|Two-way X-10 (all 256 addresses)|
|Two-way infrared (255 signals)|
|24 I/O ports|
|Video output on the TV|
However, there are three main differences between HomeVision and HomeVision-PC:
HomeVision-PC uses the same serial communications protocol as the standard HomeVision version. Thus, the above-mentioned software packages will work with either HomeVision version. HomeVision-PC is also available in an international version with PAL video and 220V/50Hz power.
HomeVision-PC looks the same as the standard HomeVision unit. However, while HomeVision is a stand-alone controller that can run your home, HomeVision-PC is simply a hardware interface device for X-10, IR, video, and digital I/O. It relies on the PC to be the "brain". Therefore, the following HomeVision functions have been removed:
|Standalone capability (i.e., HomeVision-PC cannot function without an attached computer)|
|Automatic thermostat control capability|
|Expansion port (to connect to Multifunction Expansion Port, HomeVision-Serial, or HomeVision-Phone)|
|Some video screens|
|Numerous commands related to the above functions were also deleted|
The video menu system is also different from HomeVision. HomeVision-PC contains only the following video screens:
|Main menu, which accesses the following screens:
|The above screens then access the following screens:
The vast majority of our customers use HomeVision, as it provides much more power and can run "stand-alone" (i.e., without a computer running). If after reading this you're still not certain which is right for you, HomeVision is probably the answer.
HomeVision-PC may be preferable if all of the following conditions are met:
|Youve selected a PC-based program to be the "brain" of your system.|
|You dont need any of the accessories (which work only with HomeVision).|
|Youre willing to have your system dependent upon the PC (i.e., your system will go down if the PC crashes or shuts down).|
|Youre on a budget.|
If you meet all these conditions, you may want to use HomeVision-PC as the hardware interface to the PC.