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Black and Decker Freewire Indoor Remote

Item # FWIR

This product has been discontinued.

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Product Description

Features:
  • Control lights, small electronics and more from the palm of your hand.
  • Convenient wall holder allows you to mount the Indoor Remote to your wall for convenient access and storage.
  • Easy to set up - Easy to use.
  • Works with all freewire ™ components.
  • Uses (1) 3V Lithium battery - battery included.
  • Requires the FWMH Messenger Hub
  • X10 compatible.

Overview

Freewire Indoor Remote In Use: Click to Enlarge

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HomeLink
If you drive one of the 20 million cars, trucks or minivans equipped with the HomeLink®* Wireless Control System, you are already compatible with freewire. Now you can use the HomeLink keypad in your car to not only open your garage door, but with its freewire compatibility you can also turn on your indoor lights and outdoor landscaping lights before you park your car.

*HomeLink and the HomeLink house are registered trademarks of Johnson Controls. HomeLink can be found on most major foreign and domestic automobiles. Learn more about HomeLink by visiting http://www.homelink.com.


Setting Groups
Freewire can change the mood of your room at the touch of a button. Watching a movie? Set a group of lights to create the perfect ambience. Afterwards, reset the lights with one push of a button.

At the end of the day, turn off your lights with the push of a button instead of walking through the house room by room.

Groups are shortcut buttons to operating any combination of Unit Codes (Up to 4 Unit Codes). For example, you may wish to create a 'welcome home' group control. If you had your entrance light(s) set to 1, your hall lamp set to 5, your living room lamp set to 8 and your kitchen light set to 11, they could all be turned on/off by a single group key.


Freewire Terms
Speaking freewire is easy. There are just a few words that we use to describe important parts of the freewire system. You'll want to understand these words - they'll make it even easier to set up and talk about freewire.

MESSENGER HUB
The Messenger Hub is the brain of the freewire system. When it is plugged into an AC outlet it has the ability to receive Radio Frequency (RF) signals from the remotes and the ability to send messages through your home's existing wiring to all receivers that are set to the same house code. It can also be used to control incandescent lamps rated up to 500 watts, (Plugged into the bottom of the Messenger Hub).

UNIT CODE
The unit code allows you to assign a number (1 - 16) to any freewire unit in your home system. For example, if you assign the Unit Code number 5 to a Lamp Receiver, the lamp will turn on and off when you activate the number 5 on your freewire remote control. If you want multiple Lamp Receivers to respond to a single number on your remote, there is no problem with setting them all to the same Unit Code number.

HOUSE CODE
The House Code prevents interference with other freewire systems that may be in your neighborhood. When you set your House Code to a letter (A - P) you are choosing a distinct communication language between all parts of your freewire system. It is essential that all units in your freewire system be set to the same House Code letter for it to operate correctly.

SYNCHRONIZATION
When you first install your freewire units it is essential that you match up the wireless transmitters (Indoor Remote, Keychain Remote, Master Remote and Motion Detector) with the plugged in Messenger Hub. This will synchronize their wireless communication in a distinct way that prevents interference with other freewire systems that may be in your neighborhood.

COLOR SEGMENTS on the Unit Code wheels
The six colors (or Zones) help you to designate Unit Codes to various parts of your house. For example, if you wanted to control three lamps in your Living Room you might designate the Green Zone as your Living Room and allocate Unit Codes 5, 6 and 7 to those lamps and Lamp Receivers. The Green Zone then becomes a quick reference to control your Living Room.

GROUPS
Groups are shortcut buttons to operating any combination of up to four receiver Unit Codes. For example, you may wish to create a 'welcome home' group control. If you had your entrance light(s) set to 1, your hall lamp set to 5, your living room lamp set to 8 and your kitchen light set to 11, they could all be turned on/off by a single group key. It is essential to first program the group with the Messenger Hub and Indoor Remote before you can use this function.

HOUSE button
When you press HOUSE ON all the Lamp Receivers and the Messenger Hub in your freewire system will turn on (for safety reasons, it will not turn on appliance receivers). When you press HOUSE OFF everything in your freewire system will turn off - this is the fastest way to turn off all your freewire units.


Freewire Troubleshooting
  1. How many remotes can I use with my freewire system?
  2. How many Messenger Hubs can I use with my system?
  3. I am having trouble programming some of my Receivers.
  4. Some of my Receivers do not respond.
  5. Some of my Receivers respond intermittently.
  6. My Receivers turn on by themselves.
  7. Can I use a Bulb Receiver or Lamp Receiver with three way bulbs?
  8. Why do intercoms and other Monitoring Systems interfere with my system?
  9. How can I optimize the Key Chain Remote range of use?
  10. My Messenger Hub/Appliance Receiver/Outdoor Lamp Receiver 'click' when turning 'On' or 'Off'.
  11. "False" Triggering of the Motion Detector
  12. My Motion Detector will not transmit an On/Off signal.
  13. The light, appliance or camera controlled by the Motion Detector does not stay on long enough.
  14. My Key Chain Remote isn't responding and the battery appears to be dead.
  1. How many remotes can I use with my freewire system?
    Up to a total of 16 remotes in any combination of Key Chain Remotes (FWKR), Indoor Remotes (FWIR) and Master Remotes (FWMR).

  2. How many Messenger Hubs can I use with my system?
    You can have as many Messenger Hubs as you would like, however only 1 Messenger Hub (FWMH) is required for use in an average home. Depending on the size of your house, you may wish to add an additional Messenger Hub to further improve the overall range and reliability of your system.

    NOTE: If you add an additional Messenger Hub, be sure to set the Hub to the same House Code as your original Hub or the new Hub will not send your commands to the receivers in your freewire system. Also, if you have set up Groups, you will need to teach the Groups to the new Hub or your Groups will not function on your command.

  3. I am having trouble programming some of my receivers.
    If you are experiencing problems when programming the Bulb Receiver or Outdoor Lamp Receiver, it may be due to electrical interference on the power lines caused by large appliances such as refrigerators or TV's. It may be necessary to:
    • Plug the Outdoor Lamp Receiver into the same wall outlet as the Messenger Hub or you can move the Messenger Hub and plug into the same wall outlet as the Outdoor Lamp Receiver (The Messenger Hub will not lose its memory and it can be moved back later.)
    • If the desired outlet is controlled by a wall switch, ensure the wall switch is in the 'ON' position. Move the Receiver to the wall outlet closest to the Messenger Hub or move the Messenger Hub to the wall outlet closest to the Receiver that is not working.
    • If you have an intercom or other Monitoring System, you may experience difficulty in programming Receivers. Please refer to #7 in this list for further information.

  4. Some of my receivers do not respond.
    Most houses are fed from a 240 volt service which is then split into two phases of 120 volts each in the circuit breaker panel. The most commonly encountered problem with systems which use the existing house wiring to transmit signals is that the signals are received by some Receivers, but not by others. For example, the Messenger Hub controls some lights but not others or controls some lights intermittently. This can happen sometimes when the Receiver to be controlled is on the opposite phase of the house wiring to the phase which the Messenger Hub is connected to. If some of the Receivers are not working it may be necessary to:

    • move the Receiver to a different wall outlet to test that it works.
    If it still doesn't work:
    • move the Receiver to a different room.
    If it still doesn't work:
    • move the Receiver to the closest outlet that the Messenger Hub is plugged into or move the Messenger Hub to the closest outlet to the Receiver that is not working.

  5. Some of my Receivers respond intermittently.
    If you experience intermittent interruptions in your freewire system it may be due to other devices in your home:
    • Televisions
    • Computers (Clone-type computers seem to be more of a problem than name brands)
    • Computer monitors (No-name brands are bigger problems than 'big name' brands)
    • Laptop computer power supplies (NEC is a known problem)
    • Game systems such as Nintendo, X-Box, PlayStation, etc.
    • Audio/Video components (Satellite receivers, CD players, VCR's, DVD players, Cable Reverbs)
    • MIDI musical instruments (Synthesizers, Electronic pianos, Drum machines, Mixers, Reverbs)
    • Fax machines
    • Surge protection plug strips, UPS's and Power Conditioners
    • HID lighting
    • Motors: Refrigerator, heating systems, pumps, attic fans
    • Microwaves
    • Transformer-based lighting that use solid-state transformers
    • Fluorescent-based lighting and ballast transformers
    • Cell phone chargers, toothbrush chargers, razors

  6. My receivers turn on by themselves.
    If it is suspected that Receivers have turned on or off by themselves, it is possible that a neighbor has a freewire or compatible system, which could result in unexpected operation of both systems. Unplug all freewire devices immediately until (1) the interference is identified and eliminated through selection of a different House Code to ensure that neither system causes unintended operation of the other system or (2) a blocking filter, X10-Pro Model number PZZ01, is installed. Professional installation recommended. If you cannot identify the source of interference by talking with neighbors who are using a freewire or compatible system and you do not want to install a blocking filter, or if you have any questions about identifying or eliminating interference, please call our tech support support line: 631-361-8609 between 10am and 6pm EST, Monday through Friday.

    NOTE: Some fluorescent lights will send a small current back to the Appliance Receiver after the 'OFF' command has been sent. This current will trick the local 'ON/OFF' feature into turning the Receiver back on. We do not recommend using that particular fluorescent device within the freewire system.

  7. Can I use a Bulb Receiver or Lamp Receiver with three way bulbs?
    Three way bulbs may be used, however only one level of brightness can be activated using the freewire system. To change brightness level you will need to turn the switch at the lamp to the desired level of brightness.

    NOTE: When using the Bulb Receiver, you cannot control the lamp by the lamp's switch. Turning the lamp switch off and then sending a freewire signal within 30 seconds of power being applied to the lamp, will cause the Bulb Receiver to go into program mode and will need to be reprogrammed. See Bulb Receiver instruction manual.

  8. Why do Intercoms and other monitoring systems interfere with my system?
    Intercom and monitoring systems, including baby monitors, that use the house wiring to transmit signals can "block out" freewire transmissions while the intercom or monitoring system is in "permanent transmit" or "talk" mode. It is NOT possible to have a wireless intercom or monitoring system and a Messenger Hub operating in the same house. It is possible that a neighbor's wireless intercom or monitoring system could cause unexpected operation, including failure to operate, of your freewire system, or that your freewire system could cause unexpected operation, including failure to operate, of your neighbor's intercom or monitoring system.

  9. How can I optimize the Key Chain Remote range of use?
    Placing the Messenger Hub on the inside wall closet to driveway or entry way, will often maximize range of Key Chain Remote.

  10. My Messenger Hub/Appliance Receiver/Outdoor Lamp Receiver 'click' when turning 'On' or 'Off'.
    The 'click' you hear is normal.

  11. "False" Triggering of the Motion Detector
    All motion detectors work by detecting a change in temperature like when a warm body passes by. Therefore they can be tripped by changes in temperature, such as when clouds pass over the sun on a sunny day. Motion Detectors should not be installed in direct sunlight or over heating or air conditioning vents. They can also be inadvertently tripped by birds and animals but will not likely be tripped by moths or insects.

  12. My Motion Detector will not transmit an On/Off signal.
    If your Motion Detector does not appear to be sending an ON/OFF signal to your chosen device it may be necessary to:
    • Check the orientation of the installed batteries. See Figure 2 in your Motion Detector instruction manual for the correct polarity of the batteries.
    • Check to make sure that the Unit Code dial is set to the same Unit Code as the device you have chosen to control. For example, if the Lamp Receiver controlling lamp you want the Motion Detector to activate is set to Blue 12, the dial on you Motion Detector must also be set to Blue 12.
    • Move the Motion Detector to a different location. Motion can be detected within 20'.

    NOTE: Angle of the Motion Detector may affect the range.

    NOTE: Ensure that the Motion Detector responds as desired in the intended location before permanently mounting.

  13. The light, appliance or camera controlled by the Motion Detector does not stay on long enough.
    The default time on your Motion Detector is 1 minute but you can change this time by turning the Off Time Delay dial (See Figure 4 in your Motion Detector instruction manual) to select any of the time intervals in Step 5 of your Motion Detector instruction manual.

  14. My Key Chain Remote isn't responding and the battery appears to be dead.
    To change the battery, pry the two halves apart and fit two CR2016 Lithium 3V batteries. Observe the polarity of the batteries. (Writing on back of battery must face back cover of Key Chain Remote).

    NOTE: If Key Chain Remote is without battery power for more than 3 hours, the remote's internal security code must be reset. To do this, install new batteries, press and hold any button on the remote for 5 seconds, repeat steps 1 through 3 above to synchronize remote with.

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