Home Automation Resources

Feb 09 2009

Not too many years ago, getting into the home automation game was a cost prohibitive and something best left to the professional installers. I am not here to say you are going to duplicate a $10,000 custom install job. Well, let me say that I may not duplicate a custom $10,000 job, but based on some of the DIY jobs I have seen out there it is a real possibility.

Here are a few resources I found along the way that should help you get started.

 

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Previous HA Posts


Home Automation Shopping List - A quick "Getting Started" shopping guide to home automation

 

Resources -HA Tech Related Companies


Zwave

Z-Wave is a next-generation wireless ecosystem that lets all your home electronics talk to each other, and to you, via remote control. It uses simple, reliable, low-power radio waves that easily travel through walls, floors and cabinets. Z-Wave control can be added to almost any electronic device in your house, even devices that you wouldn't ordinarily think of as "intelligent," such as appliances, window shades, thermostats and home lighting.

Insteon

INSTEON is the best-selling, most reliable home automation technology. Using both the existing wires (power line) in the home and radio-frequency communication, INSTEON adds remote control and automation to lighting, appliance and home control applications of all types. From lighting control to integrated security systems, the new home automation standard allows you to manage your home the way you want. Easy to install and set up, INSTEON offers the flexibility and dependability to make life more convenient, safe and fun.

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On second thought, don't even go to this website.

Zigbee

The goal of the ZigBee Alliance is to provide the consumer with ultimate flexibility, mobility, and ease of use by building wireless intelligence and capabilities into everyday devices. ZigBee technology will be embedded in a wide range of products and applications across consumer, commercial, industrial and government markets worldwide. For the first time, companies will have a standards-based wireless platform optimized for the unique needs of remote monitoring and control applications, including simplicity, reliability, low-cost and low-power.

 

Home Automation Companies


HAI

A HAI Omni or Lumina home control system is the brain of your automated home. It controls and monitors systems in your home to maximize your safety, comfort, convenience, and energy savings.

mControl

Embedded Automation is a leader in the emerging markets of home automation and media center systems. The mHome product line features powerful new technologies that make home automation and media center systems extremely robust solutions that are affordable and accessible to all users. 

Control4

Control4 manufactures a complete line of affordable wired and wireless home automation products, making safety, convenience, comfort and economy available to virtually any homeowner in America. Control4 wireless products can be installed in any home in just a few hours, without the need for extensive or expensive remodeling. Not only can homeowners easily customize their Control4 system to meet their unique lifestyles, but the modular nature of the products also enables customers to start small and add to their systems over time. Our products are capable of delivering a complete solution for the home because they integrate the control of lighting, audio, video, landscape and climate into a single cohesive system.

Lifeware

Life|ware™ brings your digital entertainment together with home automation in Media Center-your music, TV, home videos, digital pictures and more, available with your thermostats, lighting, audio system, security system and surveillance cameras-all at the touch of a button, from anywhere in your home. 

Homeseer

Use HomeSeer to monitor and control lighting, appliances, climate, security, telephones, irrigation, window shades and home entertainment equipment. Then, control the system with your choice of in-wall button controllers, touchscreens, wireless remotes, microphones, PDAs, PocketPCs, telephones (voice and touch-tone control) and personal computers. Mix and match any combination of interfaces you like to suit the needs of your family. 

Housebot

If you want a quality Home Control System, but do not want to pay the outrageous prices for high-end systems combined with dealer installation and configuration charges, consider HouseBot. HouseBot is a Home Control solution that provides wireless control and status of many standard home automation and control devices. It is also expandable to incorporate new devices and custom hardware interfaces. 

Indigo

Indigo is an intelligent home control server that integrates an assortment of home control hardware modules to provide unprecedented control of your home. Indigo's built-in Web server and client/server architecture give you control and access to your home remotely from other Macs, PCs, internet tablets, PDAs, and mobile phones (including the iPhone and iPod Touch). Save money, conserve water, and reduce electrical usage by automating your home with Indigo's unlimited scheduling and control logic.

ControlThink

While traditional smart home technology has been expensive, complicated, and often unreliable, ControlThink changes all that. With this budget-priced innovative software on your PC, you can leverage your existing computer investment to set up, configure, and control your smart home with ease. 

Cinemar

Cinemar Solutions, Inc. is one of the leading providers of home automation and media management solutions for the general consumer. Our Windows based software controls multiple systems from a single user interface. Flexibility in design, easy use and customizable graphical user interfaces are key to our continued success around the world.

CharmedQuark

Our product (CQC, the Charmed Quark Controller) is a software-based, control/automation and, media management system. That's a string of automation-speak, but it's actually conceptually a fairly simple product with a straightforward goal. In most homes there are various systems, such as lighting, multi-zone audio, HVAC, home theater, security, pool controller, sprinklers, and so forth.

Resource Sites


Cocoontech

Aimed at the DIY crowd and offers forums, tutorials, reviews, chat, and interaction with manufacturers and engineers.

AVSForum

One of the largest AV communities on the internet.

Wikipedia Article

Chris Lanier - Getting Started Articles

SmartHome Forums

Linux Home Automation

LinuxMCE

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