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#14903 - 02/18/03 08:43 AM Projects under way with my wet soldering iron:
Stephen Wilson Offline
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1. Solidstate relays for the SECU16 outputs to directly control mains house lighting - (waiting for the parts to arrive, then it's R&D time!)
2. Interface with a BCD to Decimal PIC so that the x10 codes sent out can be converted to a digital LED display so that I can see what the last command was without firing up the computer or running from room to room to see if anything is on.
3. Solidstate Relay "bobcat" using a PIC 16F628 and a one wire Datawire for remote locations in the house to do specific tasks...
(more to come later, I gotta finish these first!)

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#14904 - 02/19/03 03:56 AM Re: Projects under way with my wet soldering iron:
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Interesting about your X10 display.

Was thinking of using an old PalmPilot (back when they were called PalmPilots) and a CM-11A to do the same thing. However, haven't determined if I want to go to the trouble of writing the software for the Palm...

Anyone know if there is any software out there already for a Palm that will allow it to talk to a CM-11 or PSC05/TW523?

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#14905 - 02/23/03 11:18 AM Re: Projects under way with my wet soldering iron:
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Brian, Take a look at ACT's AT004. It does everything, for peanuts. Don't bother with the transmitter, a powerflash module does the same thing.
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#14906 - 02/23/03 04:59 PM Re: Projects under way with my wet soldering iron:
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Hi JC,

What is ACT's AT004.

Dominic

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#14907 - 02/25/03 01:45 AM Re: Projects under way with my wet soldering iron:
Donald Morrissette Offline
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Hi Dominic,

this is the description i find for the AT004, JC correct me if this is not the product you talk about.

AT004 A10, PCC 120 to 277 VAC Test Transceiver. Transmits X10 and receives
A10 and standard X10 (including Preset Dim) and extended code. Selectable
0, 30, 60, 90, 120, 150 transmit pulse. Logs noise and signal
levels up to 24 hours. Displays noise and signal level and will log for 24
hour period, has auto transmit mode for system testing, can be used as P1
test transmitter. Comes equipped with 120 VAC plug, plus extra cable with
alligator clips for higher voltages. Use to configure A10 products.

you can find the product line at http://www.act-solutions.com/pdfs/escmemo/PCCMiniCatalog.pdf

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#14908 - 02/25/03 03:19 PM Re: Projects under way with my wet soldering iron:
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Thanks Donald, I learn something every day.

Dominic

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#14909 - 02/26/03 04:44 PM Re: Projects under way with my wet soldering iron:
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Thank's Donald, Sometimes I presume too much.
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#14910 - 03/26/03 09:15 AM Re: Projects under way with my wet soldering iron:
Stephen Wilson Offline
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. Solidstate relays for the SECU16 outputs to directly control mains house lighting - (waiting for the parts to arrive, then it's R&D time!)
2. Interface with a BCD to Decimal PIC so that the x10 codes sent out can be converted to a digital LED display so that I can see what the last command was without firing up the computer or running from room to room to see if anything is on.
3. Solidstate Relay "bobcat" using a PIC 16F628 and a one wire Datawire for remote locations in the house to do specific tasks...
(more to come later, I gotta finish these first!)

Update!

#1. Work in progress!
#2. Aborted - no need now that Homeseer is working great with my SpeakEasy!
#3. Parts are here! Now is the testing phase!

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#14911 - 03/27/03 03:05 AM Re: Projects under way with my wet soldering iron:
Jim Doolittle Offline
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Stephen,

How are you using the SpeakEasy with HomeSeer?
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#14912 - 03/27/03 09:06 AM Re: Projects under way with my wet soldering iron:
Stephen Wilson Offline
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Since the Ocelot is too weak to support the house codes in my house - with a coupler installed as well(!) - I'm using the Ocelot to monitor the daylight and nighttime via the light bobcat, and use the Ocelot to announce the codes for me when Homeseer sends out the commands. I'm using the PSC05 with mods and find it *still* too weak for my circumstances!

So, my (gasp) trusty CM11A and Homeseer is set to send out commands while the Ocelot's sole purpose is to announce codes through out the house via the SpeakEasy and keep the CM11A "awake" until AppDig releases their new interface module.

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#14913 - 03/27/03 12:06 PM Re: Projects under way with my wet soldering iron:
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Stephen,

You might try Smarthome.com's PowerLinc (NOT the USB one) which can function as a PSC05/TW523 replacement... I've heard that others have used this and it worked. Never heard any reports though on whether or not it was any better than the PSC05/TW523.

Also, you might wish to look at where you have the PSC05 plugged in. Are there any "signal sucking" appliances on the same circuit - such as a power strip/UPS? (ensure that the PSC05 is NOT plugged into any of these).

You might want to move the PSC05 to another circuit, once I did that, a LOT of my problems went away (it was previously on a circuit with two fluorescent lights very nearby).

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#14914 - 03/27/03 12:16 PM Re: Projects under way with my wet soldering iron:
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My PSC05 is in an outlet I installed directly under the main breaker panel. This means extending the Ocelot to PSC05 cable but it was well worth the effort in my case!

I too am anxiously awaiting the ADI power line interface though!

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#14915 - 03/27/03 05:36 PM Re: Projects under way with my wet soldering iron:
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Have you looked at the CR230 series coupler/repeaters by (yes again) ACT (Advanced Control Technologies).

While you're on thier site, look up Uncle Phil's notes on just about everthing relating to X10.

I have used the CR234 with great sucess.
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#14916 - 03/29/03 11:27 AM Re: Projects under way with my wet soldering iron:
Stephen Wilson Offline
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John: Great Idea. I'll give that a try. My home is *JUST* under 1000 sq. ft.. But hey, your idea might be enough to do the trick!

JC: I'll check it out. Thanks.

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#14917 - 03/29/03 11:31 AM Re: Projects under way with my wet soldering iron:
Stephen Wilson Offline
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Brian: I did find a faulty power strip and replaced it. But my computer equipment is on a surge strip - then UPS - then surge strip (not enough plugs in UPS). My "HA" computer is on a Surge Strip then UPS. The rest of my house is wired for UPS's to TV's and Audio equipment that I turn off/on at the UPS switch. The ONLY other thing that I can think of that is possibly sucking X10 signals is my Refrigerator (Sears).
I'll put a surge filter on that and see what happens. The CM11A is in a non-surge power strip as is my PSC05. Everything else is "protected".

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#14918 - 03/29/03 12:04 PM Re: Projects under way with my wet soldering iron:
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Surge strips are one of the more infamous X10 "signal suckers" as are UPS's.

My UPS is plugged into a surge protector which is in turn plugged into an ACT AF100 120VAC, 5A plug-in filter module.

My Elk ESM1 X10 signal monitor went from 1 unreliable bar to 4 bars of signal after isolating the surge protector and UPS with an AF100.

For a test, you may want to try temporarily unplugging all your power bars, surge protectors and UPS's to observe the affect on X10?

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