Well, I was all set to pull Cat5 to all of my switch locations in the new house that I'm building this year in order to accommodate ALC lighting controls (OmniPro II). But just now, I went over to HAI's Web site (haven't looked there in a while), and they have this new UPB powerline protocol. Has anyone done anything with this yet? Things in particular I'd like to know:
- They claim good protocol reliability, but I'm generally suspicious of all powerline systems.
- Does the protocol allow the controller to read the status of a switch?
- I'm a bit confused by the description of the addressing. As I understand it, it allows 256 addresses on each of 256 house codes, for
- Anyone seen any pricing on this yet? I'm interested in how it would compare with an ALC installation (roughly /device last time I priced it).
I'm really interested in the possibilities here. But that powerline stuff... I've had very bad experiences with X-10 in the past and I would have to get myself comfortable with that idea.