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jselph

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Replacement Software
« on: November 27, 2013, 06:40:28 PM »
I have a couple of Floodlight Cams and an X2 (I believe) camera that used to run on Vanguard.  Unfortunately, I had a hard drive failure and lost all software, and this is when I discovered the X10 demise.  Does anyone know of a "reasonably" priced software package that will function like Vanguard?  I do still have some of the other X10 controllers and modules and am considering more home automation and possibly Christmas light automation, so I would like to be able to continue to use what I already have. 
My main concern right now is getting my video cameras back in use, so am I throwing good money after bad by trying to get value out of my original investment, or should I just bite the bullet and invest in some other system?
Thanks,
John
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Re: Replacement Software
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2013, 06:29:25 AM »
There are so many software packages out there that are capable of viewing and recording camera images.
Many are far more advanced then Vanguard was.
How were you using Vanguard?
Detailing how you used vanguard or what you wish to do would help narrow down suggestions.
What do you consider "reasonably" priced software ?
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Re: Replacement Software
« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2013, 10:38:29 AM »
I am very interested in this same question. I had several x10 cameras I used with the Vanguard software.  It wasn't until I purchased a new CPU and wanted to install new software that I found X10 was gone. Now I'm left with hardware and no software to run it. I'm not a super techie person, but not completely uneducated with the topic. I'd love to get my cameras running again. I have several of the XCam cameras and connected them using the VA12. I also have a couple of the wireless Airsight IP cameras.
I have tried several apps for the Airsight cameras and not happy with them either! (tried Airsight, ISpy, and UltraView Pro, to name a few) ANY suggestions as to how I can get my XCAM cameras running again would be MOST helpful!! :)

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Re: Replacement Software
« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2013, 12:50:33 PM »
links for the va12 drivers aren't working yet.
However I may have them on a laptop or old drive.

jselph had posted this on my forum as well.
PcCompanion and ihouse will both handle the xcams and airsights.
ihouse is a little better at handleing the xcams with a va12 I think.
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Re: Replacement Software
« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2013, 01:04:12 PM »
Ok I found the drivers and uploaded them to my server.
Note: This is not an installer so you must install manually.
Unzip to the C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\X10\DriverInstall folder
When windows asks for the driver point to the vista driver
Here's the Link
« Last Edit: December 17, 2013, 01:05:49 PM by Tuicemen »
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Re: Replacement Software
« Reply #5 on: December 17, 2013, 01:09:26 PM »
Sorry, this is were my technical capabilities come to a screeching halt!! Are you telling me to install the PCcompanion then download the driver and point it to the new software?

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Re: Replacement Software
« Reply #6 on: December 17, 2013, 01:19:04 PM »
You don't need to install PCCompanion unless you wish to use it. However you will need the drivers no matter what software you plan to use the va12 with.
the order at which you install doesn't matter.
If you wish to use PcCompanion to trigger x10 lights and switch cameras you will need the SDK which is on my server as well http://tuicemen.com/downloads/ahsdk_install.exe it should be installed first
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Re: Replacement Software
« Reply #7 on: December 17, 2013, 01:30:28 PM »
I just want to find something to run the cameras I already have! I don't have any of the home automation devices, only cameras. I'm actually feeling a bit dangerous at this point, as my skills are limited.
Could you please clarify the setup without the PCcompanion? I was thinking that is what you recommended to use to run the cameras. Now you say only download it IF I want to?  Sorry for my lack of knowledge....and thank you for your patience!

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Re: Replacement Software
« Reply #8 on: December 17, 2013, 02:59:13 PM »
How many X10 cameras do you have?
Do you have a cm19 for switching cameras from the PC?
You will need to have the sdk if you wish to switch/move cameras with the software.
You can use any software but will need the drivers to view your cameras.
X10 turned me into a Software programmer.
A warning label should have been added ;)