While X10 can be made to work fairly reliably, you might want to consider
one of the newer alternatives to X10 like Insteon, UPB or ZWave. These
protocols have been designed to overcome some of the problems and
limitations of X10 that give it a bad reputation when it comes to
Of these alternatives I think only UPB is currently supported by
Misterhouse, although there is work being done on Insteon supoprt.
Of course just to control one fan it might be less expensive to just buy the
computer interface and the module you need.
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Sent: Sunday, November 26, 2006 8:42 AM
Subject: [mh] Best Hardware for Starters
Just spent a few hours going over the post of this list and installing MH
for the first time. Looks like a candidate for my task at hand. Before
going out and buying a bunch of hardware, I thought I'd ask for advice on
what hardware would best suit my needs.
Here's my first goal: setup a monitor and control system to evaluate three
temperatures (outside, inside, and a wine tank), and then turn a fan on
depending on the conditions of the three temps. I already have (well had,
but soon to have again) a 1-wire system working from an rj45 and have been
monitoring with an open source software. The system got zapped by
lightening at the end of our last season and I'm about to set everything up
again. Last year, I simply turned the fan on and off manually according to
the temperatures charted (
http://www.peacefulbend.com/temperatures/temperatures.shtml ), but as
mentioned already, the ultimate setup would not only monitor and chart the
temps, but also react to the conditions and control the fan.
First thought, was to try an x10 cm11 for the output, coupled with an AM486
module, but also thought others might know of alternate hardware to
accomplish this task? maybe the firecracker? hardwiring is not an issue. I
can envision adding much more to the system later and taking advantage of
what looks like a host of cool features in MH, so the investment in an x10
system is also not an issue. More of a concern at this point is ease of
setup as I'd like to see this up and running within the next couple of
So far I've been using an Xp (2.8ghz, 512mb) just to learn with, but am
looking to move everything to a headless fedora, 500mhz with (i think) 128
mb ram connected via a wlan.
Any help or suggestion(s) on setting up both the script and the hardware to
achieve this would be greatly appreciated.
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