Automation System Comparison

 

There are several home automation controllers on the market besides HomeVision and HomeVision-Pro.  To help you decide which is right for you, we've made a comparison of some of these systems to HomeVision and HomeVision-Pro.  You can download an Excel spreadsheet or Acrobat PDF file containing a detailed side-by-side comparison:

    Excel file: Comparison.xls
    PDF file: Comparison.pdf

The table below is a top-level summary of these products standard features - you will find far more details in the above tables. By the way, 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.

Standard Features HomeVision-Pro HomeVision StarGate TimeCommander + Ocelot Leopard HouseLinc TouchLinc
Typical street price $925 $595 $995 $595 $175 $375 $220 $395
Two-way X-10 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Infrared transmit Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No
Infrared receive Yes Yes No No Yes Yes No No
Perform events by time Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Video on TV Yes Yes No No No No No No
Digital inputs/outputs Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No
User-controllable serial port Yes Yes Yes Yes Partial Partial No No
Touchscreen No No No No No Yes No Yes
Thermostat control Yes Yes Partial Partial Partial Partial No No
Security system control Yes Yes Yes No No No No No
Telephone control No No Yes No No No No No
Voice mail No No Yes No No No No No
Voice output No No Yes No No No No No
Web browser/internet control Yes Yes No No No No No No
Data logging Yes Yes Partial Partial No No No No
Programming capability Excellent Excellent Excellent  Very good Good Good Very limited Very limited

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Last updated:
01 October 2013

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