- Home Improvement
Control Your Home Lights with Your Smartphone
iPhone app for home automation control
Did you know that you can use your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch to control your home lights? If you are away from home at night and would like your porch light turned on to welcome you when you arrived at your doorstep, simply grab your iPhone, select your iPhone's home automation app, and turn on your lights. It's really that simple. You can also control your thermostat, appliances and much more.
Home automation has never been easier and more affordable. The set-up described in this hub uses your high speed wireless internet router that you have already installed in your home. You simply connect your router via an Ethernet cable to a modular automation controller that plugs into a nearby wall outlet. On your porch, plug a lamp module into a wall outlet near the lamp, and plug the lamp into the module. Your iPhone and app complete this simple system, Later, you can expand this start-up system to include thermostats, appliances, garage doors and much more.
Go to Control home lights via Internet with your computer or Wi-Fi handheld devices to learn more about how this set-up works.
The MobiLinc Pro iPhone app for home automation
You will need to download an iPhone app that is compatible with the home control system you have chosen. In this set-up The MobiLinc Pro works with both INSTEON and the older X-10 devices. MobLinc Pro is available from iTunes for $19.95
With MobiLinc Pro you can command your devices from anywhere with WiFi, 3G, or EDGE. You can check real time device status. Other features include a secure connection using username and password, multiple thermostat support, and support for numerous INSTEON devices, scenes and programs. You can keep your favorite scenes on a dedicated page.
MobLinc Pro has much more capability than you will need for the simple set-up featured in this hub. You can expand your home automation system and easily add devices and to MobiLinc Pro when you are ready.
INSTEON starter package for light control
Many home automation newcomers begin by controlling lights. SmartHome has an
SmartLinc INSTEON Plug-In Starter Kit that you can use for light control. The Kit includes the controller, two lamp dimmer modules, and a relay/appliance module.
- One (1) SmartLinc - INSTEON Central Controller
- Two (2) ICON Dimmer - INSTEON Plug-In Dimmer Module
- One (1) ICON Relay - INSTEON Appliance Module, 3-Pin
If you’re a home do-it-yourselfer who can carefully read, follow and understand directions -- you probably can install it yourself.
INSTEON home automation technology
The set-up described in this lens uses INSTEON house automation technology. Because it uses two means to communicate among automation components -- powerline signals through your existing house wiring and radio signals on a designated RF frequency -- INSTEON is both reliable and robust. If you can carefully read, understand and follow directions, you can probably install it youself.
Matthew Strebe, author of Insteon: Smarthomes For Everyone: The Do-It-Yourself Home Automation Technology (available from Amazon) puts it this way: "INSTEON is well positioned to become the Ethernet of home control. It is the lowest cost among reliable options, has more types of devices available, . . . requires no special planning or equipment, has the largest market share . . . it's a safe bet that INSTEON will dominate home control."
If you would like the safety, convenience and fun of home automation, start now.