choosing a standard

Andy Powell andy at
Tue Apr 1 15:42:18 CEST 2008

On Monday 31 March 2008 14:59, Flemming Richter Mikkelsen wrote:
> Hi list.
> I want to write an application for the Freerunner to control stuff in my
> house. This includes TV, light and other stuff.
> For the TV, I want a smart remote, that remembers which channels I
> usually watch on a given time and weekday. It should sort the channels
> so that my favorite program appears first. This is not something I
> will implement, but I want to make a lib. for communication with TV,
> lights, etc. The systems could be accessed through wlan, bluetooth,
> etc.
> All these peripherals should communicate using the same standard
> protocol. My problem is to choose a good one. It must support:
>   - auto registration of devices (each device has a default ID and a
> device_type_id,
>     it will be discovered on broadcast and assigned an unique ID, much like
> DMLS (
>   - knowing what kind of device it is (device_type_id)
>     (ligh (on/off or dimming, etc), TV (selecting channels, etc), etc)
>   - ask the devices for status report
>   - send control message to the devices
> My plan is to connect the divices to a micro controller, a multiplexer
> and then to a linksys wireless router (flashed) over rs232 or usb. A
> normal computer could of course also be used.
> I am not sure exactly how or when to do this, but it would be cool. Any
> ideas? The most important thing is that it is an open standard with low
> overhead.
> -- Flemming

Perhaps taking a look at the xap and xpl protocols might be helpful


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