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 on: Today at 12:42:08 pm 
Started by Morry - Last post by Morry
Remember what I said in my first post, in order for HA to work the solution has to be easier to use than what was there before.
When I was first wanting to install X10 HA I had to convince my wife that she wouldn't be having to "go through hoops" every time she wanted to turn a light on. The most common switches are the mini-controllers which will at the most access 8 consecutive codes on one letter.
The deal we made was that there would be one mini-controller per room and that the same buttons would trigger the same light or appliance in each room.
Number one would be the main overhead light, two would be her lamp, three would be mine and four would be for whatever was left to control.
Now obviously as long as I set the controller up correctly this could also apply to five through eight without her knowing about it.
As you can see this can be made to work BUT we have five major areas of our house, the living room, our media centre, the laundry room, my workroom and our garage. If you count our yard that makes six.
I have this all working and she is happy with it but to do so I had to use seven house codes with anywhere from three to four unit codes per.
This makes it a little tricky to keep everything under control.
My first iteration of the app is set up so that my desklamp for my computer station is set for the top position, the overhead light above me is next, the hall light behind me is next and so on. I have everything around me in an order that works for me regardless of its code.
The second iteration has the first six set exactly the same so there are no surprises but after that I have some from the garage, back yard and the front and back door (when I am in my computer room it can take a while to answer either door so by flashing the porch light my visitor knows I am coming).
I am also planning to set up a third one for my Christmas lighting. Again the first six will be the same but the rest will be used for the inside and outside decorations.
You do realize that there is nothing to stop you from mimicking the Palm pad with each iteration running with its own house code. You could even label them appropriately so that you could read each house code from the desktop label?
Morry




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 on: September 12, 2017, 11:44:25 am 
Started by Tuicemen - Last post by Tuicemen
Wall switches were the first to be upgraded as they ran out of stock of those items (so I'm told). ??? ::)

True the WAF is what most current users wish to improve. Maybe some of (hopefully all of) the new module ideas Authinx has in mind do this.

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 on: September 12, 2017, 07:37:59 am 
Started by Tuicemen - Last post by roger1818
There is already a dimmable wire in module  xpdf  and a none dimmable XPFM.

Yes.  I implied that.   My suggesting is adding a traveller wire to them to allow them to be controlled by a companion switch (cheaper and more reliable than an X10 wall transmitter).

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However until more miniaturization happens these won't fit in most lamps.

True, which is why a wired-in variant of the socket rocket I suggested would be more useful for most lamps.

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Most purchasers are looking for plug and play so I suspect these will be last on Authinx's to do list.

So why do they sell wall switch modules and why were they the first to be upgraded?  They aren't plug and play.  If you can change a wall switch you can change a lamp socket or install an inline module.

I would argue most users want improved WAF more than anything else.  The kludgey implementation of  local control of lamp and appliance modules is a huge WAF limitation.  The leakage current needed for the local control method currently used is also problematic with many CFL and LED bulbs.  By adding a local switch, they can eliminate the leakage current and make the module as reliable as the XPS4 and WS469.

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 on: September 12, 2017, 07:11:46 am 
Started by Morry - Last post by roger1818
Although this app allows you to have 16 unique units to be able to control, I have already found the need for more.
I compiled Checkbox to be able to be run more than one iteration and it is not that hard to set up a second unique copy.

Rather than running multiple iterations, why not add a pull down to select which Housecode you want it to use (similar to the old CM17A Firecracker software)?  It could be configurable to limit which Housecodes are in the list and names  could  be assigned to each Housecode and the unit labels on the buttons could be updated depending which Housecode was selected.

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 on: September 12, 2017, 06:43:32 am 
Started by Tuicemen - Last post by Tuicemen
There is already a dimmable wire in module  xpdf  and a none dimmable XPFM.
However until more miniaturization happens these won't fit in most lamps.
Most purchasers are looking for plug and play so I suspect these will be last on Authinx's to do list.
I'm told there are lots of new modules planned but the Wi-Fi module (hub) development is holding everything up. ??? ::) :`)
I've not been given any details as to what these may be. ???

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 on: September 12, 2017, 05:32:20 am 
Started by Tuicemen - Last post by roger1818
The new wall switches are a sample of what Authinx has planed for new modules, all will eventually have the new relays and AGC.

What I would like to see is a lamp module that replaces the light switch on the lamp rather than being inserted in series with it (kind of like an LM15A (Socket Rocket) with screw terminals for bare wires instead of an E26 base).  Local control could then be implemented via either a push button or as a touch lamp.  Other options could include dimable (if the heat can be safely dissipated), switched and tri-light.

Another thing I would like to see is adding a traveller wire to the inline modules for adding a local control switch.  This could then be used as a solution for those who don't have a neutral wire in their switch box by using a companion switch with it (the second blue wire on the companion switch isn't really necessary as they are shorted together, it just make wiring easier in various 3-way applications).  It could also be used inside lamps and appliances that have different types of switches:

(X10 could either sell momentary versions of them or just update the firmware to toggle when the switch changes state to allow the use of the existing switch).  This would mean turning the appliance off locally wouldn't disable remote control as the local switch would directly turn the module on and off.

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 on: September 12, 2017, 03:03:02 am 
Started by Tuicemen - Last post by Tuicemen
I've tested the new and improved modules Authinx released which Brian listed.
All are far better then the old X10 modules they replaced.
Authinx decided to deal with existing users issues like RF range and PLC so older modules operation life could be extended first.
Many didn't wish to replace their existing modules with all new ones.
The repeaters help with that.
The new wall switches are a sample of what Authinx has planed for new modules, all will eventually have the new relays and AGC.

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 on: September 12, 2017, 02:16:18 am 
Started by Tuicemen - Last post by Brian H
The CM19E you linked to is the European version of our CM19A. Using the European RF frequency that are different from ours.

There is now a WS469 push button relay wall switch with a more quiet relay.
XPS4 replacing the XPS3. Has a more quiet relay and AGC.
SR751 X10 RF repeater that is much improved over the older X10 RF Repeater.
PLC01 plug in module X10 power line signal repeater.

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 on: September 11, 2017, 04:29:46 pm 
Started by Tuicemen - Last post by petediscrete
Thanks for the vote of confidence petediscrete.
The TIP10RF is a totally different animal then what Authinx has been working on.
It is Wi-Fi to x10 RF what Authinx's x10 hub does is Wi-Fi- to PLC no need for a transceiver.
I currently use a inexpensive Broadlink RF Pro for Wi-Fi to X10 which is a universal Wi-Fi  to RF or IR, and superior to the TIP10RF.
There also is an Alexa skill for it though that currently only works for entertainment (IR)devices.

The current hub Authinx is working on will be their low end hub.
They are planning another version (pro) which will replace the cm15 doing both RF and PLC.
This version was decided on to work out bugs paving the way for the advanced version as RF isn't as difficult to create.

I may have a look at Mono though I'm getting a bit to old to learn a new programming language. (Chr)

Came across this device to. Looks like it would PLC if the house had a transceiver installed. Cheap enough too.

https://www.uk-automation.co.uk/cm19-x10-usb-transceiver-rf-transmitter-receiver/

I'm just wondering what new products Authinx have introduced since they took the reigns. I'm assuming there's been no further made on AHP either. I wonder if they have any other application in mind. Time is moving on and I fear so is their customer base.

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 on: September 10, 2017, 01:03:11 pm 
Started by Morry - Last post by Morry
Although this app allows you to have 16 unique units to be able to control, I have already found the need for more.
I compiled Checkbox to be able to be run more than one iteration and it is not that hard to set up a second unique copy.
Use File Explorer to access C:\apps and create a new folder called checkbox2. Then open the checkbox folder and copy its contents to checkbox2.
Go into checkbox2 and create a new shortcut for checkbox.exe. This shortcut will always access the second app and can be copied pretty much anywhere including your desktop.
This shortcut will always start up the second checkbox app.
After firing this up any changes you make to either codes or labels will be saved for the second app.
I have changed the background colour for it so I don't get the two confused.
Morry


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