Our original product is the HomeVision home automation controller, and it is used by about 80% of our customers. HomeVision-PC is a reduced-feature version that is appropriate for only a small percentage of our users. We also offer a series of accessories that expand HomeVision's (not HomeVision-PC's) capabilities. Both HomeVision and HomeVision-PC are offered in U.S. and international versions. Finally, our newest product, HomeVision-Pro, is our most powerful controller and is the controller of choice for most experienced users.
To best understand our products, we suggest you review them in the following order:
Most of our documentation is for the HomeVision controller, and once familiar with it, you'll know if it meets your needs. You'll then be able to determine which, if any, of the accessories might be appropriate. If HomeVision and the accessories are the type of things you're looking for, you should then look at HomeVision-Pro. You may find it's extra power better suits your needs than does HomeVision. If you decide you don't need the extra power or any of the accessories, and are willing to leave a PC running at all time, take a look at HomeVision-PC. It will then quickly be apparent whether HomeVision-PC is suitable for you.
If you're in the process of selecting an automation system, review our article "Comparing PC-based and stand-alone home automation systems" for some tips. Also see our comparison to other home automation systems.
Choosing between HomeVision and HomeVision-PC
The vast majority of users prefer HomeVision over HomeVision-PC, as it provides much more power and can run "stand-alone" (i.e., without a computer running). HomeVision-PC may be preferable for you if all of the following conditions are met:
HomeVision, HomeVision-Pro, and HomeVision-PC are central controllers, or "brains", of an automation system. In order to implement a complete system, you'll need peripheral devices to control. For example, most users will want light switches, thermostats, security systems, audio/video systems, infrared distribution systems, and similar devices to be automated. HomeVision/HomeVision-Pro/HomeVision-PC can control these types of systems, but it does not replace such systems. Thus, users will need to obtain X10 light switches, thermostats, etc., from other sources and interface them to HomeVision/HomeVision-Pro/HomeVision-PC (see our compatible hardware page for details on some of the available products). Our documentation and web pages provide a great deal of information to assist you in selecting and using such products. See our example system diagram to see what a complete HomeVision system might look like.
The table below shows the main differences between HomeVision, HomeVision-PC, and HomeVision-Pro. This is by no means a complete listing of the products capabilities (which you can find here).