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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 13. Project 10, Connecting and Using the Home Automation Platform over the Internet

One can certainly use and benefit from computer-based home automation features without ever connecting the control platform to the Internet, but a conventional POTS line and phone service extend valuable features to wherever there is a phone available for you to call home to the HAL server. Further extending the HAL server to use and be used over the Internet increases the value of the total investment in the automation system. HAL can be programmed to act in your stead and harvest data from the Internet. Stock quotes, weather, and news are examples of the data that can be routinely collected for you. This data can then be processed using macros or rules ...

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