updated 03:20 pm EST, Mon March 19, 2001
Sand Hill Engineering has released Xtension 3.5, a new version of its Mac-only home automation software. It adds supports for the new $30 wireless X-10 receiver (MR26a) that allows "wireless motion sensors and hand-held controls to bypass the normal powerline transmission" by sending signals directly to the Mac. XTension, which now includes standard X-10 powerline and wireless (RF) signals, as well as hard-wired and Infra-Red connections, is available in a free Lite version that limits the number of database units, but works with the popular CM11/Activehome controller and the new MR26a. Packages of the software and X-10 starter kits start at $80.