I have been scouring the web for info for a couple of weeks, but there are some fundamental questions I cannot seem to resolve to my satisfaction. I would appreciate any advice I can get. I have a2-story house with about 2000 sf per floor. I want to start with some simple automation, but quickly move to more complex capabilities.
I don't see any of the newer technologies coming anwhere close to X-10 prices; and also they mostly don't have the wide selection of supported devices as X-10. So, I think I am going to start with X-10, if reliability is anything close to tolerable. Comments?
X10.com seems to have excellent pricing. SmartHome is pretty close. Is X-10 technology implementation any better with either one of these? Any reason not to mix-and-match? Does either have an edge in software robustness? ActiveHomePro has a plug-in for conditional macros - does SmartHome have similar capability?
I would prefer a stand-alone programmable controller (i.e. set it up with a USB-linked computer and then let it run alone), but I could dedicate an old W98-capable laptop to the task if that gave me a lot more flexibility. How does computer control compare to the standalone X-10 (CM1xA or PowerLinc controllers)?
Is there any difference between X10 and "X10 Pro" besides a longer warranty?
I don't get X-10 "2 way". If all devices are 2-way and support a report back of status, and if the controller can understand this status, it would seem that would solve intermittent transmission issues and X-10 would be near 100% reliable. Apparently, it does not have "five 9's" reliability so I am left wondering what "2-way" does and why the controller cannot sense when a command has failed and retry until it works. (Obviously, if a transmission is never able to be received, this wouldn't work but I would expect intermittent problems to be solvable.) What am I missing?
Thanks to you wise men!