[SATLUG] Home automation via linux

Alan Lesmerises alesmerises at satx.rr.com
Fri Oct 9 21:16:01 CDT 2009

Geoff wrote:
> 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)
> -Geoff

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.

Al Lesmerises

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