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  • #: 232894
  • Price: $4.99 In Apple Store
  • Category: Lifestyle
  • Updated: 2010-12-09
  • Current Version: 1.3
  • 1.3
  • Size: 0.80 MB
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.2 or later.
  • © Don Babcock
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* Important note - this app works with (and requires) the SmartLinc X10 controller by SmartHome. It will not command other X10 controllers. Other X10 controllers CAN be used in your home system along with the PixieLinc/SmartLinc but PixieLinc will command your X10 modules through the SmartLinc, NOT through your ActiveHome (tm) or other controllers. If you have any questions about system compatibility, please contact me before purchase.*

It always seems that whenever I wanted to dim the lights, the X10 remote was across the room or nowhere to be found. My iPhone, on the other hand, is always with me. What I really wanted was a SIMPLE controller for my X10 stuff that worked from my iPhone (or an iPod Touch.)

PixieLinc allows you to control your X10 powerline devices using a native iPhone app and the Smarthome SmartLinc server. It does this by encoding and sending the X10 direct commands to the Smartlinc installed on your home network using vanilla HTTP GET requests. This app takes care of encoding those requests for you. All you have to do is specify the usual house code and unit codes. All 256 possible combinations of the 16 house and unit codes are supported.

Please note that no effort has been made thus far to incorporate the Insteon (tm) control functions of the SmarLink in this version. This is strictly for those of us that are still working with the much less expensive X10 modules but who are tired of dedicating PC's and using other hacks to get our CM11's and Firecrackers, et al to work. I've done all of those and have settled in on the Smartlinc as being the easiest and most cost effective way to control my fleet of X10 powerline modules.

This is a simple app that uses the straightforward house code and unit addressing familiar to anyone that uses X10 modules. This app translates those into the direct command language used by the SmartLinc for X10 control.

Finally the "Pix" in PixieLinc comes from the fact that the app leverages the camera/photo album features of the iPhone/iPod Touch to allow you to tag your module listings with a picture of your choice so you can easily identify what is being turned on, off or being dimmed.

Check out the support site for more details and screenshots.

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