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25 Home Automation Projects for the Evil Genius

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ISBN-10: 0071477578

ISBN-13: 9780071477574

Edition: 2007

Authors: Jerri Ledford

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Computer technology has caught up with home automation, and it's now easy and inexpensive to automate everything in a house, including lighting, security, appliances, entertainment and environmental conditions, and here's how to do it.
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Book details

List price: $31.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
Publication date: 1/10/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 8.75" wide x 10.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Introduction to Home Automation
Lights Please: Indoor Lighting
Equipment Needed
Understand Lighting Control
Terminology
The Equipment
Installation Instructions
Troubleshooting
Selecting the Right Switch
Intruder Alert: Outdoor Lighting
Equipment Needed
Installing Motion Sensor Lighting Indoors
Troubleshooting
Additional Security Monitoring Sensors
Moving On
Whole House Automation: Installing an X-10 System
Equipment Needed
Installing an X-10 Computer Interface
Understanding the X-10 System
Moving On
It's Getting Hot in Here: Control Your Climate
Equipment Needed
Installing the Thermostat
Choosing the Right Thermostat
Moving On
Speak Up! Installing Voice Controls
Equipment Needed
Installing HAL
Installing the Hardware
Installing HAL
How HAL Works
Moving On
What's at the Door? Installing a Surveillance Camera
Equipment Needed
Installing the Home Monitoring System
Planning Camera Layout
Moving On
Shhh...I'm on the Phone
Equipment Needed
Caller ID Configuration
Configuring Other Settings
Home Entertainment Servers
Moving On
Music Everywhere: Audio Controls
Equipment Needed
Connecting the Hi-Fi Link
Installing the Digital Music Center
Choosing an Automation Installer
Moving On
Is Anyone There? Installing an Occupancy Sensor
Equipment Needed
Installing the Wireless Receiver
Installing the Wireless Occupancy Sensor
Setting the Seene
Choosing the Right Browser Controls
Moving On
Today Is Trash Day: Automating Reminders
Equipment Needed
Setting Up Reminders
Calendaring Applications
Moving On
No More Dead Lawns: Automating Watering Systems
Equipment Needed
Installing the Automatic Yard Watering System
Programming the Automatic Watering System
Alternatives to Windows-based Automation
Moving On
Watching from Afar: Monitoring Kids and Pets from Work
Equipment Needed
Installing the Hardware
Installing the Webcam Software
Accessing the Webcam from the Internet
Choosing the Best Webcam
Moving On
Hot and Ready: Preheat the Oven from Your Cell Phone
Equipment Needed
Installing the Oven
Programming the Oven
You May Already Have X-10 Enabled Devices
Moving On
Who Let the Dogs Out: Creating Your Own Robo-Dog
Equipment Needed
Programming Your "Dog"
Should You Network Your Home and Computer
Moving On
For the Birds: Installing a Bird Feeder Cam
Equipment Needed
Installing the Camera
Configuring the Receiver
Protecting Outdoor Cameras
Moving On
No Keys Necessary: Installing a Keyless Entry
Equipment Needed
Installing the Lock and Knob
Programming the Lock and Remotes
Understanding Remote Controls
Moving On
Romantic Settings: Creating Grouped Tasks to Control Your Environment
Equipment Needed
Speech Recognition
Setting the Sc�ne for Romance
Adding Action to Your Group
Running the Action Group
Know Your X-10 Address
Moving On
Hello Dave: Creating Automation Personalization
Equipment Needed
How It Works
Creating a House Mode
Consideration for Whole House Audio
Moving On
TV Anywhere: Wireless Television throughout Your House
Equipment Needed
Installing the Software
Connecting the Base Station
Activating the Viewer
Setting Up Channels
Putting Location Free TV on Your PSP
TV Anywhere. Literally
Moving On
Adding Sound Effects to Your Home Automation
Equipment Needed
What's a WAV File?
Creating Sound Effects
Putting Voice Activation to Work
Moving On
Did I Close That Door? Installing an Automatic Garage Door Closer
Equipment Needed
Installing the Autocloser
Common X-10 Problems
Moving On
Automating Your Hot Tub
Equipment Needed
Installing the Switch
Automating the Tub
Controlling Appliances with X-10
Moving On
Add a Little Humor to Your House
Equipment Needed
Choosing a Motion Detector
Somebody Let Me Out of Here
More About Text-to- Speech
Moving On
Connecting to Your Favorite Entertainment
Equipment Needed
Hooking HAL Up
Windows, Mac, and Linux
Moving On
Creating an Illusion of Occupancy: Vacation Controls
Equipment Needed
Setting Up a Schedule
Other Safety Tips for When You're Traveling
Moving On
Automation Checklist
Home Automation Resources
Glossary
Index