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The X10 setup I have now can send RF commands to another X10
transceiver in the house.  They recommend this if parts of your house
don't respond; something about dual phase yadda.

Anyway, is there any way to have the X10 send out codes to control
things like TVs or ceiling fans as though it was the remote control?

You can tell I don't know squat, so any help is big time appreciated...


Re: Remote control
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TVs generally use IR signals.  It's common to use a PC running something
like Girder to handle listening for and sending commands to IR devices.
Other systems like a GlobalCache could also be used.  But nothing exists
that's cheap or easy to configure.

Fans, on the other hand, tend to use RF signals and I'm not aware of any PC
controllers that know how to speak to them.  They tend to be proprietary to
the maker of the fan or the remote add-on.


Re: Remote control
By and large the answer is no but the exact details depend on your location.

Worldwide, most TVs and other AV devices use Infrared (IR) for control
rather than RF.

In North America, X-10 uses 310MHz RF. Hardly anything else uses that
frequency. Even if they did the X-10 RF remotes can only send the X-10 RF
protocol.

In Europe (and many other regions) X-10 uses 433.92MHz for RF. Many (most?)
RF devices also use this frequency (mandated by CE regulations). But, again,
the X-10 RF remotes can only send the X-10 protocol.

X-10 does have multipurpose remotes which can send the X-10 RF codes and
also send IR codes to AV devices.

There are some (usually high end @ $US1000+) RF capable programmable remotes
(e.g. Philips Pronto) that can be used to control many other European RF
devices. It's merely a matter of determining the codes and protocols.

However, there are roundabout ways to have the X-10 remotes control other
devices by using a device (e.g. Ocelot) which can receive X-10 via the
powerline and then send IR codes to control other devices.

There is also the just released Nokia 770 which has WiFi. It (or any WiFi
capable PDA) can be used to send commands to something like the Global Cachè
GC-100 which can then send IR (or RF) codes.  


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Re: Remote control
A few years back, X-10 made a universal remote that would send the RF
signals out and would also control most home theatre devices via IR.
You can generally find these things on eBay for around $5.00 plus
shipping.

Here's a link to one

http://cgi.ebay.com/X-10-5-in-1-Learning-Remote-Control-UR74A-BRAND-NEW-X10_W0QQitemZ5833342611QQcategoryZ61323QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Jim


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