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 on: Today at 07:02:12 AM 
Started by LAF - Last post by Brian H
I don't know the age of your CM15A. As the latest ones have the RF transmitter and receiver on the main board. The antenna wire could be different now.
My older one with separate transmitter and receiver daughter boards. Had about half of the receive antenna inside the case wrapped around the sides. Some trimmed the end cap off of the plastic antenna and stretchered it out full length. There was also a modification to take it off and use a RF connector and external antenna.

FYI may not apply to your location.
You mentioned out of USA shipping. Some areas of the world use a different X10 RF frequency of 433.92 MHz. So mixing their RF modules with our 310 MHz CM15A didn't work.

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 on: Today at 12:24:11 AM 
Started by LAF - Last post by LAF
Thank you gents for the assistance.  First, went to thex10shop and they have the cables alright (and at a good price) but there is no indication they ship outside the USA so sent them an email to see if.

And thanks for the Powerhorn operation information.

And re extending RF range, I found this web site:

"http:jvde.us/x10/passive.pdf"

It describes simply attaching an 18.24" (1/2 wave for 310 MHz) length of stiff wire horizontally to the top of the remote control unit.  I first fiddled with the antenna orientation on the CM15A and was getting about 20' max distance with a SH624 remote control.  With the wire stuck on top, range increased to over 200' (and through a clump of trees).  I went outside down the driveway and stopped at around that distance!

It's a bit klutsy with the wire sticking out so I think I will try 1/4 wave.  Even if that decreases the range somewhat it should still be lots for inside the house and out to the garage.  Kool  :)%

 3 
 on: August 19, 2017, 07:38:10 PM 
Started by LAF - Last post by dhouston
And now, if I could only find a good way of extending the CM15A RF range (I get about 10 feet at best with three different remotes).
https://www.laser.com/dhouston/ImproveCM15A.html

 4 
 on: August 19, 2017, 06:59:39 PM 
Started by LAF - Last post by Brian H
When X10WTI went bankrupt and X10 was bought by new owners.
The servers got damaged and the AHP code was piecemeal all over the place.
So there is no development of AHP.

There are third party software developments. Like having Alexa control X10 and Tuicemen's Life Guard program that allows you to install AHP on a new computer and run it with out the nag screen for registration. As that registration computer is also gone.

Do a search here. There are threads on how to extend the RF range of a CM15A.

X10 also makes an X10 RF repeater that has had some good reviews.
https://www.x10.com/x10-home-automation/specialty-devices/couplers-repeaters/sr751.html

Jeff also has some great tutorials on X10 trouble shooting.
http://jvde.us/x10_troubleshooting.htm

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 on: August 19, 2017, 06:27:53 PM 
Started by LAF - Last post by Brian H
The X10Shop bought out a over stock production run of CM11A controllers from X10WTI. They still have 1418 in stock.
They have the  X10 CM11A cable separately also. 200 when I just looked.
http://www.thex10shop.com/product/oem-cm11a-computer-interface-replacement-serial-cable-cm11a-cbl

As for the X10 SH10A/X10Pro PSH02 Small Power Horn. X10 PH508/X10Pro PSH01 Large Power Horn modules.
That is the way they are designed. A simple X10 On or Off will not trigger them.
They are designed to be triggered by an X10 Security Console. Flashing the Security Lamps On and Off. It takes a one second X10 On Off cycle at least two sets to start them and then they sound about four seconds after the cycle stops. With the Power Horn House Code and Unit Code set to the Security Light Code. An All Lights On and All units Off cycle to the Power Horns House Code should also trigger it.

The latest revisions of AHP can also work on a CM11A. Though I don't personally think it is 100%.

 6 
 on: August 19, 2017, 05:44:16 PM 
Started by LAF - Last post by LAF
Hello all, new to the group and to AHP stuff.  I have a CM15A and am programming a macro to respond to the MS16A motion sensor and turn on some lamps and sound a SH10A Powerhorn.  It works but only if the macro contains two Powerhorn On commands (one command only seems to do nothing).  Similarly, if a Powerhorn On command is issued directly from the PC AHP icon or, from a remote control, two On commands are required to make the horn sound (and the commands have to be issued within about 5 seconds of each other).  Was wondering if that is an anomaly or part of the design?

 I gather that not too much is going on now re AHP software development but a suggestion would be to assign some of the commands to function keys, especially the Download Timers and Macros command.

Also, I have CM11A but no RS232 cord with the correct connectors.  Anyone know where I might get one?

And now, if I could only find a good way of extending the CM15A RF range (I get about 10 feet at best with three different remotes).

Thanks for any help.  :)

 7 
 on: August 18, 2017, 01:12:37 PM 
Started by Squirrel1162 - Last post by Brian H
Thank you for the model number.

Oh an older model Screw In Lamp Module. Large size compared to the present Socket Rocket module I was thinking about.
You are the first person I have seen call it a Socket Rocket.


 8 
 on: August 18, 2017, 12:30:42 PM 
Started by Squirrel1162 - Last post by Squirrel1162
I do have 3 dimmable socket rockets.  They are part # model SL575.  Like I mentioned, they function just the way I want them to.  I will try and change the house code on the 3 prong appliance module and see if that helps.  I'll keep you posted.  Thanks for getting back to  me.

 9 
 on: August 17, 2017, 09:28:29 AM 
Started by Gismo - Last post by dhouston
This is probably the most comprehensive site for ESP8266 programming information...
http://esp8266.net/
Espressif released an SDK for the ESP8266 and this really made a huge difference with sales exploding.

This page links to most, if not all, of the ESP8266 based devices available from Itead...
https://www.itead.cc/smart-home.html
All the ones I've seen have programming terminals onboard.

There are a few other ESP8266 based relay modules on the web...
https://www.bing.com/search?q=ESP8266+relay&qs=n&form=QBRE&sp=-1&pq=esp8266+relay&sc=8-13&sk=&cvid=2CDBBFAF63884553B8855C38116CFF5E

Also, there are numerous examples online of dimmers using Microchip MCUs...
https://www.bing.com/search?q=microchip+dimmer&pc=MOZI&form=MOZTSB
and some ESP8266 based dimmers...
https://www.bing.com/search?q=esp8266+dimmer&pc=MOZI&form=MOZTSB

 10 
 on: August 17, 2017, 07:25:30 AM 
Started by Gismo - Last post by Tuicemen
There are several firmware downloads currently out there for the Sonoff devices. There may even be one that suits your needs that has already been created.
I flashed the firmware in my safe voltage Sonoff with a simple firmware that will work with SmartThings.
https://community.smartthings.com/t/release-sonoff-sonoff-th-s20-dual-4ch-pow-touch-device-handler-smartapp-5-10-smart-switches/45957
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