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Phone Your Home

Control your home automation system by picking up the phone and dialing a few numbers.

One of the handiest devices I’ve found for home automation is the TeleMaster from Home Controls (http://www.homecontrols.com/cgi-bin/hci.pl?pgm=co_disp&func=displ&sesent=00&carfnbr=161; $145). It’s a small device, about the size of a couple of matchboxes, and you can tuck it away anywhere you have access to an AC outlet and a phone jack. The TeleMaster uses a two-way TW523 interface to send X10 commands to the power line, so you’ll need an outlet with two free plugs. You need one plug for the AC adapter that powers the unit, and another for the TW523. Once you have the TeleMaster installed, you can send X10 commands by picking up an extension and dialing a simple sequence of numbers.


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