Home Automation, Wiring, and Security
This project is currently in progress. More and more
details will be added to this site as time passes. Most of the equipment
has been purchased and is sitting around waiting for me to have time to install
it. The weather is getting cooler, so I will be able to work in the attic
soon. My plan is to have every room hardwired with data, video, and audio
using 12 ports in each room. The total package will consist of
wired, wireless, electrical and acoustic technologies. What the heck does
that mean?? Well, each room will be hardwired with 2-way video / audio
and there will be several gigabit data ports for desktops / laptops.
Although I have 1,000 feet of Cat5e cable, I am thinking about switching it at
the last minute with Cat6. All
areas will also be wired with hidden microphones that allow voice command of the
home automation software. Telephone handset control of the home
automation software will also be possible.
Most of the
equipment has been purchased with the exception of touch screens. I would
like to install touch screens throughout the house which interface with home
automation software. Therefore, total control can be achieved using either
voice commands over open air mics, voice commands over the telephone, physical
touch screen access, or directly through any computer on the network or over the
internet. In addition, there is a huge amount of X-10 equipment that uses
the power lines in the house to transmit its signals.
I have built a computer system that does nothing but handle
security. It has several 10,000 rpm scsi drives and a 16 camera video
capture card in addition to an 8 port external audio unit. This is a
massive project. Have a look at photos of just some of the equipment.
Here a picture of about 25% of the X-10 equipment that is
ready to be installed.
This is a picture showing 24 feet of fiber glass rods used to
fish the wire down a 2 story house. There is also a 4 foot flexible drill
bit used to create holes through from one floor to another.
1,000 feet of Cat5e cable
500 feet of quad shield coaxial cable.
About 25% of the wall plates, ports and connectors.
Some more wall plates, ports and connectors. You can
also see the tool used to hold the flexible drill bit.
Back of the security computer showing the 16 color coded
Audio breakout unit for voice command over open air
Here is a picture of the pci card that connects to the
Here is picture of one of the main shelving units in my
house. This particular shelf has been custom made to hold a maximum of 12
computers and 2 printers. Home automation and security computers are