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Signal Booster
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Signal Enhancers
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X10 Compatible
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Beginner (Installs < 10 minutes)
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Boost X10 Signals with a Simple Plug-In Module!
BoosterLinc Plug-in PLC Signal Booster
BoosterLinc™ Plug-In X10 Signal Booster
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Mark of Excellence Award Winner - Spring 2004
Boosterlinc Plug-In PLC Signal Booster (White)
Item# 4827
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Overview

  • Now large X10 installations are possible!
  • Easy to install - just plug it into any 110V outlet
  • Great for apartments, condos or houses
  • LED shows when signals are being amplified or when noise is detected
  • PATENT PENDING technology developed by Smarthome Design
  • Does not interfere with INSTEON signals

Essential Info

For error-free automation of your entire home, install several Boosters by simply plugging them into any 110V outlets.

Make your X10 Installation work right!
Are you frustrated because some of the X10 receivers in your home automation system are having trouble detecting powerline commands? Now you can give your powerline signals a huge boost with BoosterLinc™ Plug-In Signal Booster, an advanced plug-in module that detects all powerline signals on the line and amplifies them in real time. Unlike signal boosts that use 200V repeater amplifiers, using this BoosterLinc™ module allows for an immediate, absolutely delay-free boost, and dim and bright commands that work flawlessly.

Manuals/Software

What's Included

  • 1x - BoosterLinc™ Plug-In Signal Booster
  • 1x - Owner's Manual
  • More Info


    Why You 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.

    Does What Coupler-Repeaters Can't
    BoosterLinc™ can also solve localized problems that whole-house coupler-repeaters 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.

    Install as Many as Required
    Before BoosterLinc™, if a 220V coupler/repeater didn't get a signal from a transmitter to a receiver there was no practical solution. With BoosterLinc™ Plug-In Signal Booster, 2 or more can be installed in the same home! We have reports of more than 8 being used successfully in extremely large installations. Many variables will dictate how many, if any, BoosterLincs™ will be required to ensure flawless system operation. The following formula is a suggested "rule of thumb":
    Square Footage of home
    2,000
    +
    # of X10 transmitters
    15
    +
    # of X10 receivers
    25


    Plugs Into Any Standard 110V Outlet
    Installation couldn't be easier. BoosterLinc™ plugs into any standard 110V 3-prong AC outlet. It also features a pass-through outlet on the front, so you can still plug in an additional device (pass-through outlet has no automation features). BoosterLinc™ also provides a small diagnostic LED that illuminates to let you know that the unit is powered; it even flickers when X10 signals are being amplified for easy troubleshooting. Multiple BoosterLincs™ can be installed in one home (we recommend one unit for every 1,000 feet of living space).

    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 a 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.

    Auto Disable When Electrical Noise is Detected
    BoosterLinc™ is smart enough to not amplify electrical noise. If BoosterLinc™ 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.

    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.

    Details & Specifications
    BoosterLinc™ plugs into any 120-volt 3-prong (with ground) AC outlet and comes in a white finish.

    Specifications

    Specifications

    Brand:Smarthome
    Manufacturer:SmartLabs Design
    Manufacturer Product No.:4827
    UPC:813922010992
    Dimensions:2.47"w, 4.26"h, 1.50"d (when plugged in)


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    New York Times Article  Mark of Excellence Award Winner - Spring 2004     
    New York Times Article  Mark of Excellence Award Winner - Spring 2004     

    Reviews

    200 Ratings
    5 star: 46%  (91)
    4 star: 22%  (44)
    3 star: 14%  (28)
    2 star: 8%  (16)
    1 star: 10%  (21)
    Average Customer Rating
    (200 customer ratings)
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    DAVID -- fredericksburg, VA   6/14/2014
    Fine except it did not solve the problem that I had. Probably no fault of the product, just was not the hoped for solution.
    RONALD -- albuquerque, NM   11/7/2013
    Didn't help reach distant X-10 module plus caused other modules to randomly turn on.
    NORMAN -- chesterfield, MO   9/9/2013
    little, if any, boost
    Erik -- Seattle   6/6/2013
    I have three outdoor lights that are all controlled by x-10 signals from a single photocell. They used to work perfectly. Lately, one began turning on at dusk but never turned back off at dawn. I purchased and installed plugged in one of these Signal boosters. Now, all three lights are switching on and off correctly. The first outlet I plugged the boosterlinc into did the trick. The only problem I had is this product is hard to find on the Smarthome web site.
    JOHN -- san mateo, CA   3/28/2013
    Raises my x10 signal voltage from .5v to 5v. Very nice product
    RON -- NEW YORK   2/5/2013
    Worked right out of the box. Found a dead area that started having problems with no signals, plugged it in and saw results instantly. Actualy fixed other sections of house that were thought to be lost. Very satisfied with this product. Just be aware that things like vacuums and other noisy items will tend to shut the unit off when plugged into same branch of outlet. Can be reset or just plugged back in to work. Always check for green light.
    SCOTT -- southlake, TX   1/13/2013
    fast ship
    PAUL-ANDRE -- quebec, QC   12/26/2012
    'Plug and play' All problems related to poor signals disappeared when installed; on problem was related to a paper shredder with a big electric motor; a second problem was related to new spiral fluorescent lights; those two items acted as 'black holes' to the X10 signals ; everything now work fine
    GARY -- las cruces, NM   12/13/2012
    Works as advertised. Shipping was a bit slow. Mostly because of the usage of USPS and Fedx.
    JOHN -- burnsville, MN   11/26/2012
    Seems to have solved the problem of the outside christmas lights not working reliably.
    RICK -- vancouver, WA   11/19/2012
    I had a discount mailer that offered a $20 discount on my next order that did process properly when I placed this order. I followed up with an email and was told that the discount would not be honored because the product had already been shipped and no adjustment to my credit card would be made. I am VERY disappointed in the stance and will be shopping elsewhere for my home automation products in the future!
    FRANK -- san antonio, TX   11/5/2012
    A bit pricey but essential in my home. I could wish it produced a stronger signal. I have to use three for complete coverage.
    FRANK -- san antonio, TX   11/5/2012
    A little pricey but essential for my home where noise on the line makes my X10 hardware operation iffy. I could wish it put out a stronger signal as I have to use three for complete coverage. Bottom line, it works.
    PAUL -- aurora, CO   9/1/2012
    Tried several locations before success. I had problems with flourescent lights being on that prevented other incandescent lights from responding to X10 signals. Had whole rooms that would not respond to X10, now they work again for the first time in years. Expensive but worth it.
    JERALD -- garland, TX   8/29/2012
    Great product for my X10 system. Significantly improved the functionality of my modules and controllers.
    JONATHAN -- new york, NY   7/30/2012
    Works Excellent. Solved my problems.
    STEVEN -- logan, OH   7/9/2012
    Solved my problem
    GERALD -- raleigh, NC   5/14/2012
    Smarthome met the delivery schedule. The product is working great. I'm getting a consistant X10 signal throughout the house.
    FREDDIE -- orlando, FL   3/11/2012
    this device still did not help my cause. the signal is still not getting to the appliance moduel. im going to try something else cause this has cause me a lot of money.
    CARL -- laurel park, NC   2/4/2012
    it works fine

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