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Acting on X-10 commands on the computer?
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Post 1 made on Thursday September 23, 1999 at 12:41
David Knaack
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I have the IBM Home directory kit with its PC link, and I am wondering if it is possable to have commands sent with the remote get picked up by the computer and passed to a custom application.

I guess my main question is are X-10 commands that are sent by the remote get routed to the computer?

OP | Post 2 made on Thursday September 23, 1999 at 13:37
Roland S
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Yes, the signals do reach all the way to the computer. But, it's not necessary for the signal to have reached the computer to turn on a lamp if you have a transceiver (the thingy with the antenna).

Here's an example: If you setup a macro with ActiveHome as a STANDARD macro, the macro gets stored on the computer (instead of the computer interface). You have to leave the Communication Bridge/Link (software) running though.

As far as custom applications, ActiveHome is limited to turning ON/OFF X-10 modules only. You can find third party software and hardware that can do other home automation things -- fancy ones, even! Commander-X is a fairly simple-to-use program that requires the user to know simple programming (check out the thread on this message board). Or if you know more extensive programming, they do have X-10 ActiveX controls for the "visual" programming languages.


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