Smart Home Automation with Linux by Steven Goodwin

By Steven Goodwin

Linux clients can now keep an eye on their houses remotely! Are you a Linux person who has ever desired to activate the lighting fixtures at your residence, or open and shut the curtains, whereas away on vacation? are looking to have the capacity to play an identical tune in each room, managed out of your machine or cell phone? do you need to do these items with out a pricey off-the-shelf kit?

In clever domestic Automation with Linux, Steven Goodwin will convey you the way a home should be absolutely managed by means of its occupants, all utilizing open resource software program. From home equipment to kettles to curtains, regulate your house remotely!

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Wireless Controllers for X10 Wireless Controller Name EasyTouch35 Universal Remote Control KR22E Keyfob Remote HR10U Handheld RF Remote SS13E Stick-a-Switch In-Wall Transmitter Modules These appear like the wall switches I covered earlier insomuch as they hide inside existing wall outlets. However, these do not control any appliance directly. Instead, they solely send an X10 message to a specific device, such as a lamp or appliance module, relying on it to control the hardware attached to it. Therefore, to use these as automatic light switches, you need two devices, the in-wall transmitter and an appliance receiver.

It has some functionality for previewing many video streams at once, but since most (analog) cards have to retune between devices, the results are not real time. 40 CHAPTER 1 ■ APPLIANCE CONTROL camserv: This provides its own web server whereby you can watch the video input in real time from any web browser, supporting the motion JPEG format. There is no sound support here, however. mencoder: Part of the mplayer package, this provides a command-line interface to record the AV signal from a V4L channel.

Unfortunately, there is a maximum of 30 devices on a C-Bus wireless subnet, making it less capable than an X10 system using two house codes. The generally adopted approach to C-Bus installations is that a wired version is used for the initial house configuration, with wireless being added later as a cheap upgrade path. For the geek, the primary difference is in the software because the protocol is closed, making Linux tools impossible. To reclaim this market, Clipsal has released an RPM containing a binary-only driver that is available for zero cost on its website.

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