I want to put a motion sensor at the back of the house, and one at the
front. I would then like a chime to sound when they are triggered, but
I would like a different sound depending on which sensor was triggered.
Is there away to do this?
You could do something like that with a pair of X-10 motion detectors
setup to trigger separate X10 Universal Modules. You'd have to hook
separate chimes to the relay contacts. One other approach would be to
simply use two separate X-10 chime modules, but the only ones I know of
(X10 PRO brand) don't let you choose another melody, so they'll sound the
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I am looking for a thermostat that I can integrate and control through my
home network. I want a interface much like the linksys router ( a web site
to edit the settings). The thermostat needs to be configurable like a
programmable thermostat but able to change the programming though an
internal web page.
if any one has a product with something like this, please let me know.
or if you know of a resource (ie web site, book, etc) that will be helpful
in making this thermostat from scratch, please let me know. I appreciate any
help. thanks. Denny
I'm looking for experts/companies/laboratories/suppliers who are
working on or studying "technical" cables and wires for data
Caracteristics : low voltage/varying impedance
Objective : creating or buying (!) a cable/wire able to process
simultaneous sources/data/information merging lan standards and
Applications : computers, telecommunications, home automation...
Any other informations are welcome (patents, associations, reports,
Got the same message in comp.dcom.cabling (where you'd think it belongs,
anyways). Discussed it a little. Still very vague idea about what does
this gentleman want, anyways. He'll hopefully post some clarifications,
and not in this group.
We archived this thread here:
In this article I discuss what I did to wire my new home, what it cost and
what tpyes of things we needed to consider before we started. These were
some of the itmes we planned and wired for; Phone Ethernet, Cable TV, Alarm
Keypads, Distributed Music System, Plasma TVs and surround sound to name a
Read about here.
Personaly I would have put in a standard alarm system, have a TV and
HiFi room, and us a wireless intercolm.
As for networking, I would consider a high quality wireless for a
mobile laptop, and have a wired network for the main computers,
probably in one or two rooms that are close to each other.
For the security cameras, I would have gone wireless.
My cost would be less than 1/2 of what you spent.
I wired my place for telephone, cable, and networking. I spent about
$300 for everything. I did the work myself. The complete job took me
an afternoon (about 5 hours).
As for having speakers around the house for music, I find this to not
be practical. for the cost of just good quality speakers and the
wiring alone for each room, I can have a discent Sony or Panasonic
mini stereo in each room, that is independent. These give very good
sound for the cost, and are very dependable. This way, each person can
have their own programing in each room. I also have a TV in each room,
that works from the cable system. I ran RGU 6 with the wall plates
through the place, fed from a master high quality amplifier with an 8
way splitter on the output of it, that is puting out the signal to
I recently download Homeseer and some other software out there for home
My question is where is the best and cheapest place to buy modules such as a
couple light switches and also looking for a thermostat module if there is
one. Price is a factor also.
Would I also need a transmitter weather USB or serial and which do you
suggest? I want these items in different rooms and don't want to wire
throughout the house so toy makes a wireless unit or are they all wireless?
I seen X10 and there new USB unit but people at there forums have bad things
to say about there software support.
I'd look at the Honeywell T7350 Lon Based Thermostat. This is a standalone
Thermostat with a Lon interface. This can allow for many different
possibilities. I'm installing a W7750B Heat Pump Controller in my house
with a TAC 511 Web interface. When your thinking HVAC or open standards,
BACNet or Lon are the only ways to go.
Personally, I'd run multiple CAT5 and forget about wiring specific
to audio and phone. You can use CAT5 for phone, and with a little
cleverness and equipment can also distribute audio quite effectively
over it. I think most alarm systems can also use CAT5.
Some coax for video would also be on my list (although advances in the
use of CAT5 may soon make that spurious, too), along with generous power
I needed to control the outside lights of my house from my car. Originally I
purchased Leviton HCPRF-1TW transceiver hoping that a product from a large
and well-known company would perform up to the specification. This
transceiver turned out to be falsely advertised and practically unusable.
Its advertised range when used with Leviton keyfob transmitter is 75 feet,
but its real range is only about 25 feet. It cannot be really used from
inside of a car, the range then is only about 15 feet. Then I replaced it
with WGL V572AB transceiver and its range is about 150 feet around my house,
using the same keyfob remote, but it may be more in other terrain. Thanks to
Barry from Worthington Distribution for pointing me to this transceiver.
It was a major frustration for me at the beginning and a great relief at the
end that there exists a transceiver that has a useful range. BTW, is there
any other X10 transceiver on the market with a useful range?
The Leviton HCC4D-1TW controller does not seem to work at all with
RadioShack Lamp Module (RadioShack Model #61-3002). Has anybody experienced
the same and what can be done about it? Does Leviton offer a fixed version
of this controller?
Also, this Leviton controller sometimes fails to transmit the signal to
Leviton receivers even when other (non Leviton) controllers connected to
exactly the same physical wire work fine. This looks like happening when
there is some noise on the power line, but the Leviton HCC4D-1TW controller
seems to work less robustly than others. Does anybody have similar
The HCCxD-1TW series of transmitters does not send out a "proper" x10
command. Leviton has shortened the 3 cycle gap between the address
transmission (A1) and the command transmission (A On). MOST of their
receivers can respond to this type of command, but regular x10 receivers
that adhere to the x10 standard will not work.
A new version of this series of transmitter is in the works from Leviton.