Lend a helping hand to those X10 bits trying to make it to all the nooks and crannies of your home powerline. Why continue to be frustrated because that lamp in the far hallway refuses to respond to your dim command? Use the BoosterLinc™ Plug-In Signal Booster to give the X10 signal a boost along the way. And unlike other signal boosters that use repeater amplifier technology, the BoosterLinc™ module (using SmartHome proprietary engineering) does an immediate, absolutely delay-free boost, so your dim and bright commands perform flawlessly and the way you intended them to work.
Why You May Need BoosterLinc™
As X10 signals are sent, they tend to go everywhere within a home, rather than directly to the intended receiver. Along the way, they get weakened by distance traveled and items connected to the powerline. Computer gear and home entertainment products (i.e. televisions) are the biggest signal absorbers. Additionally, every X10 transmitter (including 2-way modules) will absorb X10 signals. The bottom line is that by the time the commands get to the intended module, they sometimes do not have enough signal strength to trigger the desired action.
Easy to Install
The BoosterLinc™ couldn’t be easier to install. You just plug into any 110 V outlet. The diagnostic LED will help you know if the outlet is a good candidate for the BoosterLinc™. You can tell when signals are being amplified or when noise is detected on the line. The LED flickers when X10 signals are being amplified. But, the BoosterLinc™ is smart enough to not amplify electrical noise. If it does detect electrical noise, it will shut down amplification. The diagnostic LED will turn off and occasionally blink to indicate the presence of electrical noise. Once the noise stops, amplification immediately resumes as necessary. Of course, the true test is whether or not that balky hall lamp is now responding. If not, you can easily just try another outlet.
Does What Coupler-Repeaters Can't
BoosterLinc™ can also solve localized problems that whole-house coupler-repeaters (like the one you have in you dryer’s 220V plug) can't handle. Although coupler-repeaters have been used in the past for increasing PLC/X10 signal strength for the whole house, they just can't offer any improvement when it comes to solving a signal strength problem at the end of a circuit. So even if your home has a coupler-repeater installed, your home automation system can still benefit from BoosterLincs.
And, unlike a coupler /repeater device which is a one-shot option, you can install multiple BoosterLincs in the same home in various locations to solve your specific problems. The larger the home, the more BoosterLincs. A good rule of thumb is usually one BoosterLinc™ for every 1,000 square feet of living space. Of course, if you’re living in that 3,000+ dream house and you are having no X10 signal problems, then you don’t need even a single BoosterLinc™ . . . but, you're reading this description most likely because you are having problems and you’re looking for an effective solution.
Supports 3-Phase Electrical Systems
While most electricity coming into single-family homes in North America is split-single phase, most apartments and condominiums usually get two lines of 3-phase power. BoosterLinc™ is able to amplify signals on both types of electrical systems. Additionally, it will detect incoming single-phase signals and re-generate signals for all three phases. A typical example might be an X10 SwitchLinc 2-Way Dimmer that only transmits signals for split-single phase power. Without BoosterLinc™, when the SwitchLinc's single-phase signal gets coupled onto the other electrical line, it will be out of phase with the receivers and won't be detected. BoosterLinc™ Plug-In Signal Booster easily corrects this.
Fully compatible with PLC Bright & Dim Commands
With some coupler-repeaters, handling the special bright and dim signals gets tricky. Generally, for these signals to work, two dim or bright signals must be received within a few milliseconds of each other. When a coupler-repeater is used, the signals may appear to be separated by the receiving module. The result: Repeated dim or bright signals may cause the receiving module to slowly change the dim level. Since BoosterLinc™ is a real-time amplifier, there are no delays with bright and dim commands.
How Does BoosterLinc™ Work?
BoosterLinc™ Plug-In Signal Booster immediately recognizes every "bit" of X10 signal on the powerline, synchs up with the transmitter and co-generates a transmission, in real-time until the end of that bit's transmission. Traditional coupler/repeaters wait until a complete X10 frame/command is received and then co-generate the entire command while the original transmitter sends its 2nd (redundant) frame/signal.
- Pins: 120-volt 3-prong AC
- Finish: White
- Dimensions: 2.47"w, 4.26"h, 1.50"d
- Pass Through Outlet on Face: Yes