Active Home Vista Great X 10 app and even greater Tech support. I couldn't get program to work on Android devices. Send Arjan an e mail and with in next to no time he had replied with detailed instructions how to make the connection. Amazing . Thanks for the help and great App. William D. Love
Wow! I was having some trouble setting up client/server functions on PC and especially Android app. Not sure what I did but it just started working. Love it! Had a bunch of X10 stuff in a closet but now have reason to bring it out. I had all but given up! Thanks!!!
This app is excellent! This app makes my x10 hardware work remotely using this Android app over the Internet. Now I can turn my house lights on and off when I'm traveling. When I upgraded to Windows 7 a while back I had to put away all my X10 switches, and now they can be usefull once again. It was a bit confusing to get it working, because I found the documentation and the options in the setup screen confusing. I did not realize that must check the Server checkbox in the Communications tab of the Options dlg box & Web Server
Re-read the X10 protocol specifications (date back to the 70's) Did you not realize that A1 is a valid X10 command? As is A2, A3, ... you can see where this is going. Send A ON after those three and all three light up simultaneously. Send a DIM and... you get the picture. Send another unit code command and start the selection anew. Send A ALL LIGHTS ON or A ALL OFF and all A units are deselected. Radio Shack sold X10 remotes (PLC and IR) that could do this back in the 80's. RF protocol can't support it, which is why RF remotes have fewer buttons. ;) Of course, SmartHome's apps make the same mistake, but they are trying to kill off X10 in favor of Insteon,.ActiveHome Pro is the last software they made that could implement most (if not all) of the X10 protocol as intended. You also need to be able to send such commands to program various X10 devices as well. SmartHome's LampLinc modules come to mind. Can't add to scenes, remove from scenes, set ramp rate, etc. without supporting basic X10. Can do it all easily enough with a 30 year old IR remote or table top control.
Breathes new life into X10 - Great Job! I recently updated from Windows 7 32 bit to Windows 8.1 64 bit. I connect via serial port to a Firecracker CM17a that X10 sent me for free in the 90's. I have it talking to several X10 receivers. I was surprised to see Active Home Vista work so well with this older equipment. Between the Android app, the macros and scheduling my simple automation requirements are fulfilled. AHV has been very reliable and the X10 modules respond correctly almost 100 percent of the time. It's amazing that AHV allows me to use this old and inexpensive X10 stuff to control things in the house. I first looked into AHV as a solution to buy time until I figured out which newer system to commit to but I'm inclined to stay with X10 for now.
Good and not so good Configuring this to work reliably has been a hit and miss learning curve. I now have it working well on my local network but can't get the server to wake up from outside networks, work in progress for me. An exit app button would be useful too, in my opinion. All in all great work.
- Fixed: small errors in Spanish translation