Insteon Serial PLM to Mac Interface

I have an extensive home automation implementation that I have built over the years based, for the most part, on Insteon technology.  I recently decided that I wanted to integrate my Ademco security system into my setup so I could …

Homemade WebDAV

I have had an open item on my To-Do-List to set up a WebDAV Server for well over a year now.  I needed a good distraction from my work activities for the weekend so I decided I would –finally- make …

Gaming Challenges and Open NAT

My son has a number of game consoles and has really been into his XBOX 360 of late.  He recently acquired a new title that was complaining about our network configuration and refused to let him play. After hearing his …

Making Your Smart Home Smarter

Back in October 2009, I wrote an article about Home Automation and mentioned that one of my next tasks was to figure out a way to “sense” my garage door status so I would always know if it were open …

DIY Backups – Part IV

We are finally ready to complete this series and leave you with a fully functional and cost free backup solution. Now that you have your server setup and have an initial copy of the data you want to backup on …

DIY Backups – Part III

In the last two articles, we have laid the groundwork for getting our backups in place.  By now you should have your site selected, your server built and your router and firewall(s) configured. Now let’s talk about the last big …

DIY Backups – Part II

In the last article we talked about the fundamental requirements for our DIY backup solution. Now that we understand what’s required, it’s time to set the wheels in motion.  As I mentioned previously, our off-site backup server will be running …

DIY Backups – Part I

I'm a big believer in backups.  I've gone completely over the top in the past and have so many external backup devices that I found myself confused about which was which.  Knowing that a backup, by itself, wasn't enough, I …

Home Entertainment

I’m a geek at heart and love “tweaking” my home entertainment system.  My family will tell you that I make changes even though there is nothing “wrong” with the existing setup and, to be honest, they would be absolutely right.  …

Dynamic DNS

Last time I talked about Home Automation systems and ways to persuade those systems to perform functions they were not necessarily designed to perform. In this post, I want to talk about how one can maximize some of the built-in …