All in all, this is the nicest X-10 switch that I have seen or used so far (haven't tested PCS or Smartlinc yet though). The switch retails for about $75. I'm almost ready to swap out all of those old pushbuttons and this may be the switch that does it for me.
"The system features Distributed Control rather than conventional Central Control. The difference here is that the SmartOne devices contain enough intelligence to store their own configuration and functions so that if a system controller fails, the devices will continue to operate as programmed. For example if the lighting control panel fails, the switches will continue to operate according to their individual groupings etc."
A revolution occurring in the Commercial/Industrial environmental control industry may soon find it's way into our networked homes. Both BacNet & LonTalk communication standards are being widely accepted by the Commercial building industry. The room control or individual unit control requirements in a Commercial buildings are not that different from the requirements in our homes. The low cost programmable controller can be easily reconfigured for any task. Some of this technology will come as part of Original Equipment Manufacture "OEM" products such as air conditioners and heating equipment. This article provides a quick overview of this BacNet standard developed by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers ASHRAE.
Use the Internet configuration to set up your system so HAL can go and get traffic reports, stock quotations, TV listings etc. This feature sets HAL apart from the others and I'm sure we'll see more options in the future. Just ask for a weather report and HAL reads it back to you (in a clear voice) from data it retrieved from the internet ... WOW!
Home cabling systems are no different than commercial systems, they often contain a mix of broadband (coax) cables, and twisted pair cables carrying voice, data, and security signals. The components and connectors for these systems have been tried and proven in the commercial industry and there is no reason to reinvent them for the HCS industry.
A solid data model for interoperability must be presented to this community before we will realize the growth potential we have. Interoperability must not only exist between our home products and us, it must also exist between the products themselves; each product enhancing the feature set and functionality of the other.
Using any universal infrared remote control set to "Sony" control code, click the "VOLUME+" (move right), "VOLUME-" (move left), "CHANNEL+" (move up) and "CHANNEL-" (move down) keys in order to "move around" on the house map until the blinking cursor is on a device icon.
Initial setup of CDJ is a piece of cake; I simply plugged it in, and told CDJ to go index my collection. Out of 280 CD's, CDJ correctly identified 274, mis-identified two, and couldn't identify 4 because they weren't in the CDDB database.
Noise and Filtering, Troubleshooting
"Building the PC Remote is simple when following these instructions. You can purchase a kit which includes all the components and a pre-fabricated circuitboard, or build it yourself from scratch using the included Layouts."
"EZHome is the CM11A controller. It runs quietly in the background and monitors for signals coming from the CM11A or from ARexx. When it gets one from the CM11, it checks a list of presets to see if any match the X10 code. If any do, it then executes the corresponding command(s) which can be programs, ARexx scripts, soundfx, or whatever you want it to do."
"As we start to get into this system the first thing to notice is that, unlike X-10, each device must be defined by entering it's serial number and we don't get a choice of the device code (or Unit Address). That's because the CEBus system takes care of addressing for you. The serial number identifies the device and the system finds it and assigns the address. "
"Unique to HOUSE/2, and setting it apart from other programs, is the Series Event creation page. It allows you to create a series of module events over a certain date range specified. "
"It is perhaps a little known fact that the X-10 protocol has, since day one, included the capability of being expanded. The "basic" protocol includes 256 codes (16 housecodes x 16 units codes) and includes 16 functions (on, off, bright, dim, etc). However one of these 16 function codes basically means "when you receive this code, there's more code coming." These are X-10dedâ„˘ codes and are used to provide features such as preset dim in the LM14A."
"Good products, dealers, and manufacturers must be profiled, and happy customers must be displayed for all the world to see. We cannot quietly sit back and watch as various uninformed reporters continuously ridicule our products and services. A few more negative stories could kill the industry."
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Automation & Control - Featured Product
Custom scenes (connecting up to 250 switches) in your living, family or great room, kitchen, study, master bedroom/bathroom, and office. Turn off all lights in your home at the touch of a button. Automatically (Timer Scheduler) turn on/off outdoor security lights, heating and AC, or provide night light convenience anywhere in your home. From creating a virtual 3 way switch anywhere in your home, to turning a group of lights when your garage door is opened, door bell or phone rings.