Professional Installers - Who Needs Them?!

"Though the original intent of developing the HomePnP specification may have been focused on empowering the consumer by providing features necessary to install and configure as many of the products in their home as possible, only a short-sighted individual would equate this to obsolescence of the role of a professional installer."

The Intelligent Living '97 Conference

"The industry associations for BatiBUS, EIB and EHSA have agreed to converge towards a common standard. As you can imagine, this is no easy task, made more difficult by the many different standards for electricity and heating found in the different countries."

Which One Should I Use, Part VI

Three-Way Switch Circuits

Wireless Mouse Remote

"The most innovative feature of this remote is it's ability to control your PC. Once configured, buttons can be used to launch programs, edit documents, send email, logon and browse the web as well as navigating using the mouse pad."

Home Plug and Play Plugfest One

"A truly successful algorithm would enable the average Kmart shopper to purchase and install a basic Home Plug and Play product without the need of consulting a professional installer or dialing 1-800-I-M-STUCK."

HTML Environments

"The new "Bend 'm Shape'm" generation of HTML browsers with close desktop operating system integration, allows simple assembly of easy to use, highly functional PC based, paperless multimedia HTML environments."

INTRODUCTION TO THE LONTALK® COMMUNICATIONS PROTOCOL

"LonWorks networks are intended for applications spanning home and building automation, plus factory automation and aircraft.

Plato HouseLinc

"HouseLinc is one of a new line of home control products from SmartLinc. Shipped with PlatoTW software, it provides stand alone control of X-10 and IR devices."

PLC Applications

"The application program is written in a language called ladder logic. Ladder logic comes from the electrical industry when relays were used to control equipment. Relays were energized from a power rail through a series of contacts that formed a rung. A number of rungs in turn formed a network."

Power Line Signal Analyzer

"Up to 190 X-10 events can be recorded and stored into non-volatile memory to be played back at a later date. The Analyzer stores the identity of the received X-10 code, it's signal strength and the elapsed time from the start of recording."

The Defining Elements of a Home Theater

"The technology that makes up a home theater is not that dissimilar to the technology that makes up a high end movie theater. Home theater technology is just a scaled down version that better accommodates smaller, more personal areas of a home."

What's In Our Future?

"People should never have to adapt to technology. We already have plenty to do and learn. Ideally, any new technology should adapt to us, and allow us to accomplish more tasks with less effort."

Which One Should I Use, Part V

Dim/Bright Commands and Coupler-Repeaters ...plus some other information about new stuff in the world of X-10

X-10 Myths & Realities

"Myth: X-10 can't transmit analog data. / Reality: X-10 currently has systems installed (which X-10 developed for Honeywell) employing PLC transmission of both temperature and light levels transmitted using X-10 protocols after A to D conversion."

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Light sockets; Not just for lights anymore

Light sockets; Not just for lights anymore

Smart Bulbs are out there and they can do far more then just provide light. Speakers, projectors, wi-fi extenders and more. The standard light socket that is wired up and ready to go in nearly every home in North America is now providing an easy and affordable option for home owners and renters alike to enter into the world of the "Smart Home". Here is a look at some of the Smart Bulbs and Smart Lighting options out there, and this list is just the beginning. In this ongoing article we hope to continue to add to and grow this list, so stay tuned!