New House Wiring

I have finished the wiring of my new house! My good mate Keith Doxey came to stay with me for the week and managed the…


Nokia Communicator (9000i) – Review

After initially appearing in the summer of 1996 the (then) Nokia 9000 was priced at around £1,200.00 Thankfully things have moved on and so now…


Dedicated Home Automation PC

I’ve just built myself a new Pentium2 machine so my “old” Pentium 233MMX can now be dedicated to Home Automation. With 64mb of RAM this…


HomeVision Supports UK CID

After upgrading my main PC’s motherboard I at last had 2 serial ports free (the new board has a PS2 type mouse connector). This meant…


UKs 1st Home Automation Symposium

The weekend of January 9th 1998 and Keith Doxey (aka Krazy Keith) flies into Northern Ireland to meet me for what might perhaps be the…


HomeVision Page Added

  I have now added a page with illustrations of the HomeVision. These pictures have been pulled from the CSI site in the mean time….


HV Up And Running

The HomeVision is now up and running! It is getting me up in the morning, controlling my AV system, reminding me when my favourite TV…


HomeVision Lives

I received my new (second) HomeVision yesterday. Craig has now received the old unit back and after running his diagnostics apparently “The power supply reset…


HV Arrives – HV Dies

The HomeVision unit I received this week developed a fault after running for approximately 10 minutes. I phoned Craig at CSI and left a message…


Purchased A HomeVision

After contacting Custom Solutions Inc in Florida I discovered they were just finalising a “UK beta” version of their HomeVision controller. It’s a beta because…


Added a PC TV Card

A short time ago I installed a WinTV/PCI card from Hauppauge. This week I finally got round to cabling the UHF into the computer room…


Added Cot Cam

Although not X10 connected I though I’d put this one here anyway. I’ve now added a small video camera in the baby’s room… I’ve mounted…


Connected TW523 To Mains

I went to Maplins at the weekend and got an American Line Socket (Maplins part no HL19V £0.99) so I can connect my TW523 to…


Added A TW523

OK…my TW523 two way power line interface arrived in the post this morning. This now allows me to connect my PC to the mains via…


Added More Modules

OK…here’s the latest. I have a couple more bits now including an Appliance Module. So now we can turn on/off the baby walkie talkie transmitter…


The Beginning

I had been trying for a long time to find a source for UK compatible X10 units. Suppliers that had previously sold them had stopped…