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Author Topic: How does an RF tranceiver work?  (Read 3517 times)

Karl S

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How does an RF tranceiver work?
« on: December 18, 2005, 11:57:32 AM »

I have a problem with a recepticle in my
foyer that I am trying to set up a timer on.
I first tried a PA011 X10 recepticle but
couldn't get it to work. I traced the
problem to that fact that this particular
recepticle is tied into a circuit that comes
off of a sub-panel that was installed in the
basement when it was finished off several
years after the house was built.

I thought an RF transceiver could be the
answer, without getting into phase couplers
and the like. I bought a Leviton Decora 6314
from Smarthome.

When I send an on/off command to the
transceiver it will only work on outlets
that are tied into the same main circuit as
the AHP controller, which tells me the AHP
controller is not communicating via RF to
the transceiver but via powerline. Is there
any way to get the AHP to communicate via
RF? It has an antenna on it, so I assumed it
was capable of this.
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Brian H

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Re: How does an RF tranceiver work?
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2005, 01:06:54 PM »

The cm15a isn't known for great RF
reception; but the AHP software defaults to
a no tranceive condition. So any RF
reception is not sent back over the
powerline. OK In AHP; Tools; Hardware;
Tranceived House Codes; set the House Code
you are using to tranceived. Since you seem
to have a phase or subpanel coupling thing.
If that doesn't help then added hardware
maybe needed.
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dave w

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Re: How does an RF tranceiver work?
« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2005, 12:42:33 PM »

AHP does not send RF commands unless
specifically told to. And as Brian pointed
out, it does not have reception as good as
X10 trancievers like TM15A and RR501. Can
you move the CM15A to the same branch as the
PAO11. Can you add a TM15A, maybe you need a
repeater.
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