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What is better ZWave or X10?
« on: November 24, 2008, 10:48:01 pm »
Getting ready to finally get my lights and some sockets connected to LMCE.
Wondering which one is best ZWave or X10?
I have seen both in the forum and wiki and I just want the overall opinion.

I am looking for ease of install, ease of troubleshooting and ease of use.
Cost and availability is a plus too...
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Re: What is better ZWave or X10?
« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2008, 10:58:11 pm »
Cost: X10
Functionality: ZWave
Availability: depends on your location.

ZWave gives you far more options - it is powerline and RF and all devices are RF repeaters, too. So that effectively eliminates a lot of the power line issues such as multiphase power, interference, etc. Also, it is true bi-directional so LMCE sees when you do things manually and keeps track of it. And if an X10 device misses a command (not unusal, apparently) you will never know, whereas ZWave is far less likely to and can detect it anyway then resend the command to correct.

ZWave is also under active development with Hari's new driver.

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Re: What is better ZWave or X10?
« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2008, 03:17:15 am »
Actually zwave is just RF.... x10 is just powerline... and insteon is rf and powerline...

While I was considering my automation options a while back, having tried x10 in the past and not seeing the problems people have had, I still decided to go with zwave.  I found x10 was hit or miss based on your wiring.... and Insteon while more reliable, I heard people having device failure after a year of use.  I chose zwave because I found absolutely nobody saying anything bad about zwave, having over half the lights converted over to zwave now... I'm happy I did.

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Re: What is better ZWave or X10?
« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2008, 04:39:09 pm »
Thanks, I think I am just going to go with ZWave.
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Re: What is better ZWave or X10?
« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2008, 05:49:54 pm »
if you ask me, all powerline networks are crap (ethernet, home control, whatever).

I really like Z-Wave but I'm biased :-) I would even prefer it over KNX/EIB for non security applications.

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Re: What is better ZWave or X10?
« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2008, 10:04:08 pm »
I just had my electrician install the X10 Phase Coupler in the hopes of gaining control over a few lights that don't want to work with X10, and that didn't fix the problem!! Ug! I'm no farther ahead with the coupler than without when it comes to those ones.

X10 is really cheap but does have its issues. I would love to go with ZWave or Insteon but I can't justify the cost when I have X10 doing 95% of what I want for under $200.

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Re: What is better ZWave or X10?
« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2008, 10:32:45 am »
what is the point of automation if it is only 95% reliable? If you end up doing stuff manually or checking everytime "is it really off", the luxury from HA just vanished :-)

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Re: What is better ZWave or X10?
« Reply #7 on: November 26, 2008, 12:07:07 pm »
what is the point of automation if it is only 95% reliable? If you end up doing stuff manually or checking everytime "is it really off", the luxury from HA just vanished :-)

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100% agree... its why we gave up on X10 2 years ago. It just was no where near reliable enough... and of course that was before your new Zwave driver was available... with all that new capability that your driver un-leashes ZWave is a total 'no brainer' :-)

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Re: What is better ZWave or X10?
« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2008, 01:37:25 pm »
100% agree. Z-Wave, Insteon, and KNX are _THE_ choices for this system.

(We do need to get Insteon auto-detected etc in this system too)

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Re: What is better ZWave or X10?
« Reply #9 on: November 26, 2008, 04:10:34 pm »
IMHO to just play with automation X10 is good. But for real serious projects - Z-Wave and EIB/KNX for Europe are the best choices. Moreover, the cost of Z-Wave and X10 devices more or less is the same. For example, Z-Wave dimmer is about 60 - 70 EUR and X10 ~ 50 EUR. But Z-Wave is more effective and perspective solution.

Also the biggest disadvantage of X10 is different protocols for security and automation. So, it's impossible to control dimmers, switches, motion detectors and window/door sensors, smoke detectors with one PC adaptor.
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Re: What is better ZWave or X10?
« Reply #10 on: November 28, 2008, 07:29:46 pm »
While x10 is a pita i think its a cheap way to get people interested in home automation. As long as they know what they are getting to begin with. Just my opinion. True 95% isnt ideal, but if the cost is a lot vs perceived benefit something is better than nothing in my experience. Then hopefully the bug bites them enough that they invest in the better tech later.

But to answer the actual topic, Zwave is better, but more expensive.
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Re: What is better ZWave or X10?
« Reply #11 on: November 29, 2008, 03:26:45 pm »
I agree with the idea that X10 is definately inferior to zwave or insteon, but it is a great starting point.

And it is a HUGE price difference (To zwave) and still a large difference to insteon.

The cheapest I could find zwave parts was like:
$40 - $50 per module (plug in, screw in, or receptical, as well as switches and such)
$120 - $150 for a controller/interface

I bought my X10 gear brand new just a few days ago, for:
$5-$8 per module
$10 for RF Reciever
$20 for the controller/interface

That's a HUGE difference in price. I was able to spend $150 and hook up lighting control in my whole house including the controller, not to mention a few pieces of security gear to experiment with. (1 controller, 1 rf reciever, 3 remotes, 9 lights, 3 door alarms)

With ZWave the same setup would have cost me $740

Sure it might be flaky, but I can use it to experiment, and get used to home automation. When I want to invest in a "proper" setup, I can drop a couple grand on it. But for now, the $150 I spent lets me get wife acceptance factor, then I can argue "Ok, now that you like this, see how this is a bit of a pain, and how this doesn't work quite right, well switching to this technology a few pieces at a time would solve that" and I can get buy in on the larger investment :)

So I totally agree, if you have the money to spend, zwave or insteon is superior. BUT don't discount X10 as an option, especially for a "getting your feet wet for minimal expense" option lol.

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Re: What is better ZWave or X10?
« Reply #12 on: November 29, 2008, 03:29:29 pm »
Gee, I'm glad i'm single.

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Re: What is better ZWave or X10?
« Reply #13 on: November 29, 2008, 05:29:39 pm »
In Europe the situation a bit different. Z-Wave USB PC adaptor is $65 and CM11 - €70. Z-Wave dimmer/switch is €65 and X10 dimmer/switch - 42 - 44 EUR. So, I don't see that in Europe X10 is much cheaper then Z-Wave :)
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Re: What is better ZWave or X10?
« Reply #14 on: November 29, 2008, 05:29:57 pm »
I agree with the idea that X10 is definately inferior to zwave or insteon, but it is a great starting point.

And it is a HUGE price difference (To zwave) and still a large difference to insteon.

The cheapest I could find zwave parts was like:
$40 - $50 per module (plug in, screw in, or receptical, as well as switches and such)
$120 - $150 for a controller/interface

crap. Look e.g. at the HA22 or the MCV.

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