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  • XTB-523 X10 interface cable

    Noob question.... I see that an XTB-523 uses a rj11 jack to interface with a PC with HS3. What type of hardware do I need on the PC side? Do I use a serial port? If so, what is the pin out of the cable on both ends? Are there any other PC interfaces that can be used.....like USB?

  • #2
    Welcome to the forum Bugman1400!

    The XTB-523 is a TW-523 device.

    I am currently using Jeff Volp's two phased TW523 device with my Leviton OmniPro 2

    It is just an RJ11 connection as I have redone my wiring going from cat5X baluns to old telephone wire.

    See here for information relating to the XTB-523 and here.

    You can plug the device in to an Ocelot and use GTS CPUXA Ocelot Plug-in (3P) for X10 control.

    I have tested the GTS CPUXA Ocelot Plug-in to work fine with the TW-523 X10 device.
    Last edited by Pete; November 24th, 2017, 09:28 AM.
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    • #3
      Are there any other viable options, other than the $200 Ocelot, that work well? I see similar functionality with an Arduino circuit. The Ocelot seems like overkill but, perhaps I am missing some of its features and flexibility.

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      • #4
        The Ocelot is a combo AD and X10 and more device which has been around now for a very long time (~20 years).

        Alternative is to utilize a CM11A or a Volp XTB-232.

        I have two of Jeff Volp's X10 devices here that have worked fine for years.

        I am currently using the CM11A with said above plugin and it works great.

        I see a couple of CM11A's on Ebay for less than $20.

        Mark Fisher (X10 author) Obi Wan has perfected the current X10 for Homeseer plugins. Today you can see much diagnostics on the plugins.
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        • #5
          Serial Card vs. USB to serial

          I'm also using the CM11A but I learned the hard way that you need to install a quality serial card in your computer. I had 2 different USB to Serial (RS232) adapters and never got things working 100%. After I installed the card, I have a very reliable X10 system.

          Cheers,

          Wade

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