Home automation is neat and useful and generally pricey. Many of the home automation systems we lust after come with a hefty price tag so it's always neat to spot inexpensive DIY solutions. This Instructable cleverly shows how to take a cheap router and turn it into a home automation server.
Instructables user Mrx23 took a cheap router and turned it into a home automation server which he can use to switch outlets/lights from his iPhone, or any browser and send out serial commands remotely.
This project is based on SmartLinc and requires an OpenWRT compatible router, with serial header, AVR microcontroller Development Board (like Arduino), and actuators like: RF switched outlets (433.92Mhz) with a remote.
While this project is not going to be the simplest home automation solution to implement, it's a great idea for those with some programming know-how that are willing to do a little bit of work for a home automation system that's great on the budget.
For the complete instructions, Check out the post on Instructables.
What are your suggestions for how to improve on this project? Have you taken the DIY route with home automation?
Check out these posts for more home automation love:
- Simple Home Automation with Logitech's Harmony One
- Control4 iPad Home Automation System
- Gira Home Automation Apps for iPhone and iPad
[Images: Instructables user Mrx23]