ChristmasCave Setup Descriptions and Diagrams

Select one of the following:

Digital I/O card setup
FireCracker setup
Parallel setup
Serial setup
X10 setup

NOTE:  In the following setups each of the control boxes have 8 channels.

The following is a typical setup for digital I/O card control:

The mains power connector provides power to the SSR's or relays located inside the control boxes.  One or more control cables exits the computer for each digital output card installed in the computer. The number of control boxes varies with the number of lines each digital output card has.

The following is a typical setup for FireCracker control:

The CM17A interface device plugs into your computer using one of your computer's serial ports.  When the computer sends a command via the serial port the CM17A transmits the command wirelessly to all of the transceiver modules.  The transceiver assigned to the house code that the command is for transmits the command out over the power lines.  Each of the various X10 modules has an address and "listens" to the power lines for commands.  When a given module "hears" a command that it is supposed to execute it takes action and does that command.  Many X10 modules can be set to the same address.  Thus when one command is sent out several modules (all set to the same address) can do the same thing all at one time.  Various X10 modules allow for different functions.  The number of control channels varies with the number of X10 transceivers and lamp and appliance modules used.

The following is a typical setup for parallel control:

The mains power connector provides power to the SSR's or relays located inside the control boxes. Each parallel or printer cable connects to a printer port on the computer and one of the control boxes. Computers can only have up to 3 physical printer ports.

The following is a typical setup for serial control:

The serial adapter converts the RS-232 port in the back of the computer from a DB9 connection to an RJ45 connection. Standard straight-through ethernet network cables are then used to connect all of the control boxes together in a daisy-chain configuration. The mains power connector provides power to the SSR's or relays located inside the control boxes. The wall transformer is what powers the microprocessor inside each of the control boxes.

The following is a typical setup for X10 control:

The CM11A interface device connects to your computer via a special serial cable that comes with the CM11A.  When the computer sends a command via the serial cable the CM11A sends the command out over the power lines.  Each of the various X10 modules has an address and "listens" to the power lines for commands.  When a given module "hears" a command that it is supposed to execute it takes action and does that command.  Many X10 modules can be set to the same address.  Thus when one command is sent out several modules (all set to the same address) can do the same thing all at one time.  Various X10 modules allow for different functions.  The number of control channels varies with the number of X10 lamp and appliance modules used.