This article is a step-by-step tutorial showing how to configure a static IP address and port forwarding for secure Internet access to the ISY-99i Home Automation Controller. Problem with UPnP and Internet Access The Linksys WRT-54G WiFi router supports Universal Plug-n-Play (UPnP), a feature that automatically detects and configures Internet access for the ISY-99i. However, [...]
Technology, Programming, Networking and Automation
My garage has a motion sensor floodlight on the corner by the driveway. I upgraded the garage floodlights by: Installing an Insteon In-LineLinc Relay for home automation. Adding a 2nd slaved floodlight at the other end of the garage. The slaved floodlight operates with the primary motion floodlight under control of the In-LineLinc. The details [...]
This article illustrates how to re-wire a Heath® Zenith motion activated floodlight, model SL-5412, with an Insteon In-LineLinc Relay for automation of home lighting. You can also purchase a floodlight kit directly from SmartHome.com including the In-LineLinc. But if you want to retro-fit an existing floodlight or prefer a wider range (150° or 180°) PIR [...]
My front porch has pendant lights suspended by chains and is controlled by a standard light switch. I automated the porch lights with Insteon home automation controls purchased from SmartHome.com. I covered the Insteon ToggleLinc light switch installation in this article. The related ISY-99i home automation controller is discussed here. The Insteon Motion Sensor is [...]
Insteon devices can be linked together to do basic home automation tasks like pressing a single button to dim the lights and turn on a TV. But if you want to run programs on a schedule, create advanced behaviors or access your devices from the Internet via a web browser, a home automation controller or [...]
This article is continued from Part 1. I’m ready to begin wiring in the ToggleLinc for the porch lights and reconnect the 2nd light switch for the interior light in the double gang box. Copyright © 2013 HandymanHowTo.com Reproduction strictly prohibited.
I’ve always liked the concept of Home Automation – it’s really cool (and helpful) to turn on/off lights and appliances remotely over the Internet, from my iPhone or because I’m too lazy to walk over and turn flip a switch! The Insteon® technology by SmartLabs® uses the existing 120VAC electrical wiring in the home and [...]
In Part 1 of this guide, the broadband network and HDMI cable connection between the computer and HDTV were described. This instructions explain how to configure Windows Vista or Windows 7 for streaming internet video to the HDTV. Copyright © 2013 HandymanHowTo.com Reproduction strictly prohibited.
I subscribe to Netflix online movie rental service and mostly watch DVDs on the plasma HDTV. There are times when I’d like to take advantage of Netflix’s “watch instantly” streaming internet video service to view a movie now without waiting for a DVD to arrive in the mail. It’s simple to watch a Netflix movie [...]
I use the Fresh News Theme by WooThemes for the overall look and feel of HandyManHowTo.com. Several people have asked me “How did you integrate Google Adsense into the Fresh News Theme 300×250 Block Ad in the Sidebar?“. An example is the “Zoom Plumbing” Google Ad in the screen grab below. Here’s how to do [...]