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Re: ESP8266 or ESP32 Wifi enabled boards & HA
« Reply #30 on: February 21, 2021, 01:34:13 PM »


I just bit the bullet to assemble another batch of XTB-232's for those who had been asking for one.  They will be available soon.  But I believe a good match would be using the XTB-232 back end for a XTB-USB or XTB-WiFi interface.  The XTB-232 uses the CM11A real-time protocol, and supports all standard and extended X10 commands.  So replacing the serial port interface with a USB or WiFi interface seems like something to pursue.

Jeff

Thereís definitely no keeping a good man down  :)% From all reports X10 is screwed as a technology without you.

There is also another batch of the XTB-ANR in the works, but I have to first finish converting the firmware for a newer PIC.  It runs at a faster clock, and will have a tighter window to recognize X10 transmissions.  They should be available in about 2 weeks.

There are now fewer than 2 dozen XTB-IIR/+ left, and they will be discontinued unless someone else does the assembly.

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Re: ESP8266 or ESP32 Wifi enabled boards & HA
« Reply #31 on: February 21, 2021, 01:49:02 PM »


I just bit the bullet to assemble another batch of XTB-232's for those who had been asking for one.  They will be available soon.  But I believe a good match would be using the XTB-232 back end for a XTB-USB or XTB-WiFi interface.  The XTB-232 uses the CM11A real-time protocol, and supports all standard and extended X10 commands.  So replacing the serial port interface with a USB or WiFi interface seems like something to pursue.

Jeff

Thereís definitely no keeping a good man down  :)% From all reports X10 is screwed as a technology without you.

There is also another batch of the XTB-ANR in the works, but I have to first finish converting the firmware for a newer PIC.  It runs at a faster clock, and will have a tighter window to recognize X10 transmissions.  They should be available in about 2 weeks.

There are now fewer than 2 dozen XTB-IIR/+ left, and they will be discontinued unless someone else does the assembly.

Jeff

Jeff I cannot believe nobody here has taken up your offer. Iíd jump at the chance but unfortunately Iím in the 220v 433mhz world.

By any chance have you mentioned this over on the well established HomeSeer forum in the X10 section with Mark Fisher. You have many satisfied customers of many years standing over there, as no doubt you probably already know and maybe someone there might see the benefit of a very generous offer like yours.
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Re: ESP8266 or ESP32 Wifi enabled boards & HA
« Reply #32 on: February 21, 2021, 03:19:27 PM »

I just bit the bullet to assemble another batch of XTB-232's for those who had been asking for one.  They will be available soon.  But I believe a good match would be using the XTB-232 back end for a XTB-USB or XTB-WiFi interface.  The XTB-232 uses the CM11A real-time protocol, and supports all standard and extended X10 commands.  So replacing the serial port interface with a USB or WiFi interface seems like something to pursue.
The D1 mini shield I'm working on is designed to stack beneath a D1 mini. Together that provides both WiFi and USB interfaces plus battery backed RTC and X10RF options. The only issue I see at this time is that the D1 mini does not bring out RI on the CH340G USB/Serial chip.
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Re: ESP8266 or ESP32 Wifi enabled boards & HA
« Reply #33 on: February 21, 2021, 03:28:23 PM »


By any chance have you mentioned this over on the well established HomeSeer forum in the X10 section with Mark Fisher. You have many satisfied customers of many years standing over there, as no doubt you probably already know and maybe someone there might see the benefit of a very generous offer like yours.

No, I haven't posted on the HomeSeer forum.  But it would be great if you would let people know there.

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« Reply #34 on: February 21, 2021, 03:33:35 PM »

The D1 mini shield I'm working on is designed to stack beneath a D1 mini. Together that provides both WiFi and USB interfaces plus battery backed RTC and X10RF options. The only issue I see at this time is that the D1 mini does not bring out RI on the CH340G USB/Serial chip.

The RI is needed by the CM11A protocol as that initiates the handshaking process with the PC.

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Re: ESP8266 or ESP32 Wifi enabled boards & HA
« Reply #35 on: February 21, 2021, 08:00:30 PM »

The D1 mini shield I'm working on is designed to stack beneath a D1 mini. Together that provides both WiFi and USB interfaces plus battery backed RTC and X10RF options. The only issue I see at this time is that the D1 mini does not bring out RI on the CH340G USB/Serial chip.

The RI is needed by the CM11A protocol as that initiates the handshaking process with the PC.

Jeff

Well then your reputation precedes you. Iíll certainly mention it to Mark Fisher, a very knowledgeable X10 individual who maintains the X10 plugins there. Thereís been many a favourable comment on your products there along the lines.....Only for JVDE Iíd have packed in X10 years ago. In fact here is one of many posts mentioning your product https://forums.homeseer.com/forum/lighting-primary-technology-plug-ins/lighting-primary-technology-discussion/x10-homeseer/1413811-rtb232-not-functioning-with-hs4 I believe all your products work very nicely with HomeSeer.
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Re: ESP8266 or ESP32 Wifi enabled boards & HA
« Reply #36 on: March 08, 2021, 12:16:20 PM »

There is also another batch of the XTB-ANR in the works, but I have to first finish converting the firmware for a newer PIC.  It runs at a faster clock, and will have a tighter window to recognize X10 transmissions.  They should be available in about 2 weeks.

Update:  Both the XTB-232 and XTB-ANR with the new PIC are available again.

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Re: ESP8266 or ESP32 Wifi enabled boards & HA
« Reply #37 on: April 12, 2021, 09:21:26 AM »

The RI is needed by the CM11A protocol as that initiates the handshaking process with the PC.
Actually, it operates at a much lower level. PCs that came with Serial Ports had a WAKE ON RING setting in the BIOS but how to set this varies with PC brands, firmware, etc. And, it gets even more complicated with USB.

There is also a WAKE ON LAN setting and it should be possible to use this with a WeMos/LoLin D1 mini by sending WiFi to the PC when the CM11A or XTB-232 sends RI to the D1 mini, eliminating the need to send RI to the PC.
https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/bios-beginners,1126-8.html

Another solution might be to just use the ample Flash memory of the D1 mini to store macros/timers, eliminating any need to wake the PC.

I'm not going to pursue this further because my health severely limits what I can do these days. However, if someone younger and healthier were to pursue the WAKE ON LAN or Flash solutions it could be a way to convert a CM11A or XTB-232 from serial to USB & WiFi for less than $5.
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32529101036.html?spm=a2g0o.store_home.productList_2559240.pic_2
« Last Edit: April 13, 2021, 08:41:05 AM by dhouston »
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