An interesting week
The other day I received an email from a friend that I hadn't heard from in a while. This is not unusual as we are adults and we all lead busy lives. His HCS II HA system died and he was in need of a spare Supervisory Controller (SC - basically the brains of the device). Luckily I have a spare SC so his system will be back up and running soon. He also picked up some new hardware from simplehomenet. This hardware support X10 and Insteon. He plans on using this as a replacement for his HCS II. Funny thing is that many HCS users complain that the new systems don't really have the same features as the HCS. So I decided to take a look at some of the products on the Simplehomenet site and found the ZBPLM - ZigBee INSTEON X10 Interface which is a one-for-one replacement of the the Insteon 2412s (serial, not USB) but has the additional support for Zig-Bee. Simplehomenet has released an API for the device. I'm hoping to get my hands on the PLM, a ZigBee device from Simplehomenet and a ZigBee device from another vendor (just to make sure it's working). I'll probably be able to add it to Misterhouse first as Misterhouse already supports the Insteon 2412s. I would love to have this available for the Trenton Computer Festival (April 2nd, 2011). But no promises, there are many other parts of the DollHouse project that must be completed first, so stay tuned.