FINALLY, SOLVE X10 SIGNAL TRANSMISSION PROBLEMS EVEN ON 3-PHASE, COMPLETELY.
There is a real difference between this unit and every other unit on the market.
Works for either 120/240 or 120/208. Most versitile and best repeater ever made: Eight dip switches allow programming unit to run alone, or with additional units for large facilities (it is smart and can be programmed not to repeat a signal another unit already repeated), as well as a variety of other settings to fix and troubleshoot even the most difficult X10 problem installations.
We've been installing complex X10 automation systems since 1986 and have used dozens of different X10 Repeaters, Couplers & Amplifiers. We do X10 installations everywhere from in small homes & businesses, to the public areas of Shopping Malls where we have wireless X10 controllers controlling contactors to turn on and off entire mall lighting panels - all with X10! It is not uncommon for us to have 200 modules and 50 transmitters at a single location. So X10 troubleshooting, as you can imagine is an art with us. After using dozens of standard repeaters, such as those made by X10 now being sold on eBay, and those made by SmartHome and many others, at the end of the day, NOTHING compares with this unit (not even close!)
This unit does NOT amplify the X10 signal, rather it reads the X10 signals on the line, and makes a BRAND NEW ONE and sends it(them, one each phase) out at a full 6 volts (yes it raises the signal from 25mv to 6000mv). So the new signal is Crystal Clear, not an amplified copy containing noise.. But this is just the beginning.. The unit is packed with useful features and options. I strongly encourage you to click the video link above, or scroll down to the video below, and watch the entire 35minute video on this unit. There is so much in the video, that even if you don't buy this repeater, the information in the video will certainly help you overcome your X10 challanges. While this unit it is not intended to clean up noisy power lines, it works around them quite well. This unit solves many problems that could not be overcome using amplifiers, or couplers, since this unit can read extremely low level X10 signals, and reproduce brand new ones at the absolute maximum level, on all phases.
HOW TO SET UP THE UNIT:
The unit requires a 4 11/16" standard electrical box for mounting (as sold at Lowes & Home Depot). Wire its 3 wires (or 4 for 3phase): One wire to Neutral, and one to each of the 2-phases of the panel (or 3 if 3 phase). Then turn on dipswitch #4 if you are using single-split phase (standard home power). That is it, you're done! Now the default setting, the 8 dip switches inside, are all off. For most installations, just turn on dipswitch #4 (turning on switch #4 makes the unit work for 120/240 standard home power). This setting I found works best for 80% of installations.
Turning on dipswitch #4 tells the unit you are using 120/240 volt power, so cap off(don't use) the red wire, and be sure to wire the white to neutral FIRST, and then connect the other two wires each under their own breaker in the panel. Each breaker of course needs to be on the opposite phase (240 volts across them). Again be certain to wire the white neutral FIRST. And cap off (don't use) the red wire. If you were using this repeater in a 3-phase building(such as many commercial buildings are), then you would leave dipswitch#4 off. When dipswitch#4 is off, the unit operates on 208/120 volts and processes signals differently due to the phase difference. If you are uncertain whether you have single-split or 3-phase, just read the voltage across two breakers on different phases. If you get 208 volts, you have 3-phase and need dipswitch#4 off. But if you get 220 or 240 you have single-split phase, so turn on dipswitch #4.
More on dip switches? Dip Switch #3, when turned ON, tells the repeater to IGNORE and NOT REPEAT previously repeated signals on the power lines. This is great for large (or x10 troubled) facilities where you may need two of these units running (one on each floor or panel for example). With standard repeaters, they lock up repeating each other's repeats. Other dipswitches allow you to receive x10 signals at 30 degrees instead of 0, change the receive window size (sensitivity of unit, we use 25mv), turn on or off phase output transmission, and even to select whether to retransmit signals at 0 degrees only (default) or to retransmit the signal at both 0 degrees and at 30 degrees. Sounds confusing? I explain it all in great detail in the video (see link above or video below). But don't worry, it is preset with all dipswitches off. YOU ONLY NEED TO TURN ON DIPSWITCH #4, THIS MAKES THE UNIT WORK AS A 120/240 VOLT UNIT. SO TURN ON DIPSWITCH #4, CAP OFF THE RED WIRE, AND YOU ARE GOOD TO GO... IF YOU ARE GOING TO USE THIS FOR 3-PHASE, THEN LEAVE OFF SWITCH #4. More help with switch configurations? Be sure to watch our YOUTUBE video at the bottom of this page. The detailed video will give you tips and tricks on how to use this unit, along with a host of other tips, tricks and advice.
But in summary about the switches: Other than dipswitch #4, you only need to change them if you are still experiencing problems afterwards. Dipswitch functions and settings are explained in the 2-page manual that comes with the unit as well (see link above on this page to read the manual). Also, there are 5 LEDS on the face of the unit show errors, receive, transmit, ready and power. These lights are also useful for troubleshooting problems (again, see the entire video below). Oh, and dip switch #8 allows you to optimize for "noise" or "sensitivity". In other words, if you don't have much noise on your system (never see the error led lighting up) you can tell the system to evaluate valid x10 signals on a less-strict criteria thus increasing its sensitivity. If you then see the error light more often, you can turn the sensitivity back to normal. The designers of this unit thought of everything. Prior to us finding this gem 10 years back we took 4 different repeaters (and caps too) to job sites since they all worked differently and had different strong points-- now we just use this one unit. If this doesn't fix it, no other unit will either. If you've used other repeaters or amplifiers for X10, you may be wondering how this unit handles dim and bright, since many repeaters fail there or cause delays-- this unit handles dim and bright commands nearly simultaneously to the original transmission - meaning you won't be able to tell it is there (it is fast). And I mean simultaneously, NO PERCEIVED DELAY with dim & bright commands, when you let go of dim, IT STOPS DIMMING.
These units were made in America by Advanced Control Technologies Inc., and we own the last several hundred remaining for sale in the world (as far as I know).
Product Dimensions: 4.75" x 4.25" x 2", mounts in standard 4 11/16" electrical box (not included)
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