Home Automation with Mac OS X, Part 2
Subject:   X10
Date:   2004-02-20 18:57:03
From:   perceptive_automation
Response to: X10

While I sure won't try to defend the company X10 or its subsidiaries, I think it is important to note that the term "X10" also refers to the power line protocol commonly used for home automation. This protocol / technique for communicating with appliances over the power line is public domain and there are several manufactures of X10 compatible devices that have absolutely nothing to do with the company X10. For example, the Smarthome design line of products (PowerLinc USB, LampLinc, SwitchLinc, etc), PCS, Marrick, and many other companies manufacture quality products that use the X10 protocol.

Even if X10 the company and all of its subsidiaries ceased operations tomorrow, there are other manufactures and vendors that would continue to fill the need for low cost X10 compatible home automation hardware.

Matt Bendiksen