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Mswindows: beginning home automation on a server.

Now friends are asking me how to do home automation on an older machine with Microsoft windows XP for proof of concept. It is also not a programming tutorial. Lets
see what we can do here:
1. Get or make a cable with the led's from
2. Download wampserver
3. Download freebasic.
4. Download web source code.
5. Download executables and or source to create you own programs.
6. Test it out.
Remember this is just a skeleton set up, so it is up to you to add the bells and whistles. Let me know if you have any issues.

This is just a quickie proof of concept about using a web server to do home automation remotely. all we will be doing is just turning on some leds, but the blueprint will be there for doing larger things. You do need to have some knowledge of MSWindows and using the command line. You could also use the same idea to control x10 modules or even the Insteon units. I will not talk about setting up routers and how to open a port to access the server remotely. That is for another instructable. You need to go to and build a compatible cable with the led array mentioned in the instructable. This will be attached to your web server. For more info on using insteon
Developer kit :
Generating web page tutorials:

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Step 1: Web server setup

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I decided to download and install wamp from
Please follow their instructions for installing it.
After installing it, start your web browser and go to local host in the url. It should look like the second picture below.

So far so good.

Step 2: Get Freebasic

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if you do not have a qbasic compiler you can get free basic compiler here:

If you download it if you want to make changes to the source code of the basic program.