[SATLUG] Home automation via linux

Tom Walker twalker at world-net.net
Sat Oct 10 09:30:09 CDT 2009

Try bottlerocket or heyu. Both are small, command line based programs to
control X-10 devices, and both lend themselves to web control. Heyu is
still under active development (http://www.heyu.org). Total solution
shouldn't cost more than the ~ $50 for X-10's Firecracker. By small, I
mean I was running a webserver (busybox) and bottlerocket to control a
few outlets, lights, fans on a headless 4 M PC/104 '386 and still had a
few bytes left.
On Fri, 2009-10-09 at 21:16 -0500, Alan Lesmerises wrote:
> 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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