[ubuntu-uk] OT: Home Automation

Ian Pascoe softy.lofty.ilp at btinternet.com
Thu Jul 10 21:22:12 BST 2008

Well, so far found the Open Home Automation Project, but doesn't seem to
have been updated since July last year.

Plenty of "freeware" too, but not on sites that I recognise.  And of course
the proprietory stuff too.

There's an outfit that have done some work in the Apple arena and ported to
windows, but only have a partial port to Linux.

And lastly, Phil, found some nice libraries for USB etc but nothing that
indicates RS-485 protocols, but going cross-eyed now, so will have to hit
the coffee instead.


2008/7/10 Ian Pascoe <softy.lofty.ilp at btinternet.com>:
> Evening all
> I seem to recall from previous postings that we have a couple of home
> automation peeps lurking on the list.
> I've been presented with a "working" temperature sensor that uses RS-485
> standard, together with a USB convertor.  The problem is that it came with
> no software to grab hold of / display the data.  So two questions.
> 1.  Does anyone know of an open source app, either windows or linux that
> will be able to grab hold of this data and maybe display it too?
> and/or
> 2.  Is anyone aware of a library that can get this data - I am presumeing
> that the standard USB library won't work by itself.

I once herd someone claim that whatever you want to do, there is
probably going to be a Perl library already to do it.

Therefore have a look on CPAN.

Philip Stubbs

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