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Take Control with X10

January 10, 2008 by Lisa 

X10 remote lighting kit
Do you have lots of lamps and other lighting scattered throughout the house? Imagine not having to walk over to each light in the house to turn it on or off. Just pick up the wireless remote, and turn all the lights on/off or turn them on/off one at a time—you can even do this from outside the home.  More than a convenience, using a wireless remote to perform simple tasks is helpful to those who don’t have the mobility to get up and down so much.

Here’s  fast and inexpensive way to get started with home automation.

If you are just getting started with home automation, consider using X10 devices. X10 is a power line carrier protocol that uses the existing wiring in your home. X10 works with up to 256 coded addresses. X10 modules consist of the following:

  • Receivers: Devices are plugged into receivers and respond to signals from a transmitter with the same code.
  • Transmitters: Can send up to 256 coded, low-voltage signals over existing wiring.
  • 2-way Receiver/Transmitter: Can both transmit and receive signals.

X10 devices are controlled from a variety of wireless remotes, wall mounted key-pads, or touch screens and tabletop keypads.

With X10icon, you can easily control and adjust in-home temperatures, door locks, lights, security, music, video, or anything that is electrical.

Take a look at a simple example of how X10 works:

  1. Set the house code on an X10 transmitter module. The transmitter module pro-vides you with 16 house codes to choose from. For example, set the dial to “A” to enable the X10 transmitter to communicate with X10 receivers with the same house code setting.
  2. Plug the X10 transmitter module into any wall socket. The transmitter module includes a small antenna.
  3. Set the unit and house code on the face of an X10 receiver module. You can choose from 16 house codes and 16 unit codes. If you set the house code on the X10 receiver to “A”, then the X10 receiver responds to the X10 transmitter with the same house code. Set the unit code to “1″. The X10 receiver responds to a controller that is set to send a signal to house code “A”, unit code “1″.
  4. Plug a lamp into the X10 receiver and then plug the X10 receiver into any wall socket.
  5. Get the wireless remote, set the house code to “A”, and then press the button that corresponds to the code you set on the X10 receiver (in this case, “1″). The light turns on/off.

X10 is fast and inexpensiveicon method to get started with home automation. If it runs off of electricity, chances are you can plug into an X10 module and begin tak-ing control right away.

Now that you have an idea of how much your home is already automated, and a few tips on making your home even smarter, what will you do with all your free time?

Head over to SmartHome for your Wireless X10 Controls!
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2 Responses to “Take Control with X10”

  1. Home Automation » Blog Archive » Vantage/Legrand Adds ProLAN(TM) tecCenters(TM) to Home Automation ... - Reuters on January 24th, 2008 9:48 am

    [...] Take Control with X10 Do you have lots of lamps and other lighting scattered throughout the house? Imagine not having to walk over to each light in the house to turn it on or off. Just pick up the wireless remote, and turn all the lights on/off or turn them on/off one at a time—you can even do this from outside the home.  More than a convenience, using a wireless remote to perform simple tasks is helpful to those who don’t have the mobility to get up and down so much. Here’s  fast and inexpensive way to get start [...]

  2. Screw In a SocketRocket - Change Your Switch Flipping Habits : Smart Home Gadgets on February 12th, 2008 10:39 am

    [...] remember to keep the power to ON all the time. Now you can sit back on easy street and use your X10 remote or X10 Mini-timer to switch the light [...]

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