Smarthome is dropping its x10 gear and are dumping all their existing stock. X10 alarm clock $1, remote controls for $2.50 light sockets $5 etc…
X10 Lighting Kits are $20
Quite good I just spent $500 bucks there.
Is it because they are replacing it with newer tech?
What did you buy?
new tech -> Zwave most likely
X10 is ooooold - the protocol is limiting in modern installs
X10 is to home automation what a 486DX40 is to current computing.
Old is too kind word for it - "antiquated" is what I would call it.
it is old for sure. But it still does the job I think.
The biggest problem with X10 gear is the RF receiver - these tend to die frequently, I've been through about 4 now….
4 more on the way, once those die and are out of warranty and no cheap replacements are available it will be time to move on for sure
Which RF receiver are you referring to - the CM19 or TM13?
Might order more of the less durable one if that's the case.
TM13, don't believe the CM19 works as a x10 receiver.
The only other one I'm aware of is the CM15 that can also act as a receiver
Yeah they are pushing zwave. X10 is still good because its ubiquitous (eg lots of manufacturers make it). Only issue is finding an IR to RF/X10 adapter so i can get my harmony working with it all.
Lots of sensors, remotes, lighting control stuff. Relays to hook it up to my automation module on my alarm system.
Added up what it would have cost with the outrageous RRPs and it would have been $4400.
Ok I bought a bunch of stuff, not exactly sure what half of it is. I know I will use the IR to RF/RF to IR thingies for sure.
Does that PC receiver thing receive signals from Oregon wireless weather station remote sensors?
hehe. Yeah there were a ew things i threw in that looked like fun too hehe
The true Oz Bargain spirit… buy first THEN work out what it is :)
Can't seem to put this stuff in a shoppping cart?????? worked it out……
Just grabbed a few of the $5 ipad stands
Australia Post - Express : $27.27
Australia Post - Standard : $13.64
Is this insane or what?????
thats cost price for ya
The items pop up at the bottom of the page then you can add them to your cart. Good find, thanks.
Crap. now i have to figure out how to use this stuff.
What were the best buys?
what items do I need to buy to control lights, power points etc, does it come with a controller that needs to be plugged into your PC. Id like to buy things but not sure what I need to make sure everything works
Do what I did. Buy one of everything and figure it out later. :)
One lol, I bought 5 of, seemed rude not to. Still need to figure it all out though.
I believe you probably just need the lighting control kit (remote, transceiver and light fitting) that will allow you to control a light and a power point.
Make sure you pick bayonet if you have normal globes. If you have edison you can buy the other kit.
If you need a PC I think you need the PC interface kit. I ordered a PC control box and the PC interface and downloaded the software. Not sure if thats all i need.
if you go into starter kits it has a PC control starter kit. I bought everything that was included in that kit (except the lamp control transceiver)
Just brought the keyboard for my boxee box.
Is anybody else stuck at the login page?
Site is starting to slow down. lol
Yeah must be getting hammered.
white page still..nothing working..heh
hehe thats why i bought my stuff before posting here hehe
It sure is getting hammered - can't even get on the site.
Over 1300 clicks, and only 13 of them bothered to come back and vote. Some good prices there though
My 2 cents worth: Vote now is a not good idea unless you've received and tested the product.
Besides I believe some people clicked but didn't buy, like me.
I waited to vote until I had purchased. :)
That's still no guarantee. I voted cause op had so few votes at the time I placed my order. But I can smell that this may all turn to sh1t.
why do you think ? I hope it doesn't. I'd be pretty annoyed if it does as I ordered yesterday and I put it on here because i wanted to contribute.
One thing that does worry me is that some of the products have been saying low stock since I bought it yesterday and it hasn't moved to unavailable.
Yep that is one reason. The second is the extreme low pricing, and third is the hammering the site is taking. All of those combined means it's probably over 75% chance of going all pear shaped.
They are going to get ti work on Monday and check their system and say WTF!!!!!!!!!
Like the amazon price error? I doubt it due to the fact that the banners on the site.
You misunderstand. It's the stock level vs the pricing/popularity problem that I reckon is going to bite us. The sale is genuine fir sure, but do you honestly think they are going to have container loads of each item?
You're right, I did.
Hopefully they do it in the order in which people ordered.
Vote now is a not good idea unless you've received and tested the product.
Vote now is a not good idea unless you've received and tested the product.
If the site worked that way, no deal here would ever get a vote.
ozbargained from here :(
Checkout would only allow me to choose "store pickup" as my shipping option. Put the order in anyway, and will pay shipping later if required.
Seems to be the way the checkout is programmed, same happened for me, regarding postage, it looks like orders over $100 are free. The order confirmation shows a shipping address and there are no details for pick up. Just wondering if there really are stocks, no items are sold out yet after the large number of orders, which seems odd.
Hi, thanks for posting
How do you create separate groups of light? Do you need one RF transceiver for each group and set the socket to the right transceiver??
Took me 45mins to do the checkout after repeated attemps, finally ordered some. Not sure whether they have stocks or not actually.
You need to choose the State and then type in the postal code before the window for shipping will show up.
Yeah, just got an order in… took a while
Mini HTPC Keyboard and Built-in 3D Mouse AK003BN0 $25.00 1 $25.00
X10 Socket Module Receiver - Screw LM15ES $5.00 20 $100.00
PC to RF X10 Interface CM19 $5.00 1 $5.00
X10 Controller - Program on your PC CM12 $20.00 1 $20.00
X10 RF Wall Switch Controller SS13 $10.00 2 $20.00
X10 Lighting Kit - Screw (3-piece) HX003SA0 $20.00 1 $20.00
Will work out what to do with that stuff later!
Do you have edison light fittings in your house ? Most people have bayonet fittings.
Yeah, I only have screw fittings, for some reason… else I would be screwed for sure!
Only want an iPad stand, not sure if I want to pay $15 shipping for it though :(
Shipping is actually a complete rip-off. It doesn't cost $15 to send a single remote from one place in Melbourne to another. In fact it would only cost just over $7, and less than $10 for express post (which they want to charge $30 for).
Like most people here, I bought a bunch of stuff and will figure it out if/when it arrives, lol
The bayonet kit only can control 4 units but only comes with 1 and you cant buy an additional bayonet socket module. Did not purchase.
Based on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X10_(industry_standard)
And this from SmartHome "1 x X10 RF Transceiver Interface Module - Interfaces up to 16 RF devices and remotes to your X10 system."
My understanding is that with one kit, that contain 1 X10 Transceiver, you can control up to 16 socket modules (4 adresses x 4 unit codes)
From here: http://www.letsautomate.com/10725.cfm?
- Remove the light bulb from its socket and insert the LM15 into the light socket
- Insert a light bulb (see Technical Data below for maximum wattage) into the LM15.
- Turn the lamp switch on if appropriate
- Set any X-10 controller to the House Code and Unit Code you want want the LM15 to respond to
- Press the ON button (corresponding to the Unit Code you want the LM15 to respond to) on the X-10 controller three times, at about one second intervals. On the third press, the lamp will turn on signifying that the code has been learnt. To set the code from an IR7243 press the number three times only
- To change the code that the LM15 responds to, turn off the power to the unit, turn it back on and repeat the previous step within 30 seconds after applying power"
So it looks like you can create 4 groups of 4 lights and turn each group on/off, or turn them all on/off at the same time… this is the worst case scenario…
Best case scenario is that each transceiver can handle 16 x 16 = 256 combination and that the remote can handle 4 transceivers… so way more sockets… (I think the best case scenario is more likely)….
So I think you would only need one kit per house, one for your main, another for your holiday house for example… etc
So with 1 kit, you can buy minimum up to 15 sockets… and you can add up to another 3 transceiver
That's my interpretation and I think it makes sense
problem is.. the bayonet sockets aren't available for $5 like the other screw type
There is, but it's more expensive, $139 for 10 of them:
Thanks for that link. Will come in handy when products arrive.
um, all the stuff on sale need a control unit right?
and the control units cost $50+?
Don't think so. The light kits come with a tranceiver which converts the remote signal to x10 (powerline protocol). So i think your all good if you have that kit.
Those of you who have a MythTV setup, you can incorporate light controls into your MythTV remote and FrontEnd. I believe (at least) some the modules listed there are those on sale.
Which one should I get if I want motor controls to raise or lower my curtains as well? And also, are there any sockets for my downlights in my ceiling?
I think you need the shutter control button which are about 70 bucks from memory.
I haven't seen downlight controls. However, if your downlights are wired by a GPO in the ceiling you could get a normal transceiver and install it there.
the wireless keyboard is tempting… i just ordered and selected pickup… dont know where to pick up though. I assume Williamstown.
I cant click on anything …..
Confused the crap out of me at first too. When you click, the product opens at the bottom of the page.
Thanks. I was confuse too but no crap came out of me, i must constipate then ;_;
My last X10 setup (same Marmitek brand) suffered from annoying false triggering. Does anyone know if this has been fixed?
Did you try putting a filter on your power? Or did you neighbour have an x10 system on the same channel ?
The system was very susceptible to impulse noise. e.g. when I switch a wall switch on, a light somewhere else would turn on or off. Annoying. There was a capacitor mod floating around that's meant to fix it, but it was too much hassle so I stopped using it and switched to an RF system.
Maybe I should just wait for z-wave to become cheaper.
Put in 2 orders, one last night and another one this morning. Gets a positive from me because its a great deal. Now just hope they can supply because I spent hours researching how the stuff works and trying to get orders to go through. The older I get the more $ value I put on my time and this one tooks heaps.
worries me that it has been saying low stock since friday. Sounds like the inventory system is not updating and stopping further orders.
research is doin my head in :)
Don't research until you have it in your hands…
Over 12000 clicks and it's said very low stock since Friday.
I bought a HEAP of this stuff about 4 years ago when Bunnings were clearing it out (nowhere near as cheap as this mind you) to give to family members for Christmas presents but bought some basic kits for myself too. Setup and operation was very hit & miss and can be affected by all sorts of variables BUT with a bit/lot of fiddling you can get it to work well enough in most scenarios. Most of the stuff still works but none of us actually use it anymore as other methods have since been realised (hardwiring mainly).
I have just bought a few more bits & pieces as this post has made me re-think using it for a new purpose so fingers crossed I can get it all working. Definitely not a perfect, hassle-free solution but at these prices it worth giving it a go for sure. Whatever you do, plan to blow an entire weekend fiddling around with it to make it do what you need OK!
So what is all this stuff? I'm trying to figure it out!
X10 allows devices to be switched on/off remotly such as lights, appliances, watering systems etc.
X10 is good as many vendors support it, but its a little old and z wave looks like it has many advantages, but its a closed protocol.
Im looking at using Arduino to control devices, as its more customisable, and probably cheaper than z Wave.
Or raspberry pi.
Raspberry pie + slice of pie, + microcontroler boards, could also do that, but its still hard to pick up raspberry pies for a good price.
Noob: Do I need a wired internet connection for the RF to work?
Can I control tjis when I am away from home?
Do I need to run wires to link wireless window alarm?
quite good stuff. i wasnt aware that it is that powerful……..according to their website $1 bedside timer can "Schedule lights and appliances to go on and off when you need or turn off your child "
LOL. I need one that turns on my wife….
let me know if you find one… lol
Turn off the child and it will likely turn on the wife!
I can't even get the web page to load, has anyone actually tried to checkout? I imagine that would be even slower?
I just bought a whole bunch of stuff. Can't wait to find out what it does.
I'd love to believe that everyone will get what they ordered, but even after a weekend of this site being absolutely hammered, every item still appears to be in stock. Good luck everyone. But unless you got in very early, don't get your hopes up too high.
Now it says:
"We're sorry, all X10 stock has been sold out over the weekend."
Im taking it no one got a cancellation or sorry we are out of stock email today ?
I just picked up my wireless keyboard at the Williamstown address. They did tell me that they still have plenty of stocks for the keyboards.
Yep, they have stock of some things, give them a call, I did and got what I wanted! Worth the call though..
Did anyone else get this ?
(fair enough I think)
We just wanted to let you know that we have been overwhelmed with orders over the weekend and as such it may take a few more days for your order to arrive. All orders will be processed in the order they were placed.
Thanks again for your order.
The Smarthome Team.
Nothing yet, but that sounds promising. You ordered on Friday though no? I ordered within half an hour of you posting it here, so I was one of the first of the 16,000+ OzBargainers lol
Got my email just after I posted that, @11pm.
Just got my email.
Apparently there were 400 orders over the weekend. I rang today chasing an IR bridge and they told me that they are running off there feet.
I just got the email again for the order I did (i ordered two lots because I ordered some stuff for a friend) just before posting on here. So people on here should be getting them soon.
I got this today:
We have received your order and they will be processed in the order they came in.
Please note that we have received more orders then stock available so it is possible that you receive all, part or none of the products you ordered.
If we are unable to ship your whole order, you will receive a notification in via email later this week. We will then make you a special offer or you can choose to have your order refunded in full.
Thanks for your patience.
damn so it looks like saturday night might be hte point where they were running out of stock.
I put in 2 orders. One Sat night and (after research) another Sun morning. The email is for the Sunday order. I phoned because it was the later of the 2 orders and I never got an email for my first order. The explanation was they were processing from the first order (moving forward) and sending these emails from the last order (moving backward). So I think it is an attempt to at least make contact with those at the bottom of the processing list and therefore least likely to get the goods. Hope my explanation makes sense.
That is actually a great idea starting at each end of the queue like that, and they are already hinting at making a "special offer" to those that will miss out.
Other businesses should be taking notes on how well this is being handled so far!
Yeah seems pretty good. Will reserve my opinion until they finish everything
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