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1. A Foot in the Front Door > 5. Send X10 Commands Wirelessly

Send X10 Commands Wirelessly

Wireless remote controls are handy power tools for home automators, but you need to understand their quirks to get the most out of them.

In addition to modules that plug into your electrical system, several wireless devices work with X10-based systems. All wireless X10 devices work by transmitting a radio frequency (RF) signal to a nearby receiver that’s plugged into an AC outlet. The receiver translates the command and issues it to the power line so that other devices, including your computer and its home automation software, can see it. These devices are called transceivers. Ultimately, it’s still necessary to put the commands on the power line—that’s the core modus operandi of X10, after all—but the ability to initiate a command without a connecting wire is a great freedom.


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