I wish you'd add the caveat "for me" because for a lot of the rest of us, it works just fine. When CD's came out, I couldn't wait to replace my scratched LPs with CDs. I spent hundreds of bucks buying the very same music all over again. Why? Because CD's represented so great a leap forward in convenience and usability that they couldn't be ignored. I don't feel the same way about Lutron RA or any of the other protocols compared to X-10. While I wasn't lucky enough to able to lay out my house like Jeff V. did, I have been able to make X-10 quite reliable enough to suit my needs.
If I were to switch today, I'd be giving up a ton of tangible benefits for a marginal increase in reliability. No way.
Perhaps the plethora of oddball electronic goodies represents a hostile enviroment for X-10 and you need Lutron the way the US Army needs EMD hardened gear.
I dunno. Try to buy an 8-track from Ebay. Now type in X-10. For a plaything, it's got awfully deep penetration. X-10 has been popping up windows for years now. I think the last time I toted their sales it was over the 100M mark.
Not for you, but they did for her and for me and they worked quite nicely compared to what she had been dealing with. Again, a house that had little more than a single VCR in the living room and not even a cordless phone.
You may also have power problems. Spikes and sags and power blinks don't seem to agree with the modules, either. I don't disagree that X-10 has sucked for you, but by the same token, you should acknowledge that it appears to work for well for a lot of people, especially those who know and can work around its well-known weaknesses.
I depend mostly on the RF gear. The CM11A has voltage issues that I could never get around. It also has other problems that make it unsuitable and yet ActiveHome and others use it as the main X-10 controller because there's little else. Again it just shows that with proper attention to configuration you can really minimize the heartache.
When you use them, do you set the outside in a baggie? That's not conducive to their long-term health, IMHO. At least some of the CHA'ers do that and it's tough on a device designed for indoor use only. A little condensation or water in the wrong place and boom. If a module fails, I have boxes full of others. At less than $5 a load, I can afford to be 10X deep in spares. It takes me all of five minutes to locate and switch out such modules. No big whoop.
But Bill, you just told us "And with all the devices I've got here that's no small claim." I just don't believe that your house represents John Q. Public's typical dwelling - not for a moment! :-)
For you . . . but not for me. (apologies to Devo)
That's what I had to do to increase my reliability from perhaps 75% to 95%. It's not a bandaid, it's a analytical way to deal with the reality of powerline devices that are more and more likely to interfere with the X-10 signal.
I think you aggravate more easily than I do. It's hard to normalize data like that. We want different things from our HA systems.
-- Bobby G.