Hardware Support: Powerline - System NamesIndividual inputs (Sensors) and outputs (Turnouts and Lights) in JMRI are accessed via System Names.
For information on the general scheme, please see JMRI Naming in the Technical documentation.
X10X10 devices are addressed via a "House Code" of A through P, and a "Device Code" of 1 through 16.
Outputs (Lights or Turnouts) in each House Code are numbered with their Device Code, e.g.
- PTA1 is a JMRI Turnout that talks to device 1 on housecode A
- PTB3 is a JMRA Turnout for device 3 on housecode B
- PLP16 is a JMRI Light for device 16 on housecode P
If an output is called as a Turnout (name starts with PT-), you only get On and Off as output options.
An output that is used as a Light (name starts with PL-) will take variable intensities. However, some physical X10 devices may not support dimming.
Inputs (Sensors) are identified by the house code and
device number that was reported by some other X10 device like
a motion sensor or light control pad.
NOTE: Due to a large number of false codes experienced by X10 users, Sensors are not automatically generated. They must be manually entered in the Sensor Table by the user.
JMRI configures the adapter to use House Code "A" now.
We'll eventually make that configurable, but for now that
means that input messages will only be received from devices
set to House Code A, so only sensors "PSA1" through "PSA16"
(Early versions of JMRI X10 support used an all-numeric address like PT12, with no House Code letters; this is no longer available, because it caused way too much confusion)
InsteonInsteon Adapters are labelled with a three-part number that looks like "01.2A.B4". These are just random strings as far as the user and the program is concerned, and we don't make any effort to subdivide them. You should enter these exactly as they appear on the device you want to address. Do not delete or add leading zeros, etc.
Adding an item to the table
When you add an item to one of the tables, many times you only
have to fill in the numbers to have JMRI construct
the complete system name.
Here's a summary, split up for outputs (eg. Turnouts) and inputs (eg. Sensors):
|In/Out||Entry||Meaning||makes System Name||Mask||Minimum||Maximum|
|i/o||A3||House code A + num device code||PTA3||caps letter + num||house code: A; device: 1||house code: P; device: 16|
|i/o||01.2A.B4||Light (module) PL01.2A.B4||PL01.2A.B4||3 x 2 chars||not documented|
Third Party info
More information on the X10 hardware can be found on the (admittedly obnoxious) X10.com web site.
More information on Insteon hardware can be found on the insteon.com web site.
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