X10 is a communications "language" that allows compatible products to talk to each other via the existing 110V electrical wiring in the home. No costly rewiring is necessary. Up to 256 different addresses are available (16 unitcodes per 16 housecodes). If you want more than one device to respond to the same signal, simply set them to the same addresses. All X10 compatible products can be freely mixed and matched  (i.e. Leviton, X10, Stanley®, RCA, etc...). 
Some X-10 controllers can directly control X-10 receiver modules attached to your home powerline.   These plug-in controllers directly place X-10 signals on to the powerlines when a button is pressed (see example below). 

X-10 modules can also be controlled via wireless pushbutton radio frequency (RF) transmitters.  These RF transmitting units are not capable of directly controlling plug-in X10 receiver modules.  In this case, an X-10  "Transceiver" plug-in unit is required to bridge the gap between RF and X-10.  This plug-in transceiver unit contains a small antenna that receives the RF signal from the wireless units and then places (transmits) the appropriate X10 signal onto the powerline. 

For some, it could be as simple as automatic timed control of a few lights and appliances. For others, intelligent security features may be the most important. Whole house audio/video is another feature that can make your house smarter.  We can design a system specifically for your needs and requirements.

Making your house smarter is like decorating your home
You can go all out and put in all the bells and whistles at once or you can build it up a little at a time as your needs and budget allow.  X-10 technology also allows you to begin with a "Starter" system, then, expand upon it at your hearts desire. 

Making your house smarter does not have to cost you an arm and a leg
We specialize in bringing you the latest and greatest in home technology at discounted prices. If we do not stock the item you are looking for, we can have a particular item drop-shipped to your door, directly from the manufacturer. Most of the products can be easily installed by the average do-it-yourselfer. We also provide expertise in system development and installation, providing for "Turn-key" solutions.

Feel free to contact Tom regarding your new or existing Home Automation Project.  Tom's Home Automation provides services such as HA system design, product evaluation, product prototypes, and project conception, design and installation.  Training on various HA systems is also provided to HA owners. 

A smarter house has many benefits
A smarter house saves energy and helps the environment through intelligent control of lighting, heating and cooling. A smarter house can protect your family and possessions from an increasingly violent and crime ridden society through sophisticated security and surveillance systems. Home Theater systems allow you to enjoy music and video from anywhere in your house. The elderly and disabled can have full control of the home from their fingertips.  All of these automation features are intuitive enough that any one can operate, even your kids.  Remote monitoring of HA systems are now emerging, allowing remote monitoring via a HA web page you build and host on your web server.

One of the keys to the ease of automating your home is the use of a technology called “X10.” X10 is a “communication language” that works through the existing AC wiring in your house. Simply plug or wire an X10 compatible device into your AC supply and it can communicate with any other X10 device in your house. No special wiring is required. X10 has been around since the 1970’s so it is a tried and tested technology. 

Please feel free to drop me a comment (in my Guest book) regarding any Home Automation questions you might have.  Although I can not dedicate ALL of my time in reading and responding to emails,.. I do tend to answer most if not all of them,... eventually.

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