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I have an x10 pro model psc01 and a wall switch model plw01

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I have an x10 pro model psc01 and a wall switch model plw01 and they do not communicate with each other, why?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Consumer Electronics
Expert:  Greg A. replied 2 years ago.
Hello Eric and Welcome to Just Answer,
Sorry to hear of the issue you are having with your x10 components.
What you say you have used this system since 2006, may I ask if this is the SAME EXACT setup - including WHERE the power flash model is connected?
Also, has ANYTHING CHANGED since this setup quit working?
And can you tell me what part of the world you are located in (I can not see that in this screen)?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
The alarm company says there is nothing they can do anymore,they can not m,ale the system work anymore,therefore I do not plan to get any info.
Thank you
Expert:  Greg A. replied 2 years ago.
Hi Eric,
It sounds like the "alarm company" either wants to SELL THEIR STUFF to do this, or is not very knowledgeable about how the X10 components communicate. That is pretty "typical" of a standard alarm company and I can understand their position.
As for the REASON I asked my questions (if anything CHANGED and WHERE you lived), was because of the way these units communicate - over the power lines.
You see MOST home3s and businesses are wired with AT LEAST TWO "phases" - and if the components are not connected to the same phase, then that would explain WHY it did not work any more.
OR - if there was some device (appliance or otherwise) that WAS "coupling" the phases together previously, and that device had been removed, then that would also explain WHY they would not communicate with each other.
And of course the one device that you had NOT replaced could have gone by, as these X10 devices sometimes do go bad (over a long period of time).
In any case, if you want to NOT pay the alarm company for their equipment or trying to figure this out, I can send you more detailed information about how this stuff SHOULD WORK. Just let me know if you need that.
Take Care & Good Luck, Greg A.
Expert:  Greg A. replied 2 years ago.
Hi again,
I see it has been a few days and I just wanted to follow up to see if you have any more questions concerning this issue or if the issue was resolved.
I look forward to any further questions or results that you may have.
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