Monday, April 24, 2006

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I have been looking for home light automation solution for my new house in Florida for some time now. My builder and their subcontractor were not interested (read: did not know how to approach it) in providing any kind of solution for me before the construction was done. In my previous house in Staten Island, I managed to set up a whole house X10 network with some pretty sophisticated control using Ocelot (pretty much, it's a serial, programmable controller with nice X10/IR gateway). Howvere, X10 is rather unreliable, and I wanted something better for my new place. It seems that Insteon product line could be the answer. It seems to be reliable (both power line and RF), fast, has built-in error correction, and is X10 compatible, so I can use some of my older modules. My approach is to start slow, probably from my Media Room, which is the best place for automation anyway. After that, I will slowly start setting up more, if everything works out ok. I will keep mu blog updated with any tips and battlefront stories.