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Author Topic: CM15A Kills COM ports  (Read 23570 times)

roger1818

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Re: CM15A Kills COM ports
« Reply #30 on: June 09, 2005, 05:36:02 PM »

Arf:  I am not sure where you read that
x10nets was not needed for AHP, as far as I
know it is.  If x10nets isnít in memory, it
will be opened by AHP but if you removed
x10nets from your hard drive, I donít think
AHP will run.

I agree with you about CM15a and AHP.  I
tend to use CM15a to describe the hardware
and AHP to describe the software.

I also agree that x10nets (and thus AHP)
making COM ports unusable is unacceptable
and should be fixed.
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Re: CM15A Kills COM ports
« Reply #31 on: June 09, 2005, 06:19:09 PM »

ARF: Have you tried running Firecracker and
selecting a specific COM port? Unless you use
the GPS on the same port as the CM17A that
should allow you to use your COM ports even
when the CM15A isn't connected.

The reason that you can use the COM ports
when the CM15A is connected is that the X10
service doesn't look for serial devices when
an X10 USB device (CM19A or CM15A) is present.

You cannot remove X10net/x10nets from your
system if you want to run AHP or any other
X10 software except the original ActiveHome.
The X10 Device Network Service
(X10net/x10nets) is a shared service that is
used to communicate with the CM17A, MR26A,
CM19A, and CM15A. Without it, none of those
programs can run.
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arf1410

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Re: CM15A Kills COM ports
« Reply #32 on: June 09, 2005, 06:28:04 PM »

I hope to have time for a few more test
tonight...
My PC has 2 COM ports.  Should I plug GPS
into the firecracker, or other COM port?
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Re: CM15A Kills COM ports
« Reply #33 on: June 09, 2005, 07:36:07 PM »

Plug the GPS into the COM port that the CM17A
is not plugged into.
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arf1410

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Re: CM15A Kills COM ports
« Reply #34 on: June 09, 2005, 08:34:37 PM »

using Windows Task Mgr, I have found and
STOPPED x10nets...

GPS still CANNOT talk to PC...I will try
rebooting...
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Re: CM15A Kills COM ports
« Reply #35 on: June 09, 2005, 11:04:16 PM »

OK firecracker re-installed, however it
doesn't seem to work!  Is there a conflict
with AHP?  AHP Activity monitor shows CM15A
recieves firecracker command, but does NOT
execute command???
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Re: CM15A Kills COM ports
« Reply #36 on: June 10, 2005, 12:44:22 PM »

I'm not sure I understand. You're sending a
command using the Firecracker software -- but
through what interface? Where do you see the
CM15A receiving the commands? What are you
trying to do exactly?
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arf1410

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Re: CM15A Kills COM ports
« Reply #37 on: June 10, 2005, 01:04:09 PM »

Firecracker (CM17A?) is plugged into COM
port.  Unless my memory is wrong, the CM17A
itself sends an RF Command, which can be
recieved by the CM15A, and sent along the
powerline.  According to the AHP Activty
monitor, when I use the fircracker software
to send a command, the AHP recieves the E6
ON (for example), but the light does NOT
actually turn the light on.  When I use the
Palm Pad remote to send an E6 ON, the AHP
recieves the command, and the light actually
turns on...X10-Pro - if you are able to
actaully call me this morning, we might be
able to resolve this in 5 minutes, rather
than this msg board.  Email me if possible...
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roger1818

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Re: CM15A Kills COM ports
« Reply #38 on: June 10, 2005, 03:50:16 PM »

Arf:  The Firecracker software will use the
CM15A to send the RF command (even if you
have told it to use a serial port).  The
CM15A wonít transceive its own RF
commands.  As a result you canít use the
firecracker software to control lights if
the CM15A is connected to your computer.
If you disconnect the CM15A from your
computer, the firecracker software will use
the CM17A (assuming it is configured
properly) and the lights should turn on and
off.
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Re: CM15A Kills COM ports
« Reply #39 on: June 10, 2005, 04:18:12 PM »

Looks like the bottom line is I cannot get
Firecracker software (I really don't care
whether the CM17 or CM15 actually sends
signal), AHP and my GPS to all work at the
same time, or in any combo, without some
type of work-around...
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Re: CM15A Kills COM ports
« Reply #40 on: June 10, 2005, 04:29:37 PM »

Roger H: That's almost exactly what I sent to
ARF in an e-mail. Scary.

ARF: If you have something besides the CM15A
to receive the RF commands you are sending
(TM751, RR501) using Firecracker, then you
can have all three plugged in at once and use
them all.

A better question might be what you are
trying to do by using the Firecracker
software to send RF to control lights. Do you
just want to use the Firecracker software
instead of AHP? I can see wanting a small
interface you can leave open to control light
when you need to, without having to have the
whole AHP program open. If that's what you
want, take a look at the Javascript PalmPad
sample in the SDK. It sends PLC directly
through the CM15A from a PalmPad in the
browser.  You could open that in a small
browser window and use it like you do the
Firecracker.
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Re: CM15A Kills COM ports
« Reply #41 on: June 10, 2005, 04:39:26 PM »

You got it - I just like that Palmpad
lookoing software - a nice, simple interface
to turn on a light.  I don't normally keep
the CM15A attached to the PC - it is in a
different room, in the middle of the house.
I will look at that s/w in the SDK, but
looks like that will still require me to
plug in the CM15A...
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Re: CM15A Kills COM ports
« Reply #42 on: June 10, 2005, 04:50:40 PM »

searched all over - cannot find that SDK /
palmpad sample
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