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1. A Foot in the Front Door > 12. Groom Your Home for X10

Groom Your Home for X10

The X10 method of sending signals over your home’s power system is quite clever, but it’s subject to interference from other electrical devices and any anomalies you have in your power system. With a little bit of effort and equipment, you can greatly improve the reliability of X10 in your home.

Most homes in North America have two 120-volt power lines from the utility company coming into the home. These two lines meet at the home’s breaker box, where the circuits that feed light switches, plug-in outlets, and appliances are supplied with electricity. Half of the circuits are fed by one of the 120-volt lines, and the second 120-volt line feeds the other half. The intermittent operation of X10 modules usually happens when the transmitter is sending signals on one line and the receiver module is plugged into an outlet on the other line. For the signals to get to the receiver, they actually leave the home, travel to the utility company’s transformer, and then come back into the home on the other power line. Not surprisingly, by the time the X10 signal completes this circuitous j....


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