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==Purpose==
==Purpose==
Those new to home automation may be assaulted with acronyms and terms that they do not understand. While the list of terms is not long often there are few contextual cues to figure out what an acronym might mean.


==Terms==
Those new to home automation may be assaulted with acronyms and terms that they do not understand. While the list of terms is not long, often there are few contextual cues to figure out what an acronym might mean.
<ul>
 
  <li>ApplianceLinc(AL) - Plugs into an outlet for control of an appliance that is plugged into the module; does not allow dimming</li>
 
  <li>Bridge - Allows communication from one type of network to another. For example, automation traffic may be transmitted over a computer network before being sent over the powerlines or by radio frequency, thus allowing control of your automation from any computer in the world.</li>
==Technology==
  <li>Consumer Electronics Bus(CEBus): also EIA-600 - Communications technology optimized for home automation</li>
 
  <li>Controller - Sends out a message to cause an action in another device</li>
* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Insteon INSTEON] - First available August 2005 -  [http://www.smartlabsinc.com/files/INSTEONCompared20060102a.pdf Whitepaper (PDF)]
  <li>ContoLinc(CL) - A collection of buttons that can control multiple devices/scenes collected into a single case, controller only</li>
* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X10_%28industry_standard%29 X10] - First available 1975 - [http://www.smarthomeusa.com/info/x10theory/ Theory]
  <li>Elk - Security and automation company</li>
* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Z-Wave Z-Wave] - First available Early 2005 - [http://www.universal-devices.com/mwiki/images/c/c1/Z-Wave_technology_whitepaper.pdf Whitepaper (PDF)]
  <li>InLineLinc(ILL) - Allows automated control of lights and appliances without a wall switch or exposed outlet by connecting to the power lines in a fixture box</li>
* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ZigBee ZigBee] - First available Late 2004? - [http://www.zigbee.org/en/spec_download/zigbee_downloads.asp Get Whitepapers]
  <li>Insteon - Communications technology optimized for home automation</li>
* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_powerline_bus Universal Powerline Bus] (UPB) - First available 1999 - [http://www.smarthomeusa.com/Common/UPB/UPBdescription.pdf Whitepaper (PDF)]
  <li>Intelligent SYstem(ISY) - Universal Devices Bridge/Controller combination</li>
* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CEBus Consumer Electronics Bus] (CEBus also EIA-600) - First available September 1992 - [http://www.ce.org/Standards/browseByCommittee_2539.asp Get Whitepapers]
  <li>KeyPad Linc(KPL) - A collection of buttons that can control multiple devices/scenes collected into a single case, unlike a CL this may also be a responder</li>
* RC5 - is a standard [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consumer_IR consumer infrared] data communication protocol used in remotes. This protocol was developed by Philips. It has 2048 different commands which are divided into 32 addresses each of 64 commands.
  <li>LampLinc(LL) - Plugs into an outlet for control of a lamp that is plugged into the module; often allows dimming</li>
* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Representational_State_Transfer Representational State Transfer (REST)] - defined in 2000
  <li>OutletLinc(OL) - Replaces an outlet for automated control of anything plugged into that outlet</li>
 
  <li>Power Line(PL) - Wire that carries electricity through a house</li>
 
  <li>PowerLinc Controller(PLC) - Module with memory allowing control events to be downloaded and run without a dedicated computer</li>
==General==
  <li>PowerLinc Modem(PLM) - Allows a computer to send signals to the power lines for control events to be run</li>
 
  <li>Radio Frequency(RF) - Method to wirelessly communicate in a small area</li>
* Address - A hardcoded or logical numerical name for hardware or software.
  <li>RemoteLinc(RL) - A collection of buttons that can control multiple devices/scenes collected into a single case, wireless and controller only</li>
* Bridge - Allows communication from one type of network to another. For example, automation traffic may be transmitted over a computer network before being sent over the powerlines or by radio frequency, thus allowing control of your automation from any computer in the world.
  <li>Responder - Takes an action based on messages from a controller</li>
* Controller - Sends out a message to cause an action in another device
  <li>Scene - Group of devices that can be activated from a single controller</li>
* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domotics Home Automation] (Domotics) - The application of automation techniques for the comfort and security of its residents
  <li>SmartHome(SH) - One of the world's largest home automation retailers</li>
* Link - A defined connection between two devices described by a numeric address
  <li>SwitchLinc(SL) - A button panel that normally replaces a light switch allowing control of a single device</li>
* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radio_Frequency Radio Frequency] (RF) - Method to wirelessly communicate in a small area
  <li>ToggleLinc(TL) - Uses a switch rather than a button for the same control a SwitchLinc offers</li>
* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electric_power_transmission Power Line] (PL) - Wire that carries electricity through a house
  <li>Universal Powerline Bus(UPB) - Communications technology optimized for home automation</li>
* Responder - Takes an action based on messages from a controller
  <li>X10 - Communications technology optimized for home automation</li>
* Scene - Group of devices that can be activated from a single controller
  <li>Z-Wave - Communications technology optimized for home automation</li>
 
  <li>ZigBee - Communications technology optimized for home automation</li>
 
</ul>
==Brand Specific==
 
* [http://www.elkproducts.com/about_elk.htm Elk] (Elk Products) - Security and automation company
* Intelligent SYstem (ISY) - Universal Devices Bridge/Controller combination
* [http://www.smarthome.com/aboutsmarthome.html Smarthome] (SH) - Catalog and ecommerce retailer and distributor of home technology products.
* [http://www.smartlabsinc.com/ SmartLabs] Technology - Inventor of INSTEON home control technology
* [http://www.smartlabsinc.com/ SmartLabs] Design - Manufacturer of home automation and lighting control products
 
 
==INSTEON==
 
* AccessPoint (AP) - Wired to wireless bridge for the INSTEON network
* ApplianceLinc (AL) - Plugs into an outlet for control of an appliance that is plugged into the module; does not allow dimming
* ContoLinc (CL) - A collection of buttons that can control multiple devices/scenes collected into a single case, controller only
* InLineLinc (ILL) - Allows automated control of lights and appliances without a wall switch or exposed outlet by connecting to the power lines in a fixture box
* KeyPadLinc (KPL) - A collection of buttons that can control multiple devices/scenes collected into a single case, unlike a CL this may also be a responder
* LampLinc (LL) - Plugs into an outlet for control of a lamp that is plugged into the module; often allows dimming
* OutletLinc (OL) - Replaces an outlet for automated control of anything plugged into that outlet
* PowerLinc Controller (PLC) - Module with memory allowing control events to be downloaded and run without a dedicated computer
* PowerLinc Modem (PLM) - Allows a computer to send signals to the power lines for control events to be run
* RemoteLinc (RL) - A collection of buttons that can control multiple devices/scenes collected into a single case, wireless and controller only
* SignalLinc (SIGL) - Wired to wireless bridge for the INSTEON network which is now replaced by a new prodcut called AccessPoints
* SwitchLinc (SL) - A button panel that normally replaces a light switch allowing control of a single device
* ToggleLinc (TL) - Uses a switch rather than a button for the same control a SwitchLinc offers

Latest revision as of 20:37, 21 April 2010

Purpose

Those new to home automation may be assaulted with acronyms and terms that they do not understand. While the list of terms is not long, often there are few contextual cues to figure out what an acronym might mean.


Technology


General

  • Address - A hardcoded or logical numerical name for hardware or software.
  • Bridge - Allows communication from one type of network to another. For example, automation traffic may be transmitted over a computer network before being sent over the powerlines or by radio frequency, thus allowing control of your automation from any computer in the world.
  • Controller - Sends out a message to cause an action in another device
  • Home Automation (Domotics) - The application of automation techniques for the comfort and security of its residents
  • Link - A defined connection between two devices described by a numeric address
  • Radio Frequency (RF) - Method to wirelessly communicate in a small area
  • Power Line (PL) - Wire that carries electricity through a house
  • Responder - Takes an action based on messages from a controller
  • Scene - Group of devices that can be activated from a single controller


Brand Specific

  • Elk (Elk Products) - Security and automation company
  • Intelligent SYstem (ISY) - Universal Devices Bridge/Controller combination
  • Smarthome (SH) - Catalog and ecommerce retailer and distributor of home technology products.
  • SmartLabs Technology - Inventor of INSTEON home control technology
  • SmartLabs Design - Manufacturer of home automation and lighting control products


INSTEON

  • AccessPoint (AP) - Wired to wireless bridge for the INSTEON network
  • ApplianceLinc (AL) - Plugs into an outlet for control of an appliance that is plugged into the module; does not allow dimming
  • ContoLinc (CL) - A collection of buttons that can control multiple devices/scenes collected into a single case, controller only
  • InLineLinc (ILL) - Allows automated control of lights and appliances without a wall switch or exposed outlet by connecting to the power lines in a fixture box
  • KeyPadLinc (KPL) - A collection of buttons that can control multiple devices/scenes collected into a single case, unlike a CL this may also be a responder
  • LampLinc (LL) - Plugs into an outlet for control of a lamp that is plugged into the module; often allows dimming
  • OutletLinc (OL) - Replaces an outlet for automated control of anything plugged into that outlet
  • PowerLinc Controller (PLC) - Module with memory allowing control events to be downloaded and run without a dedicated computer
  • PowerLinc Modem (PLM) - Allows a computer to send signals to the power lines for control events to be run
  • RemoteLinc (RL) - A collection of buttons that can control multiple devices/scenes collected into a single case, wireless and controller only
  • SignalLinc (SIGL) - Wired to wireless bridge for the INSTEON network which is now replaced by a new prodcut called AccessPoints
  • SwitchLinc (SL) - A button panel that normally replaces a light switch allowing control of a single device
  • ToggleLinc (TL) - Uses a switch rather than a button for the same control a SwitchLinc offers