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Home Automation Made Easy: Do It Yourself Know How Using UPB, INSTEON, X10, and Z-Wave by Dennis C. Brewer

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Introduction

The term “home automation” or its inverse “automated home” may mean different things to each reader. Some homeowners would think of one-off devices such as time clocks controlling a lamp as home automation. Others would consider home automation to be a managed service, essentially a virtual “big brother” that monitors events in the home and makes adjustments when necessary. Others would envision high-end systems where a virtual Jeeves handles all of the repetitious chores. None of these views would be wrong. However for the purpose of this book, home automation is made easy for the do-it-yourselfer by employing computer software that will become the artificial intelligence to manage controllable tasks through currently available ...

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