- What's Included
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.
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.
Brand: Insteon Manufacturer: SmartLabs Design Manufacturer Product No.: 4827 UPC: 813922010992 Dimensions: 2.47"w, 4.26"h, 1.50"d (when plugged in)
- X10 Plug-In Powerline Signal Booster (2-Pack) Review by Stan & Michelle
X10 Plug-In Powerline Signal Booster (2-Pack)
Stan & Michelle
I've been using two (one on each leg of the line) in my home for several years and they've solved my intermittent problems. Just added a third unit to an outdoor "shed" located 100 ft. from my home. I was unable to control the X10 devices from my home without it. Now everything is working perfectly. I highly recommend this product.
Posted on 12/29/2016
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