Product DescriptionThe CM12 Programmable Computer Interface is a device that enables a PC to interface with other X10 Modules. The CM12 links onto your PC via a USB or serial port. Using the supplied Windows based ActiveHome software (supplied on CD) you can program timed schedules for your lights and appliances and create X10 macros. A macro is a series of X10 commands forwarded in sequence to other X10 Modules (such as Lamp and Appliance Modules). The sequence can include a time delay. For example, turn the lounge room lights off, 5 minutes after the TV is switched on.
mControl (not supplied) is Windows XP Media Centre 2005 software that can be used to link to the CM12 instead of using the supplied ActiveHome software. mControl includes all the functionality of ActiveHome and much more.
The CM12 has 1 Kilobtye on-board memory which enables the CM12 be used as a stand alone X10 Controller once it is programmed using a PC. The on-board memory can hold a limited number of X10 time schedules and macros, which are downloaded to the CM12 from the PC. Once stored on the CM12 the time schedules and macros will still run even if the PC is switched off. If the PC is Energy Star compliant then the CM12 can automatically "wake" the PC from Standby mode to handle actions that exceed the CM12's on-board memory capabilities.
The CM12 requires 2 x AAA batteries to power the on-board memory, as the on-board memory is not powered by the mains power. If the PC is attached then the timer's function will run via the ActiveHome or mControl software, otherwise batteries are required to run the CM12's inbuilt timer.
1 Varies with mix of events and macros.