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Old Mar 14, 2005, 04:34 PM
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Home Automation Solutions??

I am looking for a home automation solution for my lakehouse that is an hours drive away. What I would like, is to be able use the internet to control my lakehouse and have the furnace/a/c turn on so that when I get to the lakehouse the house is not really cold or really Hot. Right now, I have to get to the house and turn the heat up and go shopping, or go eat and come back when the house has heated up. Other options like turning on lights, etc would be nice as well.
Does anyone know of such a solution??

Thanks in advance

P.S.- I also wouldn't mind any DIY electronics projects that I could do that would solve this.
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Old Mar 14, 2005, 06:21 PM
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There's a bunch of different solutions. One of the more feature rich and professional is HAI (as well as being an established company). It'll do security, fire, HVAC and lighting. There are both internet and telephone control extensions. Not exactly cheap.


Also, you might just want to run through a site like Worthington Distribution for a good spectrum of automation products. www.worthdist.com

I don't know alot about the consumer/DIYsolutions, but I know enough about the pro stuff. I do installer tech support for a company that makes touchscreen controls that integrate with HVAC, multi zone music, media servers, internet, home theater, security, drapes and blinds, cameras, intercoms, etc, etc, etc....everything nobody really needs, but it's cool to show off at a dinner party.

I'll answer whatever questions you have or ask others around here and we probably have contacts with installation companies in your area.

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Old Mar 14, 2005, 06:24 PM
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Get a linux box, an IO board with a bunch of relays, and learn to program
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Old Mar 14, 2005, 07:12 PM
no place like cloudbase
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also try www.smarthome.com. They have some nice options for what you are wanting. Be warned, thier stuff is kind of pricey.

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Old Mar 14, 2005, 07:20 PM
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...and for the software to control everything, check out www.homeseer.com
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Old Mar 26, 2005, 11:16 AM
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I wanna robot that fixxes model planes

yep give robot broken f5b and go to work
come home and go fly fixxed f5b

well one day maybe but sure bet body massage robots sell first

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