hi jeff -
i'm sorry. i guess i am just reading too much into it all... i got confused initially by the foard docs indicating that some bridged device was needed to deal with events or something... still winding my way through that stuff... since i have not dealt with the XTB-IIR X-10 socket at all during the time i've had the unit ( only have used it to beef up the powerlinc 1132CU unit that's plugged directly into the AC socket on the XTB unit, with major success and gratitude for your product, i might add ). my goal is to utilize the foard box standalone ( plugged directly into the XTB's X-10 socket ) to replace the powerlinc unit.
for reference, i've discovered that the foard box does NOT like dealing with a network based USB server, nor does it like dealing with a network based serial terminal server. communication appears to be intermittent at best, so far, and when communication hangs, so does everything, requiring a forced shutdown of the application software and USB ( or serial ) network server link, followed by a re-establish in order to get it going again. to be fair, though, neither does the powerlinc device, whose software hangs at the drop of a hat when pressed to establish communications via the LAN based USB server, and in some cases, will even hang during a direct USB connection to a PC.
i also have noted that installation of the software will not complete unless the installation is performed directly from the CD, as opposed to installation from a folder on a hard drive, which is a bit of a nuisance. also, during installation, the process requires installation of Adobe's PDF reader software exclusively, or the PDF help files will not install, which is also kind of a nuisance, since there are quite a few other, less bug ridden PDF readers in use nowadays. the answer for this nuisance is just to allow the installation and then remove the adobe software afterward.
note that i've done software and hardware for many years, but not x-10 stuff, so i'm certainly kind of a neophyte when it comes to this stuff, and i apologize for what i'm sure may seem like ignorance abound.
i'll plod on, though. i think once i get the hang of what the foard folks are trying to convey, here, things might work out ok, even if i have to string a 100ft serial cable to communicate with the thing. anything will be better than having a controller lock up on me