TALKBACK TO JESSE BERST
Home networking deserves a green light
Steven C. Nella EMAIL: STEVEN@JPS.NET Thursday Dec 10, 1998
Occupation: CONSULTANT Location: ROHNERT PARK, CALIFORNIA
Computer: PENTIUM/586 Favorite Topic: GRAPHICS AND DESKTOP PUBLISHING
I strongly disagree with giving the ‘RED LIGHT’ to networking your home. With me it was a very simple procedure (100 base hub, NICS, cable) to get the computers together. As far as the rest of the components (TVs, Stereo’s, Lights, etc.) X10 has been the standard for years. If you want to get more ambitious, (as I have) products like JDS Time Commander (hook it up to your serial port, program it with your PC) controls your entire home and even reboots itself in the event of a power failure. Add-on units such as JDS’s Infrared expander, connects to the back of the Time Commander unit and send infrared to your TVs, Stereo’s, and associated components. If you really feel the need for cutting edge fancy, add the IntellaVoice modules (invented by Frank Vander Wiede of Intellahome.com) to the above, speakers throughout the house, and viola!, your whole house is now talking and telling you exactly what it’s doing. We even omitted our alarm clock in favor of waking up to a familiar voice and then having the TVs turning themselves on to the stations of our choice. There are a multitude of applications that can easily be executed to make your day enjoyable and feel that ‘you too’ can be living in the ‘real’ age of technology.