Author Topic: XTB-232 location  (Read 28 times)

taflemer

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XTB-232 location
« on: December 13, 2017, 05:14:39 AM »
I have read through your troubleshooting guides (couple times).  Great info.

Rebalancing the breaker panel.  Really like this recommendation.  In my case first go through was not that promising.  There are significantly more breakers with PLC than not.  Will need to dig into my original balancing spreadsheet to see if I can shift loads.  Some of the loads are obvious, like the whole house X10 filter and the repeater.  Two breakers right there.

Locating the XTB-232 next to the breaker panel.  Another great recommendation.  I currently have a XPCR in a gutted disconnect box along side the mains panel.  I am thinking to replace the XPCR and CM15A with XPCP passive coupler and XTB-232.  There are a couple of issues.

Current location of the CM15A and controller is about 25 ft. away.  I can run a serial cable from controller to XTB-232 or move the controller as well.  The mains area is getting crowded, but might be able to fit in.

THe XPCP is smaller than the XPCR.  Colocating the XPCP and XTB-232 next to the mains would seam to be optimal.  However, need to ask. would mounting these two devise in close proximity cause any trouble?

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Re: XTB-232 location
« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2017, 06:32:44 AM »
Thank you for the feedback on the troubleshooting guides.

That sounds like a perfect approach except for mounting it inside the gutted disconnect box.  It is handy to be able to see the LED on the cover of the XTB-232 to monitor what is going on.

Jeff
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taflemer

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Re: XTB-232 location
« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2017, 07:59:37 AM »
Yes - good point.

Currently the XPCR has two dedicated breakers in the mains.  I am still noodling through dimensions for each unit.  Looks like a 3-gang box with a decora plate would work well.  Just need one duplex outlet for the XTB-232 and a switch filler plate.

I am using a Winbook tablet as the controller.  I can leave it where it is or move next to the mains.  Space is at a premium near the mains.  If I do move it, one more duplex outlet instead of a filler plate, add a filter for the wall wart and all should be good.  The added load of a XTB-232 and even a small controller sould be insignificant.

You have been most helpful, thank you.

 

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