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25 Home Automation Projects for the Evil Genius : The Evil Genius Series - Jerri Ledford

25 Home Automation Projects for the Evil Genius

The Evil Genius Series

Paperback Published: 1st January 2007
ISBN: 9780071477574
Number Of Pages: 288

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Your home may be your castle-but can it cook your dinner? Well, with the help of "25 Home Automation Projects for the Evil Genius," you can teach it to do just that, along with dozens of other affordable, enjoyable things that will transform your humble abode into a wickedly automated living environment.

But fear not-you don't need an engineering degree to complete the projects in this book. That's because technology maven Jerri L. Ledford skillfully provides you with a firm understanding of the basic wiring, networking, and equipment demands for home automation. She then leads you step by step through each application, offering clearly worded and heavily diagramed guidance that will truly satisfy your inner Evil Genius.

With the help of just a few household tools, you'll be able to bring info-age automation to: Indoor and outdoor lighting Security and surveillance Climate regulation Entertainment systems Personal reminders Plant care Remote monitoring of kids and pets Keyless entry Wireless TV And many more

Plus, you'll gain access to discounts from a variety of home automation product manufacturers, to make your projects even more economical. With "25 Home Automation Projects for the Evil Genius," easy living is now automatic

Introduction to Home Automationp. 1
Lights Please: Indoor Lightingp. 5
Equipment Neededp. 5
Understand Lighting Controlp. 5
Terminologyp. 6
The Equipmentp. 6
Installation Instructionsp. 7
Troubleshootingp. 9
Selecting the Right Switchp. 10
Intruder Alert: Outdoor Lightingp. 13
Equipment Neededp. 13
Installing Motion Sensor Lighting Indoorsp. 13
Troubleshootingp. 15
Additional Security Monitoring Sensorsp. 15
Moving On
Whole House Automation: Installing an X-10 Systemp. 19
Equipment Neededp. 19
Installing an X-10 Computer Interfacep. 19
Understanding the X-10 Systemp. 23
Moving Onp. 25
It's Getting Hot in Here: Control Your Climatep. 27
Equipment Neededp. 27
Installing the Thermostatp. 28
Choosing the Right Thermostatp. 32
Moving Onp. 33
Speak Up! Installing Voice Controlsp. 35
Equipment Neededp. 35
Installing HALp. 35
Installing the Hardwarep. 37
Installing HALp. 37
How HAL Worksp. 40
Moving Onp. 41
What's at the Door? Installing a Surveillance Camerap. 43
Equipment Neededp. 43
Installing the Home Monitoring Systemp. 43
Planning Camera Layoutp. 46
Moving Onp. 47
Shhh...I'm on the Phonep. 49
Equipment Neededp. 49
Caller ID Configurationp. 49
Configuring Other Settingsp. 50
Home Entertainment Serversp. 50
Moving Onp. 51
Music Everywhere: Audio Controlsp. 53
Equipment Neededp. 53
Connecting the Hi-Fi Linkp. 53
Installing the Digital Music Centerp. 53
Choosing an Automation Installerp. 56
Moving Onp. 57
Is Anyone There? Installing an Occupancy Sensorp. 59
Equipment Neededp. 59
Installing the Wireless Receiverp. 59
Installing the Wireless Occupancy Sensorp. 60
Setting the Seenep. 60
Choosing the Right Browser Controlsp. 62
Moving Onp. 63
Today Is Trash Day: Automating Remindersp. 65
Equipment Neededp. 65
Setting Up Remindersp. 65
Calendaring Applicationsp. 66
Moving Onp. 67
No More Dead Lawns: Automating Watering Systemsp. 69
Equipment Neededp. 69
Installing the Automatic Yard Watering Systemp. 69
Programming the Automatic Watering Systemp. 69
Alternatives to Windows-based Automationp. 71
Moving Onp. 72
Watching from Afar: Monitoring Kids and Pets from Workp. 73
Equipment Neededp. 73
Installing the Hardwarep. 73
Installing the Webcam Softwarep. 73
Accessing the Webcam from the Internetp. 75
Choosing the Best Webcamp. 76
Moving Onp. 76
Hot and Ready: Preheat the Oven from Your Cell Phonep. 77
Equipment Neededp. 77
Installing the Ovenp. 77
Programming the Ovenp. 77
You May Already Have X-10 Enabled Devicesp. 78
Moving Onp. 78
Who Let the Dogs Out: Creating Your Own Robo-Dogp. 79
Equipment Neededp. 79
Programming Your "Dog"p. 79
Should You Network Your Home and Computerp. 81
Moving Onp. 82
For the Birds: Installing a Bird Feeder Camp. 83
Equipment Neededp. 83
Installing the Camerap. 83
Configuring the Receiverp. 85
Protecting Outdoor Camerasp. 86
Moving Onp. 86
No Keys Necessary: Installing a Keyless Entryp. 87
Equipment Neededp. 87
Installing the Lock and Knobp. 87
Programming the Lock and Remotesp. 88
Understanding Remote Controlsp. 89
Moving Onp. 90
Romantic Settings: Creating Grouped Tasks to Control Your Environmentp. 91
Equipment Neededp. 91
Speech Recognitionp. 91
Setting the Scène for Romancep. 91
Adding Action to Your Groupp. 92
Running the Action Groupp. 93
Know Your X-10 Addressp. 93
Moving Onp. 94
Hello Dave: Creating Automation Personalizationp. 95
Equipment Neededp. 95
How It Worksp. 95
Creating a House Modep. 95
Consideration for Whole House Audiop. 98
Moving Onp. 98
TV Anywhere: Wireless Television throughout Your Housep. 99
Equipment Neededp. 99
Installing the Softwarep. 99
Connecting the Base Stationp. 100
Activating the Viewerp. 100
Setting Up Channelsp. 101
Putting Location Free TV on Your PSPp. 101
TV Anywhere. Literallyp. 102
Moving Onp. 103
Adding Sound Effects to Your Home Automationp. 105
Equipment Neededp. 105
What's a WAV File?p. 105
Creating Sound Effectsp. 105
Putting Voice Activation to Workp. 107
Moving Onp. 107
Did I Close That Door? Installing an Automatic Garage Door Closerp. 109
Equipment Neededp. 109
Installing the Autocloserp. 109
Common X-10 Problemsp. 110
Moving Onp. 111
Automating Your Hot Tubp. 113
Equipment Neededp. 113
Installing the Switchp. 113
Automating the Tubp. 114
Controlling Appliances with X-10p. 115
Moving Onp. 115
Add a Little Humor to Your Housep. 117
Equipment Neededp. 117
Choosing a Motion Detectorp. 117
Somebody Let Me Out of Herep. 117
More About Text-to- Speechp. 118
Moving Onp. 119
Connecting to Your Favorite Entertainmentp. 121
Equipment Neededp. 121
Hooking HAL Upp. 121
Windows, Mac, and Linuxp. 122
Moving Onp. 123
Creating an Illusion of Occupancy: Vacation Controlsp. 125
Equipment Neededp. 125
Setting Up a Schedulep. 125
Other Safety Tips for When You're Travelingp. 127
Moving Onp. 127
Automation Checklistp. 129
Home Automation Resourcesp. 135
Glossaryp. 143
Indexp. 147
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ISBN: 9780071477574
ISBN-10: 0071477578
Series: Evil Genius
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st January 2007
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education - Europe
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 28.1 x 22.0  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1