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 on: April 22, 2018, 02:31:46 AM 
Started by Kenyon - Last post by Kenyon
After many years of successfully using X10 I now have been forced to adapt and try to learn how to make X10 dim or turn on LED well. FYI, the dimmers that fade up are the worst culprits. Dimmers that turn on immediately to full have a better chance of successfully turning on and dimming LED well. Using a signal carried over the power line is handy but precarious. The X10 dimmers are very sensitive to extraneous noise carried over your power lines and they false trigger easily in an "unclean power environment". If we all had no other devices on our power grid X10 would likely work 100% better. Things like HVAC, refrigerator, garage door openers, TV's and on and on cause noise over the power lines and create problems for X10. I've experimented with every dimming module X10 makes and some work OK and some are virtually useless with some LED loads. X10 relays work every time but if you want to control light levels as I do it will take some creativity. Also, not all LED's, dimmable or non dimmable, are not created equal. Experiment with a few different manufacturers and see which works best for you and stick with it. I typically find LED lamps with CREE LED arrays work best. Also, the old way of calculating your loads for your dimmers is no longer a valid way to determine usable loads. LED's are a capacitive load and X10 dimmers are strictly and specifically designed for resistive loads. Therein lies the inherent problem with dimming LED. It has been determined that dimmers that use a triac as opposed to SCR's will usually handle the capacitive loads but that not a factor in X10 home dimming as they all use triacs. I have experienced some circuits that just about won't turn on when I try their number but false trigger when I'm turning on other circuits. FYI, a wall dimmer with a slider or a knob stands a much better chance of dimming an LED well. If one had a way to put an amount of resistance on the dimmer I believe it would make a drastic change in the overall performance of X10 LED dimming function. One could parallel a "dummy" resistive load such as a 250-277VAC low wattage lamp but that's not practical in a home application. There are many more technical reasons why LED is a less than good candidate for thyristor (Triac/SCR) but I'll stop here on that subject. 

For X10 to survive the next generation of users that are using LED they must step up to the plate with a solution for erratic behavior for dimming LED. I don't think X10 has made a real technology improvement in their basic dimmers in 20 years or more. I'm a very long time X10 user but am struggling a bit making LED do what I want it. I have other viable alternative to control LED very well but I really like X10. I'm waiting for the solution to come along.

I've said enough.

 on: April 21, 2018, 11:33:31 PM 
Started by Brian H - Last post by HA Dave
.......... I also want to keep this simple having to turn off something to turn on another is not going to earn me any WAF points  :'

Oh yeah.... I can see that.

The wife and I have been streaming some Netflix (original) content lately. I can see us doing more and more of that. I think if we were going to be off-line I'd want to have shows and movies (and books) loaded on my phone and/or tablet.... mirror to a [thin] PC, or smart TV.

The great thing is if caught in traffic (or some such thing) a movie downloaded on a phone can really ease a stalled drive. Even better if it's on a tablet.

Books on phones are good too.... a lot like movies if you have a decent imagination. And... if you have the books read to you... say while your doing a simple chore.... it's a nice change from music basting away. 

 on: April 21, 2018, 10:13:05 PM 
Started by Brian H - Last post by Tuicemen
When power is not a issue running several devices is not a problem.
I have several devices for playing media and streaming as well as controlling my HA in the city. I also want to keep this simple having to turn off something to turn on another is not going to earn me any WAF points  :'

 on: April 21, 2018, 09:36:12 PM 
Started by mike - Last post by dave w
Getting old is a PITA!
Yep, and getting old ain't for whimps.  ;)

 on: April 21, 2018, 09:14:45 PM 
Started by HA Dave - Last post by HA Dave
They had a WWII era prototype in the entrance to one of the engineering campus''s buildings. Sent pics (maps) on thermal paper. Was always told it was the first fax machine, and never questioned it.

FAX,  1940s: abbreviation of facsimile.

The origin of the word:  1940s: abbreviation of facsimile. would imply it predated "practical" photocopies.... however the photocopy noun is just as old. I would assume the current use of the words... differ somewhat from the use intended by the creators. Just like technical/trade terminology often differ from the common use of the terms.

Just like the first browser... allowed for the use of The Hypertext Transfer Protocol. But that was about all it had in common with todays browser. So where I had a browser in the early 90's.... there weren't no naked pictures on the web then. (Which is probability why they didn't just email pictures of those maps back in WW2.  :')

 on: April 21, 2018, 08:42:38 PM 
Started by Brian H - Last post by HA Dave
I've been playing with several low power PCs over the years....... The closest I got to doing what I wanted was my HP thin client running Windows 10.
.......The Raspberry Pi 3B+ looks like it is fast enough to handle things and uses less power then my thin client.

And there's the rub. Both have an advantage and a disadvantage. Neither are perfect..... and both work hard at exploiting there own best feature.

The big thing I'm looking for is streaming services which won't get bogged down with my HA running at the same time.
This may soon not be a big deal with the WM100 if/when its full potential is unlocked.
My internet speed at the off grid place is a slow DSL connection and several IP cameras are on it so that doesn't help things ::) :'

Don't forget... most routers allow for prioritizing functions. Which means you could (theoretically) nearly disable camera/IP functions while streaming media content.

I think it's typically more practical to use more than one device/method than trying to beat every function out of a single device. Maybe a mix and match solution.... Like a Blu-ray player with streaming abilities (I have a Sony BR Player that streams). But I also have an Apple [TV] streaming device.... that allows me to mirror from my iPhone. This allows me to "stock" a few movies (I also keep books) on my phone... downloaded at home for play later. I can watch on my phone while waiting for someone.... or [mirror] to my TV using the Apple TV streaming device.

Of course... Android has mirroring abilities and apps as well.

 on: April 21, 2018, 04:50:52 PM 
Started by mike - Last post by Tuicemen
Looking closer I see the security option isn't displaying so Onalert isn't loading.
Do you have AHP installed else where on the PC too?

 on: April 21, 2018, 04:46:57 PM 
Started by mike - Last post by Tuicemen
AHP doesn't display a macros as being a smartmacro or regular macro simply a macro.
If your able to add conditions to a macro then smartmacros is working .

 on: April 21, 2018, 04:43:35 PM 
Started by mike - Last post by mike
hmmm...    got them all as you show...

but no reference to smart macros when I open a new one.

 on: April 21, 2018, 04:24:30 PM 
Started by mike - Last post by Tuicemen
SmartMacros is installed with the AHP install however not registered.
if you used the default drive ID with LifeJacket but failed to check the smartmacro plugin or any of the default plugins you merely
need to edit the "ahp_plugin.xml" file located in the AHP folder.
here is what it would look like for Smartmacros and the security plugin.
Code: [Select]
<plugin id="AHXAMO" href="ahp.dll" desc="Smartmacros plugin"/>
<plugin id="AHXHSS" href="ahp.dll" desc="OnAlert plugin" />

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