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November 11, 2010

DIY Home Automation using a Cheap Router

at 9:11 pm. Filed under Computer Hacks, DIY Hacks

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Looking for a DIY solution to do Home Automation on a budget? Have a look at this Home Automation system that uses a cheap router to interface your in home items with the outside world using your network. Of course by outside world this includes you using your cell phone while sitting on the couch to turn on the porch light for your wife who is coming home with the groceries. Now of course there are the more conventional Home Automation Systems that you can just buy and use but where is the fun in that. Plus if you want to add some new functionality guess what, there is no way to do it…

“This project is based on SmartLinc.
http://www.smarthome.com/2412N/SmartLinc-INSTEON-Central-Controller/p.aspx
http://wiki.smarthome.com/index.php?title=2412_Manual_rev_2.0

Components
• OpenWRT compatible router, with serial header
• AVR microcontroller Development Board (like Arduino)
• Actuators like: RF switched outlets (433.92Mhz) with a remote”