X10 Monitoring via MSN

 

“I have written a program that I wanted and though others might find it fun or useful too. There may be others out there but half the fun is writing with my features and no nags anyways. Plus I respond to my own future feature requests much better than other people Wink

It is a windows program that monitors x10 traffic and lets you configure alerts (messages) to be sent to an MSN user account when certain x10 events are triggered.

You can configure sounds for each event (which play on local computer) which can be useful for audible verification of x10 events being properly raised (ok this feature is really for a HAL2000 effect). You can have triggers which play sounds, triggers which send msn messages, or triggers that do both.

You can also remotely request a history of x10 activity and request your ip (for dialup users not firewalled)…

X10 Dispatcher is a Windows application which uses MSN Messenger to relay events raised in an X10 automated environment. It requires a Windows computer to be left turned on and connected to the internet. It acts as a brain on top of ActiveHome Pro. This program offers no functionality that will be retained by your control unit once the program or computer is shut down.

The program will spy on X10 events passing through or generated from the control unit and use that trigger playing a wav file or sending an MSN Messenger Message. Additional functionality includes being able to remotely request your IP address (useful mainly for dial up users who may be running other servers on their machine like a web server) and viewing a history of X10 activity.

With this version, limited functionality exists to ARM and DISARM via remotes (or any other X10 command passing through or originating from the control unit). To do this, set up trigger like any other except set the Alert Message to ‘Arm’ or ‘Disarm’. If you have an RF remote generating a code (for example ‘a1’), this is passed through the control unit, for which the trigger will snoop and fire. You do not need to configure ActiveHome Pro for that code if there is none, it will just dead-end. If ActiveHome Pro already uses that code, the existing ActiveHome functionality will execute IN ADDITION to your X10 Dispatch trigger functionality.

http://members.cox.net/x10dispatch/

 

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