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jimwyso

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Qestion from a beginer
« on: September 26, 2006, 08:54:57 PM »

I am very new to this and I have a few questions about my first setup. I want to control a panel of three dimmer switches from my pc and from a remote control (the dimmer switches are Aprox. 30 feet from my server).
I am thinking about the setup of

ActiveHome Professional Computer Interface and USB Cable (CM15A)
ActiveHome Professional Software (SW31A)
Credit Card Controller (KR22A)
Decorator Dimmer Switch (WS12A)

I was wondering if this setup is what I need. Also I want to know how this all interfaces together, how the pc gets the signal to the switches?? I read in some places that it uses wireless; I read in others that it uses power cables. Does the computer interface some how plug into the wall outlet? And I assume these dimmers will still work fine the old fashion way of walking over to them and hitting them?
Anny help would be greatly appreciated
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Re: Qestion from a beginer
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2006, 10:12:28 PM »

I am very new to this and I have a few questions about my first setup...

Anny help would be greatly appreciated

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Re: Qestion from a beginer
« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2006, 07:05:38 AM »

TTA has given you very good places to find data.
Both wireless and powerline signals would be used in your question.
The KR22A sends wireless signals to an X10 Transceiver. In your setup the CM15A which then sends powerline signals to the switch WS12A.
The software through the USB connection to the CM15A can also send X10 Powerline signals through the homes wiring to the switches. The software can also store timing events in the CM15A that can run with out the computer on.
The local paddle on the WS12A can also turn on; off and dim the light it is connected too.
This is a very basic answer and again I also would say look at the tutorials and all here will be glad to provide added information if the tutorials give you more questions.
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