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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!
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:
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:
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.