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Indigo: Home Automation on the Mac – Part 3 – IP Garage Door Control

Adding IP control to your garage doors is a great little home automation project for a wet weekend and it really shows the power and simplicity of Indigo. The easiest way to interface to most garage doors is through their manual push button control.  These are usually securely inside the property and using them removes the […]

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Indigo: Home Automation on the Mac – Part 2 – RFXCOM & The Wireless Door Bell

As we mention in Part 1 of our review, the action of simply plugging in an RFXCOM RFXtrx433 to a USB port on your Indigo Mac opens up a whole new world of wireless Home Automation possibilities.  The list of 433MHz RF devices supported by the Indigo plugin include LightwaveRF, RF X10 and HomeEasy. For our first addition […]

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Indigo: Home Automation on the Mac – Part 1

14 years after moving into the Automated Home we’re still using those X10 DIN rail modules in the loft.  There’s still no status available and the signals simply don’t make it through sometimes. But apart from replacing some fuses and a couple of dead appliance modules, they’ve worked remarkably well all things considered.  You definitely […]

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Wiring Guide

Welcome to the Automated Home Wiring Guide. This guide documents the installation of the various wiring systems around our new “automated” home. Hopefully the information will be helpful to others faced with the same task, or provide inspiration to those considering it. I’m a firm believer that a picture can paint a thousand words so […]

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Important Stuff – Securing Your Digital Lifestyle

If you weren’t following the horror story of Wired journalist Mat Honan’s personal hacking over the weekend, then do yourself a favour and read his article or watch his interview on This Week in Tech below. It’s clear that Apple and Amazon’s security procedures were less than impressive.  They have already been changed as a result of this […]

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SMS Text Message Control of Your Heating and Other Devices

We recently discovered another GSM controlled switch for remote control of your central heating.  This is one of the most affordable units we’ve come across yet so we contacted the company and had them install a unit for us.  Here’s how it works… . The Hardware – The unit itself is a GSM module called […]

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DIY Windows Home Server Build – JukeBox MkII

It’s hard to believe, but its four and a half years since we built our first proper rackmount media server for the Automated Home.  Our tutorial for the MkI is still one of our most popular articles and it’s easy to see why (you may like to read our tutorial on the original Jukebox server […]

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Crestron Release Free iPhone App

Crestron Release Free iPhone App

  The iPhone and iPod Touch continue to prove themselves the platform of choice for Home Automation developers.  Now high-end Smart Home company Crestron have released their own app that allows management and control of climate, lighting, shades and security systems over Wi-Fi and even the cellular network. "Crestron App Provides Fully Integrated Control From […]

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Adding a Bathroom Zone to Sonos Whole House Audio

Adding a Bathroom Zone to Sonos Whole House Audio

We’ve had our Sonos setup for nearly three years now and it continues to be a joy to own and use.  Our original setup of 2 x ZP100s (the zone players with built in amplifiers) was recently added to with a third un-amp’d ZP80. The new ZonePlayer was swapped for the ZP100 in the AV […]

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Jukebox Server

Jukebox Server

(click to enlarge) Party! The “Bits” Arrive [UPDATE - After you've read this, jump to our updated JukeBox MkII article] Old Timer – Since ripping and centralising all our DVDs and CDs a few years ago our “Jukebox” server had grown and grown and was in need of replacement. With 5 years of digital photographs […]

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