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Topic # 113265 11-Jan-2013 10:22 Send private message

Anyone using X10 or similar home automation gear?
If so, where did you get it, and any comments

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  Reply # 743211 11-Jan-2013 11:07 Send private message

x10 file for receivership about 1.5 years ago now  - was sad to hear that. We tried to find stuff 1 year ago, nothing or insane price in NZ, we ended up shipping from OZ from http://www.smarthome.com.au/ but looking at their side they are now basically sold out of x10, so you will need to look at something else.

X10 works well in our house, even tho we have lots of fuses, it still work every where. Love the movement sense in the hall, which send back a signal to the our server, which then turn a light on for 1 min is great.

good luck in finding a replacement home automation

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  Reply # 743345 11-Jan-2013 15:20 Send private message

Dont bother, constant false triggers, wont jump between circuits with any reliability and the vampire power usage of the 80's designed modules is huge compared to modern Zwave stuff.




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  Reply # 749946 24-Jan-2013 00:01 Send private message

There are a few options available currently in NZ but the length of the piece of string applies as always, and the stage of your project will effect some but not all of those options

What specifically are you looking to automate/control?

Lighting, standard alarms and general appliance switching are relatively simple, even to retro fit. Other integration can be heavily device/applicance specific 

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