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1. A Foot in the Front Door > 21. Choose the Right Controller

Choose the Right Controller

To some extent, the home automation controller you use defines your system. It also determines which home automation software you choose because not all programs work with every controller.

Your choice of home automation controller determines the expandability, flexibility, and reliability of your system, and it might be the single most expensive item you have to buy to automate your home. This hack helps you make the right decision for your particular needs.

A smart controller is a software-programmable X10 transmitter and receiver. The word smart in the term distinguishes these controllers from devices such as minicontrollers [Hack #4] , which can transmit commands but cannot be controlled by a computer. Let’s take a systematic look at the most common smart controllers that are available and rate each of them based on these criteria.


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