Volume Control with Prog Logic Controller

The PLC allows the homeowner to control not only the lighting and drapery systems, but also the audio volume levels in every room from one single keypad.

Which One Should I Use, Part XVIII

What is Extended Code - Part 2

X10 Debugging Tips

If you use X10, you will inevitably experience some of the problems described here. Hopefully this information will help you resolve the problem as quickly and painlessly as possible. This is the price we all pay for enjoying the many benefits of X10 technology!

Design Challenges for Home Gateway Devices

This paper details the hardware, software technical architecture and specifications of the home gateway devices and lists out the engineering design challenges (along with the possible solutions) faced by a home gateway product designer or a home gateway silicon designer.

Education: The Engine of the Home Networking Industry

By providing employees with the power of personalized educational solutions, companies will be able to increase the speed to market for new products and services.

Gateway Plasma TV

So as you start pondering technology "toys" to add to your holiday list, consider putting the Gateway Plasma TV at the top. You'll get a great alternative work location, and your family will enjoy the best game station, TV and DVD room. The only problem I've found is that everybody wants to use it at the same time.

HomeToys Interview

We see digital music continuing to make its way into the mainstream. Once people experience the benefits that digital music offers, there is no going back. On the hardware side, hard drives will be everywhere - in your stereo cabinet, in your set-top box, in the car, and of course in portable devices.

Part 2 - The Construction Process

So ... here we are with a bunch of plans, a bit of equipment, a few miles of wire to run and a mess to make. In this article we discuss the installation of the wiring, the cabinet design and installation, the lab layout and some other considerations to take into account.

PLC Communicates RS-232

PLC's have communication ports that can be configured to talk all kinds of protocols. One of the most useful in home systems is the ASCII In/Out non-sequence protocol.

Powerline Networking

With Powerline Networking you get the benefits of having a wired connection and also the flexibility and mobility of a wireless connection…and you never see or touch one new wire. We all know there is no such thing as "Invisible Wiring", but is this just as good? A lot of people are saying yes!

PSB CustomSound M6.1R In-Ceiling Speakers

With digital sound reproduced through quality speakers it makes a room come to life. If you like music ... then why not have it everywhere? Multi-room audio systems are here to stay and while you can spend a fortune on speakers for a home theater ... that's not necessary with multi room systems. In-ceiling speakers located throughout the house add a new dimension to your environment.

Remote Home Networking Support

Residential LANs are still designed separately from the automation network, but custom A-V integrators are starting to install small home networks, connecting 2-3 PCs, a printer and a DSL or cable modem. Dealers continue to expand their home networking knowledge base through training and the acquisition of networking savvy technicians, and the demand for home networking continues to push custom integrators beyond the limits of early entertainment applications and into the new generation of residential information technology.

Selling Home Automation to Builders

The business vision discussed here is intended to create a new generation of houses in the next few years, designed to receive integrated HA systems through the builders, but without forgetting that the main player in this process is the end user.

Shanghai Interactive/Digital TV

In early 2002, the Shanghai municipal government "advised" SCN to accelerate the digital TV project and gradually migrate to interactive TV services in the next few years. The government also provided millions of dollars in subsidies specifically for the digital TV project. Reprinted from the November 17, 2002 edition of "Parks' Points"

UCommand UC-515 Touchscreen Remote Control

If you want a full featured unit that you know will work with your devices, and gives you the ability to change the screen to suit your needs, spend a bit more and get this cool looking unit with the retail price of $129.00. Then you can get rid of all those remotes cluttering up your living room.

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GreenPeak’s GP565 – ZigBee for smart Remote Controls

GreenPeak's GP565 - ZigBee for smart Remote Controls

The GP565 Smart Home RF chip for remote controls supports voice control, motion sensing and the new ZRC 2.0 protocol. The GP565 is optimized for advanced & low cost ZigBee RF4CE remote controls. • 120k or 248k Flash (8k or 16k RAM) memory • 40-pin footprint to support a keyboard scanner interface or other IO interfaces required for remote controls. • Reduced current consumption and improved receiver sensitivity and output power • Patented Antenna Diversity technology enables superior range and WiFi/Bluetooth interference rejection