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 on: May 14, 2021, 08:46:12 AM 
Started by Tuicemen - Last post by HA Dave
...  I picked up a wifi Instant Pot for my wife for Christmas. Hoping that it being a SmartHome device it would ease here fears of using a pressure cooker.

The little 4 and 5 year old granddaughters accepted Alexa as just part of their normal world... and they brought the wife along with them. Your WiFi Instance Pot is a perfect example of organic automation. Automation that just happens naturally without a real decision or effort to automate.

I won't go into the old days of AHP (with a running Win98 PC) and an appliance module operating a Mr. Coffee. Now-a-days.... more and more my automation projects are merely the procurement of new/replacement device as needed. I hadn't even realized my smart TV was as automated as it is... until after I hung it on my wall.

Reading the "What's new with Alexa" emails seems to be enough to keep me in the loop and busy up grading.

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 on: May 14, 2021, 08:08:43 AM 
Started by Tuicemen - Last post by Tuicemen

I've always meant to integrate a Google device into my set-up.... but just haven't yet. I don't know why.

I realy only have one Google home device. Although I have much of my smart home intergrated with it I rarely use it that way. When I originaly got it I compared it to Amazon Alexa devices and decided to stick with Alexa mainly for the wake word. Google realy out performed Alexa in the Kitchen for recipes so that's where it stayed.
 I suspect Alexa has improved in this area some what.

 I picked up a wifi Instant Pot for my wife for Christmas. Hoping that it being a SmartHome device it would ease here fears of using a pressure cooker. The recipes available for it are unbelievable. The microwave use to be her favorite  appliance untill now.  rofl

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 on: May 13, 2021, 11:35:33 PM 
Started by Tuicemen - Last post by HA Dave

I also have several independent setups but not just integrated with Alexa. Google Home is also utilized for most.

I've always meant to integrate a Google device into my set-up.... but just haven't yet. I don't know why.

My setup now grows... organically. So many products come already setup to integrate in what we have called a "smart home" for many years now. Although I still have just a handful of lights and devices that actually require a user to flip-a-switch, push a remote button, or activate through a phone app.

My iphone... along with my Amazon Alex app and enabled earbuds... was the last HUGE addition to my setup. I think... for me... this was my 1st step towards a symbolic collective Borg hive. And I like it. Home functions, phone calls, intercom, and entertainment are with me... where ever I choose to go. The smart "home".... has outgrown the home.

I can't even imagine the next phase of automation.

 4 
 on: May 12, 2021, 03:57:41 PM 
Started by wickvegs - Last post by Brian H
You have the PF284 set to B Input and Mode 1 or X10 Address B1?

Mode 1. It is sending an X10 All Lights On to the House Code set on the House Code Dial and an On to the set address when triggered. An X10 Off when the trigger is removed. All other lights on the same House Code stay On.
Mode 3. X10 On and Off sent to the X10 address set on the PF284 House and Unit Code dials.

You would not happen to have an X10 plug in module you could connect on the same circuit as the PF284? That may help seeing if it is sending a signal and something has changed you power lines conditions. Like a new noise maker or signal sucker.

If you temporarily disconnect the alert console from the PF284. You may want to try a few different locations for the PF284 and see if the Test Button can control the switches from a different location.

Can you control the switches with another X10 controller. If not the switches may have the issue.

Jeffs Troubleshooting Tutorials. https://jvde.us/x10-troubleshooting/

Manual for the PSC01 that is the X10Pro version of a PF284

 5 
 on: May 12, 2021, 10:58:56 AM 
Started by wickvegs - Last post by wickvegs
YES - "The sensors interface in the house has the chime in it and it does sound?"
USED to Work.  Does not anymore. "The outside light is an X10 switch turned On and Off by the PF284?"

It is currently set on B / 1.  I was careful to match the settings from the previous units.

When I a manually turn the lights on, the All Off Button

When I press Test, the lights do nothing.

 6 
 on: May 12, 2021, 10:55:50 AM 
Started by wickvegs - Last post by bkenobi
I originally used a PF module to see the trigger of a motion sensor which would control the lights in front of my house.  I found early on that was a bad idea because on one particularly windy day the PF tripped on/off thousands of times in a few hours.  As a result, I burned it up.  I replaced it and was back up and running but took apart the original to see what failed.  I do not recall what the issue was, but I do still have it in a box so I know I replaced the failed component and was back up with a backup.  I replaced the setup with a RPi GPIO trigger which allowed me to enter a whole different world of automation possibilities.

In the end, my recommendation would be to locate the thread where I posted my diagnostic of the PF which should have pictures and the part I replaced called out.  It may be a common failure mode which would make it possible for you to fix the box of them it sounds like you have.  I would go through Brian's suggestions first of course, but if the PF is actually faulty, it may be repairable.

 7 
 on: May 11, 2021, 03:47:05 PM 
Started by wickvegs - Last post by Brian H
The sensors interface in the house has the chime in it and it does sound?
The outside light is an X10 switch turned On and Off by the PF284?

It is probably set to Input B dry contact input and Mode 3 sends an On and Off following the Input. If it is on Input A then the interface maybe sending a voltage on detection of a vehicle.

You may want to turn the wall switches dials around a few times. Sometimes with age they make poor contact and are actually on a different address than set too.

If you have a X10 module you can plug in on the same circuit as the PF284. You can try it on the same circuit.

Does the Test button on the front of the PF284 turn the lights on and off?

If it is Input B. If you disconnect the sensors console and connect a wire between the two input terminals. The lights should go On and Off as you connect and disconnect the temporary connection.

If you have a meter. In B there should be a low DC voltage on the Input terminals.

 8 
 on: May 11, 2021, 12:13:36 PM 
Started by wickvegs - Last post by wickvegs
Have had the X10 PF284 running our outside lights for 20 years.  It works in conjunction with our drive alert.  When someone drives by the sensor, chimes go off in the house and the outside spot lights come on.

Through the years I have had to replace the PF284 a couple of times.  Just stopped working so ordered a replacement online and back in business. Not this latest time.  Drive alert chimes work just fine but the lights no longer trigger on automatically.   They have a separate switch so I know they work fine.

I tried a couple of units I purchased on ebay.  Of course given the age, etc it is very possible that both of the units are dead.

For someone like me - is there anyway I can test the X10 to even see if it is transmitting / triggering or if it is dead?   As those of you who know this device - it has no lights on it at all.

Thanks in advance!


 9 
 on: May 10, 2021, 10:33:48 AM 
Started by JeffVolp - Last post by JeffVolp
My Nephew works for a manufacturer of equipment like light bars and sirens. For emergency vehicles.
They are having similar issues with parts. Like Chips.

From Mouser - the PIC used in several XTB products:

On Order:
2,010 Expected 3/10/2022
1,320 Expected 3/14/2022

I ordered more back when the fan started to get dirty, and should have enough to carry me through.

Jeff

 10 
 on: May 09, 2021, 01:42:12 PM 
Started by ew - Last post by ew
I just found the manual!.  I would add it to the thread to help others, but I am not able to add an attachment.  If there is somebody that can do this, PM me and I will provide the pdf which can be attached.  I also can't post a link (besides the link seems to be a cached location and I don't know if that will be persistent).

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