CM11A - The CM11A is an older device.
You need to have a serial port or a USB to RS-232 device in order to use this. This generally
isn't a very reliable controller, however Home Domination does a
pretty good job of detecting errors and retrying until a command
is sent properly, and if the incoming data gets out of sync, Home
Domination can re-sync so it will never be locked up. The
best way to get a CM11A (or CM12U in the UK) was to purchase the ActiveHome kit from
, however this was discontinued a while ago. However, the
XTB-232 is supported using the same CM11A interface in Home
Domination as of build 193.
XTB-232 - This is a serial device
that emulates the CM11A, however it outputs a stronger signal
and deals with collisions better. A collision is where
more than X10 device tries to communicate on the power line at
one time. This is sold by
W800RF32A - This is a serial
device that will receive X10 RF signals from X10 remotes and
motion sensors as well as X10 security system devices. It
has great range and has the additional benefit of not putting
additional signals on the electrical line, which can increase
the likelihood of collisions. This is sold by
WLG & Associates.
CM19A - This is a controller that uses RF
to transmit codes from the computer, so you also need a
transceiver (RR501 or TM751) in order for it to work. This
is typically sold with X10 camera equipment. Home Domination
works well with this device, but sometimes it requires that the
FireCracker software be running in order for it to work with Home
CM15A - The CM15A is the newer version of
the CM11A. It has an antenna so it can receive RF signals
directly instead of requiring a transceiver for that. The
range of this device is very poor though, so unless your computer
is centrally located in your house you may need a transceiver
anyway. But since the transceiver sends codes through your
wiring and so does the CM15A, it's fairly likely there will be
collisions if both are able to receive the RF signal. See
this page for information about support with Home Domination.
You can pick up the CM11A, CM19A, or CM15A from .
Any X10 compatible hardware can be controlled by
Home Domination. Another great source of X10 compatible
hardware is www.smarthome.com.
Video devices supported include anything that
supports DirectX, which is likely most of them.
Other Interface Devices
USBmicro, LLC manufactures the U401,
U421, U421-SC3 and U451, and can be purchased
from this web site by clicking Buy
Now. These are USB devices that you can plug in, and
they have support for 16 different data pins. You can plug
in and use any number of these in Home Domination. You can
also use these to support 1-Wire temperature sensors from
Dallas Semiconductor. The DS18S20, DS18B20
are supported by Home Domination.
Click here for more info. For more information on how
to directly control devices,
Hardware Possibly Supported in a Later Version
RedRat - www.redrat.co.uk
- Here's another cool product which may be supported in a future
release. It appears to be a device that can receive infrared
codes from standard infrared remote controls, and can be
programmed to send these same signals. If this works well
and if it becomes integrated into Home Domination, it will allow
you set up macros that will control your home audio and video
equipment (TV's, stereos, you name it), or for that matter, it
will let you control anything you like with any infrared remote
control. But before we start integrating with this, we need
to get this version out the door. But if you have an
interest in this kind of support, or if you have any experience
with the RedRat, please email
and let me know.