I got a few minutes to install the first of the X10 devices I had ordered yesterday. I started with the den, where my primary home theater system is. All that went in there were two of the wall outlets and a wall switch for the ceiling fan/light. After installing, I tested using the mini-controller and everything worked as expected. The only thing that did not work was the “All On” button from the mini-controller. Not sure why. I don’t expect I’d use it very often, if at all, anyway.
After getting those installed and working, I went ahead and decided to see how difficult setting up the Harmony 880 was going to be. I created a few custom sequences in the advanced button cusomtization of my HTPC activity – an “On” and “Off” for each device. Testing it proved that it worked perfectly. There is a very slight delay of maybe one second, but I would expect that since it’s doing an IR to X10 translation.
So far, I’m pretty happy with how they operate. Installation was simple and the devices appear to be of decent quality. Not as “cheap” as I thought they would be, but they’re definitely not heavy-duty. Next will be the bedroom outlets by the bed and the overhead ceiling fan/light switch. I do believe that I’ll be installing an additional switch though, so that I can separate the operation of the fan and ceiling lights. I hate pull-strings and we almost alway leave the fan on at nights. Being able to control the lights and fan with the remote will be great.
Considering the grandparents arrive today, I probably won’t get to do anything more this weekend, so check in to see what I’m up to in a few days. Have a good weekend!