Really it is for a friends house. The system they have is a Lorex SG19LD804-161. That is all they really have in the way of home automation, I'm not sure I would even consider that as automation. They figure I would be better to explain and understand what they have and want.
I have just started looking into all this stuff myself.
The gate opens with a simple garage door type remote. If I did run a wire to the relay then how would I connect that to my PC or some other system so I could open and close it over the internet.
The only thing I have really seen is x10 stuff. I did purchase a camera set from them about 4 years ago and was so disappointed in how much you had to setup to get it to record to a VCR. I did purchase the USB connector so I could get it on my PC, but could never get that to work. So needless to say I do not have a lot of confidence in them. I know the system was not all the much so I really got what I paid for. I recently got the Dlink DCS-5220 IP Camera for my house and am impressed at how clear the picture is and I like the PTZ feature. Plus it connectes to my PC so it does all the recording and getting it to work over the internet was a snap.
Any help is greatly appreciated. What are some good website were I can read up on all this stuff and see what are some of my other options.
Then next think I am going to look at is wireless alarm systems, but I want connectors that are not these huge bricks like x10 has.
Thanks again, Rodger