Which One Should I Use - Part XI

Noise and Filtering, Troubleshooting

Build your own $50 PC Remote

"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."

Home Tool Pro

"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. "

Report on recent advances and introductions regarding the X-10® protocol

"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-10ded™ codes and are used to provide features such as preset dim in the LM14A."

Where is the Positive Message?

"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."

Which One Should I Use, Part X

Noise and Filtering, So Let's Look at Filters.

Home Control Assistant

"And since scheduling depends on your computer clock, HCA can be set to automatically update by calling a time service and downloading the correct time to your PC clock. Now that's cool. I wish my VCR, stove, coffee maker, wall clock etc. could do the same. Sometimes I can walk around my house and think that I live in several time zones at once."

Home THX- The Best of the Best

"THX stands for Tom Holman's eXperiment. If you are a fan of George Lucas, you might recognize 'THX'; it is part of the name of Lucas' first feature length film, named THX 1138."

Infrared Remote Control from your PC

"URC lets your home PC reach out and control many common appliances in your home - your CD player, TV, VCR, DSS, DVD, stereo preamp, radio tuner, cassette player, or anything else which accepts infrared remote control signals. I've given a very simple illustration in this column: pausing and muting everything when the phone rings. There are many other cool applications you can create."

Some Common X-10 Questions and Answers

"I'm a small security dealer and I'm interested in getting into the Home Automation business. I've heard that these days many customers expect Home Automation to be part of a security system. I've noticed that X-10 seems to be the DeFacto standard when it comes to Home Automation but I'm wondering how I can find out more about the subject in general."

Which One Should I Use, Part IX

Noise and Filtering, but let's just define noise first.

Case Study Interview

"The company has an astounding 100 million US installed base of home automation systems. This includes both modules, such as plug-in lamp or appliance modules that turn off the lights, and controllers, which turn something on via remote control, timer, telephone, computer, etc. Dave Rye estimates that about 5 million homes have X-10 modules."

CHAC & Homation

"HomAtion cleverly allows anything to trigger anything else. You can have events trigger scenes, scenes create events, events cause events, etc. You can create variables to pass data from one scene to another. You create a scene the same way you add a device, except you attach events to it."

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