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    MalcolmSu
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    As a long time Homeseer user, with almost every electrical device and light controlled either by a plug in or hard wired X10 unit, I found yesterday's Z-Wave review by Len Marten extremely useful.

    Sometime ago a poster on the Homeseer forum said:

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    The three best things I've ever done to improve my HA experience are:

    1) Acquire HomeSeer
    2) Get a W800
    3) Convert from X10 to Z-Wave
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    I wholeheartedly agree with 1 and 2 and until I read Len's article thought 3 was a long way off achieving in the UK. Whilst I can't see me acheiving point 3 overnight (I couldn't afford to even if all the kit was available) at least now I can see that I can start to dabble - which is how I started with X10 all those years ago!

    I particularly look forward to the day when I can eliminate all those false triggers.

    I've just come back from holidays to find one front bedroom's curtains closed - during the afternoon! The Homeseer log shows everything working as it should but at some time during the 2 week holiday a curtain open event must have failed so that the 'close at night open in the morning' events must have got out of sequence.

    Thanks for the motivation Len.

    Malcolm

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    Thanks for the motivation Len.
    You're welcome. I wrote the article because I could see the potential of Z-Wave but was getting frustrated with the lack of UK supply.

    I was hoping to encourage, people like yourselves, to stop and think before expanding current X10 installations - there is another way.

    I think it's not a case of "if" but "when".

    I'd like to think that some bright spark produces some Z-Wave enabled X10 modules or tools to make running these two competing technologies to work side by side. This will enable X10er's to expand using Z-Wave and help future migration.

    Wolfthing/Len

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    Just placed an order for some Zwave kit from the US automated outlet
    egerly awaiting it's arival!

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    The links in the review article to the Z Wave manuals on the ACT site no longer work and a quick Google didn't find alternatives. Any pointers to an alternative source please??

    Malcolm

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    MalcolmSu
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    That's the same site. The pdf manuals don't seem to be there anymore. Ony the sales brochures.

    Malcolm

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    I can send you the ZTH200 manual (the remote control) - there is not much to the mains units themselves - just a button to register/de-register the unit with the remote.

    The pdf is 797K. Let me know if you want it.

    Keyvan

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    MalcolmSu
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    Thanks Keyvan, i'm up and running now with three lamp modules and HomeSeer. It was a doddle to set up so I don't think I need the manual now. Many thanks anyway. :-)

    The system is a dream, so responsive. Still figuring out one or two things though. For example i do a dim to 50% and the feedback is 54%.

    Malcolm

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