of sensor sizes, operating ranges and types for the solution that best meets your needs. Learn more about Flow Sensors.

Advanced ET Software Feature Pack

  • Automated MAD (Management Allowed Depletion) Irrigation Scheduling adjustments
  • Software uses Irrigation Association terminology and formulas
  • ET/Rainfall Weather Sources include:
    - CIMIS Internet Service (California only)
    - ETMI ET Manager Weather Reach Service (North America only)
    - Rain Bird® WS-PRO LT Weather Station
    - Rain Bird® WS-PRO2 Weather Station
  • 4 ET Checkbooks per satellite controller
  • Export to Microsoft Excel® for customized reports
    Learn more about Advanced ET.

ET Manager

  • Make your central control system weather-smart. Collecting real-time weather data from local precision weather stations, the ET Manager allows IQ to adjust watering schedules to save 30-50% of water usage This easy-to-use tool can be located at your central computer terminal. Learn more about the ET Manager.

Weather Stations

  • Rain Bird Weather Stations collect and store weather data from field locations, allowing the IQ™ v2.0 Central Control System to adjust station runtimes according to each day’s ET (evapotranspiration) and rainfall. Learn more about the rugged, feature-robust WS-PRO2 Weather Station. Learn more about the affordable WS-PRO LT Weather Station.


Recommended Computer Requirements

  • Operating System:
    Windows® XP, Windows® 7 (32- or 64-bit), Windows® 8 (32- or 64-bit)
  • Processor: Intel Core I3 or equivalent
  • RAM Memory: 3 GB
  • Available Hard Disk Space: 10 GB
  • CD-ROM Drive: 8X speed minimum
  • Display Resolution: 1024 x 768 minimum
  • 56K Flex Phone Modem (Phone communication)
  • Network Connection (for Ethernet, WiFi, GPRS communication)
  • Serial Port or USB to Serial Adapter (for Direct Connect and External Modem communication)

Protect your investment in your Rain Bird central control and irrigated landscaping

  • Improved system performance
  • Eliminate over irrigated turf by utilizing advanced software features like Rain Bird Flo-Manager® and Flo-Watch™ to analyze and control flow
  • Minimize system downtime
  • Maintain landscaping with the most effective use of water and power
  • Get expert advice on grounding requirements and electrical component protection
  • Write more accurate and site specific programs using map-based programming

Maximize System Life

  • Get step by step technical assistance to maximize system performance

Control Your Budget

  • No cost to repair or replace covered central control components unless damaged by surge or lightning (Available for Platinum and Platinum Plus plans only)
  • Significant discounts to repair or replace surge or lightning damaged components, or components not covered under GSP
  • Next business day delivery of central control components at no charge

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IQ™ v2.0 Central Control Brochure - English
IQ™ v2.0 Central Control Brochure - Spanish
IQ™ v2.0 Central Control Brochure - French
IQ™ v2.0 Central Control Brochure - German
IQ™ v2.0 Central Control Brochure - Italian
IQ™ v2.0 Central Control Brochure - Portuguese
IQ™ v2.0 Central Control Brochure - Arabic
See how dynamic, easy-to-use IQ™ v2.0 Central Control adapts to meet your changing irrigation needs.

Rain Bird Central Control Family Brochure - English
Discover how IQ™ v2.0 combines with Maxicom2® and SiteControl to form the irrigation industry’s most complete central control lineup.

Smart Watering Systems Site Report
Learn how Smart Watering Systems, a Toronto-based water manager, has reduced labor and fuel costs with help from the ESP-LXME and IQ™ v2.0.

IQ v2.0 Central Control Tech Spec – English
IQ v2.0 Central Control Tech Spec – Spanish
IQ v2.0 Central Control Tech Spec – French
IQ v2.0 Central Control Tech Spec – German
IQ v2.0 Central Control Tech Spec – Italian
IQ v2.0 Central Control Tech Spec – Portuguese
IQ v2.0 Central Control Tech Spec – Arabic
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IQ NCC Network Communication Cartridge Manual – English
IQ NCC Network Communication Cartridge Manual – Spanish
IQ NCC Network Communication Cartridge Manual – French
IQ NCC Network Communication Cartridge Manual – German
IQ NCC Network Communication Cartridge Manual – Italian
IQ NCC Network Communication Cartridge Manual – Portuguese
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