Jeff Vogel

Sprinkler Control

If you have a sprinkler system, you probably know of the problems that exist with optimizing your watering times. DIY Home Automation at SmartHomeUSA Most underground sprinkler systems are controlled using electric valves. While there are some old ones that have...

Home At The Office

Are you like most of us? All the talk of a home office is great, but not practical, because our bosses require us to be at the office during the work day, and just allow the home office for us to do more work for them while we’re at home! That’s okay for...

Build your own $50 PC Remote

A large portion of home automation is the automation of your TV, VCR, Stereo, CD, and other A/V components. Last issue, you saw how easy it was to use the OFA (One For All) line of Infra-red universal remote controllers to accomplish this, but those remotes are...

CHAC & Homation

This month, I will detail the process of automating your home using features of the Gate Way and HomAtion 2000 for Windows by HomAtion systems. Our automation task will include the following types of devices. * RCS X-10 Thermostat * X-10 Powerhouse wall switches *...