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X10 MC10A Plug-in Mini Controller, White

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Description

  • Control up to 8 different groups of X10 compatible receivers, including lamp and appliance modules, wall outlets and universal modules
  • DIM/BRIGHT control and an ALL LIGHTS ON, ALL UNITS OFF button
  • Does not require a transmitter
  • Compact design, perfect for nightstands

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Customer Reviews

DOA - All Five. Returning Them for A Refund Product arrived intact but when I tested the first unit of the five that I purchased that unit did not work. I have a signal analyzer and the unit under test was sending bad blocks. I know that sometimes a bad block still gets read by the receiver, but the receiver set to the same house and unit code as the transmitter did not respond. (Used one of the beeper modules as the receiver.) So, perhaps I had a faculty unit? Well unbelievably I did the same test to all the other four units and THEY ALL were also NON-FUNCTIONAL, with the identical testing results. Plugging a known (older) working transmitter into the same outlet and the same HCUC worked just fine. Notice that others have had the same issue of these units being faulty upon arrival. Would recommend that you don't buy these!I more recently ordered some PMC01 X-10 Pro Mini Controllers from the same company (but not available from Amazon). These (for an added price of $10 more per item) did work. Was told that the X-10 Pro versions come with better "internals" and better quality control. Will try to update this review if there appears to be problems with the X-10 Pro versions.Update: March 2019It is possible that the problem here was the presence of two signal boosters on the same circuit. Because the two boosters were so close to each other, they may have interfered with the signals sent by the MC10A and corrupted them. Sorry for the potentially false information of my previous review. Buy one and if it works, then I am likely wrong to say they were DOA. 1Good X10 remote control device. Good quality, and functions properly. X10 signal seems strong and easily 'heard' by the rest of the system. Cord is of proper length (about 4'), and the base is non-skid.There is a thumbwheel on the side that allows selection of 'house codes'. This makes it a little cumbersome to activate or deactivate devices that are spread out over different house codes.....you have to remember that the garage light is "J2" and the front porch is A5, for example......however, X10 recommends all devices in a house be on the same house code.These units are somewhat hard to find with the proliferation of Insteon devices, and this is a quality one. You won't be disappointed. 4Not as good as old mini controllers Pros - Compared to old original mini controller the buttons are easier to feel and figure out in the dark. The 1-4 to 5-8 switch is easier to use.Cons - Compared to the old original mini controller, these send a weaker signal so some modules which used to work with old controllers do not work with these. I bought two of these and neither work as well as old ones. The feet on the bottom are positioned so the whole thing often flips over when pressing the left hand buttons.Notes - Unlike all the other controllers I've used, unplugging one of these, flipping the plug over, and plugging it back in affects how well it works. Buttons do not click when pressed, they are silent and do not provide tactile feedback. 3Bought this to replace a different brand of control that ... Bought this to replace a different brand of control that I accidentally dripped water into and shorted out. My old one was about 20 years old. I was not positive it would work but the layout of the buttons was similar. This arrived in two days. I took it out of the package, set it to the same setting as my old control (A 1), pushes the 1 button and voil , lights on in the pool! We were thrilled. Here is a photo of my old Aquadyne and the new X10 . 5Works Great - Priced Right After our old Radio Shack controller of 20 plus years died, we found this and got it in a couple of days. It worked just fine with our old modules so we're happy. Our original controller had lots of buttons and this one only has 4 sets which can control 8 modules by using the toggle switch between 1-4 and 5-8. And of course you can use different lettered zones to control even more modules, but that's not as convenient although relatively simple to do. We're glad we found this at such a reasonable price.UPDATE: Still working great four months later, but I see the price has gone from around $10 in August of 2011 to nearly $30 in December of 2011. I'm not sure it is worth that much. 5I'm pretty sure it was the plug unit that was bad ... It worked with the X10 about two or three weeks and then suddenly kept popping the breaker every time it turned on. I'm pretty sure it was the plug unit that was bad rather than this controller. But I got it for my elderly mother who had trouble reaching the AC wall unit from her chair. But one unit is not good without the other (I gave the X10 Heavy duty appliance plug it controlled a bad review) and when my mother got frustrated with it and my family got frustrated with me for a bad idea, I got frustrated too and I just threw both items out. Now I have to find a new AC unit that will fit the wall opening that comes with remote. 2On and Off This gizmo works as described and can turn the modules on and off and adjust the lamp brightness. The instructions are a little confusing because a module labeled 1B or 1C or 2C is not clearly described in the pamphlet. Fooling around with it for a while will clear it up a bit... it will not change the brightness on those new CFL bulbs. They are either on or off, so I don't know what type will work with x10 lamp modules. Maybe the newer LED bulbs can be varied. I was able to turn the water fountain and other appliances on and off but if you must remember that the switch on the appliance must be turned on to use this controller. An appliance that has an electronic on off switch will not work because you have to physically hold the button to turn it on..it will not turn on from a remote. This is good for remote switching of yard lights and fountain pumps etc. and areas that are not easily accessable. I have an old C64 computer that does the same thing but can turn modules on and off at preset times... but this item is worth the price. 4The lights vary in how fast they turn off or on - sometimes more like a dimming function Seems to work the same as a quite old original from Radio Shack. The buttons are arranged a little differently, but that may be more of an advantage than disadvantage - will decide when I use both units longer. Needed a second one because I could not see what all the lights were doing from a control in one location. The lights vary in how fast they turn off or on - sometimes more like a dimming function, and sometimes sudden off and on depending on what type of bulb and whether you turn then off and on all at once or one at a time. Dimming function works on both LED dimmables and incandecent bulbs, but less smooth on LEDs, and they tend to flicker in the lowest light ranges. However, both my old and new controller work exactly the same way, so there is probably no fault how either is manufactured, and both seem to be overall satisfactory. 4Good, But Could Be Better If Made With Surge Protection If this one will last as long as my first X10 Controller, I should have this one for 10 years with no problems. Has worked well with all my old outlet receivers with no reprogramming.For what its' worth...this is my third controller. My other two that failed after a power outage and may have been from a voltage spike when the power came back on. I've also lost wall modules for apparently the same reason. 3Buttons Too Small, Box Too Big. It's X10 compatible and works as advertised. It seems there are very few choices available for a plug-in/wired X10 control box so if that is what one wants, this is what's on offer. Radio Shack used to make box about the same size but with larger rocker style buttons. Better design but no longer available and poor build quality from China. This one probably has poor build quality too but since there's nothing to be gained from taking it apart I haven't checked yet. (Will do when it fails as it most surely will.)X10 is ancient and has its share of problems but until IOT device prices drop it's still a reasonable and economic choice for simple open-loop control. 3
X10 MC10A Plug-in Mini Controller, White

X10 MC10A Plug-in Mini Controller, White

4.1
Error You can't add more than 500 quantity.
Regular price
AU$ 82.00
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AU$ 82.00
Regular price
AU$ 136.00
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Save 40% (AU$ 54.00)