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.

Reviving the Info Superhighway

Debate still lingers over government's role in building an Information Superhighway and whether our lack of a national broadband policy means the concept is forgotten. Broadband - the "always on" network connection that receives and transmits digital content and services at high speeds - was supposed to change the way we live, work and play … as well as how we learn, shop, make things, entertain ourselves, and interact with others. But since that aging vision is coming slower than expected, this paper aims to revive the initiative.

TECHNO-HOME

With a little help from smart-home experts Bob Hetherington and Bob Vila, you can install the gadgets and wiring to give your abode - new or old - an IQ boost.

TVscreenART

TVScreenART is an exiting new way to present visual art on a regular TV screen in excellent quality. It's a "virtual painting" on TV. Typically, TVscreenART is shown when entertaining at parties, dinners, social events or simply for relaxation.

Part 4 - Multi-Room Audio System

The system that we are working with is the Elan Z-Series. We have 6 zones (rooms) and can select from up to 6 music sources. Five of the zones have keypads for control and the 6th has a VIA! TouchPanel. Initially the sources we are using are an Imerge Soundserver, a Parasound Tuner and an old RCA VCR.

Home Automation for the Technologically Challenged

The best part is that my family now expects lights to come on in certain areas when it's dark and they enter. They now expect that the fan will come on when it's needed. They now expect that the temperature is set properly when they leave or come home.

HomePlug Powerline Networking Devices

Once you have a powerline network operating in your home it's simple to add computers ... no matter what network plugs they have in them. These manufactures and others make USB adapters, Wireless adapters and Ethernet adapters. They also make Powerline DSL/Cable Routers to connect your powerline network to a broadband internet service.

HomeToys Interview

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