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X10 General Topics / Re: Alexa and X10
« Last post by Brian H on December 21, 2016, 09:58:43 AM »
Must be gaining in popularity.
I believe both the Echo and Dot are now back ordered until late January 2017.
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X10 General Topics / Re: Alexa and X10
« Last post by Tuicemen on December 21, 2016, 05:23:22 AM »
Thanks Jeff,
From my experimenting here it looks like most anything you can do from your PC can be triggered with Alexa.
X10 users may have been slow to look at Alexa but I think most had some sort of Voice control prior.
Amazon and Google have since jumping on the VR band wagon improved it immensely.
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XTB Products / Re: XTB-IIR+
« Last post by Jeff on December 20, 2016, 01:58:46 PM »
The new XTB-III PCBs are here, and I assembled both XTB-IIR+ versions to compare the performance.

Below are the XTB-IIR voltage outputs with loads on both phases during continuous dim transmissions:

Standard XTB-IIR

Light loads - 42Vpp @ 26.1V supply
5 ohm loads - 25Vpp @ 19.4V supply
3 ohm loads - 19Vpp @ 18.8V supply

XTB-IIR+ heavy load version

Light loads - 47Vpp @ 26.5V supply
5 ohm loads - 30Vpp @ 22.5V supply
3 ohm loads - 22Vpp @ 22.0V supply

XTB-IIR+ long run version

Light loads - 55Vpp @ 32.1V supply
5 ohm loads - 37Vpp @ 26.0V supply
3 ohm loads - 25Vpp @ 25.5V supply

(The X10 transmitter Spec is 5Vpp into a 5 ohm load.)

These numbers will vary from unit to unit depending on component tolerances, but the important factor is how the readings hold up under increasing load.  You can see there is less sag in the heavy load version going from a 5 ohm to a 3 ohm load.  I did not test with even heavier loads, but I expect the heavy load version would continue to hold up better than the long run version as the load continues to increase.

You will note that even the standard unit delivers 25 times the power (V squared over R) compared with the standard X10 transmitter spec.  My "test" Maxi Controller delivers about 7.5Vpp into a light load, but not quite 5Vpp into a 5 ohm load.

Jeff
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X10 General Topics / Re: Alexa and X10
« Last post by Jeff on December 20, 2016, 07:19:34 AM »
I started a thread on the X10 forum about a free X10 software (Alex10) which does the basics however I may expand on this to Alexa enable my other HA software! ;)

Thanks!  I had already been following your discussion there, and gave links to a couple of other folks.

Jeff
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X10 General Topics / Alexa and X10
« Last post by Tuicemen on December 19, 2016, 09:37:45 AM »
It is possible to control X10 via voice with the amazon dot, echo or tap as well as Google home.
I just received an Amazon Dot and The VR is very good.
X10 wanted me to see how easy it was to setup a x10 system with Alexa so they shipped me one to experiment with.
I have this now working so well I think I'll use Alexa for all my HA.
I started a thread on the X10 forum about a free X10 software (Alex10) which does the basics however I may expand on this to Alexa enable my other HA software! ;)
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Wi-Fi / Re: WiFi Controller?
« Last post by Brian H on December 04, 2016, 06:31:02 AM »
Chinese New Year. Sometime in mid January. At least a week time period. Maybe even longer.
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Wi-Fi / Re: WiFi Controller?
« Last post by jackbeck on December 02, 2016, 11:21:02 AM »
Thanks for checking into this. At least it sounds like they are still working on this. When is the Chinese new year?
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Wi-Fi / Re: WiFi Controller?
« Last post by Tuicemen on December 01, 2016, 01:53:23 PM »
I contacted the Authinx owner directly on this just recently.
He is so frustrated with the manufacturer and app developer.
He said," he won't comment on a timeline as every time he does that they fly right past it.
It definitely won't be this year and doesn't expect it before the Chinese new year."
So no good news on this front I'm afraid. :(
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Wi-Fi / Re: WiFi Controller?
« Last post by bkenobi on December 01, 2016, 08:01:59 AM »
Yeah, they show up occasionally on eBay as collector items.  We only made about 600 cartridges that cost us about $10 each.  I have maybe 50 of them left in a box somewhere.  Of course, making them available would kill the price.

LOL, you could single handedly flood the market and kill an industry.  Kinda like if people knew how many diamonds were available in the world they wouldn't pay anything for them.   ;)
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Wi-Fi / Re: WiFi Controller?
« Last post by Jeff on November 30, 2016, 09:23:21 AM »
If you still have any, you could maybe buy a few shirts.

Yeah, they show up occasionally on eBay as collector items.  We only made about 600 cartridges that cost us about $10 each.  I have maybe 50 of them left in a box somewhere.  Of course, making them available would kill the price.

I was pretty proud of what we did for data compaction to fit over 200 screens like you see in that listing into a 16KB cartridge.  Each image was built up from graphic objects, and the budget for all the graphics was only 4KB.  (Yes, 4096 bytes.)  It was a different world back then.

The source code was so large that we had a to use a program to strip off the comments before we could do the assembly.  It took us about a year of nights and weekends to complete the project.

Jeff
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