The Litter Robot Connect is the upgraded Wi-Fi version of the Open Air. They both operate the same, but the Connect model is the smart version that allows you to monitor and fully control the unit with your iPhone or iPad, using your existing Wi-Fi network and the LR Connect App, which is the first of its kind on the market. Now you can also use the Connect with Android 6.0 or greater.
The Litter Robot Connect allows you to check on your cat’s litter box usage, check the empty notification to know when the waste drawer is full and needs to be emptied, change settings, and many other features.
Now the Litter Robot Connect is available in Grey! (Learn how to get $25 off the price at the end of this review).
This his how the Litter Robot Operates
FEATURES OF CONNECT APP
- Ability to check real-time insight into your cat’s Litter Robot usage
- Provides reports such as graphs of daily, weekly, and monthly usage to track your cat’s elimination habits, which is crucial information to keep your pet healthy
- Check the waste drawer level in real time
- Get history of cleaning cycles and notifications all in one place
- Allows you to remotely trigger a cleaning cycle from your iPhone/iPad
- Name your Litter Robot Connect
- Control multiple units
- App can be logged from multiple different phones into the same account.
- Connectivity to 650+ smart home devices using IFTTT platform.
KEY FEATURES OF THE CONNECT APP
- Notification when to empty the waste drawer
- It gives you the ability to adjust the wait time to 3-7 or 15 minutes with the tap of a button. The wait time is the time between the cat leaving the litter box and the unit starting a cleaning cycle.
- Get notifications of the litter box’s status, including possible warnings and faults
- You can easily set the unit to Sleep Mode at night so the Connect won’t start a cleaning cycle at night.
- Ability to lockout the Control Panel to keep mischievous paws or tiny hands from pushing buttons which can change settings or create unwanted cleaning cycles.
APPLICATION REQUIREMENT AND DETAILS
|App Name||Litter-Robot Connect|
|Last Updated||Jan 23, 2020|
|iOS Version Requires||9.0 or greater. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.|
|Android||6.0 or greater|
|App Size||221.3 MB|
|Developer||Automated Pet Care Products, Inc. dba AutoPets|
List of Compatible Devices
- iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad Air, iPad Air 2iPad mini, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3
- iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and to present iPhone 10
- iPod touch (fifth generation)
- Android 6.0 or greater
You need a 2.4 GHz router signal. Currently, 5 GHz band is not supported.
New Autopets Connect App
If you have a Litter Robot Open-Air or a Robot Connect and also you have a Feeder Robot you can manage them all in one App, the Autopets Connect. Info about this App:
|App Name||Autopets Connect.|
|Last Updated||2020. Version 1.0.5|
|iOS Version Requires||10.0 or greater. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.|
|Android||8.0 or greater|
|App Size||82 MB|
|Developer||Automated Pet Care Products Inc.|
Litter Robot 3 Connect + IFTTT
The Litter Robot 3 Connect can be integrated with 650+ relevant smart home devices through applets, using IFTTT codes. This means a specific operation or status you choose from your Litter-Robot 3 Connect will trigger a response in the smart device you choose in your home. For example, if you want to know when the waste drawer is full, you can integrate this status to show in a smart lamp, changing the light color, for instance.
Applets are sort of “mini apps” that connect two or more devices using IFTTT instructive codes. The IFTT code is the instruction of: “If This, Then That”.
Watch a video for you to see how easy is to integrate the Litter Robot 3 Connect’s API to smart devices at home.
How To Bind ‘Litter-Robot Connect’ With Your iPhone/Android
You need to follow the steps below:
- Check that your Litter-Robot Connect is close to the router or WiFi extender to make sure you will have a reliable signal. Have your unit plugged in and make sure it did the initial cleaning cycle.
- Make sure your Wi-Fi is ON. Write down your Wi-Fi password, you will need it to complete the process.
- Download the Connect App.
- Open the App and Follow the Instructions. The App itself will guide you through the steps to complete the connection. It’s really simple. Here I will show you the “Onboarding” process:
- The App will ask you to allow it send you notifications, click “allow”
- Login using your existing customer’s username and password or create a new account
- The Litter Robot congrats you and asks you to start the settings ⇒ Next
- The App suggest you keep your cat in a different room if you have a skittish cat (when the settings are done the unit will automatically start a cleaning cycle) ⇒ Next
- Enable Wi-Fi by pressing the Cycle and Empty button at the same time, wait till the light is white and then blue. Release when the light gets blue. ⇒ Next
- The Litter Robot asks you to access the camera, tap “OK”
- Scan the QR Code. You will find the code on the stickers behind the base of the unit or on the box. Tap on “Ready to Scan”
- It will show the scan was successful ⇒ Next
- Give a name to your LR Connect
- Connect your phone to Litter-Robot’s Hotspot. Leave the App, go to Settings and find your current Wi-Fi network. Find the Litter Robot network and choose it. Enter the password. Your phone will connect to the Litter-Robot’s network.
- Choose your Wi-Fi network and enter the password of your Wi-Fi. Wait for Wi-Fi confirmation.
- Now the unit will start automatically a cleaning cycle
WHAT’S ON THE LR CONNECT APP
It shows the “Waste Level Gauge” and this gauge shows the arrow moving up in real time as your cat uses the litter box. Here, you can tap the button “Start Cycle” to start a rotation from your iOS or Android device.
Video How To Start A Cleaning Cycle From Your Phone
It shows you the history of the Litter Robot Connect’s activity showing how long ago each activity happened. This way you see when:
- Clean Cycle Completed. The unit finished a full cleaning cycle
- Clean Cycle in Progress. The Globe is rotating
- Cat Sensor Timing. The Litter Robot Connect is active in wait mode
- Ready. The unit is ready to be used.
It provides you a weekly or monthly chart with your cat’s elimination habits.This is a huge help to keep track of your cat digestive and urinary health, especially if your pet is experiencing constipation, diarrhea or first symptoms of diabetes or urinary blockage. Any significant change in the chart is a red flag to start paying attention to your cat.
In this option you can control the settings that would need to do manually with the Litter Robot Open Air. Here you can:
- Change the Litter-Robot Connect’s name.
- Active Sleep Mode. You just need to tap the button to activate the Sleep Mode, then choosing the period of time the unit to be inactive, save and that’s all.
- Adjust Wait Time. Tap the wait time and choose the time sliding to get the number you want, to 3-7 or 15 minutes.
- Night Light. Tap it and the night blue light is on/off
- Panel Lockout. Tap it to lock or unlock the panel.
- Power. Turn the unit off/on by tapping this button.
- Reset Gauge. Once you empty the waste drawer tap and reset the Gauge to start from zero.
- Reset to Default. Tap to restore default settings.
How to change the Sleep Mode time:
Video How To Change Wait Time
CONNECT VS OPEN AIR
App tells you to empty waste drawer
App to change delay time. New setting shows on screen.
Chart per Day, week & month of box usage.
You can custom hours of Sleep Mode time on your App.
Receive notifications for possible fails
Trigger cycles through your phone
Turn on/off Nightlight from the phone
Lockout the control panel from your phone
Control multiple units from your phone
Open waste drawer to check
Change delay time on unit. New setting can’t be seen.
No track of the litter box usage.
8-hours sleep default. Must set it on Control Panel.
You don’t know if a rotation failed
Manually push “cycle” on control panel
Turn on/off nightlight manually on unit
Press reset button until blue light flashes
Must manually set each unit at home
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- All settings and the unit’s operation can be managed on the Connect App, including cleaning cycles.
- Ability to check the Litter Robot’s usage while you are away from home
- Notification if the unit failed when doing a rotation
- App notifies you when time to empty the unit
- Daily, weekly and monthly chart with your cat’s elimination habits. Good for monitoring the cat’s health.
- Ability to control various units with the same App.
- All family members can control the Litter Robot from different phones using the same account.
- Compatible with IFTTT technology
- Ability to connect to the App via Bluetooth.
- The full indicator is based on cleaning cycles rather than relying on a weight-sensor.
- Every time you empty the drawer you need to remember to reset the Waste Level Gauge to zero.
Do you have a Litter Robot Open Air already but want to Wi-Fi enable it? No worries! This is how to do it:
How To Make A Connect WiFi Version Of Your Litter Robot III
If you already have a Litter Robot III Open Air and love the new features of the Connect version, you can connect and enable your unit and you have 2 options to do this:
1. Getting the Connect Base Upgrade. This is an easy way to do it, simply get the Connect Base Upgrade and replace it with the existing base of your unit. The new Connect base will work with the existing Globe and Bonet. The Connect Base Upgrade forms part of the Components of the Litter Robot. You can get the Connect Base Upgrade here.
2. Getting the Connect Upgrade Kit Installation. This is the DIY option that requires a little more work but it’s a more economical option than the Upgrade Base and it’s not really that hard to install. You need to get the kit and install it in the existing control panel of your unit. This kit is part of the accessories of Litter Robot III that you can purchase to upgrade your unit.
What comes in the Connect Upgrade Kit?
- Main Circuit Board
- WebConnect Module
- Wire Harness
- Serial Number Sticker
- Connect Quick Start Guide
- Connect Upgrade Kit Installation Guide
Unboxing & Review of Connect Upgrade Kit
HOW TO INSTALL THE CONNECT UPGRADE KIT
The Connect Upgrade Kit Installation Guide shows with instructions and pictures step by step how to install it. Before starting the installation you will need a #2 Phillips screwdriver and optional, a Needle-nose pliers (we didn’t need it), and a Utility knife (we didn’t need it either).
To make things easy for you, I created a video with step-by-step instructions on how to install the Connect Upgrade Kit.
MY THOUGHTS AS CAT OWNER
Either you get the new Litter Robot Connect or you Connect-enable your existing machine you will enjoy the convenience of fully controlling and monitoring your cat’s litter box through your iPhone, iPad or Android. But not only that, you will be able to check your cat’s elimination habits which will allow you to keep track and take care of your cat’s health, which is very important, especially with indoor cats.
Now I will be able to know if my cat has constipation or urinary issues which I couldn’t monitor in the past. The charts the App provides are a great piece of information for me and my Vet. Also, I will be traveling with confidence that if anything happens to the litter box, I will be able to call a friend to fix it for me. This is very rare and it hasn’t happened to me so far (I’ve had the unit for 3 years now) but it’s still good to know you are in control.
If you are busy or travel a lot and you like to control your devices through your Smartphone, I highly recommend the Litter Robot Connect.
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