Must-Have Hardware for Linux Smart Home Projects

Part of the Linux Smart Homes For Dummies Cheat Sheet

If you’re committed to using Linux smart home technologies to automate your house, you’re going to need some supplies. The following table lists hardware you may want, tells you what it’s used for and where to buy it. Grab your credit card and head to your favorite electronics vendor!

Device Use Buy It Here
Wireless network interface card Wireless network access Local consumer electronics outlet, online store, or auction site
Video capture card or device Personal video recorder Local consumer electronics outlet, online store, or auction site
CD/DVD burner (optical drive) Burning CDs and DVDs Local consumer electronics outlet or online store
Sound card (Most motherboards have a sound card built-in, so an extra card is unnecessary.) To play and record audio (music and movies) Local consumer electronics outlet or online store
Speakers and a microphone To play and record audio (music and movies) Local consumer electronics outlet or online store
D-Link DSM-320 or Netgear MP101 Play music Online stores or auctions
Logitech Orbit or Quickcam Pro 4000 Webcam and video conferencing Online stores or auctions
SPA-3000 Voice over IP Online stores or auctions
CM11A X10 PC serial interface controller Online stores or auctions
X10 modules Appliance and lamp control Smarthome.com, local consumer electronics outlet, online store, or auction site
CM18A kit Wireless control of X10 modules Online auctions
Wireless X10 modules (optional) RF control of X10 X10, Smarthome.com, and online auctions
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