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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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Chapter 2. Using a Windows Computer as Your Home Automation Platform

A Windows-based computer is in many ways the most logical and easy choice for a computer platform on which to build a home automation system. There is a plethora of inexpensive Microsoft Windows operating system–compatible hardware out there in the marketplace, both new and used.

New computers are available at record low prices, especially given their high-end performance. There is a vast knowledgebase in the user community as MS Windows is the dominant home, office, and portable computer operating system.

Big-box stores such as Office Max offer troubleshooting and technical support at many locations. Windows 8 OS is available in smart-phone offerings by many major Telcos’ wireless ...

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