Hi there, I'm hoping that this forum can help answer some questions so that I can get a home automation system set up as soon as is humanly possible.
I've decided to use the Indigo software to control my environment, I already have a system provided by the hospital but it's based on infrared technology, it isn't AppleScript friendly and is ugly as all hell; time for a change me thinks!
So, I'm starting off with the Indigo software running either on my laptop or the Mac Mini in the back bedroom as the server, and just having the client running on my machine; whichever way round I do it, every function needs to be controllable from my laptop.
So if I have the Indigo software running on my laptop, a INSTEON RF USB Adapter plugged into one of the USB ports, and something plugged into the plug socket that the lamp or fan uses; is that all I need?
Because of my quadriplegia the system needs to be fairly robust, able to control consumer appliances such as lights and fans, be able to open the front door with an intercom entry system, and above all I need to be able to control everything myself without asking for able-bodied help.
But for now I want a simple system that can be controlled from my MacBook Pro, and can control one or two lights or fans and hopefully give me a starting point to build a bigger system as time (and funds) progresses.
Any help would be GREATLY appreciated, I need freeing from the frankly crap advice that I've been getting from the Assistive Technology department!