Home Automation Safety

X-10 Home Automation is very adaptable to the “Do it Yourselfer”, and all of the products are UL listed and simple to install. However as the enthusiast attempts to expand the home automation system, more complex interface techniques may become necessary. Much information is available on products and these applications, but not much is mentioned …

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Which One Should I Use – Part II

To all of you who enjoyed and benefited from my other articles, thank you for your nice emails. This one is a continuation of my first “Which One Should I Use?” If you have not read the first one, it is a good prerequisite to this installment: Use the index at the left to go …

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HomAtion 2000 – Version 3.0

Demo Software available at Homation Systems or the HTI Shareware Library. HomeAtion 2000 is one of the newer generation of Home Automation software that allows control of your house systems via a Powerline Modem. It can serve as the front end for such controllers as: 1. JDS TimeCommander Plus 2. JDS Stargate (for functions compatible …

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Stargate – Demo Version

Those of you familiar with the JDS TimeCommander will feel right at home with the Stargate interface. JDS has added many new features to the hardware capabilities and maintained or improved the familiar Event Manager software. The first thing that I always look at is “How do I set up my devices?”. JDS has gone …

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Lucky Lindy meets my Grandmother

In all truth, Charles Lindbergh never met my grandmother, but both have played a role, albeit small, in my perception of Home Automation. My Grandmother Florence was born in Flat Rock, Indiana in 1910 and was a young woman of 16 when Charles Lindbergh made his historic flight across the Atlantic. She has seen a …

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PROGRAMMABLE LOGIC CONTROLLERS

Input and Output Units (I/O) Inputs are wired to sensing devices such as button keypads, selector switches, photocells, motion detectors, etc. If an input senses that a sensor is closed, the input converts the voltage to a logic 1 signal understood by the CPU to be ON. A logic 1 signal indicates an On or …

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WinJukebox Version 1.11

Available from Wintek Software Company or in Canada at HTI Home Toys Ever wish you could have control of a radio station so they’d just play the music you liked. The advent of multi-disk CD players made the first step to fullfil that fantasy. Now WinJukebox gives you command of that CD player. Jukebox takes …

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LynX-SOFT Lite Version 1.01

Demo Software available at the HTI Shareware Library. Lynx is a Home Automation system that allows control of X10 devices via the LynX-10 Coprocessor which plugs into the serial port of your PC. An optional LynX-PORT input / output board can be used to send input from sensors to the computer via X-10 signalling. Your …

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XTend Version 1.0

Software available at and http://www.bridge.net/~xpress/xtend/ and the HTI Shareware Library. Now this is a great little utility program for Windows 95 users. It resides on the Win95 task bar and controls your X10 modules directly with a right mouse button click. No help system is required as the software installs itself and is very straight …

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Which One Should I Use? – Part I

As easy as they are to use, the many plug-in and hard-wired X-10 compatible devices have caused more than one of us to ask the question, “Which one should I use?”. Before we can choose the right X-10 device, however, we need to know a little more about the load we are wanting to control …

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