I'm not sure if the X10 company actually makes a signal bridge, but the X10
patents expired a few years ago and there are a number of companies making
X10 devices. Leviton makes a full line of X10 compatible devices (they call
it "DHC", not X10) including a signal bridge. I bought my Leviton signal
bridge at the local electrical supply house- it was actually in stock. I've
tried a number of X10 compatible dimmers (including Leviton's) throughout
the house and garage. So far I'm happiest with the SwitchLinc products from
http://www.smarthome.com, although I'm planning to try a dimmer from PCS
since SwitchLinc doesn't offer a 1000W unit and don't care for the Leviton
unit I'm using now.
At 02:43 PM 9/26/2000 -0400, Nils wrote:
>At 01:38 PM 9/25/2000 -0400, you wrote:
> >one of the nicer add-ons is the device that makes any phone a 256 code
> >remote...it captures the DTMF tones from the keypad on your phone line and
> >retransmits them as X10 codes...avail at Smart House and Home Automation.
> >Also, most people will need the "bridge" device in the breaker panel of your
> >house...it connects both phases ("legs") of your incoming power together so
> >that X10 signals are distributed down both legs. You need this if you seem
> >to have a system the controls only some of the X10 slaves (i.e. only works
> >if controller and slave are on the same leg). Get the amplified bridge if
> >your house is "big"...it's the only one I've used, other than a cheap
> >version that I built myself with some capacitors. The amplified one seems
> >to have cured the intermittent response truble I've had before.
>What does X10 call the "amplified bridge" or "bridge"?
>When it was not obvious which product you are referring to.
>I tried to search their site but I was unsuccessful in finding
>any reference to either item.
Erik Quackenbush, V.P. Operations, Midwest Filter Corporation
1-847-680-0566 fax: 1-847-680-0832 http://www.midwestfilter.com