Remember the clapper? Clap once and your lights turn on.  Clap again and you can turn your lights off.  X10 Home Automation takes that basic idea to a high-tech level.  Using your home’s internal wiring, your device will send radio frequency bursts which can control devices on the network.

You can control just about any device that plugs into an outlet, from lights to security systems.  In most cases, it is a simple plug and play installation.  Plug in the receiver unit and then plug in your device.  A transmitter unit, which could be a remote control (like a garage door opener), timer, computer, or even apps on your iPhone or Android phone with a WIFI connection and some computer software, to trigger the device.  You can even control devices with an Amazon Echo or Google Home using voice commands.

A big advantage to X10 is that you don’t have to install any additional wiring.  Your home’s existing wires work.  With the right set up, you can change what switches turn on and off which lights without have to rewire the whole house.

Customized X10 Home Automation Systems

You can use X10 systems to do all sorts of things.  Here are just a few to give you an idea of what’s possible:

  • Lamps
  • Coffee pots
  • Garage doors
  • Mailbox sensors
  • Ceiling fan
  • Sense when someone pulls in your driveway
  • Timers
  • Open or Closing blinds
  • Exterior Lights
  • Lock or Unlock your door

Internet and telephone connections can be used to control devices from outside the home as well.

Customized X10 Home Security Systems

By plugging in various components, your X10 security systems can be customized to your home security needs.  Typical installations might include:

  • Door Sensors
  • Window Sensors
  • Security Motion Detectors
  • Sirens
  • Cameras
  • Glass Break Sensors
  • Panic Buttons

Monitored Home Security

An X10 Security system might be part of your solution, but you will also want to consider a monitored system.  If you’re away from home and a break-in happens, you want a system that’s monitored by professionals that will call for help.  

In addition to security, home monitoring services can be linked to heat or smoke detectors.

If you’re out of the house when a fire starts, you want someone monitoring your device to call the Fire Department on your behalf.

An unattended system won’t do that.

If you are interested in learning more about 24/7 professionally monitored home security, get a free quote from Protect America.

Advantages of X10 Home Automation

  • No additional wiring needed
  • There are millions of compatible devices on the market
  • The X10 protocol will allow you to control up to 256 separate devices
  • Relatively low cost

Disadvantages of X10 Home Automation

  • Existing appliance can cause “line noise,” which can interfere with X10 signals
  • There can be lag times when commands are sent to multiple devices
  • Bandwidth limitations can cause lag as well
  • Most X10 devices receive commands, but do not transmit a signal back to the transmitter
  • Possibility of hackers attacking the system

What is the right type of security system for your needs?  Contact the pros at Protect America to answer your questions.

If you’re out of the house when a fire starts, you want someone monitoring your device to call the Fire Department on your behalf.