|Jan2-11, 06:49 AM||#1|
I've been trying to learn about home automation devices that can be controlled from a remote location. Most of what I've read requires that I have a computer running at home and that I send the commands through the computer. I'm trying to figure out if there are devices that I can plug into my router at home that will allow me to send signals directly to devices without requiring that I set up a server.
I recently ran across this Serial to Ethernet device (XPort) that seems to be what I'm looking for but, I would like to make sure that this is really the right solution before I invest in it.
Thanks for any help.
|Jan2-11, 01:56 PM||#2|
That thingie looks like it would be able to connect between the virtual (a browser) and some piece of the physical world, but you would need to do a bunch of hardware and software hacking to, say, turn on a floor lamp.
There are a bunch of home automation products that may do what you want for cheaper with less hacking. This is one: http://www.x10.com/automation/ but be warned that the site looks like an ad from Reader's Digest...
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