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IM LOOKING TO MAKE MY HOUSE AUTIMATED BY COMPUTERS. STREAM MUSIC,MOVIES AND PICTUERS THROUGHOUT THE HOUSE.  HEARS THE SETUP. LIVING ROOM IS WHERE ALL STORAGE IS KEPT. IN EACH ROOM THERE WILL BE A PC RUNNING ON XP WILLTH ABWT 10 GIGS OF STORAGE (FOR WORK FILES AND STUFF) THAT WILL BE CONNECTED TO THE MAIN PC WITH THE STORAGE. IN THE TV ROOM THERE WILL B AN HTPC HOOKED UP TO A PROJECTOR RUNNING XBMC . AND IN THE FUTURE THOUGH THIS LOOKS ALITTLE AMBITIOUS I WANT TO BE ABLE TO CONTROL THE LIGHTS AND CURTAINSWHAT DO U GUYS THINK OF THIS SETUP?

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lemonieBest Answer (author)2010-01-05

Why have a PC in each room - that's surely unnecessary? You could just run cable or route to smaller devices. Look around here for the keyword "Ardunio" - you might get some ideas about microprocessor controlled devices.
(First-off get a keyboard that doesn't have a stuck CAPS-LOCK key.)

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Lesedi (author)lemonie2010-01-05

hey thanx for that was looking for a way to stream media around but my issue is that i dont want this to be expensive nor complicated. So looks like arduino is da best any ideas in a way forward with this?

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lemonie (author)Lesedi2010-01-05

I'm not suggesting that's the best way, but you'll get ideas about using devices smaller than PCs there. I think there's a "motorised blind" instructable somewhere...

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bikerrob (author)2010-04-03

linuxmce is everything you want and more

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supperwood001 (author)2010-01-05

What a wonderful idea! Thanks for your sharing site. Really hope that you can achieve it as soon as possible.

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