Hi everyone, This is my first post on the website so please be understanding. I have been playing with the Arduino for about a year and it is awesome. I can do the basics but looking to expand to the web. I have some basic questions that I was hoping you could answer.
1) Do I need the ethernet sheild, what are the advantages to the different sheilds? 2) Do I need my own webserver if I want to control the outputs on Arduino via the web? 3) I have the book called Making Things Talk, everything in this book uses a home webserver and PHP. Do I need to buy a seperate computer just to act as a server? 4) Do I need to talk to my ISP and buy a different service plan to set up a home server?
I have many applications but my first is the following: I have a dog that keeps getting on the couch during the day and leaving her hair everywhere. So I would like to set something up that when she gets on the couch I get a text message or email notifying me she is on the couch. I could then sign into Skype and watch her. As I am watching her, I would like to be able to activate a solenoid to shoot water or compressed air at her. I know this is a very difficult solution to something that could be solved in a much simpler way, but that would not be as entertaining. Also, we love our dog very much and are not doing this to be mean to her, she has a very nice soft dog bed 5' from the couch.