Home Automation Introduction
Home automation is something that I have been so interested for a long time, I just haven't had the time and wasn't really sure where to start. I have been following CEBUS stuff for a couple years now, it seems to be a superior product to something like X10 but it is too hard to get, not supported and very expensive. Some of the X10 stuff is kinda cool but I doesn't do everything I want and it isn't very reliable. I wanted a computer to be able control stuff around my house, like:
And I wanted to be able to control from a computer and ideally be able to access from the internet. Well the solution for all of this stuff and more is misterhouse. misterhouse.wikispaces.com
"MisterHouse is an open source home automation program. It's fun, it's free, and it's entirely geeky. Written in Perl, it fires events based on time, web, socket, voice, and serial data. It currently runs on Windows 95/98/NT/2k/XP and on most Unix based platforms, including Linux and Mac OSX."
The great thing about a package like Misterhouse is that is will allow you to use many different technologies together. It is a conduit so your X10 plugs can talk to your serial relay board and then send you an email. You get the picture.
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