X10 questions


I use an A10 system. It will control devices on one side of my bedroom but not the other side, not even when the 240 volt electric oven is on. Is there a under 20 dollar solution to this problem?
Is there an X10 module that can control the speed of a 120 volt fan? Thank you in advance for all replies.
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Yes; they have such a thing at X10.

Not that I've noticed. Search their site.
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On 9/22/2010 12:11 PM, Daniel Prince wrote:

I did have a passive phase coupler, the one you purchase from X10 suppliers like this one: http://www.thehomeautomationstore.com/4816h.html Even with this passive coupler, there were some outlets that were not reachable. I tried one of the X10 coupler/repeaters, but it caused more problems than it fixed. It actually fired off randomly on noise. I returned it and got another one, with the same results. There are other repeater/couplers, however, they can get pretty pricey, so I never went that route.
That all said, I moved into a new house, and bought the same model coupler/repeater and it works well here. Maybe it's because I am in a more rural area, I don't know. This one is like: http://www.thehomeautomationstore.com/xpcr.html BUT, I only paid $20 for it, less than a year ago .... must have been some kind of special. Here, it solved all the problems of not being able to reach a particular module in a particular place. The only anomily I've seen seems to be related to the 1132CU not being able to send dim commands. But, dimming is not a big issue for me as almost all of my lights are non dimming CFLs. I can still manually dim using any controller.
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On Wed, 22 Sep 2010 09:11:35 -0700, Daniel Prince

Buy something like an XTB that amplified the signal and bridges the phases.
But for a $20 solution, you need to understand the problem first. You might require the phase coupler other have mentioned, but if that was the case, your oven test probably would have worked. My guess is you have something that is sucking up most of the x-10 signal. If you plug whatever is doing that into an x-10 filter, the problem will go away. To find the problem device, start unplugging things like TV's, computer power supplies, and even surge suppressors. Some surge suppressors often filter power line noise. However, that what x-10 signals are - noise on the power line. A lot of newer power supplies add their own unintentional noise and then they add circuitry to cut that down. Unfortunately, it often cuts down the x-10 right along with it. Good luck.
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Also unplug other X10 receivers... ironically, they can weaken the signal as well...
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On 9/24/2010 3:11 PM, John wrote:

big-time Halloween setup, it was all under X10 control with lots of modules. Typically, I would have one day where nothing seemed to work right. I'd usually just start unplugging X10 stuff in the house until the outside stuff worked.
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On Sat, 25 Sep 2010 08:32:21 -0400, Art Todesco wrote:
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I used to have a lot of X10 stuff. Now, I use very little (control bedroom lights and thermostat, remote doorbell and phone indicators). It was for that reason.
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For small fans Ive used the light module for years with no problem, it probably pulls no more than 150 watts.
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