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toddea
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USA
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Posted - 10/22/2018 :  12:20:05 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Currently, we control 4 lamps with an old x10 clock device to schedule on/off times and turn on/off at unscheduled times.
Problem is, it's getting old and harder to program. So I am looking for a simple setup to replace it.
For now, really only wanting to turn on a few lights. But we would like a physical remote to turn on/off at unscheduled times. We have iPhones but don't really want to have to use them for this. I can use an app, but the wife doesn't want to. And neither one of us like talking to a device. You can tell we are old.
I would appreciate any suggestions. And I apologize if this has been covered before. Please point me to any other discussion on this.
Thanks.

BLH
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Posted - 10/23/2018 :  07:10:56 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
X10 still makes the MT14A or X10Pro XPMT4 Mini Timers. That have an LCD clock screen and can do up to sixty four timed events. So that maybe one way to go.

For the remotes. I would think one of their credit card or palm pad remotes with a transceiver would work.
The Palm Pad can do all sixteen addresses. There is a two button and four button credit card remote.
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toddea
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Posted - 11/09/2018 :  09:08:10 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I guess this is my only option. Even though I have a couple of devices plugged in that is supposed to help move the signal along, I still can only turn on lights in about a forth of the house. Guess there is some strange wiring in the house.
Thanks for your help.

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BLH
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Posted - 11/09/2018 :  12:31:39 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You may want to look at Jeff's X10 Troubleshooting Tutorials for some tips.
http://jvde.us/x10_troubleshooting.htm

You could also ask in the X10 forums.
http://forums.x10.com/index.php
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toddea
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Posted - 11/21/2018 :  3:42:16 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks!
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avion
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USA
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Posted - 11/21/2018 :  3:59:31 PM  Show Profile  Visit avion's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hi. Check out the new AVION Ultimate Controller here on SmartHome. An iPhone communicates by BlueTooth and it has PhotoTouch menus, scenes, events, timer, multiform/zones with photos and is super easy to program even on the fly in seconds. Very slick 1 touch control. Check it out is THE ultimate controller for X10
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liderbug
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Posted - 12/14/2018 :  06:41:10 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I don't know what your experience is but it might be worth it to invest in a Rasberry Pi, $64 total (Amazon KanaKit). There are so many options available to you: CM19A, Zwave, IP, and more. And you control everything - locally. IE. there's a program "crontab" where you tell the smart plug to turn on every day at 5 AM (coffee/hall light/dog door) except on Sundays where it's 6:15 AM. The X10 MS16A mounted on a tree/post out in the driveway alerts the RasPi, the RasPi sends you a SMS, lights the floods over the garage door, turns on the front door light (if it's night time). And it's "local" - in your house - not shared with a server in China, not dependent on the internet. And you can add a camera to the RasPi and use Zoneminder and "Ring" it. Bottom line is: you do it your way, not the way someone else 'thinks' it should be done. And you can load Alexa on your RasPi.
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