Home Automation systems are cool. You can use them to control your music, home temperature, lights, theater systems, sprinklers, HVAC, alarm system etc. Think of the Jetsons without the flying cars or stupid clothes. That's what the 21st century is supposed to be like folks, and it's not going to come on it's own we have to build it.
Back in 2007 and 2008 I made a Home Automation System as a part of my senior design project, and to automate some of the tasks that I come across in my daily life. While this project is still far from complete, and what I present here is just the tip of the iceberg, it is a great starting point to get your feet wet, and to build upon. I'll try and cover all the basics of what and why I chose to implement what I did back then. I'll also post a bunch of upgrade plans that can be easily implemented.
If you have any questions, comments, criticisms feel free to let me know this is my first instructable. If I did the system over today it would be a little different cuz I've learned more since then, tech has changed, and I no longer have a home phone line which the heart of the system relies on. Just don't measure my choices then based upon todays yardsticks. Some parts will get pretty wordy, but I'll try and load in Pics to help with that along the way. Hope you have as much fun with it as I have!
I mean this instructable to illustrate many BUILDING BLOCKS that can be used in your home automation system. Please treat each subsytem as a lego block, if you want to use it go for it, if you think it dumb ignore it.
(As a fair warning I can get wordy skip it if your not interested! Feel free to tell me where I messed up I wont take offense.)
This will also be my entry into the 3rd Epilog challenge, as well as the Makerbot Challenge I wish I had another month to update the info because there is a lot more, but I hope you like it as is.