Timed control access to playstation

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I am so belidered at the amount of x-10 'stuff' out there, that I can't
seem to find a straight forward solution to my problem.  I have no X-10
experience nor equipment and usually the most helpful people are found
in groups like this.  I also applogize for the newbie question.

My Problem(s)
How can I control the access to my son's play station such that they
can only use it for 1 hour a day?  How could I control the TV so that
it is only on for 2 hours a day?  Ideally this would be done
automatically, where the child would turn the playstation on (perhaps
at an X-10 controller that would then turn on the outlet?) then after a
predetemined time period the x-10 controller would 'time out' the plug
by turning the playstation off.  If the child turned the playstation
off before the alloted time, they could keep the remaining minutes for
later in the day.

My Environment
I have no current X-10 equipment, but I do have a wired computer
network.

Any input would be great.  And I think I'm prepared to spend $150 to
solve the problem.

Cheers,
Marc


Timed control access to playstation


I am so bewildered at the amount of x-10 'stuff' out there, that I
can't seem to find a straight forward solution to my problem.  I have
no X-10 experience nor equipment and usually the most helpful people
are found in groups like this.  I also applogize for the newbie
question.

My Problem(s)
How can I control the access to my son's play station such that they
can only use it for 1 hour a day?  How could I control the TV so that
it is only on for 2 hours a day?  Ideally this would be done
automatically, where the child would turn the playstation on (perhaps
at an X-10 controller that would then turn on the outlet?) then after a
predetemined time period the x-10 controller would 'time out' the plug
by turning the playstation off.  If the child turned the playstation
off before the alloted time, they could keep the remaining minutes for
later in the day.

My Environment
I have no current X-10 equipment, but I do have a wired computer
network.

Any input would be great.  And I think I'm prepared to spend $150 to
solve the problem.

Cheers,
Marc


Re: Timed control access to playstation


On 21 Sep 2005 18:36:22 -0700, marcrand@gmail.com wrote:

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Why not buy one of those cheap kitchen timers and set it for one hour.
When it goes off, the Playstation gets turned off without argument. If
you catch the child cheating, the Playstation gets donated to the
Salvation Army or some other reputable charity. If the child knows you
mean what you say and has any desire to use the Playstation again,
they'll follow your rules. If your rules are basically ignored, you
might want to check out the web site http://www.loveandlogic.com /.
Even if you do buy an automated solution to this problem, someday more
critical rules might be ignored with serious consequences.

Re: Timed control access to playstation


Here is a bunch of ideas.

http://www.familysafemedia.com/index.html

If you use X10 it would be really easy for your kid to figure out how to
stop it.

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http://tech-home.com
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Re: Timed control access to playstation


Yah; x-10 is INTENDED to be easy to use (=no security/pw controls)

Depending on the kid's age; he may even have more fun playing with
the x-10 stuff itself (my 5yo grandnephew thinks that all of the x-10
lights & cameras in our house are his personal play-toy...)

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