> I purchased the X10 IR Commander, ux17a. I also downloaded the
> software from X10, version 188.8.131.52, which I loaded onto my
> Windows XP machine. I'm using the XP machine to setup and test
> the commander, but the main goal is to move the cm17 to my linux
> box running mh after its working.
> I have some questions, anybody use this thing?
I used to have one, but it broke, so I don't use it anymore.
> 1) cm17 attached to PC COM1
> I give the ux17 power, the red LED starts the slow blink.
> I startup the commander software, load my TV/VCR/CABLE codes
> and press the commander software OK button. RED LED goes
> solid RED, then turns off a short time later.
> I know my device codes. I used the device codes I've programmed
> into my UR19 remote, which works fine.
> Question: Is the RED LED supposed to remain on solid after
> exiting learn mode by pressing OK in the windows program?
> It goes off a few seconds after going solid red.
I don't remember. Seems reasonable that it would go off after a few
> Question: Simply pressing the depressed LEARN mode button doesn't
> return the device to a slow LED Blink. I find I need to disconnect
> the power for 15 minutes then try again, that seems to get it back
> into learn mode.
> 2) Use commander to send POWER command to devices
> It doesn't want to work.
> Sometime the RED LED flickers, but most of the time no activity.
> The RED LED is always off.
> Question: Is the LED supposed to flicker each time a command is issued?
Yep, pretty sure it should do this. Maybe your firecracker UR17 transmiter
is not close enough?
> 3) Device Code Storage
> Does the UX17A store the devices code in non-volatile RAM?
> Each time I have a house power fail, do I need to reload the codes?
> Does adding the 4 battery cells protect me here?
I don't recall.
> 4) UX17A X10 Device Code
> The documentation implies I should load an X10 Device Code
> into the unit. Do I really need to worry about this if I'm
> not using any hawk-eye devices?
> Jim Duda
Right, I think that only applies if you want a motion sensor to trigger it
into sending VCR codes.