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can home logic homebrick be integrated into a system?

post #1 of 6
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hi,
could i get an answer on whether this can be done (not IF it should be done).
a neighbor is upgrading his home system and selling his homebrick. i've done some fast reading on these.
i like the modules and setup, but want to build my own PC based system and integrate this brick into that system, NOT have the brick be the primary controller. in reading, it is suggested that with some work this can be done.

is that correct? can i integrate this brick into a system as a subordinate part, but not the main controller?

thanks for the help
post #2 of 6
I beleive the homebrick is nothing more than a PC running pre-made drivers for systems like security, hvac, lighitng, etc. If you want to use the brick, my suggestion would be to find a primary controller like an Omni from HAI to connect the brick to. The omni will be your primary controller feeding information to the brick. The brick will be the controller to provide you with a gui to the omni and the sub systems it controls. In short, it acts as an overlay to the omni to provide an interface to the automation system. This method is more stable as the omni is handling all of the logic and automation tasks. It was built as a specialized piece of hardware to run such tasks. Whereas, the homebrick was created on a PC platform to talk to the omni to provide a jazzed up GUI. Personally, I stay away from PC's running any logic or tasks for home automation. They don't last.
post #3 of 6
Except the automation capabilities of the HomeBrick are much greater then the HAI or ELK boards.

More over, while the HomeBrick is a essentially a computer, it is a computer designed to be stable - it is not running a desktop or server version of Windows. It will sit quietly doing its job day after day.

I had such a system and over the course of several years I only had to do a hard reboot a couple of times - after some extensive changes to the configuration.

It makes more sense to use the HAI or ELK boards as the security part of a system and the HomeBrick as the master controller.

What you will need is the configuration program for the HomeBrick which your neighbor may have or perhaps you can talk the local dealer into letting you have a copy.
post #4 of 6
Opinions differ but I would rather not have to reboot my system.
post #5 of 6
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Originally Posted by Boogereater View Post

Opinions differ but I would rather not have to reboot my system.

Then you wouldn't be happy with an HAI or ELK system.
post #6 of 6
LOL...I have never had to reboot an HAI system to unlock it for any reason

What caused you to reboot the Homelogic brick? Did it lock up?
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