Do you want to automate your home without buying new equipment? With this book you can. This book is not about X10, ZigBee, Z-wave, or any of the many other leading or bleeding-edge systems. It’s about a DIY system you can build out of bits and parts you no longer.
The system described in this book reuses an old PC, a wireless mains outlet with three switches and a controller, and a USB web camera. All this is glued together with Linux, the well known free and open source operating system. This book shows you how to set up a Linux environment including a software development environment and a web server that can be used as a control center.
This enhanced second edition adds more than 180 extra pages to the first edition, and details on how to extend the capabilities of your control center with SMS messaging or low-cost networked real-time thermal monitoring of your home.