If you’re already interested in getting your own X10 Powermid Wireless Remote Sender system, there are a few things you should know (see Part 1). The following list includes some common troubleshooting tips that could help make your experience with this new equipment go as smoothly as possible.
What to Do if Your Powermid Transmitter Remote Won’t Work While the Transmitter is On
If you notice the Powermid Transmitter light staying on all the time rather than just when you’re sending it commands, chances are you’re dealing with some radio frequency interference. This can happen when the unit is placed too close to an unrelated device, such as a television. To overcome this obstacle, move the transmitter as far away as necessary from the device you suspect is causing the interference. Even moving it just several inches could make a big difference. You’ll know your Powermid transmitter is working properly if you only notice its LED lighting up when it gets a remote signal. At all other times, the light should stay dark. If the light keeps coming on, continue to move the device until the light goes off.
What to Do if Your Powermid Sender’s Red Light Randomly Begins to Flicker Off and On
A couple of different causes can make your device’s red light start to flicker.
The ST539 unit, which you can recognize because it doesn’t have an antenna, can sometimes pick up infrared interference from another source. This could be anything from the infrared light emitted by a lamp or by direct sunlight. In either case, just try moving the unit out of the direct path of light to see if that will solve the interference problem.
The RE549, which you will recognize by the presence of an antenna on the unit, may be getting radio frequency interference. As we mentioned in an earlier troubleshooting section in this article, this could be coming from a television or other electronic device located nearby the unit. Try moving the unit away from the suspected radio frequency source by a few inches. Continue to move it until you notice that the light stops flickering.
Sometimes both units will flicker. In this instance, the ST539 might be getting interference from a source of infrared light and then converting it to radio frequency noise which is then transmitted to the RE549 unit. If this happens, unplug the ST539. If the RE549’s light stops flickering, you’ll know that this scenario is the cause of your problem. If so, adjust the position of the ST539 so it’s no longer in direct sunlight or lamplight.
What to Do If Your Powermid Receiver Experiences Frequent Interference
Some users have found that using infrared blasters and extension cables can help to cut down on interference to the Powermid Wireless Remote Sender’s receiver unit. This will give you more freedom to change the unit’s position until it’s no longer getting that interference.
Once you master these simple troubleshooting techniques, your X10 Powermid Wireless Remote Sender should prove to be a very effective tool for enhancing your enjoyment of your home’s audio and visual devices.
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