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from the “get the Internet to do the groundwork” department:

I am interested in some X10 hardware, or in some hardware that accomplishes similar tasks. I would like to be able to put replacement light switches, power outlets, and such in my house and control them with my Linux server.

I’ve done a little bit of looking around for what I would need to get started on this, but the sites I have found are organized more around a “current state of the software” approach than “here’s how to get started.”

Apparently the most common X10 hardware “starter pack” uses a USB controller that is not well supported in Linux. I did find that the CM11A controller is supported well, but if there’s one that has better features and is supported, I would be interested in knowing about it.

The big question – does anyone have any experience with this sort of thing? Any recommendations about which technology to choose, which controller is best, and where would be a good place to get it all? I would ideally like to have RF remote control as well as computer control.

By elyograg

Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy with the proof.
-- J.K. Galbraith

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