Do you want to automate your home? Without buying new equipment but rather from bits and parts you already have lying around? With this book you can. It is not about X10, ZigBee, Z-wave or one of the many other leading or even bleeding edge systems, this book is about a DIY system that you can build out of stuff you no longer had a use for.
The system described in this book re-uses an old PC, a wireless mains outlet with three switches and a controller and a USB web camera. All this glued together with Linux, the famous free and open source operating system. This book shows you how to set up a Linux environment including a software development environment and a web server that can be used as a control center.
This enhanced second edition adds more than 180 extra pages to the first, including details of for instance extending the capabilities of your control center with SMS messaging or low-cost networked real-time thermal monitoring of your home.