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I recently purchased a Harmony 880 remote and want to use an IR543 X10 controller to test out some Home Automation light switches in my TV room. I do not yet have the Ir 543 controller so I can not test anything. I have added an x10 ir remote to my devices in the Harmony remote but do not quite understand how the Harmony works for x-10 commands. I see preloaded keys for house codes and numbers for the devices plus custom on/off ,bright and dim buttons but how do you send a command to an x-10 device. Do you simply push the house code followed by the device number and then on/off or bright/dim. If so how long do you have to push the next button before the remote times out or ignores a command.
This probably seems trivial but I am just trying to understand so I can shorten the learning curve and start using it right away. I am going to start out with some basic dimmer switches and a couple of lamp modules and then if it all works like I hope try setting up some activities for different situations.
I appreciate any help or point me where I can find it, Dave
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For the standard ir543, you set the housecode once on the top of ir543, the IR commands don't change because of the housecode. So if you had two ir543's set to different house codes you couldn't prevent the IR x10 commands from a remote from controlling both ir543's.

So you press # key and then On, Off, Dim or Brighten command. And pressing 1 and then 1 again does not make it eleven. 10-16 have there own ir commands.
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Originally Posted by davefre99 View Post

I am going to start out with some basic dimmer switches and a couple of lamp modules and then if it all works like I hope try setting up some activities for different situations.
I appreciate any help or point me where I can find it, Dave

If by "activities" you mean different lighting scenes for different activities such as watching a movie (dims lights to a specific level), I believe this is only capable using the PC interface. I did a work around since my PC is at the other end of the house. I use an MX-900 and created a macro for watching a move sending an "all off", then an "all on" (full), then I alternated 3 "dim" presses for each light until I got the desired lighting scheme. I'm not sure if you can do this with a Harmony, but it's worth a try if you don't have the PC software or a PC near the theater room. Someone feel free to correct me if I'm wrong since I'd love to just have preset lighting scenes at the touch of a button without having to create a 27 step macro.
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For the standard ir543, you set the housecode once on the top of ir543, the IR commands don't change because of the housecode. So if you had two ir543's set to different house codes you couldn't prevent the IR x10 commands from a remote from controlling both ir543's.

So you press # key and then On, Off, Dim or Brighten command. And pressing 1 and then 1 again does not make it eleven. 10-16 have there own ir commands.

Your explanation is unclear to me. I know that you set the house and device codes at the Ir 543 and can manually control up to eight devices using the buttons on on top of the controller. What I am asking is about using my Logitech Harmony 880 ir remote control to change lighting with. How would I send a command for say lamp one on house code b. Do I have to push B then 1 then on for instance. IF that is true then I assume I could set up a macro or sequence to do all that and map it to a single button on the remote.

Thanks, Dave
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If you're buying the standard ir543 and not the aftermarket hacked ir543AH(All Housecodes), then you can't differentiate between unit code #1 on housecode b, from Unit code #1 house code a, or any other house code. Not with cheaper ir543.
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