What is X10 Home Automation

Quite simply, X10 is a communication protocol that allows other X10 devices to communicate over the electrical wiring (power line) of your home or business. The great thing about X10 is that it sends all of its communication over the wiring that is already in your home, so no new rewiring is required. For example, you simple replace your current light switch with a WS467 Wall Switch replacement switch or plug your lamp into a LM465 Lamp Module.

When you want to control your X10 enabled light switch, you simply press the on/off or dim/bright switch on your controller, and the X10 device responds. You can independently control up to 256 devices in your home. In order to do this, a device is assigned a house and a unit code. If you want to control the WS467 Wall Switch in the bedroom, then you would, for example, set the house and unit code to C3; then you would take the HR12A PalmPad Remote Control and set it to house code C and then press the 3 button either on or off.

X10 devices are categorized as either receivers, transmitters or transceivers. A receiver is a device which receives a X10 signal from the power line such as a WS467 Wall Switch from a transmitter. A transmitter is a device which sends X10 signals such as a HR12A PalmPad Remote Control to a receiver with the assistance of a transceiver. A transceiver is a device such as a TM751Transceiver Module from a transmitter and then sends those signals across the power line to a receiver.

Look for these symbols on all of our X10 products to determine the device type.