Linux Smart Homes For Dummies

From the Back Cover
Make your home safer and more efficient with Linux
Linux home automation has never been simpler or more fun!

A smart home’s a happy home! Teach yours lots of new tricks with Linux. Not only can you arrange automation for lights, appliances, and watering the lawn, you can also build your own TV recorder, pipe music throughout the house, set up a severe weather alert, and control everything from your Web browser.

Lots of open source home automation software, including:
– MisterHouse home automation server
– MythTV personal video recorder (PVR)
– OpenWrt customizable software for wireless applications
– PuTTY, a GUI-based ssh client
– Wireless networking software: ndiswrapper and wpa_supplicant
and much more!

Discover how to
– Set up a wireless access point and build a network
– Build a software-powered smart phone system
– Control lights and appliances
– Have your house monitor the weather
– Access your home automation system online
– For details and complete system requirements, see the CD-ROM appendix.

About the Author
Neil Cherry has been working with computers, computer electronics, and software since 1978. He has been playing with X10 since 1982. He began automating his home in 1992 when a friend gave him an X10 computer interface, and he started the Linux Home Automation Web site ( in 1996. When he’s not riding his bicycle or playing with home automation, he works for AT&T Research Lab South, Middletown, NJ, as a Test Engineer. You can reach him by e-mail at

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