Wireless Toys

Some of the products discussed provide adequate performance under ideal conditions, but there are many things that emit radio interference that can impact performance. These include stadium lights, cordless phones, microwave ovens, wireless LANs, and anything else that operates in the unlicensed 900 MHz or 2.4 GHz frequency band.

CETI Cam 100

The all in one unit contains a high resolution CCD camera and an embedded web server. There are inputs for 3 analogue camera's (CCTV). Other features include an interface for adding on a pan/tilt/zoom function as well as adding a motion sensor. All this can be controlled with a standard web browser ... no additional software needed.

HomePlug - Strength in Numbers

When you consider the versatility and diverse capabilities of powerline home networking solutions, it is clear that there is strength in numbers. Bringing together 90 companies from a range of industry sectors ensures that consumers who want to create a home network will be provided with a variety of cost-effective, HomePlug-certified products that will all work together.

HomeSeer

With just a Web browser you can control lights, appliances, a security system -- almost anything with a power switch. In my home, the system controls the pool pumps and cleaner, opens and closes drapes, and even tells me when someone is coming up the driveway or if I left the garage door up.

HomeVision Home Controller

I'm not going to redo the in depth review of HomeVision here. My original review is still relevant so click here if you want to get into the nitty gritty of this controller. Suffice it to say that when I got my new HomeVision it only took a few minutes to change over all of my schedules and devices from the Enerlogic system that I have used for the past 10 years. I did not lose one day of control and in fact added scenes and modes that I had been thinking about for some time. Not having to write and debug control code has made this experience a pleasure.

Remote Anywhere

Remote Anywhere allows consumers to control their satellite receiver, A/V components, TiVo™, DVD player, tuner, etc., from other rooms up to 150 feet (46 meters) away. This capability is especially useful to owners of satellite systems looking to view programs from a single receiver or recorder on different televisions throughout the home, without purchasing another unit or incurring additional monthly programming charges.

Siemens Gigaset 2420 Cordless Telephone System

The complexity of the system is not overwhelming. The functions are practical and easy to use. No ... you can't browse the web or do the dishes ... but you can get down to business quickly and easily. Isn't that what you need a phone system for?

Proxim SymphonyHRF Cordless Network

For a simple home network focusing on internet sharing and a bit of device and file sharing this is a great solution. Installation was simple and the engineers made sure most things are intuitive ... not too much network jargon. Support is only a phone call away and I had a pleasant experience with them too.

Compaq iPAQ Connection Point

iPAQ Connection Point is one of the newest members of the Compaq iPAQ family providing innovative Internet solutions with access anywhere, anytime. iPAQ Connection Point is a residential gateway bridging the home or small office network to the Internet. It allows consumers to experience high speed Internet with built-in firewall security, wireless freedom and easy networking.

Marrick Lynx-X10PLC

The unit ships with a copy of Home Control Assistant (HCA) software (see HomeToys review) and set-up took only a few minutes. Just plug it into the wall and serial port ... install the software ... and test the operation. HCA has a menu option that lets you test and configure the PLC. A very nice feature allows you to adjust the transmission power and receiver sensitivity.

Nike psa[play 120 Digital Audio Player

To get another opinion about this device I asked my better half to give it a try. She's a fitness buff and I thought she would be a good test subject. Well ... I haven't seen it since ... nor have I talked to her much.

Owning the Customer

SerCoNet delivers a robust and cost-efficient home networking solution -- without requiring additional wiring. Household-wide network connectivity is achieved over existing telephone wires through the simple replacement of existing telephone outlets with SerCoNet's smart electronic outlets.

Wireless Tower of Babel

If there's a Wireless Home Networking lesson to learn from the Tower of Babel, it's that we don't need (and will never have) one wireless standard for homes, offices, schools, airports, restaurants, grocery stores, bowling alleys, and beauty shops. As intriguing as it may sound, it is not practical or desirable to have one wireless standard for all environments, purposes, and types of devices.

How to Automate?

ConnectHome is a national dealer network for the design, sales and installation of residential automation, entertainment and networking systems. The network was formed with the idea that homeowners should be able to easily find a qualified systems integrator that they can trust with their homes.

ORiNOCO USB Client

The access point or residential gateway, RG-1000 or any other 802.11b (Wi-Fi) compliant access point simply sends the radio signals to the USB Client. The USB Client receives them and transmits the signals to the desktop PC via the USB connector.

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Automation & Control - Featured Product

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