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  1. tertius

    tertius Guest

    Hi there,

    I'm a new (1 week) alarm systems user and have a few questions.
    Any advice appreciated.
    I'm having a DSC Power 864 controller with a lcd5500 panel installed. I
    would like to access the controller via my computer. Googeling suggested
    the T-Link TCP/IP Communicator or the Web Xpander.

    I your opinion, what is the preferred board to use with regards to
    functionality and software available?

    Is the API usable/acccesable and documented?

    Does it only support Windows or are there API's available for Linux?

    What do I need to add X10 functionality to my Power 864 ?

    Much appreciated.

  2. Devin

    Devin Guest

    The tcp/ip link is more for running the DLS software across a network
    without using a modem. As for the Web Xpander i honestly havnt looked at
    them yet so im not sure. What part of X10 are you trying to use?
    lighting control? knowing what exactly your trying to use X10 for would
    help with a solution.
  3. tertius

    tertius Guest

    Thanks Devin,

    I gathered that after a bit more googling.
    I then found the rs-232 interface pc5401 which looked like a cheeper option.
    I also have a telephone connection to the controller but cant find any
    information with regards to what software (if any) I need and what it
    can be used for.

    The X10 option I will mainly/only use for lighting. For instance turning
    on a light when the front door is opened and a door contact is triggered.
    However I'm more interested in controlling the system via my PC and
    later applications that I will write.

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