Using X10 Remote Control with SmartThings


(Igocontrol) #1

Hey SmartThings enthusiasts,

I searched the forums on the subjects, but have not found a solution, so here it goes.

I replaced most of my X10 switches and dimmers with Z-Wave ones, which are more reliable of course. And I enjoy an ability to control them remotely using my iPhone or being able to set up all kind of rules using smart apps, etc. But I still miss traditional remote controls that I used with my X10 setup. Like this one: http://www.amazon.com/X10-HR12A-PalmPad-Remote-Control/dp/B00022OCC8/. I have a few of those in my house. They are simple, reliable and the batteries last forever. Not to mention they’re dirt cheap (< $10 in eBay). It would be super cool if I could use those to control SmartThings. Then I wouldn’t have to carry my iPhone with me all the time, reach into my pocket, start an app, etc…

Then, I also have a dozen of X10 EagleEye motion sensors like these: http://www.amazon.com/X10-MS16A-Active-Eye-Motion-Sensor/dp/B000NJBRNW/ installed around the house, both indoors and outdoors. They also work great and cost 1/3 of a typical Z-Wave motion sensor. I’d hate to spend over $500 to replace all EagleEyes with new sensors.

So, does anyone have a solution? I found two projects related to X10: http://build.smartthings.com/projects/x10integration/ and http://build.smartthings.com/projects/x10shield/hello-smarter-world/. The first one seems to gone nowhere. The second one allows to control X10 devices from the SmartThings app, which is not what I’m looking for.

Any suggestions anyone?


(Jeff DeWolfe) #2

I can’t answer all of your questions, but as far as a remote goes I’ve been using the 45601 with my dimmer and switches with no problem.

This might take care of part of what you are looking for. Good luck!


(Gene Kendrick) #3

Do you have to pair the 45601 with the ST hub or is it a separate remote.


(Jeff DeWolfe) #4

Yes. After you do that, you have to assign each switch to a key on the remote then. Essentially, the remote becomes a secondary/slave controller.


(Dominique) #5

I am interested in this. I too am in the process of slowly doing away with X-10 and upgrade to Z-wave but I also have a bunch of X-10 devices. Especially the motion sensors. I would love if someone found a way to make this do-able.

In the meantime, are you just controlling the X-10 with the remote or do you use software?


(Niedobry) #6

I’m using software to control the ST Z-Wave modules in my house with my X10 remotes/motion sensors. I have an X10CM11a two way control module and a Linux PC running the free ppower software. Every time I swap out an X10 device with a Z-Wave I add that X10 modules ID as a macro in the ppower software. Then with the help of the web API the macro hits a URL for turning the device ON or OFF. Works very reliably although there can be a second or two delay at times.

So if I were to replace an X10 module with the ID A1 here is a mocked up example of what my ppower.conf might look like:

ALIAS A1 SmartThings1

MACRO (SmartThings1:ON) {
        RUN "curl https://graph.api.smartthings.com/api/smartapps/installations/00000000-0000-0000-0000-0000000000/switches/[ID]/on?access_token=[ACCESS TOKEN]"
}

MACRO (SmartThings1:OFF) }
        RUN "curl https://graph.api.smartthings.com/api/smartapps/installations/00000000-0000-0000-0000-0000000000/switches/[ID]/off?access_token=[ACCESS TOKEN]"
}

Curl is a simple command line browser of sorts that can access URLs. So when I send an A1 on the X10 network the computer with the CM11A module sees it, runs the curl program to access the URL and the light turns on/off. I used the API tutorial to figure out what the links were to turn my devices on/off and generate the appropriate authentication etc. (http://build.smartthings.com/blog/tutorial-creating-a-custom-rest-smartapp-endpoint/) I’m using Linux and ppower but there’s no reason this wouldn’t work with any software package that supported macros.


#7

URL for rest tutorial Tutorial: Creating a REST SmartApp Endpoint