If you are in the market for a cheap and easy to use home automation kit, check out the Radio Shack kit. If nothing else, the kit can be a starting place for an end user till he or she expands to more sophisticated kits like x10.
Zensys provides a mass-market home control technology, which is low cost, low power, easy-to-use and reliable. The mesh network Z-Wave system, with its self-organizing and self-healing features, combined with flexible but simple installation procedures, provides an easy-to-use network solution.
The Z-Wave protocol is designed for residential control systems. Typically these systems have between five and two hundred plus nodes, distributed around the home and garden. The system is designed for easy installation because homeowners install and manage the system themselves.
Part I - First there were the pioneers, then comes the Henry Ford effect, Discontinuous Innovations and a company called In2 Networks
You've got to get your clients to experience lighting control first hand. SHE needs to be able to push a button on a key chain remote and see that she will never have to walk into a dark home again. HE needs to push a "Goodnight" button and experience all the lights going off without having to make the nightly rounds to see which lights the kids left on.
It took a while, but I figured a way to solve my needs to "smartly" control my outdoor lighting with X10 that I'd like to share. Basically, I found a way to get different modes of control for my unintelligent outdoor sensors based on time of day periods.
Your final determination relies on a variety of factors including budget, functionality, upgradeablity, expandablility, confidence in installer and manufacturer. The major decision is to find a qualified systems integrator who can assist in making these determinations. The more experience or knowledge of a large variety of systems will give them the ability to offer a system designed just for your needs.
You know about the advantages of X-10 Home Automation, but don't want to have bulky plug-in modules in your wall outlets? You want to have your existing wall switches work with X-10 home automation, so that style and colour is no longer limited to X-10 tooling and color white only? Then it might be interesting to take a few minutes to read this story about Marmitek MicroModules
Once configured, the AWM2 works like a charm. Toggling the switch switches the relay instantly, and the X10 message that accompanies it is sent immediately. Toggling the second switch also sends the appropriate X10 message out. If you're installing the AWM2 in a ceiling, chances are that you're not going to be using the second switch input. If this is the case, make sure it's well insulated and taped up out of the way - it doesn't take much to trigger it.
These units are designed to control incandescent and low-voltage lighting loads in any DHC-equipped home in single-pole (one location) or 3-way (multi-location) applications when used with the Multi-Remote Unit. They offer manual and remote ON/OFF switching and full range dimming for larger incandescent and magnetic low-voltage lighting loads. They feature Leviton's new Intellisense(tm) advanced circuitry for increased reliability, even where electrical "noise" exists on the power line.
Technology can be scary at times. And I'm not just talking about the technical stuff! Luckily, a home's technology doesn't need to be intimidating or ugly. The fact is that there are enough options out there to get just about anything you want. So, no matter what kind of home controls you end up going with, make sure they give you the kind of functionality, ease of use and aesthetics you're looking for.
EGi (Emerald Gateway International) has been creating products using CEBus technology since 1996. In that time, EGi has built a reputation for creating visionary products and, along with parent company DSC, is establishing itself as a leader in bridging the gap between home security and home automation.
The future is actually here, now. Some CIC members have product available where you can actually control the blinds, lights, thermostat and security system in your home from a remote location such as a personal computer in your office hooked to the Internet or via your cell phone.
Two-Way Lamp and Appliance Modules with Status Polling, Automatic Status Response, and Automatic Gai
These Two-Way Modules can be controlled using standard X-10 commands such as A1-ON. They are therefore compatible with the entire range of existing X-10 controllers. However when used with the CM11A Two-Way Computer Interface and ActiveHome software they can be polled for, or automatically transmit their status. Technical Sidebar below (for programmers who want to develop applications that take advantage of the advanced features of these Two-Way Modules) THEORY OF OPERATION OF TWO-WAY LAMP AND APPLIANCE MODULES
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Custom scenes (connecting up to 250 switches) in your living, family or great room, kitchen, study, master bedroom/bathroom, and office. Turn off all lights in your home at the touch of a button. Automatically (Timer Scheduler) turn on/off outdoor security lights, heating and AC, or provide night light convenience anywhere in your home. From creating a virtual 3 way switch anywhere in your home, to turning a group of lights when your garage door is opened, door bell or phone rings.