new to automation/x10

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Hey all,
I am new to Home Automation/x10 and wanted to know where to start?
I was on the website and they have some great bundles, but is
there more to it than just replacing light switches, installing a
control panel and hooking everything up to be controlled by my
Basically, here's what I want to do.
I want to be able to automate across the internet my lights, some
appliances, watch my cameras from in home/remotely, (I was looking at
the floodlight cam for my back yard, and 3 xcam2's (car port, front
door, back door), motion detection through out my house and yard.  (I
have a nice house in a bad neighborhood).
So, since this seems to be rather inexpensive (relatively), is this
the way I want to go?


Re: new to automation/x10
Kelly Wilkins wrote:
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X-10 cameras aren't your best choice.  Their resolution sucks.  I figure
you're just aiming to throw your money away if you're leaning towards
the "cheap" or "inexpensive" side for that.  For cameras you can view in
your regular browser, have a look at .
They offer a wide range of "mid-priced" solutions that should "fit the
bill".  There are tons of links to other web enabled surveillance
cameras. is pretty popular.  And they have
even (on occasion) had better pricing on X-10 than say "X-10"...  :-)

As for controlling your lights, etc., X-10 still remains one of the more
popular automation solutions with lots of gear and support out there.

Re: new to automation/x10
Don't forget eBay as some people are not happy with the quality with
X-10 cams. I got rid of all my X10 stuff on eBay after upgrading to


On May 14, 9:23 am, Frank Olson <Use-the-email-> wrote:
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