Home automation - is X10 still the big player, or is there something else?

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I want to control some (currently dumb) AC outlets for outdoor lights and such, and in the past X10 would have been the solution.  Is it still the main solution, or have new methods overtaken it?  Thanks.

 

Mike

 

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there's currently a number of wifi based plug in units. Belkin WEMO is one.

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If you can place wall-wart-like remotely controlled outlets indoors then there are rather cheap transmitters, going into an USB host, to control them. For the European market we have e.g. "Nexa" warts and "Tellstick" transmitters. (There are outdoor Nexa warts but they are expensive @ USD 60 or so. They also make devices to build into a fixed installation.) I am speculating there is something similar for the US/110V market.

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for outdoor lights and such

Take a trip down to ACE Hardware and look in the lighting section.

 

You can buy a number of different lightbulbs with built-in Bluetooth! 

 

Amazing.

 

JC

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Insteon has replaced X10, much faster and far more reliable!

 

 

 

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