TimeCommander-Plus

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Home Control Software

TimeCommander-Plus by JDS Technologies (Also known as HomeBase by Home Control Concepts)

Demo Software available at http://www.hometeam.com/jds.shtml

Timecommander-Plus has been one of the the more popular home control systems for several years. The "Plus" at the end of the name means that an Input/Output card has been added to the standard Timecommander Package. This allows control of low voltage (16 Digital Inputs, 8 Analog Inputs and 8 Relay Outputs) as well as X-10 systems.

To set up your system with the Timecommander you begin by defining the devices:


Sample X10 Device Set-up Screen

Next define flags, timers, macros etc. again using the simple user interface:


Sample Time Label DefinitionScreen

Once you've defined all of the components then it's time to write your schedule. This is the actual programming of the system. A schedule is broken down into "Events" and the schedule is built by adding new events and editing them line by line with the easy to use interface. Adding lines to events is all done with dialog boxes and no actual programming code is written by the user.

Sample Schedule

The program also allows direct control of any device (called the MegaController) as well a many other advanced features. Infra Red control can be added with the IR-Expander Interface.

The TimeCommander-Plus sells for $599.00 and you can add the IR-Expander for another $295 giving you total control of most of your home systems for under $900.00. Hold your horses though ... JDS has announced a new system called "Stargate" due out this fall. If I can get my hands on the software (requested but not as yet received) I'll review it next issue.


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