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1  Topics / Home Automation and Networked Objects / Re: .Net Program and Sources Now Available to Update the Command Table on: October 30, 2012, 05:42:10 pm
Thank you.

I wanted to use Java rather than CSharp but for some reason the serial interface was dropped. After completing the Dotnet version I am again venturing into using Java since I feel like I can get the earlier version of  javacomm to work. I certainly find Java and Eclipse much more rewarding than the VS2010 studio. To me it seems as if MS stole Java and called it CSharp, uhm.  smiley-lol

Well anyway...
2  Topics / Home Automation and Networked Objects / .Net Program and Sources Now Available to Update the Command Table on: October 30, 2012, 03:44:20 pm
I have finished the complete package to communicate on/off x10 commands that are store in an Arduino with a real time clock standalone controller.

1- The Arduino with a real time clock standalone controller with a data table just like the big boys.
2- Dotnet serial USB connection to send a CSV file of commands to the Arduino's data table.

See the descriptions on the web site,

All done with all the sources on this site, exciting!!!  smiley-cool
3  Topics / Home Automation and Networked Objects / x10 arduino standalone controller with PC csv file transfer on: October 14, 2012, 02:28:10 pm
I just put up the PC transfer/command program on the website .Net Windows App

First I offer a .Net Windows C# App,,

Posting the source of the APP in a week or so and this will allow anyone to write an App in C, C++ or python, etc by viewing the code/comments.

Does anyone need documentation?
Let me know. smiley
4  Topics / Home Automation and Networked Objects / Arduino x10 Controller is Complete with a Sketch on: October 01, 2012, 04:28:04 pm
It has:

-Database which stores its "time of day on/off records" in EEprom
-Real time clock to remember the time if power is lost
-Command driven Serial Channel at 115200 USB connection to a PC  smiley-cool

It is a standalone x10 controller that function whether or not a PC is powered up. However, you must provide a little 9 volt power supply to have it actively controlling your house or business.

I have to comment the PC C# program  a bit more before I submit it for use. Once that is done you can use any part of this project for your own purposes. smiley-eek-blue

Oh, oh I forgot the link to the Sketch,    -there you go...

5  Topics / Home Automation and Networked Objects / Re: x10 Project - Dirt Simple moving to the Shield!!! on: September 23, 2012, 04:22:04 pm
A very simple, dirt-simple, shield see, and Nothing complex about it. The Sketch is next to be posted... smiley-grin
6  Topics / Home Automation and Networked Objects / Re: x10 Project - Dirt Simple on: September 21, 2012, 02:12:33 pm
Completed Cable Tester Card,
This card will guarantee the connections to the TW523 x10 Line Interface is correct.
Wiring and Sketch are provided as separate sub-pages. smiley-cool
7  Topics / Home Automation and Networked Objects / Re: x10 Project - Dirt Simple on: September 17, 2012, 02:25:28 pm
The controller data base in the Arduino is functioning,  turn devices on and off, Now I just have document it all.  smiley-cool
8  Topics / Home Automation and Networked Objects / Re: x10 Project - Dirt Simple on: September 16, 2012, 03:20:22 pm
Many thanks bHogan...

I'll be documenting my progress as soon as I get the commands data table transferred to the Arduino EEprom going from my PC.

Today is Sunday and I am shamefully kicking back so maybe tomorrow or so. smiley-cool
9  Topics / Home Automation and Networked Objects / Re: x10 Project - Dirt Simple on: September 16, 2012, 03:36:15 am
Excellent Mr. bHogan!

Thank you very much for your link. You understand me. I'm going to consider using the CM17a/TM751 combo after this weekend as communicator it seems somewhat safer than the TW523.

I would like permission to use that picture,, if would allow me. I'll reference you and your blog site on my website, If you say okay.

Lots and lots of good x10 ideas, solutions.

Never the less, I enjoyed my interchange with Zoomkat in any case.

Thank you, sir.
10  Topics / Home Automation and Networked Objects / Re: x10 Project - Dirt Simple on: September 15, 2012, 03:44:16 pm
I apologize but you are missing the big picture..

I have a CP290 and it interfaces via RS232 to my PC with a vintage windows' program. It is not involved in my project at all.

1- When it fails as my CP290 did back in the 90s did there is no replacement available. (So if you can't buy it -make it!!!) this is why I'm doing this project.
2- If I want a command to turn off a light at midnight I send a rs232 message with that command to do that off command and the CP290 stores that command. So each and every night at midnight off goes the light. When I typically turn off my PC at 11PM I know the light will still go off at midnight because the CP290 is a standalone controller.

I sincerely hope you understand that concept.

The CM17a is NOT a controller with command memory which holds commands within its memory it is a PC communication device only. Your link to the CM17a description never says it stores commands because the seller lets you believe you can controller your x10 system with a  PC and doesn't tell you that your PC must be "ON" to do it with their software after midnight. The CP290 is a true command controller!!! Oh by the way, try to get help form the x10 website either by phone or email after you buy a CM17a, LOL. CM17a or any x10 Communicator you have suggested is NOT a STANDALONE command memory controller.

I guess I have assumed that most people will understand the problem. I thought I explain it clearly on the Home page, um.
Should I do a webpage just to explain this dilemma .

Today I have a fully functioning x10 system with ONs, OFFs and Alarms with a CP290 and no PC is powered on. I'm making a 'CP290 "2.0" with an Arduino' controller as a REPLACEMENT UNIT. That's it.

Maybe I'll make you a web star with posting our conversations on the website. It might help others understand better
What do you think? Can I use your ZoomKat handle in the footnotes? Nice name.
11  Topics / Home Automation and Networked Objects / Re: x10 Project - Dirt Simple on: September 14, 2012, 07:04:23 pm
My Arduino has a DB table for the commands at specific time to do on or off, . It also has a Real Time Clock with its own battery to keep track of the time of day, The Arduino connects via phone cable  to TW523 as a power line interface.

Do you have CM17a that will turn x10 devices on and off on its own? It stores the x10 commands that are executed at a particular time daily/weekly without another controller? If so, tell me how... Do you know what CP290 is? 

And I quote." FireCracker Software>
Using the software, you send commands to the computer interface that you've plugged into the back of your computer (see above). The interface sends commands to the transceiver module, which translates the wireless signal into an X10 signal."

Never does it say it stores any commands.

Just what I want my PC on all the do timed commands, umm.

12  Topics / Home Automation and Networked Objects / Re: x10 Project - Dirt Simple on: September 14, 2012, 02:23:27 pm
How does the CM17A remember any stored x10 commands? The CM17a is stupid because your PC must always be on to run a x10 command at a certain time. The CP290 controller stored commands that were sent to it the CM17a is a communication device not a controller. smiley-eek-blue

None of the devices shown on the webpage you provided work without a PC always on, no not one of any of those devices stores commands for timed execution. CM17a or CM11a or CM19a are not standalone controllers I used them all...dumb, dumb and dumber, LOL  smiley-grin

My project be a stand alone controller by this weekend!!! Everyone can duplicate it if they want to. I'll be posting the sketch, PC interface program, schematics and parts list over the next couple of weeks. Target cost is $50 or less in parts.

Presently direct commands work so the DB table needs to be sent over the USB cable, yet. Tonight maybe for stored commands in the Arduino at specified times 'on and off'.

Cheap, Simple x10 controllers don't exist, yet.  smiley-cool (Keyword is yet).
13  Using Arduino / Installation & Troubleshooting / Re: What a train wreck...Time for a Break on: September 14, 2012, 05:43:33 am
Too late I re-installed win7 - works now
14  Topics / Home Automation and Networked Objects / x10 Project - Dirt Simple on: September 13, 2012, 03:55:18 pm
There is a need for a x10 controller that does not require your PC to be powered up all the time. I've tried a few times to find a reasonable x10 controller but not since the CP290 days has that type of controller existed at a reasonable price.

If you can't buy it then you must make it - who said that?

Well anyway I'm nearly done. I used VS2010 both Visual Micro and CSharp to combine data base, EEprom, x10 interfacing and the like.

I'll over the next weeks I'm fully documenting my effort, website is

Take a look and comment, please.  smiley
15  Using Arduino / Programming Questions / Re: Building display class on: August 18, 2012, 02:59:23 am
You might try cut and pasting from:
It worked for me... smiley-cool
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