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1  Topics / Home Automation and Networked Objects / Re: Home Automation Using Powerline Communication on: August 16, 2011, 11:53:19 pm
Lefty, please forgive me for reading into your post more than was meant.  I'm just used to having to deal with adolescence who know "everything" (I volunteer with the middle school students at my church).  I will try to better follow my own advice and assume good intentions in the future!

Draythomp, I'm glad to hear you also share my dislike of the x10 system.  I simply want more than they can ever give me.  Relationships like that never work.  The reason I would like to use powerline instead of RF is because I do plan to use it to transmit large amounts of data as well.  My goal with this system is for it to be all inclusive, meaning that I want to be able to do much more than simply automate my lights.  I plan on incorporating every aspect of my house into this system: the intercom system, the security system (motion sensors/cameras/door and window sensors), the phones (VoIP), the surround sound, my modified roomba (via Bluetooth), the kitchen appliances, my pool vacuum, my jacuzzi, my sprinklers, my air conditioner and humidifier, my gas fireplace or even my grill, backing up my computer onto an external hard drive that is unplugged when not in use, and a bunch of other stuff that I have written down at the office and not with me now, everything is going to be controlled via powerline communications.

All of the sensors (mostly ac/humidity) will update the program hourly so that I can track changes and try to cut costs.  I will also have the switches and outlets send their on/off status, however they will probably only do so when their status changes.  There really isn't a need for each switch to tell me every five minutes that it is off.  The only time it will change its status is either when it is remotely told to do so or when someone manually "flips" (or pushes) the switch.  Ideally I would like to have some sort of touch screen display that can show a floor plan of the house and the locations of each switch/outlet.  On this display all of the switches/outlets in the "off" position will show grey and all of those in the "on" position will show electric blue.  I will be able to control all of these from the display and can choose to turn off entire rooms (but now I am getting into the programming aspect of the project).  I absolutely love DIY projects, however, I hate the fact that they look like DIY projects.  The control panel(s) should blend in with the house and serve multiple functions.  Perhaps they will include web browsers.  Perhaps they will be equipped to allow for video calls so as to allow me talk to relatives or friends while cooking up dinner (which will not be automated as I greatly enjoy cooking).

Anyway, I continue to have ideas even as I begin to pull together the necessary supplies for this project.  As you all can probably tell from what I have said in the last couple posts, I have a tendency to take a cool idea and blow it up into a huge ginormous idea that will takes lots of time and money.  Maybe once I get the plans together and have something more concrete I'll get onto kickstarter... hmmm....
2  Topics / Home Automation and Networked Objects / Re: Home Automation Using Powerline Communication on: August 16, 2011, 04:30:47 pm
Lefty, I have a great deal of experience with household wiring.  Not only have I installed the wiring in new houses, but I have also had to correct all the jerry-rigging that the tenants at my father's mobile home park have worked up in an attempt to steal power.  I am also well aware of how the x10 system works.  Quite frankly, it is ugly and the software it comes with is a real pain.  My goal with this project is to create something a little more eloquent and possibly even cheaper.  Further down the road it is my intention to add voice control and automated computer tasks.  So yes, I do plan on reinventing the x10 system.  However, I posted this on here so that I could gain some insights from my fellow modders.  I am sure many of you have had experience with home automation, as I have, and have learned through experience exactly what you do and do not want in such a system.  I am not satisfied with what the market offers now so I have decided to change that.  In the future try to respond under the assumption that the person you are speaking to has some knowledge and has done a little research.  You will come off as a much nicer and considerate person that way.

Draythomp, thank you very much for the encouragement and the pointers.  I have worked with computers for quite some time now and have definitely killed my fair share of equipment in the past due to oversights on my part.  I will be sure to consider the ventilation aspect when installing the boxes.  My goal is to have one fully functional and tested outlet box and switch prior to creating or installing any others.  However, once that step is complete, I don't imagine that it will take me much time at all to recreate the process with other boxes.  Also, I am currently using several powerline ethernet adapters to extend the network at my workplace.  My workplace is an engineering firm (I'm the IT guy) and has an unbelievable amount of noise due to the fact that they not only design, but also fabricate.  So I already have a little experience with powerline networks, but I do plan on several long nights and lots of research.  I'm glad I have this forum as a resource!

Keep the responses coming!  My goal is cheap, invisible, and easy for technophobes to learn.
As I said in my original post... this is going in my parents house  smiley-lol
3  Topics / Home Automation and Networked Objects / Home Automation Using Powerline Communication on: August 16, 2011, 03:40:33 pm
I'm getting ready to start a project of my own using arduino and powerline communication to create a smarter house.  I was just curious if anybody else had tried this already and if you had any success with it.  Powerline technology has been around for close to a hundred years now.  What drew me to this idea was the fact that it would allow me to transmit instructions to every outlet and switch in my house without any additional wiring or wireless networks.  I could modify (pretty extensively) an electrical outlet purchased at a hardware store and then simply go around the house replacing all of my outlets.  They would all receive the same data over the wiring already in the house, however, they would only carry out the commands associated with their id.  Even cooler, is the fact that I can also transfer large amounts of data very quickly with this home "network".  I'm really excited for the opportunities this presents!  If you guys have any other ideas that you think I should implement please let me know.  I hope to get this system up and running from my computer within the next couple weeks and then onto a mobile app for android.  I have a lot of work cut out for me though as I first have to convince my parents to let me mess with their house a little  smiley-lol
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