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Dear All,

I am in an apartment and have a need to place a large wall unit that covers up my kitchen light (tube fluorescent) and dining area (CFL) switches. Both switches are in the same panel. I've been reading and considering so many options it's a bit confusing as to what makes sense. I would rather not spend tons of money. It seems my options are powerline, rf, or wireless (just read about Belkin wemo light switch). The wemo seemed like a good solution if it can handle the fluorescent tube, but it won't be released until summer. Some existing option seems to be X11 or z-wave or Insteon based switches. For my simple need to turn on lights with switches that are behind a large wall unit, what option do you think will work and is affordable.

Thank in advance.

Elviso
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..... Some existing option seems to be X11 or z-wave or Insteon based switches. For my simple need to turn on lights with switches that are behind a large wall unit, what option do you think will work and is affordable......

Going with Insteon would be a pretty safe bet - X10 is definitely showing it's age (I assume you meant X10, not X11??) and I think Insteon will give you a wider number of options to choose from than Z-wave. Smarthome.com is a good source and they often run specials.
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Dear DGF,

Thank you for the feedback, yes I meant to write X10. It seems that couple of SwitchLinc switch (dual-band) with SmartLinc would fit the bill. I have two questions, however, 1) with the simple connect device as SmartLinc, are there reasonable software connect solutions, I understand iphone and android apps; 2) I looked on Amazon and there appears to be wildly varied comments from works exceptionally well to failed/frustrating experience. Since for me it will be behind a wall unit, I will not have access so I wanted to make sure of reliability.

Thanks.

Elviso
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If you are interested in iOS- or Android-based software control there are definitely some well-proven solutions. The two I'm most familiar with are Roomie and iRule - you'll find lots of people using these apps to successfully control Insteon devices. AVS has a "Remote Control" forum with some good threads on each app, and the developers obviously have their own sites, both with useful FAQs & user areas.

If I were to net out the difference between Roomie and iRule it would be that Roomie has a much shorter learning curve (you can get up & running extremely quickly), but it doesn't have some of the graphical flexibility or smarts that you can implement with iRule, albeit with a longer learning period. Both apps are extremely reliable and both support a wide range of Insteon devices 'out of the box' as well as literally hundreds of additional pieces of equipment - you can really go to town with the whole implementation!

Dave
Edited by DGF - 2/20/13 at 2:02pm
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