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A home automation system comprises a number of sub-systems for controlling various aspects of a house, such as a security sub-system, an HVAC sub-system, a lighting control sub-system, and an entertainment sub-system. The network comprises a host computer connected through a host interface to a plurality of nodes. The network is in a free form topology and employ asynchronous communication. The host computer polls each node on the network to determine system configuration and to perform a diagnostic check on the system. The messages that are transmitted between the nodes are comprised of a source address, a destination address that uniquely identifies the location of each piece of hardware on the system, a message type field, and a data length segment. Each hardware device has a mirror image software object in the host computer to which messages are directed. The user interfaces for the various sub-systems share a common interfacing method whereby use of the system is greatly simplified.

Title
Home automation system
Application Number
8/196503
Publication Number
5621662
Application Date
February 15, 1994
Publication Date
April 15, 1997
Inventor
James D Pritchett
Naples
FL, US
Douglas L Voita
Naples
FL, US
Glenn Rasmussen
Naples
FL, US
L Scott Humphries
Naples
FL, US
Agent
Kilpatrick & Cody L
Agent
George T Marcou
Assignee
IntelliNet
FL, US
IPC
G06F 19/00
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