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    home automation refs

    I had a request for some info on PC control of a grow chamber, Ive not read this but it would appear to be the cat's meow on the subject of DIY PC control

    http://www.elexp.com/bok_1214.htm
    (prob be found at local library)

    and for a cheap interface/relay board with open source software

    http://www.electronickits.com/kit/co...lec/ck1601.htm

    (check same source for other related items as well, e.g., temp control board with alarm etc )

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    Nifty. I'd recommend getting the board that's already together, unless one wants to take on the challenge of soldering. I wonder how good the software is that comes with the board? I'm not much on programming, though visual basic was one of the easier languages that I had to take in college. Good information Av.

    It seems this can be as easy, or as complicated as one wants to make it with getting the system up and running and customizing it to one's needs.

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    That is definitely cheaper than the relay controller boards I was looking at. I wonder if there is USB to parallel port adapters because i would hate to be limited to just one board. the ones i was looking at were USB and could be expanded to 256 relays. To get started though heck yeah that is a better option!! Thanks for the research Butch!!! YOU THE MAN!!!
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    There are. Check out Newegg.com

    Here's some from a quick search:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...der%20Changers
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    Cool cool. I did a search but most of the parallel to USB conversions were of the printer type and not the type on the back of the computer, but there was one in Newegg that was the proper plug configuration!!! COOL!!! Might be some ways to save money there with the cheaper controllers and still be able to connect multiple to one computer! WOO HOO!! I can't wait to get to work on the automation!
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    Thumbs up Home Automation Ref.

    There are several home automation technologies out there depending on the requirements - many have different cabling requirements. I would recommend DIY kits. They've got a bunch of wireless and hardwired DIY kits that can be used with their inexpensive monitoring service. For a small to medium-sized townhome, a wireless kit may be good for you.
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    Cheers
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    Thanks Eric, but the automation we are talking about is temperature monitoring and then controlling the necessary things to either cool or heat the grow room. Then have the ability to override it via the internet. There would be no need for a monitoring service. The computer will have preset parameters to follow otherwise.
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