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asplodzor

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Anyone using X10 door/window sensors?
« on: July 19, 2008, 06:37:46 am »
I just picked up a DS10A (http://kbase.x10.com/wiki/DS10A) from my local Fry's Electronics today under the assumption that it sent a house and unit code like most X10 motion sensors. Unfortunately, it sends some other type of X10 signal that I've have no experience with.

Is anyone using any X10 door/window sensors and could offer advice on how to configure mine? Specifically, because there's no apparent house code, I don't know if my RF-to-power line transceivers will even push the signal through to the CM11A on my Hybrid/Core.

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Re: Anyone using X10 door/window sensors?
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2008, 02:56:07 pm »
Hold on to those as they are going to be some very fun devices in the future!

They use 32 bit X10 protocol, and currently are unsupported by LMCE. You need a W800RF32 or similar in the future to use them. I am currently working on a w800RF32 driver, so hopefully they will work in 0804

Also, these are great devices, as you can take the leads off of the magnetic sensors and connect them to just about anything. If the leads touch, it emits the tripped signal. For example, hook the leads up to the little metal strip that flaps in your smoke alarm, and if it goes off, have it trigger LMCE to call the fire dept, etc.

Very interesting possibilities with these

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Re: Anyone using X10 door/window sensors?
« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2008, 01:59:49 pm »
If I understand clearly DS10A works different manner then wireless motion detector MS14A? That's strange for me. Why do not produce device which is compatible with th rest X10 stuff such CM15Pro.
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Re: Anyone using X10 door/window sensors?
« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2008, 02:26:37 pm »
It is because X10 has 2 different protocols - 1 for home automation devices (the switches, outlets, modules we currently can use in LMCE), and another protocol for Security Devices (Door/Window sensors, security pannels, sirens, etc)

While it is strange they way they decided to do things, there are some advantages to the security protocol. For one, its not limited to 256 devices.

Also,  it is RF only (No PLM)