HACKING R/C POWER OUTLETS

Inexpensive wireless home automation.

BY ANDREW WEDGBURY

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Photography by Andrew Wedgbury

Switching plug-in appliances from your computer or microcontroller isn’t difficult in theory, but doing it without turning your home into a potential deathtrap can be tricky. The safer way is to rely on remote control rather than wiring directly.

Hack Your R/C Power Outlet

Time: A Weekend Complexity: Medium

Here’s how I reverse-engineered and modified an inexpensive R/C power outlet switching system so that it can control a practically unlimited number of AC-powered devices wirelessly from a computer. This flexible setup lets me switch ...

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