X10ST Icon X-10 System Tray

X-10 System Tray (X10ST) is a 32 bit Windows 95 application that communicates with X-10 Computer Interfaces, specifically the CP290 (the original X-10 computer interface), CM10A (IBM Home Director), CM11A (X-10 ActiveHome), & CP10A (PowerBar version of the X-10 CM11A). X10ST serves as a real-time controller for these interfaces that can easily be invoked by simply clicking on the icon it places in the Windows 95 System Tray. This action will present a user-defined pop-up menu of X-10 commands and an additional click on a menu item will send the instruction to the X-10 Interface. X10ST now supports the X-10 Preset Dim Command (CM11A, CP10A Only), this command is particularly useful with the RCS TX15B Bi-Directional Thermostat. X10ST can optionally log all outbound transmissions from the interfaces thereby enabling the user to monitor X-10 traffic. Note that X10ST is not an event scheduler nor does it provide the software-based macros for the 2-way interfaces. X10ST is shareware that you can freely evaluate for a 30 day period; you must register the software to continue using it beyond the evaluation period.

Read Dave's Home Toys review of his X10 software.

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This is a fully enabled shareware version of the software that you can freely evaluate for 30 days.

  1. X10ST120.EXE: Self-extracting installation program.
  2. VB40032.DLL: (Required file that must reside in your Windows 95 System Directory; you may already have this file)

X10ST 1.20 ReadMe Contents

X10ST ~ X-10 System Tray
Version 1.20
Build Date: 03/28/1999
1. Please ensure that you also read the Version 1.00
& 1.1x READ.ME files as their applicability
has not changed with Version 1.20
2. Changes

a) Support for the X-10 Preset DIM command added,
   this command is particularly useful for
   TX15B Bi-Directional Thermostats.  (Not
   available for the CP290).

b) Write to X10STLOG.TXT option added; all X-10
   traffic displayed in the log will be written
   to the X10STLOG.TXT file.  The file is opened
   and closed for each write to minimize contention

c) Improved parsing of CM11A transmissions;
   Fast Macro invocations are now logged.

d) Improved logging of CM11A transmissions,
   X-10 commands are now logged with one
   command per line.  Previously the logging
   corresponded to the CM11A buffer size which
   can range from 1 to 10 X-10 Commands.

e) Separator Lines in the pop-up menu now
   function when 'Show Description Only
   in Menu' is unchecked; previously they
   only functioned when this option was
   checked.  (Separator Lines can be added
   simply using a hyphen as the Description,
   the X-10 Command Settings are ignored.).

f) Author web-page updated:
   NEW: www.inforamp.net/~dhuras
   OLD: ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/dhuras

X10ST ~ X-10 System Tray
Version 1.12
Build Date: 11/11/1998
1. Please ensure that you also read the Version 1.00
1.10, & 1.11 READ.ME files as their applicability
has not changed with Version 1.12
2. Changes

a) Defect in Interface Clock Synchronization
   (after DayOfYear 256) corrected.

X10ST ~ X-10 System Tray
Version 1.11
Build Date: 01/31/1998
1. Please ensure that you also read the Version 1.00
& Version 1.10 READ.ME files as their applicability
has not changed with Version 1.11
2. Changes

added to free up CommPort for use by other programs.

b) SUSPEND/UNSUSPEND command added to
popup menu.

X10ST ~ X-10 System Tray
Version 1.10
Build Date: 09/04/1997
1. Please ensure that you also read the Version 1.00
READ.ME file as its applicability has not changed with
Version 1.10.
2. Changes

a) STATUS REQUEST Command added for the
CM11A/CP10A Interface Types.  Note, only a limited
number of X-10 Modules (eg. PR511) will respond to
this command.  Ensure that you are logging INBOUND
transmissions when attempting to determine if a device
will respond to this command.  The response will be at
the HouseCode level (i.e. not HouseCode/UnitCode)

b) DDE Support Added.  X10ST will accept Windows
Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE) LinkExecute 
commands.  See the DDE Help Topic for further

X10ST ~ X-10 System Tray
Version 1.00
Build Date: 03/29/1997
1.  If the ActiveHome software is running
when you try to run X-10 System Tray, X10ST
will be unable to utilize the CommPort. However,
you can run ActiveHome while X10ST is running
if you uncheck both 'Monopolize CommPort'
and 'Display Clock'.  Of course, communication
with the interface will not be possible from
X10ST until you exit ActiveHome.
2.  If you run the ActiveHome software with
the Communications Mode set to 'Burst Mode'
AND you have checked 'Data Reflection' in
Communications setup, then this version of
X-10 System Tray is not compatible with your
operating environment.  The program attempts
to detect this and will display an appropriate
message.  An upgrade is being developed; please
contact the author for availability information.
3.  This software has NOT been tested with a
CP10A (PowerBar Version of the CM11A) Interface
since I don't have access to one and there is
limited availability of this product. However,
the software has been programmed to the published
4.  Heavy X-10 traffic can overwhelm the
buffer of the CM11A & CP10A resulting in
unlogged incoming transmissions.
5.  The POWER FAIL poll signal from the
CM10A/CM11A & CP10A can collide with the Clock
Refresh command; this situation will
self-correct although it takes about 15
6. Changes from Beta Test Versions 0.9x
- Tray notification altered to use the
MSGHOO32.OCX for increased reliability/
- 'Double-Click to Configure' option
replaced with 'Right Click to Configure'
option; this effectively allows the user
to swap the left/right mouse buttons when
clicking the X10ST icon in the System Tray.
- 'Show Description Only in Menu' option
added; the X-10 Command codes will be
suppressed in the pop-up menu if this option
is checked.
- Detection code added for echoed commands
on the serial port line.
- X10ST Window is brought forward if
a Configure is requested and X10ST is already
visible (but hidden).
Special Thanks to beta testers
Robert Burlingham & Robert H. Merriman for
all of their assistance.
Please report all problems to author - THANK
YOU for your assistance.

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