Commercial Solutions

The number of attempts to standardize home automation communication protocols has been ongoing nearly as long as Mr. Coffee has been in existence. One of the earliest major players was X10, a company that still offers basic and relatively inexpensive home automation solutions today. X10 takes advantage of existing electrical wiring in the home. It uses a simple pulse code protocol to transmit messages from the X10 base station or from a computer connected to an X10 communication interface. But problems with signal degradation, checksums, and return acknowledgments of messages, as well as X10’s bulky hardware and its focus on controlling electrical current via on/off relay switches, have constrained X10’s broader appeal. ...

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