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Overview of X10 Home Automation
What is X10 home automation?
X10 has been around for over 30 years. It's a home automation system that allows you control lighting, appliances and other devices in your home. You can control the system with remote control, motion detection, touch automated timers and more.
X10 uses the powerlines in your home to communicate. So it's a hard-wired system, but it uses wiring that you already have - making it simple to install.
How does X10 work?
Standard X10 components are generally separated into "Transmitters", "Receivers" and "Wireless Devices".
X10 Transmitters are what transmit the commands to Receivers. There are many different types of Transmitters, from a simple plug-in Bedside Timer or Bench-top Controller, through to Programmable Timer Modules and more. You can have a number of Transmitters in your system, just choose whichever ones you need to match how you would like to control your lights and appliances. See our X10-Transmitters sub-category.
X10 Receivers are the devices that receive commands from Transmitters. They then turn On/Off or Dim/Brighten a connected light or appliance. Receivers are the devices that ultimately control the power going to the lights and appliances that you wish to control in your home. You choose your receiver based on the light/device you wish to control. Got a plug-in lamp you'd like to dim? Then choose our plug-in lamp module receiver. Want to set your on/off wired-in heater to automatically turn on? Then choose our inline appliance module. Each Receiver can be assigned with a unique X10 address, and with up to 256 combinations. See the X10-Receivers sub-category.
X10 Wireless Devices send Radio Frequency (RF) signals, such as Remote Controls, Motion Sensors and more. As these devices don't connect directly to the power lines in your home, the Wireless Devices work in conjunction with an RF-to-X10 Transmitter Interface. See our X10-Wireless-Devices sub-category.
X10 compatible with?
X10 is not a closed proprietary system. As such it can be interfaced with a number of other Home Automation/Security products such C-Bus, Elk/M1 security systems, Hills Integrated Systems security systems and more. The X10 protocol is used as the foundation for our Xanura Home Automation range and the Winplus Home Automation branded DIY range that were previously available in Bunnings.
X10 in Australia
Although we have now announced the leading-edge INSTEON Home Automation range, X10 will still be available for the near future for the many existing X10 enthusiasts. If you're just getting started with home automation, then we recommend starting with INSTEON.
Need more information?
- Our X10 Integration Diagram is helpful in understanding how X10 Home Automation works.
- Technical detail and trouble-shooting for X10 can be found on our X10 information page.
The X10 Home Automation category contains the following sub-categories: