Setting Up the Robodog Alarm

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This guide should help you in quickly setting up the X10 Robodog Alarm.


Remove the battery cover on the back of RoboDog and install 9 C cell alkaline batteries (observe polarity). Replace the battery cover and plug the power cord into any convenient outlet near a window or outside door where it will easily be heard by someone approaching your home.

Note: batteries are for back up only, in case the power fails.

Note: The DR10A keychain remote shown on the gift box has been replaced with a newer version, Model KR19A.

To test the system

Wait about 30 seconds after powering up before testing the unit. Make sure the slide switch on the back of RoboDog is set to RUN (to the left). Press the top left (1-ON) button on the KR19A key chain remote. RoboDog starts barking. Adjust the volume control on the back to a level that can be heard from outside your home. If you installed any (optional) X10 Light Control Modules, five seconds after barking starts the RoboDog will turn on any X10 Modules set to A1. The barking will stop approximately 30 seconds later, or you can press the top right (1-OFF) button on the KR19A remote to command it to stop barking.

If you installed any optional X10 light control modules, you can turn them on--if set to A2--from the 2-ON (bottom left) button on the KR19A key chain remote. (Modules set to A1 will turn on when RoboDog barks). That is it! To learn more about installing additional accessories or changing any of the default settings, read on:

Optional Remote Controls

You can use several types of X10 Remote Controls to activate the RoboDog. These Remotes fall into three categories: Home Automation (HA) Wireless Remotes, HA plug-in controllers, and Security Wireless Remotes.

  • HA wireless remotes: such as the KR19A (included) or the optional RT504/HR12A, or any X10 radio frequency Wall Switch (RW684/RW694/RW724, SS13A/SS15A) do not need to be installed. The default setting for RoboDog is A1 so you can activate it from these remotes by pressing the 1-ON button. Pressing the 1-OFF button while the RoboDog is barking tells it to stop.
  • HA plug-in controllers: ANY X10 controller such as the MC460 Mini Controller, SC503 Maxi Controller, MT522/MT10A Timer, and CM11A/CK11A Computer Interface, etc. can control the RoboDog. The default House code and Unit Code for the SD20A is A1 so A1-ON tells RoboDog to bark, and A1-OFF tells it to stop barking.
  • Security Remotes: (KF574, KR10A, and SH624) need to be installed: Move the slide switch on the back of the RoboDog to INSTALL (to the right). Make sure the House code dial on the remote control (if it has one) matches the letter you set on the RoboDog. Press ARM or DISARM on the Remote Control. RoboDog will bark to acknowledge that the remote control is installed. Set the slide switch back to RUN (to the left). You can install up to five remote controls. The RoboDog also works with X10 security systems and will bark when the alarm trips.

You can now use the SECURITY LIGHT ON and SECURITY LIGHT OFF buttons on the Security Remote Control to activate the RoboDog just like the 1-ON and 1-OFF buttons on HA Remotes (see above).

To change the RoboDog's default setting of A1 so you can activate it with a different code, move the slide switch on the back of the unit to INSTALL (to the right). Make sure the House code dial on the remote control matches the letter on the back of the RoboDog. Press any button on the remote control. Put the slide switch back on RUN (to the left). For example, if you pressed button number 5 on the remote control, RoboDog will now be activated by 5-ON and silenced by 5-OFF, and it will turn on X10 modules set to number 5, five seconds after it is tripped.

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