Linux Home Automation, my recommendations

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As of December 2005 I'm no longer on this setup. I've instead switch to Misterhouse and a new server (burned out a power supply). I'll update this when I get a chance.

I am running Linux 2.4 (UP) on an AMD K6 3D 400MHZ PCI board with AGP video and 256M of 100MHZ RAM and Linux 2.2.5-ac6 on a 486DX 100 MHZ ISA board with 16M of RAM. The reason for the 2 systems is that most of the boards I have are ISA boards. My PCI system was filled and I found I needed more serial ports. I have a Digiboard 8 port serial card in the 486 to handle that overload. I also have a LAN so that any one on my network can access either machine. The K6 is the central server. I've currently added 2 Tivos (a series 1 and a series 2 with 1 more busted series 1 in the works), 2 Audrey's, a non working VirginConnect web terminal, and a bunch of other stuff which justifies having a DJB DNS server, local ntp, print servers, terminal servers, a firewall/NAT/Router and a couple of switches. Yes, I have a test lab and I just finished getting the cross-compiler working for the Series 1 (Power PC).

I'm currently running MisterHouse as my central HA software. It's not that I don't like Dan Lanciani's X10d or Karl Denninger's HomeDeamon it's just that I now have lots of controllers and things to monitor and control. The Perl code is easy to whip together and Mister House gives me one place to put it. I realize that Perl can be slow because it's interpreted but today's faster machines (400MHz works fine, really) and considering that only we only use about 7% of the CPU I figure it's not a real big deal. My main controller is the ADI Ocelot (IR & X10), my HCS II (digital and analog I/O) with my CM11A as backup. I've recently added LIRC & a Creative Infra-Receiver and the CM17A (aka Firecracker) on line. I'm also waiting for my order of 20 DS18S20's (one for every room, one out front, one out back and a few extra) and I've just gotten my DATAQ Instruments DI-194RS up and running (weak serial ports). I've probably got more to hook up but I'm running out of spare time. :-/

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Last updated: Tue Feb 18 00:26:01 EST 2003