X-10 demonstration shows how to control and monitor devices in the home,
office, or industry with powerline technology. Using compatible modules,
you can turn on lights, appliances, and other devices by sending X-10 signals.
Best of all, no additional wiring is required. X-10 uses your existing
A/C building wiring.
is an industry standard for communication among devices used for building
automation. It primarily uses power line wiring for signalling and control,
where the signals involve short radio frequency bursts representing digital
information. For more information about X-10 technology, click
application software performs two main functions as illustrated in the
screen capture above: transmit and receive. In the transmit section,
you specify the address of the X-10 module associated with the device you
want to control. Then, specify the function you want to perform.
By using the appropriate X-10 module(s), you can control just about anything.
For instance, use a lamp module to programmatically turn on an interior
light or an appliance module to start the coffee maker.
receive section displays received X-10 commands initiated by other transmitters
such as a motion detectors and control units. Use the optional "Alert:"
feature to configure a .wav file to play when the specified X10 message
addition, the application performs optional logging to a file. Received
command data are formatted and stored to a text file for later viewing.
To activate logging, simply click the "Log to file" check box located near
the bottom left segment of the main display. Each stored record contains
the timestamp, module address, and function of the received transaction
as shown below:
07:43:32 Addr. = A3, Function = On
is provided free of charge. The demo consists of the following software:
07:44:33 Addr. = A3, Function = Off
communication library DLL (unregistered shareware)
software or drivers are needed. Also required, but not included,
is a 1132 PowerLinc USB Computer
Interface. This device allows your computer to send and receive
X-10 signals. SmartHome provides
a wide array of compatible X-10 hardware at low prices:
in the home, office, or industry, X-10 is well-suited for a number of applications: