How to get X10 working

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How to get X10 working

Post by kingofkya » Sat May 01, 2010 2:37 am

UPDATE: WORKS ON 10.04 10.10
OK here is what I did to get it working.
First go enable it the normal way under setting->x10

Second you need to give zm permission to use the serial port. On Ubuntu do this
sudo adduser www-data dialout

Third Fix the zm bug Status change bug.
found it on the forum but cant find it again so here is the fixed version.

Forth download the missing perl libs.

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sudo apt-get install build-essential

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perl -MCPAN -e shell

install CPAN Sys::Mmap YAML PHP::Serialization Module::Load X10::ActiveHome

From Wiki ... ola-0.7%29

Now restart ZM.

Testing time
Open a termianl and type

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Thats should turn on device 1 on the house code you set in options.

Ok now in theory it would work if the zm interface didn't also have bugs.\
Now go to the monitor(camera) you want to interface X10 to.

Now on the main tab theres a X10 option at the bottom.
Normally selecting this will turn on the X10 related stuff but it never stays on after you hit apply. (we will get to this in a second)
Go to the X10 tab and set up the options you want. SEE: ... ion#X10_Ta

Now to fix the issues with the X10 check box you need to manually enable that check box in mysql. This is the sql query NOTE: you need to chage id=<num> to what ever monitor id you system uses.

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UPDATE Monitors SET triggers = 'X10' WHERE id = 2
Heres how you run the sql query from terminal.
Logon to mysql:

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mysql -p -u root
Select Database:

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USE zm;

Run sql query

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UPDATE Monitors SET triggers = 'X10' WHERE id = 2;

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Re: How to get X10 working

Post by joedee983 » Sun Feb 19, 2012 11:28 pm

Thanks for the guide
Everthing works, with 1 exception
The manual change to the database works until I make any change to any of the monitor settings, it then reverts to the cleared state until I manually change it again. It's a bit of a pain when fine tuning motion detection.

Does anyone have a permanent fix for this?


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