I have been a user of X-10 technology for many years, but wanted to take advantage of new capabilities through Google Assistant or Alexa, etc. Also, X-10 native software has been in decline and seems to have died so I have had to run a Windows XP VM to use with my CM15A. Unfortunately, I have already had one instance where a SmartThings outage prevented the home automation in the house from working properly so now I am looking more closely at X-10 and newer Zigbee and Z-Wave devices and how to get more local control while having the advanced features that one can obtain through the cloud when needed. I have found a fairly easy way to be able to control my current X-10 devices through SmartThings by using some software running on a Raspberry Pi.
I must say that I now have renewed interest in keeping my X-10 switches and other modules. With SmartThings, I miss having inexpensive remote controllers, such as the X-10 PalmPad Remote (HR12A), that can control individual devices, or even better, can be used with native X-10 software to enable each button on the remote to do something completely different.
With the integration of SmartThings and X-10, my third-party whole house X-10 receiver has been rendered useless so I am back to dealing with the very poor reception of the CM15A. I have experimented with one project to modify the antenna on one of my CM15As, which increased the range significantly but not to cover my entire house.
Can anyone point me in the right direction to solving these three issues?
(1) Being able to use X-10 remotes to their full potential to control devices, automations/macros, etc.
(2) having bidirectional support for the X-10 CM15A so that I could use other X-10 wired and wireless devices to send signals to SmartThings, such as the WGL X10 RF Whole House Transceiver
(3) Local control
HomeSeer seems to be the only home automation software that has native bidirectional X-10 support, which would allow me to use all of my current X-10 gear, but it is expensive, and I am not sure what, if any, negatives there would be to moving to it other than cost. Maybe it is more difficult to use with Zigbee and Z-Wave devices.