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jase_31

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cheapest interface for sockets/lights
« on: August 21, 2011, 11:56:40 am »
Hi,.

What is the cheapest interface for controlling sockets and light wirelessly from a pc. I guess that would be x10, as it as been around for ages, and there should be a load of compatable stuff from china, but prices seem very high.

Is some other system cheaper than X10


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Re: cheapest interface for sockets/lights
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2011, 12:06:37 pm »
X10 is not wireless per se.
It works through powerline.

X10 is not that expensive, and there are better ones available s10/plcbus.
 
Wireless I would go for zwave.

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Re: cheapest interface for sockets/lights
« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2011, 12:29:18 pm »
You are correct, X10 isnt wireless - but doesnt need a seperate network to be wired.


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Re: cheapest interface for sockets/lights
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2011, 07:08:01 pm »
You are correct, X10 isnt wireless - but doesnt need a seperate network to be wired.

True...but your mileage will vary in terms of reliability based on the quality & topology of your house wiring and the amount of 'noise' on it generated by ordinary household stuff like fridges etc.

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Re: cheapest interface for sockets/lights
« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2011, 09:14:43 pm »
Most likelly a Tellstick with some cheap switches from Nexa, Waveman, etc will be the cheapest solution. The Tellstick interface costs 417 SEK in Sweden (€43 / $61). Three Nexa switches (wall warts) and a remote will cost you approx. 200 SEK. I would guess this is the by far cheapest way to start using power switches with LMCE.