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rae8836

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Decode X10 date code
« on: August 23, 2017, 03:33:19 PM »

Did a search but couldn't find it.  How do I decode the date code sticker on an X10 device.  The codes I see are in the form ' 09H10 ' with lots of variation.  I've seen the right hand number pair as high as 31 but the left hand number pair that I have seen so far hasn't gone that high.  Could it be 'YY month letter DD '?
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Brian H

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Re: Decode X10 date code
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2017, 06:27:52 PM »

I had found some reference to it in a few of the X10 Wiki pages.
http://kbase.x10.com/wiki/VA11A

It is YY {Year} Letter WW{Week}

There is also a thread on the X10 Forums on X10 Date Codes.
http://forums.x10.com/index.php?topic=29215.0
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Re: Decode X10 date code
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2017, 07:57:19 PM »

Thanks, Brian - the forums.x10 article was particularly helpful.

I have a mostly-working X10 configuration driven by a CM15A and AHP but I never really extended it as far as I planned nor did I get all the bugs out of the configuration.  Due to some recent changes I went back into my inventory of X10 devices and found I had a _lot_ of stuff on the shelf, mostly dating 07xWW to 09xWW.  That brings up another question - Does X10 gear go bad on the shelf?  I do recognize that there are newer models with more capabilities, but is there any reason to believe that a new-in-box X10 device will be non-functional simply due to age?
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Re: Decode X10 date code
« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2017, 06:17:42 AM »

I don't think they would be 100% nonfunctional new but older stock.

We have see some older modules have intermittent House and Unit Code dials. Where the code was not what the dials where set to. Rotating them a few turns usually corrected that.
You may find an appliance module that has to be cycled a few times to have the ratchet switch get running more smother.

Depending on Date Code mid 2007 comes to mind. X10 Wireless Technologies updated some modules. The newer Lamp Modules now have Soft Start where they ramp On and Off slowly. Appliance modules where made CFL friendly. Wall switches have Preset Dim and Soft Start. The later AHP software revisions have two Lamp Module sections. Lamp is now the later Soft start ones that can use X10 Extended commands and Older Before Soft Start for older models before Soft Start was added.

CM15A was updated to easier to find parts. RF Transmitter and receiver on main board not separate daughter boards. Controller now a surface mounted one. I have not see anything on how it compared to the older design.

When X10WTI went bankrupt and the new owner took over. The move of the servers lost things like the AHP registration server. If you have to install AHP on a new computer. Tuicemen has written a program AHP-Lifejacket. That allows you to install it without the nag unregistered screen and four of the plug-ins. Like Smart Macros.

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Re: Decode X10 date code
« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2017, 05:13:36 PM »

Brian H;
Thanks for the comprehensive response.  I do have a mix of soft-start and non-soft-start lamp and switch modules.  Sometimes it matters to me and sometimes I don't care.  I'll look to that mid-2007 date code as a determinant.

The reason I joined this forum was to use Tuicemen's help to get the 3.318 upgrade working.  Once I get that in place I'll be sure to look for the two Lamp Module sections.

Appreciate your input....
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Re: Decode X10 date code
« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2017, 06:14:52 PM »

The X10 WIKI has date in it on soft start and many other X10 related things.
http://kbase.x10.com/wiki/Main_Page

The X10 Forums are also a good place to get information.
http://forums.x10.com/index.php

Jeff has a great set of tutorials on X10. Operation and trouble shooting. Along with a forum.
http://jvde.us/x10_troubleshooting.htm
http://jvde.us/forum/
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Re: Decode X10 date code
« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2017, 12:16:03 AM »

As far as age goes some of my modules are over 30 years old and had been sitting in a box for the past 25 years. I pulled them out to put some back in service because the old brown modules would look better on the wood paneled walls in my office. They're still working although one did fail after about 6 months. I can't think of any other electronic devices that have remained both useful and operational for so long.
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