Ask 100 people on the streets of the UK what X-10 is and I reckon the two top answers would be: 1. It's a sci-fi movie. or 2. It's that cream for hemorrhoids isn't it? Up until very recently X-10 had only been available from a couple of mail order specialists. Then, about 12 months ago, products finally became available 'over the counter' in Maplin stores (something like your Radio Shack) across the country. Despite recent price cuts, modules are still very expensive. A lamp module, for example, is around 30.00 UK Pounds (the equivalent of just under $50!!). You can imagine how sick we feel when we see US units advertised at around $10. But at last X-10 is slowly starting to get exposure in the UK.
All the talk of a home office is great, but not practical, because our bosses require us to be at the office during the work day, and just allow the home office for us to do more work for them while we're at home! That's okay for some, but I've got a better idea -- lets bring the home -- to the office; or anywhere we are! Cheap!!
I had the unit up an running in a few minutes and it learned commands from my remote in no time. This is the first device I've reviewed from the UK and I'm impressed with the functionality. Frankly, I think much of the equipment coming to market these days is unnecessarily complicated as manufacturers try to do too much with one device.
"Controlling devices in the selected house code is easy but you must know the correct phrases to use. For example "Turn on Coach Lamp" commands the lamp on and "Shut off Coach Lamp" turns it off. "Set Coach Lamp to 75%" ... Brighten Coach Lamp by 10%" etc. Once you learn the key phrases you're all set and with proper training, the voice recognition is quite accurate."
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The fact that the LM15A remembers the code even after the power is removed means that you can set up the code in any convenient indoor lamp and then move the module to its final location, which might be in an outside light fixture for example. This means you don't have to install it outside and then run in and out of the house while setting it up.
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.
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