Smarthome, Inc., the world’s leading provider of home automation products and personal gadgets, today introduced its PowerLinc(TM) IP, a compact module that allows users to remotely control, monitor or receive messages from home automation devices via SmarthomeLive(TM) without the need for a PC. The product was announced at the International Security Conference West in Las Vegas, March 31 through April 2, 2004.
Previously, SmarthomeLive users were required to maintain a powered-on PC in their homes to utilize the online service from Smarthome, which can be impractical for monitoring vacation homes or for longer trips away from home.
“With PowerLinc IP, homeowners can experience the reassurance of reliable remote control and monitoring of their home automation devices in addition to receiving alerts, all without a home-based PC,” said Joe Dada, president and CEO of Smarthome, Inc. based in Irvine, Calif. “The product is part of Smarthome’s mission to bring the highest level of quality and satisfaction to the home automation experience.”
About the size of a deck of cards, PowerLinc IP simply plugs into the back of an Internet router and electrical outlet. No re-configuration of the Internet service provider’s security firewall is required. Also, PowerLinc will not “crash” like a PC and will return to use even after a power outage.