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Zipato Zipabox is Expandable Wireless Home Automation Controller

  Zipato is an all in one home automation solution from Croatia.  Out of the box it supports Z-Wave, however it’s not tied to a single smart home technology. [Update] Read our Zipato Zipabox review here. It can be expanded to support ZigBee and KNX and there’s also promised future support for Insteon plus technologies based […]

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Domoticz is New Free Open Source Home Automation Software

When we added our Home Automation Technology Choices page a few weeks ago we got emails asking us to consider some other systems. Amongst them was a new free and open source home automation application called “Domoticz”.  Design to control various devices and receive input from various sensors around the home, the main hardware at […]

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Fibaro Z-Wave Home Center 2 Mega Review

The fine folks at Fibaro and Vesternet were kind enough to lend us a sizeable home automation system based around Fibaro’s premium Home Center 2 controller, plus a bunch of their Z-Wave modules too. Ant Skelton has had the system on test for a few months and has given it a damned good seeing to. […]

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Evo Technologies Introduces ECOPC N.1A – 14W Silent & Fanless PC

Evo Technologies Introduces ECOPC N.1A – 14W Silent & Fanless PC

Here’s another tiny PC with an appetite of just 14 Watts.  The ECOPC N.1A from Evo Technologies is fanless and silent and ideal for lots of home automation server duties. Best of all the bare bones unit is available direct from the manufacturers for $241 (around £150).  Full specs and PR after the jump. “Evo […]

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New HomeSeer HomeTroller-Mini Linux Based Home Automation Controller

New HomeSeer HomeTroller-Mini Linux Based Home Automation Controller

HomeSeer Technologies has just unveiled its new “HomeTroller-Mini” home automation controller.  The tiny ‘PC in a Plug’ device offers remote home control using the latest Apple and Android smart phones, tablet PCs and other devices.  It’s running Linux on a 1GHz processor and is slated to begin shipping in the 2nd quarter of 2011 retailing […]

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LinuxMCE 710 – An Overview

LinuxMCE 710 – An Overview

LinuxMCE is of course a open-source media centre distro.  But did you know you can use it as a home automation controller as well?  Other goodies are lurking under the bonnet too such as the integrated Asrerisk VoIP system, already pre-configured for many providers and phone hardware.  Read on for the overview of this amazing […]

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HackMyth PVR plus Z-Wave Home Automation

HackMyth PVR plus Z-Wave Home Automation

  Here’s one we haven’t covered before, HackMyth is described as “the home automation control kit for mythTV” and offers Z-Wave wireless control of your smart home, from the same box that carries out your PVR functions. “The HACKmyth system offers wireless Home Automation control combined with the MythTV software on one box that plugs […]

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New Tiny Silent Linux PC

New Tiny Silent Linux PC

Home Automation projects can always use tiny, silent PCs, and here’s a new one. The little disk-less Linutop PC is around £230 and runs Xubuntu from a USB stick. “Linutop has Linux-based diskless computer. It offers has completely silent, low-power operation in year extremely small package. Its hand purpose is to surfing the Internet. Linutop […]

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ZoneMinder v1.19.0 Released

ZoneMinder v1.19.0 Released

ZoneMinder has just had a major update, including MPEG video streaming, MJPEG capture, bulk frame recording and a whole pile of bugfixes.  ZoneMinder is a linux-based CCTV recording and streaming package with motion detection. It works with any V4L (Video 4 Linux) compliant driver. See HERE for details.

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Shuttle Release Network Appliance SFF PC

As featured on a number of tech sites Shuttle, well known for their small form factor PC’s, have released what is being described as a “Network Appliance” Basically, a SFF PC distributed with Linux. Back in September of last year Shuttle released a joint press release with MandrakeSoft announcing a new partnership. In the future, […]

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