Don't be afraid: Try WiFi

To sum it up WiFi rocks! Don't be afraid to give it a try at your home or office, as you'll ooh and ahh every time you plop down in that Adirondack chair on your deck with your laptop or check your email while waiting for your delayed flight at the airport.

ECS (Event Control System) 2.2.51

I had reviewed the legacy version of ECS in August of 2000 and was asked to have a look at the redesigned Object-Oriented version (now at 2.2.51). Omnipotence has just recently introduced this version to the residential market, having been focused exclusively on the commercial/industrial markets for the last 2 years. ECS Automation Logo

Home Gateway Applications and Personalities

With the increased penetration of broadband and with the technological advances in home networking, there is a considerable market demand for the home gateway devices. Currently the applications such as Internet connection sharing, file/print sharing and VPN are driving the sales of Home Gateway boxes, but soon these gateway boxes will be available with Voice, Multimedia and other functionalities also.

Low cost wireless at 2.4GHz

The nRF24xx family has already been incorporated in a number of new and existing wireless global applications such as sensor, remote control, mouse, game controllers, tire pressure sensors and intelligent sports equipment applications.

Part 6 - Weather Station

Covered in this article: - Powerline Networking - Wireless Network Hubs - New Multi-room Sources .. An old VCR and a PC streaming internet audio. - A wireless weather station with touchscreen display

SLIMP3 Network Audio Player

The SLIMP3 player works great and navigating through my large mp3 directory wasn't a problem because I could jump to a specific letter or compile a play list. Streaming over the power line network has worked out great and I haven't once heard a click or a pause because of a network problem.

Snapstream Personal Video Station

Even if you are away from home you can log into your Snapstream.NET account from a PC or a WAP and upload recording settings to your PVR at home. Handy if you forget to set the system to record the game and you're out of town.

Touchscreen Wireless Weather Station

The system keeps track of indoor and outdoor temperature and humidity, wind direction and velocity, solar intensity and rainfall. All of these variables are displayed on a very elegant touchscreen panel that can be wall mounted or set on a table. The display also shows the time and date and has a graphing feature that lets you view the history (last 24 hours or last 8 days) of any of the variables at the touch of a finger.

Upgrading Your PHAST/AMX Landmark Automation System

Remember that upgrading anything means additional costs. The benefits of upgrading your Landmark system might be hard to measure in dollars, but the results from such a transplant have always seemed to bring new life to our customers and the homes in which they live.

Wireless LAN Buyers Guide

If you plan to jump on the Wi-Fi bandwagon, you must choose among several 802.11 standards that are evolving at a fast rate and have different features and benefits. Shop around and compare prices but focus on value and consider other tradeoffs too. You may even want to take this article with you, and potentially share it with the sales rep.

XP Interactions with UPnP™-Based IGDs

The intent of this article is to collect and document various observations made regarding the functionality of the UPnP™ technologies built into Microsoft® Windows® XP Service Pack 1 when interacting with UPnP™-based Internet Gateway Devices (IGDs). The intended audiences are IGD developers interested in making their gateways compatible with Windows XP and implementers trying to troubleshoot issues associated with IGDs and Windows XP.

CONNECTIONS™ 2003

Below is a summary of the sessions at CONNECTIONS™: The Digital Home Conference and Showcase and is meant to provide an overview of each session. Reprinted with Permission

HomeNet Working

K.I.T.N is a group of network engineers and I.T specialists dedicated to improving the use of I.T @ Home through the installation of a Standard Home Network Infrastructure (S.H.N.I) during initial house build.

HomeToys Interview

I think the home theater industry is on the verge of significant growth, despite the current economic environment. This can probably be attributed to a number of factors, but perhaps the most significant is that people are choosing to travel less because of several recent world events and instead are investing in their homes and in forms of entertainment like home theater.

Part 5 - The Lab

In many cases the hub may be located in a closet or utility room. Planning is extremely important for this location. Bigger is much better. As your system expands and changes ... more room will be required at the hub. Depending on the types of systems and equipment you install ... you may need to provide for working space, ventilation etc.

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