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.
Whenever I hear or think of the song "Great green gobs of greasy
grimey gopher guts" I imagine my cat saying; "That sounds REALLY,
In my old house, I had similar problems.
I did have a passive phase coupler,
the one you purchase from X10 suppliers
like this one:
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:
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.
For a few hundred, you can solve the problem without understanding it.
Buy something like an XTB that amplified the signal and bridges the
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.
Very good point. When I used to do a
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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