[SATLUG] Home automation via linux
alesmerises at satx.rr.com
Fri Oct 9 21:16:01 CDT 2009
> Hi, All.
> Ok. here's the scenario... I'm in Houston, and I want to check on the
> home in San Antonio.
> On my linux machine in San Antonio, i have ssh2 up and running.
> I want to be able to log in to that machine, enter some command line
> control codes to turn on/off lights, or activate switches or outlets.
> What suggestions on Linux software capable of this do you have?
> Bottom line, I want to be able to log into the remote machine (in San
> Antonio) and turn on an outlet (or two) which in turn will power up my
> ham radio station, which I can then control with other VoIP software.
> The VoIP stuff, and keying the transmitter as well as listening to that
> local receiver I have figured out. I'd like to know how I could turn it
> on/off from remote, short of putting it on a timer (very limiting to
> radio operating times which may, or may not be convenient for me,
> depending on my very dynamic schedule)
I don't know if anyone has written a Linux driver or interface program,
but those X-10 systems have a computer interface module that you could
use to control lights & appliances through a computer (running Windows,
of course). As I recall, the older ones used an RS232 port, but maybe
they have graduated to USB or something else by now. At least it might
be a start in the right direction for you.
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