Setup of the Insteon Portion of the AutoHome Software
I’m assuming you did the hardware setup so you have your ControlLinc at a virtual serial port…
Run the AutoHome.exe program and:
1. Set up the Insteon Ports Click the Setup Protocols and Ports button. Click the Use Insteon checkbox on. Pick the correct [...]
AutoHome – Home Automation Software Setup
I’ve had a request to hand out my home automation software so here’s preliminary setup doc. This currently works with Insteon and CentraLite light switches and stock XBee analysis pods (see my earlier posts). I’m happy to discuss enhancements.
When you’re done [...]
I’m tired of installing random mediocre software drivers on my computer. All this testing of packet sniffers and delving into protocols stresses the windows driver model. Win 7 is better but still…
Also, a lot of this stuff doesn’t run 64 bit or they don’t support windows 7.
Now that I’ve started getting more ‘down and dirty’ with Zigbee a packet sniffer starts becoming important. I have three. I haven’t used the third yet (a TI chip based sniffer) but here’s a discussion of the first two.
Example: Sniffing packets I noticed that each XBee endpoints was polling for data every 100ms. This turns out [...]
I have been pretty unhappy with the Insteon stuff so I’m considering switching to Z-Wave since it’s the only RF stuff out there and available other than Control4 stuff that requires an installer and I’m sure costs a bunch.
Before venturing there I thought I’d test out the XBee chipset more thoroughly now that my [...]
Most of the engine for my home automation is written in Java. The library written by Andrew Rapp that I used as the base for my XBee stuff is incredibly well written and took almost nothing to work out of the box for me.
I had to write some C# for two projects. The web [...]
I really like Windows 7. Saved my butt today.
First, I like that they’ve now added an option where when you uninstall a piece of hardware it can finally delete the drivers from your system instead of this dumb remove a registry entry stuff.
Next, I’ve been having sporadic issues with serial i/o with X-Ctu [...]
SparkFun has a pretty good tutorial on getting the Funnel IO card bootloader altered to something simple. I wanted some different things, though
Work with Zigbee in non-transparent mode. Work in Packet API mode with escapes. Utilize the built-in packet info
This lets me have lots of Xbee devices transmitting throughout the house while I [...]
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