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Along comes…

Home Automation | Posted by epistasis
Oct 20 2009

Good news for smart home enthusiasts everywhere then I think? This week, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) approved the standard. This seems like amazing news and  I personally can’t wait for it to work it’s way into our gadgetry. If anybody would like to leave some comments on any bright ideas they’ve had concerning the protocol then please do 🙂

“ is the next generation standard for existing-wire home networking (a wired and complementary counterpart to the popular Wi-Fi wireless home networking standard). targets gigabit per second data rates[2] and operation over all three types of legacy home wires: phone wires, coaxial cables and power lines. As the majority of devices in which will be embedded (such as televisions, set-top boxes, residential gateways, personal computers or network-attached storage devices) will be AC-powered, configurations that have at least one power line networking interface are likely to become the most common. This will also facilitate integration with home control and demand side management applications for AC-powered appliances.” (Wikipedia, 2009)

Via Storage Server and MSI WindBox

Home Automation, Technology | Posted by epistasis
Jan 28 2009

Two things here really.. I’ve just seen that LinITX have started stocking the VIA NSD7800 Tower Storage Server. This amazing kit would be a great NAS device, perhaps running the open source FreeNAS software. It features an Intel Atom 1.5GHz CPU, and can support up to 1GB of RAM. If you pop on over to the Automated Home website there is a voucher code to get the full 1GB for free!

Second up, the MSI WindBox. The WindBox is an ultra-compact PC from MSI. It features a VESA mount interface allowing it to be wall mounted or simply placed on the back of your monitor. It also has the following I/O options:

  • Realtek 10/100 LAN
  • 3 USB 2.0 ports
  • a 3-in-1 card reader
  • VGA interface.

Pretty neat huh?