Re: my Insteon controller won't work at certain times
jroach wrote:1. Can noise or a defect from a single X10 module effect the controller at any distance ie: should i only look at the units close to the controller (swap them out).
Yes - if the signal attenuation is strong enough it could be anywhere. However, it might be worse on some circuits, which could help you diagnose the problem.
jroach wrote:2. Since everything worked again after I unplugged the 1132 and plugged it back it I'm thinking it is the 1132 or something scrambling the 1132. Your thoughts?
It's possible - but not definite. Unfortunately, signal noise is most often transient so unplugging the 1132 might have been coincidence.
jroach wrote:3. If the 1132 was effected by a spike, noise or something and scrambled it's logic/firmware can you see a situation where it could self corrected later? Pretty certain the issue goes away if you wait long enough.
If you wait long enough and things get better, then it's unlikely it's the 1132. If it gets into a bad state, it's highly unlikely it will get better on it's own. But again, there is the chance that there's some odd interaction going on.
jroach wrote:4. Would a defective Signal bridge effect the whole house? I might try removing the bridge to see how it work with the 1132. Maybe the 1132 is better than the X10 controller I had before and doesn't need the bridge.
That is certainly a possibility. I had to turn off one from Leviton I had installed in my breaker box because it was causing noise. Fortunately, my electrician had put it on a separate breaker so all I had to do was flip the switch. Note, however, that it's very likely that you'll need to replace it rather than just turning it off like I did - I actually had another signal coupler for X10 plugged into my dryer socket.
jroach wrote:If the 1132 has gone bad should I replace it with the 2412?
It depends - if you have no intention of going to INSTEON (which I would seriously consider), then staying with the 1132 would be OK (if you can find them, I think Smarthome has officially discontinued them). The INSTEON PowerLincs do X10 as well (although they don't support X10 extended dim commands used by a few X10 modules). If I were you, I'd get a PowerLinc 2413U - it's dual-band so when you start migrating to INSTEON you'll already have half of what you need to bridge INSTEON across the two phases in your house.