Affordable Home Automation Solutions

The following three examples are simple home solutions that can be implemented in nearly any home on nearly any budget, using equipment available from X10.com.
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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.

The Kids' Zone

Sit down with your family and discuss the where, what, why and when's of media distribution through the home. Though some rooms may never have access to some sorts of media, wire for everything conceivable, as family members' needs may change, and you never know when you might be handing the keys over to the next inhabitants of your technology abode.

Automation Programming

Both the homeowner and the integrator should keep in mind that there are always the unknown and unexpected delays in designing the "perfect" home automation system. Both should have patience and practice meditation during delays and unexplained "glitches" in the system. The homeowner should be allowed to become familiar with the system over a 2-4 week period, keeping notes of bugs and issues that need to be resolved.

Smart Homes For Dummies

Smart Homes for Dummies is a great book for those who are interested in moving into the future of home automation and networking and are willing to spend a few evenings learning about what it is and how to go about the process.

Training Course - Structured Wiring

This course will teach you basic wire and cable principles for present and future home networks and audio/video distribution. It covers the proper planning, selection, and installation of the best infrastructure wiring, distribution equipment, and cable. The video then takes you through three separate structured wiring system installations from start to finish to illustrate the principles presented in the course.

Analog to Digital

An A2D board does exactly what its name implies. It converts an analog voltage to a digital value that a computer can read. Anything that produces a varying voltage can supply the input: a temperature or pressure sensor, a potentiometer, a stress gauge, or the output of a photo-resister.

INTRODUCTION TO THE SMART HOUSE® SYSTEM

"The fundamental goal of SMART HOUSE is to provide integrated wiring for all current home services and to include provisions for home automation technology. Cost savings are promised from reduced labor to install an integrated wiring system.

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."

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