DIY Solutions

The Do-It-Yourself category in home automation is more active today than ever before. The combination of inexpensive electronics with low-cost networked computers make this option extremely attractive. There’s other reasons that make DIY an ideal pursuit. Unlike proprietary commercial offerings, the projects you build are not mysterious black boxes. You have the source code. You have the knowledge. You have the measurements, the metrics, and the methods.

Not only will you know how to build it, you will know how to troubleshoot, repair, and enhance. None of the commercial solutions can match exactly what you may need. Home automation vendors have to generalize their products to make them appeal to a large consumer base. By doing ...

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