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Here is this week’s installment of Answers To Your Emails. Thanks to Omar, Eileen, Michael, and everyone else for writing in.

Anonymous: How far in feet will the video sender transmit?

X10 Community: Some have been known to transmit as far as 300’ depending on the variables. However, the video sender transmits as far as 100’. Of course certain obstacles can hinder the transmission rate such as the materials of the building that the signals have to go through. For instance, these wireless signals travel better through wood versus metal or concrete. Other obstacles are gadgets in your home or nearby that operate on the same 2.4 ghz frequency such as wireless routers or cordless phones. If you have these other devices, it’s best to not place them in the same path as the signals of the sender and receiver for optimal picture. Another option is to upgrade the cordless phone or wireless router to the 5.8 ghz wireless models.

Omar: If you don’t mind, I would like to know in detail as an Engineer how an EagleEye motion sensor works.

X10 Community: Hi Omar. For this information, I would refer you to the X10 WIKI. Here’s a direct page to the knowledgebase: http://kbase.x10.com/wiki/Eagle_Eye_Motion_Sensor_Setup

Anonymous: Where can I get the information on programming an SS13A?

X10 Community: Hello and thanks for the question. You can program the house code on the SS13A by the top ON button on the pad. Hold the ON button down until the red LED blinks. Press the ON button again, once for letter A, twice for letter B, three times for letter C, etc.

Here’s the link to the WIKI about the SS13A: http://kbase.x10.com/wiki/SS13A

Eileen: Do you sell a battery operated or rechargeable indoor motion sensor night light? I have medical equipment in the hallway and I would like something to attach to it so it’s clearly visible at night when walking in the dark.

X10 Community: Eileen, we don’t carry an night lights, per se, however one thing you can do is use a motion sensor in the area near your equipment and place a transceiver module (TM11A) with a lampshade nearby, that way when someone sets off the motion sensor the lampshade would turn on lighting the room enough to see the surrounding. There are a lot of options you can do, this is just one idea.

Michael: I just bought a Lola Wireless Kit (MK11A). I saw that it needs a PC to work. Could you clarify if it is possible to connect the MK11A transmitter directly to the TV instead of the PC?

X10 Community: Hi Michael, unfortunately this device is setup for use on the computer. If you are looking to transfer audio between the TV to a stereo, I would definitely recommend the wireless audio/video sender (VK82A). You can learn more by visiting our site at: www.x10videosender.com.


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I have four ms14A. None of them will transmit from outside. This even though I am standing on the outher side of the wall where my cm15a is located. Any idea what the problem might be.

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