Wiring Recommendation for a Hunter Pro-C to a Rachio 3

I just ordered a Rachio 3 (8-Zone) to replace my 15yo Hunter Pro-C. I ‘think’ I have a handle on how it should be wired, but would welcome recommendations on proper wiring so I can get it right the first time (for a change…ha). I know there’s been a bunch of these types of questions, but I haven’t seen any of my ancient version of the Pro-C. Thanks in advance and here’s the pics.





Pictures were a bit small, but showed enough to see what matters :+1:
You can disregard most of the wires connecting to the left hand side, those include power (pair of yellows & green) and remote (Red, white and blue). The two remaining baige wires are your rain sensor and can be connected to S1 and 24V- terminals of your new Rachio Gen 3 controller (more on this here), they are not strictly needed, but you can hook them up and than choose to use them if you wish (via setting in the app).

The wires on the right (White through Brown) are your zone wires, so simply disconnect them from the old controller and hook them up to the new. White wire goes into any of your two C terminals. The rest would be hooked up to the zones (1 - 8). Order does not really matter as you can name the zones and take pictures during the setup, irrigation by number if a thing of the past.

You do not have a Master valve wire hooked up to your old system. So you can simply choose default options when software is asking you about it.

Congrats on the upgrade and welcome to the community :slight_smile:



Gene…thanks so much for the quick and great advice!!!

I apologize for the small pictures, I wasn’t sure what size to make them to be useful, but not too big.

The installation seems surprisingly straightforward. One question though, does it matter which sensor wire goes to the S1/24V terminals? My assumption is no.

Thanks again and I can’t wait for the device to get here next week.


Your assumption about the sensor wires are correct, which wire goes to which terminal does not matter.



Went together like a champ! Worked on the first try. Thanks for all the help Gene.


Thanks for the after pictures. This post will surely be linked to in the future as a great guide for hooking up Hunter Pro-C setup to Rachio controllers :+1:

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