Installation

New Package Service for Smart Home Self Builders

Simply Automate have just announced their new service designed for self builders. The package includes a number of elements including design consultancy, hardware, software, installation…


Mac Mini Mount

Here is an interesting Home Automation product for the Mac mini …”As a home automation design and consulting company, we were faced with the challenge…


DIY Heating Interface – Review

Submission by Steve Jones – I wanted to improve the control of my central heating system by utilising my home automation controller (HomeVisionPro) whilst still…


Building a DIY CAT5 Tester

There have been a couple of nice DIY Cabler Tester projects posted on Digg.com over the last few days… “Making Ethernet cables is easy, when…



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…


Installation Pitfalls in Cat6 Cabling

One of the common question that appears on our mailing list is regarding the use of Cat6 cable in home installations rather than Cat5e. Here’s…


Mac Mini – Home Server/Node Zero Rack

Just spotted this…”UStec, a leader in structured wiring systems for residences, allows you to easily place your Mac mini onto the home network. With our…


New Regs to Kill DIY Home Automation?

With the new regulations coming into force that requires all on-trivial electrical work to be certified by a qualified electrician,we wont be able to undertake…


Home CCTV Server

Home CCTV – I have had CCTV at home for 8 years now in one form or another. Over that time camera performance has increased,…


Touchscreen Kitchen Install Photos

John Nye has added photos of the touchscreen Kiosk he recently installed in his kitchen. These are the units some of our reader recently purchased from…


Home Cinema Install

This link was posted on the mailing list this morning. It’s a great read for anyone thinking of installing their own Home Cinema system. Although…


Home Networking

Submission by Grant Smith AzteQ Solutions and CableNet (HomeMaster) have joined forces to give end users and home builders a one-stop-shop Home Networking solution. In…


Invisible X10 LD11/AD10 retrofit

Submission by Robert de Kloe – Always wanted that expensive feeling of push button lights on/off switching/dimming, here's how I did it : first of…



Central Heating Automation – Review

Submission by Dean Smith – After moving into Orchard House, we soon realised how much you take little things for granted. In our previous house…



Atlas CAT5 Cable Tester – Review

My good mate Darren has the “Daddy” of all Cable Testers. It’s a Fluke something-or-other and it’s amazing! It can ping IPs, generate network traffic,…


Krone Blocks

I’ve just added a few pictures of the Krone Blocks James Hoye and I used to terminate the remainder of the control cables round the…


Intelligent Living Makes Life Easier

The objective of the project was to combine excellent architecture with the functionality of modern technology. The starting point in the project was based on…