New USB RF Dongle Automates Your Home

TellStick

The TellStick from Telldus is an intelligent and flexible USB dongle that’s compatible with many of the 433.92 Mhz wireless remote switches such as Bye Bye Standby, Home Easy, Proove, Nexa, IKEA, CoCo, Elro, Sartano, DIY, and Waveman.

The £55 unit allows you to automate and control your home devices via the web and mobile devices including Android and iOS/iPhone.  Check out the video after the jump.

What Is It? – TellStick is a USB-stick radio frequency transmitter that plugs into your computer.

What Does It do? – It turns any computer into a wireless home automation center by being the link between your computer and electronics & lights.

How Does It Work? – TellStick transmits signals at 433.92 MHz that turns on/off electricity on electronics & lights connected to wall-plug socket receivers.

What Do I Do? – Three simple steps enter you into the world of home automation.

  1. Download and install the software from our homepage
  2. Plug TellStick into your computer
  3. Connect electronics & lights to your wall-plug socket receivers

That’s it! You can now automate electronics & lights via your computer.”

Available from unitehomedevices.com  :  www.telldus.se  :  Bye Bye Standby Switches

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6 Comments on "New USB RF Dongle Automates Your Home"

  1. They are also developing the TellStick Duo, a single USB stick which transmits and receives RF transmissions. They are currently beta testing these, so I expect them to be available sometime this year. Hopefully it beats the RFXcomm in price 🙂

  2. Looking forward to the duo, although i hope it will monitor transmissions so that it can guess their status 😀

  3. Larry James | February 2, 2011 at 6:47 am |

    Finally, you have reviewed this product. I use it at my 3 bedroom house, and it is so easy to configure.
    The customers service at unitehomedevices.com is very good. Whenever I contact the developer Andy, he gets back to me quickly.

    I believe this product and the services they provide is under estimated. I am glad it is now getting the attention it deserves.

    Another plus side is: it is very cheaper. £55 as opposed to RFXcomm that costs above £100.

  4. Hi All

    Lets be more objective about the comparison with rfxcom.
    Rfxcom has a lot more to offer in regards to supported protocols and multiple connectivity options like LAN etc.

    The RFXCOM has a large RF transmit range of more than 100m,
    The RFXCOM transmitter is not a dongle but connected with a cable to have maximum RF radiation (no dongle hidden behind a metal PC)
    RFXCOM supports all HomeEasy transmitters and receivers including HE105 and HomeEasy EU products.
    RFXCOM supports NEXA, CHACON, KlikAanKlikUit, ByeByeStandBy, DomiaLite, IKEA, ELRO, Waveman, X10, Robocam, Harrison, Intertechno, Düwi
    The RFXCOM transmitter has an anti-collision mechanism. RF commands are not lost so that the transmit reliability is almost 100 percent even with a lot of RF sensors active.
    The RFXCOM LAN transmitter can be used with an iPhone or Android even without a PC running 24/7.
    http://www.homeautom8.com (iPhone)
    – dehuysser.appspot.com/android-apps/jmom-ng (Android)
    RFXCOM has a receiver for HomeEasy remotes and wall switches (and much more like X10, Oregon sensors) so that real home automation can be used, for example with:
    http://www.domotiga.nl (Linux)
    http://www.shed.com (Mac OS)
    http://www.xplmonkey.com/rf.html
    http://www.housebot.com (Windows)
    http://www.homeseer.com (Windows)
    – home brew http://www.bwired.nl
    RFXCOM is a modular system. No need to throw away the transmitter when adding the receive capability.
    The RFXCOM transmitter costs € 85.68 which is 73 GBP (so not above 100GBP!!). So for 17.50 GBP you get a lot more.
    http://www.rfxcom.com/transmitters.htm#10104

    Its nice to have new poducts on the market but we need to stay objective 🙂

  5. Pieter,

    You are correct in that the RFXCOM is a much more capable product, and it is a shame that Larry decided to post negative comments about it… However, I do need to post a comment on your “pricing analysis”.

    Automatedhome.co.uk is a UK site. The £55 quoted in the article is a price INCLUDING DELIVERY to the UK.

    The RFXCOM costs €85.68 + €15 delivery to the UK = €100.68

    Assuming you are UK resident, there is a 99% chance that your bank account is in £… so Paypal will charge you ITS currency conversion, bringing your bill to about £87… depending on the exact rate at the time you click PAY NOW.

    So, Larry was about £15 over, but your price was, I’m afraid, about £17 under for a typical UKHA reader.

    That having been said, I’d still buy the RFXCOM for all the reasons you give!

  6. can someone please tell me since when did IKEA do home automation ?!?!

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