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internet'able home thermostat, etc., rec?
Looking for suggestions for a basic thermostat/internet interface. Basically we'd like to check the home temperature from afar and do the usuals. For example, if we're out all day we'd normally let...
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Garage Door Opener keypad recommendations
I'm looking for recommendations on a garage door opener keypad. I normally use a wireless remote / homelink to operate the door, but I want a keypad as a backup, so that someone cannot be locked out...
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Automating TV from my PC using IR
I would like to automate my TV , DVD player, etc, But since none of them have an interface to communicate with my PC, I think that I should attempt to send IR commands to each device from my PC....
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Light sensor for OFF at dusk and ON at daylight?
I'm interested in finding a light sensor/110V outlet combination that turns things off at dusk an on at daylight, instead of the other way around as most of them do. Can anyone suggest where to get...
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Suddenly Dead MC460?
This unit is perhaps a little over 2 years of age. It has worked just fine for that entire period. However, today it seems to have stopped working all together. When I press any on/off rocker button,...
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Control Hot Water Circ Pump With X10?
Hello. My house has a hot water circulating pump built in and located near my hot water tank. It currently runs 24/7 and this is excessive. So I would like to put it on a timer controlled by my X10...
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Internet Microphone?
I'd like to monitor the operation of a piece of machinery at a remote location. It's a backup generator which runs for 10 minutes each week to exercise and self-test. When I'm at the site I monitor it...
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CAT5e wiring question
Hello, I will soon be wiring a home network in my home, pulling a bunch of cat5e cables through the walls to a patch panel in the basement. My question is, before I start pulling the cables, are there...
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CM-11A Versus CM-15A
Hello. I have owned and been mostly happy, for my limited automation needs, with my old CM-11A serial controller and Active Home 1.42 software. I only have a couple fast macros and I run the unit...
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USB modules
Can you recommend any USB modules for a) monitoring contact switches (e.g. NO/NC contacts in a PIR), and b) controlling relay switches (e.g. turn on an IR source and security camera)? Best,...
 
Door Bell Install Via Homerun Closet
I have a bit of an unusual situation. I wired up my house when I did a remodel to install a key system and an intercom at the front door. As such all I did was run a four pair Cat5e from the doorbell...
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Need Help With Patch Panel System Design
I am finishing a telephone and data wiring project in my home. I have four lines coming in of which three are live. I have run two cat 5e cables to every wall of my house. I think I am going to...
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Finishing Phone Installation
I am finishing a telephone and data wiring project in my home. I have four lines coming in of which three are live. I have run two cat 5e cables to every wall of my house. I think I am going to...
 
X-10 & ceiling fan?
Could I use a X-10 wall switch to control the speed of a ceiling fan? Fan & light are separate wall switches. I know I could this if I bought a remote package but that's around $40. I already have...
 
Long Live the Incandescent!
Today's NYT has an article on incandescent bulbs that meet the energy efficiency mandates that were expected to make them obsolete. last week, when announcing tougher energy efficiency mandates for...
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