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2.1. Project Overview

This project builds on Chapter 1, Automate a Light, by connecting a Microsoft Windows or Linux computer to your X10 network. This project includes simple scripts for controlling lights based on feedback from the X10 motion detector and the computer's clock. The computer's role is fairly simple; however, once the computer is connected to X10 and you understand how to control it using scripts, you can do much more exciting things than simply turning lights on and off.

Shortcut: Home-automation software packages that provide X10 control without requiring scripting are available for both Windows and Linux. However, these applications provide much less control and flexibility, and are not nearly as much fun.



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