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From the owner of www.letsautomate.com...

Homevision is the most powerful, utterly superb piece of kit I have ever used. It comes in at number ONE on my list of things that have improved my life with home automation!

HomeVision's uses are pretty much only limited by your own imagination. Myself I use HomeVision to control every single light in my house, all the electric curtains, heating, hot water, pond fountains and filters, etc. I also use it via some optional hardware/another PC/software to Caller-ID anyone calling me at home, and then an announcement is made via my ceiling speakers who exactly is calling

Reliability is superb. I don't think we have ever had a single HomeVision fail, and they are built to last by the manufacturer who also does work with NASA

The unit can send and receive X10, send and receive infra-red, and can take contact closure inputs (motion sensors, vehicle sensors, etc) and act upon them, as well as having closed contact outputs. Additionally there is video out, and provision to add Dallas Temperature ICs to sense room temperature. Finally with a fixed IP address and internet connection you can control HomeVision from anywhere in the World over the internet

It may be expensive, but believe me it will be the best money you have ever spent!

Mike Huggins
Director - www.letsautomate.com

HomeVision-Pro, the newest and is the most powerful addition to the HomeVision family of home automation controllers

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 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.

Comparison with HomeVision

The best way to understand HomeVision-Pro is to first become familiar with the HomeVision controller. The following list summarizes the differences between HomeVision-Pro and HomeVision.

  • HomeVision-Pro is mounted in an alarm-type enclosure. The steel, beige-colored enclosure measures 14" x 13" x 3" (note that the photo above was taken with an enclosure of 11.25" x 11.25" x 3.0").
  • HomeVision-Pro contains three user-controllable serial ports. The primary serial port is the same as on HomeVision. In addition, all the capabilities of two HomeVision-Serial devices are built into HomeVision-Pro. You cannot use external HomeVision-Serial devices with HomeVision-Pro. Therefore, the maximum number of serial ports remains at four (three built into HomeVision-Pro, plus one on the HomeVision-Phone/Serial device).
  • HomeVision-Pro also contains another serial port that will be dedicated to special functions (the user cannot control it like the other serial ports). This port will not be functional in the first versions of the HomeVision-Pro software, but will be supported in future software versions.
  • HomeVision-Pro contains a USB-to-serial adapter. This can be used on the main HomeVision-Pro serial port to connect to a PC USB port instead of a PC serial port. If you don't use the USB-to-serial adapter for this main port, it can be connected to one of the additional serial ports HomeVision-Pro provides.
  • HomeVision-Pro contains four analog inputs. These provide the same capabilities as the analog inputs on the Multifunction Expansion Board. When using HomeVision-Pro, you can now have a total of 20 analog inputs (four on HomeVision-Pro plus 16 on two Multifunction Expansion Boards).
  • HomeVision-Pro supports digital temperature sensors and has an improved drive circuit. You no longer need a Multifunction Expansion Board (MFEB) to use the digital temperature sensors (the MFEB digital temperature sensor interface is disabled when used with HomeVision-Pro). The HomeVision-Pro drive circuit is improved over the one on the MFEB, and allows driving longer cables.
  • HomeVision-Pro output Port A provides eight Single-Pole-Double-Throw (SPDT) power relays. Relays are rated for 10Amps at 125VAC, 6Amps at 277VAC, and 5Amps at 100VDC.
  • HomeVision-Pro input Port B contains switches to individually enable or disable "pull-up" resistors. HomeVision contains pull-up resistors that make the inputs go high when nothing is connected. This makes connecting "contact closure" inputs easy. However, when connecting a voltage source, it is often necessary to add an external resistor to overcome the built-in pullup resistor. The HomeVision-Pro switches simplify connections by allowing you to disable the built-in pullup resistors instead of adding external resistors.
  • HomeVision-Pro has an infrared receive input jack (in addition to the two built-in infrared receivers standard on HomeVision).
  • The HomeVision-Pro infrared output is available at a terminal block as well as an infrared output jack.
  • The HomeVision-Pro infrared output is a 12V signal instead of the 5V signal used on HomeVision. It provides higher current capability and is easier to connect to some IR distribution systems.
  • The built-in infrared emitter standard on HomeVision has been removed from HomeVision-Pro.
  • HomeVision-Pro provides additional terminal block connection points for power, ground, and other functions. There are a total of 60 terminal block positions.
  • The HomeVision-Pro battery is a standard coin type that can easily be replaced by the user if needed.
  • HomeVision-Pro can connect directly to the Sylva 8O8I input/output boards. Unlike HomeVision, it does not require a Multifunction Expansion Board in order to connect to these Sylva boards.
  • HomeVision-Pro has an enhanced memory architecture that allows the processor to access more RAM than HomeVision. This makes it easier for HomeVision-Pro to provide additional features in the future.
  • HomeVision-Pro functions slightly faster than HomeVision.
  • HomeVision-Pro provides connectors and board space for a future expansion board (to provide Ethernet functions as well as other capabilities).
  • Schedules created in the HomeVision software can be read by the HomeVision-Pro software.
  • HomeVision-Pro contains a total of 43 status LEDs to help you see exactly what is happening. HomeVision-Pro does not contain a "user LED" like HomeVision does. The HomeVision-Pro LEDs are: 24 LEDs on each of the 24 digital I/O ports.
  • One transmit and one receive LED on each of the 3 serial ports and the USB port.
  • One digital temperature sensor status LED
  • One power indicator LED
  • Three X-10 status LEDs
  • Two infrared status LEDs
  • Four processor status LEDs

Note that the XM10U is not supplied with the unit, and must be puchased separately

Related Web Links
  • Download HomeVision Pro Manual (pdf)
  • Visit HomeVision Pro Manufacturer's Website
  • Add-on Hardwired Motion Sensor
  • Add-on Hardwired Vibration Sensor
  • Add-on Indoor Beam Break Sensor
  • Add-on Outdoor Beam Break Sensor
  • Add-on Pressure Senstitive Mats
  • Add-on Door Contact Sensor
  • Add-on Infra-Red Emitters
  • Add-on Car/Metal Detector
  • Add-on Small Relay
  • Add-on Smoke Detector
  • Add-on Serial Board
    Part No Description Stock Availability at 22:55 Jul, 27 If ordered on-line Price = Qty to
    10941 Homevision Pro Home Automation Controller (X10, IR, I/O) Discontinued.    
    10215 XM10U (TW7223) X10 -> Mains Interface (UK Plug) Discontinued.  


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