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« on: January 18, 2013, 04:48:58 am »

Do you know of anything that will allow the CM15 to be connected to something like a USB port on an NAT or router that will allow it to be connected to the internet?  Or even with that do we need the pc to run the software like AHP and PCC?
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« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2013, 08:21:48 am »

there are modules that are actual small computers that will allow this
Check out http://Chumby.com
Aslo check this post on the X10 forums: http://forums.x10.com/index.php?topic=23521.0
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« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2013, 05:57:34 am »

Does any of your software run on Linux or only on Windows?
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« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2013, 06:19:24 am »

Only Windows.
if your looking for something for Linux try Misterhouse
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« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2013, 06:25:26 am »

Trying to find a low power, small footprint PC to use to run my Home Automation stuff...  Most of them seem to run Linux but I was hoping to just switch over from the Laptop I was using (and also upgrading to the CM15A) to a different PC.
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« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2013, 11:19:09 am »

The developed that makes the kinect controllers that I use build on linux but has expressed a little interest in adding x10 and zwave support to his Home automation controller.  It runs on a sheva plug with a web interface the are low power.  I have thought about going this route,  but I love PCC to much to loose it by not having a PC involved   (RoFL) 

You can check out what he is doing at www.nitogenlogic.com 

I'm sure that due to the smaller progessor and the imbedded software it would be far less powerful in function  ::) 
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« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2013, 02:21:18 pm »

Trying to find a low power, small footprint PC to use to run my Home Automation stuff...  Most of them seem to run Linux but I was hoping to just switch over from the Laptop I was using (and also upgrading to the CM15A) to a different PC.
I'm always interested in a low power PC to run at my solar cottage.
Currently I use a notebook but wonder about something like this http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7709962&CatId=332
It runs Windows 8 and only uses 8-15 watts according to a review posted.
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« Reply #7 on: March 01, 2013, 03:12:35 pm »

That I think would be a really great PC for running a home automation system.  or even clients because of its low energy consumption. 
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I may need to look into these a little deeper.   

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« Reply #8 on: March 02, 2013, 06:57:49 am »

The idea of a low power small foot print PC has been something I've been interested in for some time now.
I always thought a Laptop was as close as I could come to this.
I remember the creator of X10dispatch working on this years ago.
These sound like something he was working on though much more powerful.
I think these could even be used as a HA server, infact they maybe more suited for that as the server needs to be running all the time.
A client can be turned on/off from the server. ;>
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« Reply #9 on: March 05, 2013, 05:37:13 am »

What about a Thin Client machine running Windows XP Embedded?  Would AHP, PCC and other stuff run on one of these?
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« Reply #10 on: March 05, 2013, 05:53:34 am »

I think AHP will run on XP embedded.
However I'm not sure if other software will as I haven't seen specs on XP embedded.
If it will handled net framework 4 then it should work.

With the release of Windows 8 the days are numbered for Microsofts support of XP.
If your looking to buy something for HA I'd get something capable of running at least Win 7.
This way you have power to expand with new software.

I like the ideas of the all in one PCs if it had a touch screen it would be awsome.
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1400107&CatId=3839
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« Reply #11 on: March 05, 2013, 06:21:09 am »

so for your PCC application to work the system needs to be able to run the .NET stuff?  I am looking to either get a free thin client from work (one that is not being used anymore) or one relatively cheap on EBay to mess around with so not looking to spend a lot on it.  Most of what I have been able to find is running XPe (XP Embedded).
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« Reply #12 on: March 05, 2013, 07:36:42 am »

Correct Netframework 4 is required for PCC 4 the my other software creations only need 3.5.
However as new adds are requested that may change as well. :(
Netframework 4 will run on XP sp3
In anycase it doesn't cost anything to try Net framework 4 and PCC 4  ;>
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« Reply #13 on: March 08, 2013, 09:34:33 am »

Here's my update...

I bought an HP Thin Client on EBay (1GB flash mem, 2GB flash drive) for $46 which includes shipping...  So not bad to test out my plan.  Also purchased a CM15A (to replace the dumb CM19A I had originally) ...  Once both those come in, I will work on setting it up.  Found a few instances online where people have done similar and gotten it to work.

Once the stuff comes in I will set it up and update here...  Or perhaps start a new thread specific to Thin Clients.
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« Reply #14 on: March 08, 2013, 06:43:07 pm »

Here's my update...

I bought an HP Thin Client on EBay (1GB flash mem, 2GB flash drive) for $46 which includes shipping...  So not bad to test out my plan.  Also purchased a CM15A (to replace the dumb CM19A I had originally) ...  Once both those come in, I will work on setting it up.  Found a few instances online where people have done similar and gotten it to work.

Once the stuff comes in I will set it up and update here...  Or perhaps start a new thread specific to Thin Clients.

I believe that in researching the thin clients today after reading you info.  There might be some issues here I do believe that the thin clients are exactly that only a client.  They require a server for all of their functions they only supply video and keyboard and mouse inputs to the server,  I have been looking for small footprint PC's fora while because I run multiple servers with my PCC setup almost one in everyroom, so energy savings is a big issue for me but I believe the thin clients wont function as you want. 


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Microsoft kinect,
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Phillips Hue, Global Cache, Hyperion, Kodi
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