Friday, 17th September 2021

HomeVision Integrated Home Controller. PAL Video

The HomeVision controller brings together six key home automation features in a single unit:

  • Powerful if-then-else logic, allows virtually any automation task to be easily achieved
  • Built-in webserver, allows you to control your house, and monitor it's status over the internet (requires PC connected and running and internet connection)
  • Two-way infrared capability so you can control HomeVision, and HomeVision can control all your audio/video/infrared controlled equipment
  • Two-way X-10 communication controls and monitors lights, appliances, thermostats, security systems, etc
  • 24 digital input/outputs (expandable) provide direct connections to other equipment, like motion detectors, flood detectors, water-level monitors, fire alarms, etc
  • Battery-backed clock controls events based on time, date, sunrise, sunset, etc
  • Two-way serial interface provides full control and status reporting via a PC - add Caller ID using optional module

HomeVision is a stand-alone automation controller that is initially configured from a PC. HomeVision constantly watches for any events you've specified, then performs whatever actions you've told it to do. Any event can trigger any other event(s). The possibilities are limited only by your imagination

Two-way infrared control

Any standard programmable or learning remote can be quickly setup to control Home Vision. You can issue commands or control the video screens displayed on your TV without getting up from your chair. A press of a single button on your remote can trigger any action(s) you want ! Home Vision also learns up to 255 infrared signals which it can then transmit to control TVs, stereos, etc. Since all of Home Vision's functions are cross-linked, X-10 commands or other events can easily trigger IR signals and vice-versa. The infrared transmitter and receiver are built into Home Vision's front panel, and a rear jack allows connection of external IR transmitters. The optional expansion board add 8 selectable zones of IR output.

Two-way X-10 control

Home Vision can transmit and receive all X-10 signals. This includes advanced commands like Preset Dim and Status Request. Home Vision constantly monitors the power line and tracks the state and brightness level of each module (which you can view on your TV !). Any X-10 signal or sequence of signals can trigger any event(s). X-10 transmission reliability is maximised with advanced error/collision detection and automatic retries. The scheduling software provides over 50 X-10 commands so you can easily create powerful programs. Send multiple dim/bright commands, set to a specific level, transmit individual house and units codes, etc each with a single command.

For X10 control HomeVision requires a XM10U X10 adaptor module which is available separately.

Video control & status screens

Home Vision generates video text for display on your TV. The line-level (phono plug) output connects directly to a video input on your TV or VCR. A built-in video switch can switch the output between Home Vision's video screens and in an incoming video signal, essentially bybassing Home Vision when desired.

Home Vision has over 50 built-in screens to control your home, including HVAC and security systems. Other screens provide status/control of I/O ports, scheduled events, system time and date, and programming objects such as flags, variables, and timers. There's a weather conditions screen, multiple help screens, and a 256-line event log so you can see what happened and when, and if the built-in screens don't suit you, you can create your own ! Develop personalised control screens, display messages or reminders, etc. You control what's displayed and where it's displayed. Even choose the background colour, character size, and more !

24 Input and output ports

Three types of I/O ports connect to external equipment through board-mounted terminal blocks:
  • 8 relay-driver outputs to drive your own external relays or solenoids
  • 8 digital inputs for direct connection of switch-closure type devices (such as switches, relay contacts, or PIR movement sensors) or direct DC voltages. Input can withstand +/- 30 volts.
  • 8 bidirectional digital (+/- 5V) I/O. As inputs, they can connect to switch-closure devices or external digital circuits. As outputs, they can drive low-power devices such as LEDs, sensitive relays, or digital circuits.

Powerful serial interface control

All of Home Vision's functions can be controlled over the serial interface (command protocol is fully documented). Operating from 2400 to 19,200 baud, Home Vision can be controlled by the supplied PC program or any other program device which can transmit ASCII or binary data. Home Vision can also transmit ASCII text or binary data to control your PC or other devices (like Caller Line ID for instance). It can also be configured to automatically report the occurrence of any event. This makes debugging your schedule easy, as each event automatically sends a message to your PC for display or logging to a file. You can also control or reprogram Home Vision remotely via modem.

Time/date scheduling control

The real-time clock tracks sunset and sunrise times based on your latitude and longitude. Events can be scheduled based on sunrise/sunset (for opening/closing curtains or for switching on lights, etc) or fixed times. You can limit events to specific days, dates, or months, if desired. "Security" feature can randomly vary an event by up to +/- 4 hours around the base time (you control the interval). Great for giving your home that "lived-in" look while you're away. Periodic events can also perform actions at preset rates.

The automatic power failure recovery routine is extremely powerful yet flexible. Events which were missed while the power was out can be "caught up" when power returns or skipped altogether (you choose which). Timers which were running when the power failed are handled properly, with events performed in the proper sequence.

Powerful programming language

Home Vision is initially set up through the supplied Windows based PC program. The program (schedule) is then downloaded to Home Vision, after which the PC may be disconnected. The schedule is "event-driven"; you simply enter the actions to perform when the specified event occurs. Programming is by "pointing and clicking"; there's no need to memorise or type complex statements. Commands are entered using list boxes, push-buttons, spin-buttons, etc. Commands and conditions are displayed in easy-to-understand English text, not bizarre syntax.

The extensive programming capability includes a complete set of flags, variables, timers, delays, waits, macros, etc. (255 of each !). If-Then-Else statements with multiple "and/or" conditions can be "nested" 15 levels deep. Over 300 different commands and 100 conditions are available.

Supplied with Home Vision as standard is the user's manual, Windows software, 9/12V UK AC power adaptor, 9pin -> 9pin serial cable, and a RJ11 -> RJ11 comms cable. For X10 control HomeVision requires a XM10U X10 adaptor (or XM10E if you live in Europe) module which is available separately.

For the ultimate setup we suggest purchasing the XTB-IIR module instead of the XM10U. The XTB-IIR is extemely high quality, US designed and manufactured and fully emulates the XM10. It also transmits an X10 signal in the area of 20V on the mains line. This increased signal strength will allow the X10 signal to travel around the largest of homes, and also through up to 3 RCDs
Related Web Links
  • Tutorial for HomeVision's software
  • Custom Solutions Inc - the manufacturer of Home Vision
  • Home Vision documentation in PDF format (there's lots of it !)
  • Home Vision Software
  • Home Vision Internet Control Software
  • Add-On Relay Board

    Part No Description Stock Availability at 10:38 Sep, 17 If ordered on-line Price = Qty to
    10003 HomeVision Home Automation Controller 3.0 PAL (X10, IR, I/O) (Excludes XM10) Discontinued.    
    10215 XM10U (TW7223) X10 -> Mains Interface (UK Plug) Discontinued.  
    12746 XTB-IIR-UK X10 Compatible Signal Amplifier & TW7223/XM10 Emulator/Amplifier Discontinued.  
    10032 HomeVision Serial add-on (gives HV a 2nd Serial Port) Discontinued.  


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