Whether you purchase an X10 Home Automation or Homes Security Bundle from x10.com or design your own system using various components, the same basic setup steps will apply.
Step 1: Know How It Works
As you set up your X10 system, it will probably be helpful to understand the basics of how the components work together. When your X10 controller is triggered (either by your direct action or by a timer which you have set up), it will send a signal through your home’s existing power lines. When the receiver programmed with the address you selected receives the signal, it then responds.
Step 2: Choose Your Receiver
An X10 receiver is the component that receives an X10 signal. First, decide what it is that you want to control, and then replace what it is that typically controls it with an X10 receiver. For instance, if you wish to control your hallway light fixture, and it’s controlled by a light switch, simply replace the current switch with an X10 switch. If you have a fan set up to circulate air in your basement, you can allow that appliance to be automated by plugging it into an X10 appliance module. Once any given fixture or appliance is paired with an X10 receiver, it can be set up to operate on a timer, or it can be turned on or off or adjusted remotely.
Step 3: Select Controllers
Once you’ve determined what it is that you wish to control and have chosen receivers suitable to those items, it’s time to select your controllers. One option is to allow your smartphone to do it, with the new X10 WM100 WiFi Controller. (Of course, you would need to already have existing WiFi set up, in order for this option to work.) Another option to consider is a wireless remote, such as our popular keychain remote. (Please note that if you do choose to use one of our wireless controllers, you will also need to purchase an X10 transceiver in order to turn the RF signal into a signal that X10 can send throughout your home.) Yet another controller possibility is a tabletop timer or controller like those seen here.
Step 4: Set Up Codes
Each X10 receiver will have its own unique alphanumeric code. Each house letter can control up to 16 addresses, so you could potentially control up to a whopping 256 receivers within a single X10 system! Most X10 users simply start with “A1” and keep all their receivers on the same “house letter.” Once each receiver has been set up with a code, you can match each of those addresses with your designated controller. Once you have taken that step, you will be able to control the receivers remotely.
Whatever items you choose as you get started, you’ll benefit from the simplicity, accessibility, dependability, compatibility, and affordability that X10 offers.
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