Tag Archives: Home Automation

HouseControl: Media control

I have changed HouseControl to use a single MediaControl interface for all media devices. Previously I was using a MusicControl interface for Spotify and an InfraredControl interface for my TV, set top box and AV receiver. The single interface is … Continue reading

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HouseControl media services

I have added media services to HouseControl. Media services have a wide definition. They are any services that are supplied by TVs, set top boxes, music servers, streaming devices etc. So the following are media services: BBC iPlayer, 4 on … Continue reading

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Tutorial: Your first house.xml configuration file

This is the first of a series of tutorials on how to use HouseControl. This tutorial creates a simple XML file, house.xml, to describe your home configuration. It assumes that you are using LightwaveRF and have your transceiver running, and … Continue reading

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Preparing for use of HouseControl

This post is aimed at people who are planning to use my open source HouseControl Java server. If you plan to use it with LightwaveRF devices, you should first be successfully using my LightwaveRF Arduino library. This requires an Arduino … Continue reading

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HouseControl now on GitHub

HouseControl is now on GitHub. This is a very early alpha version. It includes my conf/house.xml configuration file. It will not work for you without changes to this file. I will be adding tutorials on how to use it.

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HouseControl plugin architecture

I have now restructured by HouseControl (previously known as ORControl) Java software. It now has a plugin architecture. This means that all control of devices and other features is implemented by a plugin. Each plugin has a defined interface and … Continue reading

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ORControl restructuring

I am currently restructuring ORControl to make it more modular. It seems to have morphed into a configurable socket server that can control a large range of home automation devices. It controls the devices either directly over IP or via … Continue reading

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