[Lab] Home Automation

Paul & Andrea Mumby themumbys at gmail.com
Thu Sep 20 09:52:30 EDT 2012

X10 is one option. It's not the "best" protocol out there, but modules are
dirt cheap, and easy to work with. (existing fairly full featured tools
like heyu on linux that you could compile for the raspberry pi for
example). And frankly a lot of people have a hate on for X10, but I've used
it fairly extensively and don't have any major issues with it.

Other than that there are tons of protocols out there and hardware that
accompanies them. Most can be interfaced with in one way or another.

Hope that helps.

- Paul

On Thu, Sep 20, 2012 at 9:46 AM, Mahdi Yusuf <yusuf.mahdi at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi,
> I was wondering if anyone at the ModLab has played around with home
> automation. I have been playing around with this sort of thing for a long
> time, its really interesting now that things like the raspberry pi board
> are available at such a small size.
> I was wondering if anyone knows of wifi switches and sensors that could be
> deployed around the house to control things like lights and lamps on the
> cheap that doesn't require a lot of installation and relativity cheap. I am
> hoping to build something small like a prototype and see where it goes from
> there.
> I would like to use the raspberry pi as the controller and have sensors
> connect to it over the wifi and potentially have something like an iPhone
> do the connecting. I have built servers like this before, I just looking
> for some information on hardware and what is possible.
> --
> Mahdi Yusuf
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