Building a Smarter Home with .Net

I came across an interesting article on MSDN (http://msdn.microsoft.com/coding4fun/diy/usingx10/default.aspx) that turns an ordinary home into a smart home. Using an X10 device, one can turn on/off lights and devices remotely. In addition the X10 device can be interfaced with a PC and controlled using PERL script or .Net code. This also means you can control devices in your home through a VPN connection or a simple email. The MSDN article also contains a 15 mintue how-to video that shows the X10 in action.

To take it a step further and interface with .Net code, Tony Northrup wrote "Home Hacking Projects for Geeks" (http://www.homehacking.com). This book discusses coding .Net projects for home control. Links to sample chapters are available on the left margin of the page.

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