There are a number of applications available for use with X10 and other home automation standards; however, it is fair to say that the software applications out there are not very well known. My post today critically evaluates the leading software packages you can use to automate your home.
One of the most well-known home automation products on the market is the X10 ActiveHome kit. The application comes with the CM12U module. ActiveHome is a good starting point for somebody starting out with… home automation; however the program is rather old-fashioned looking and simply adds to the geeky reputation of home automation.
You would have thought given that the application was developed by the market lead; X10 who have been around since the 70’s that ActiveHome would be slick and sophisticated by now. It’s saving grace however, is the fact it is readily available in Europe.
HomeSeer is a more refined software application than ActiveHome because it allows for greater flexibility, such as, controlling the home from web or email, something which ActiveHome does not initiate. The application supports the INSTEON, Z-wave and X10 protocols. HomeSeer has an interface that…