I'm afraid I'm new here and lost in all the info. I'm a developer who unfortunately got asked by a friend to sort out his home automation. Well it beats fixing a PC
So basically I've got a house which has been wired for automation back to a central controller board (A bank of relays) which is currently controlled with regular light switches. He bought a bunch of serial port boards with 5v relays for driving this central controller board and I just got presented with the box of tricks. Controlling the house lights is now the simple job of sticking a small Linux server in place and writing a few python scripts to fire commands to the box of tricks over the serial port.
That bit is easy but the user interface is a bit of a problem. A bit of a search produces openremote.org which looks perfect. I'm Linux based and your GUI interface seems to be available for a varied array of platforms, including mobile devices. So now all I have to do is marry the two ends together. I've been wondering about and getting over whelmed by all the info on the web site but I'm looking at:
I know this is the user forum but I thought I might start here being new and all. Am I on the right lines? I don't want to write a new protocol but if that's what I have to do I'll give it a go. I'm not much of a Java head but sure the exercise won't do me any harm. If anybody can advise me at all I'd be very grateful. If I could install the OpenRemote controller on a little Linux Netbook and get it to talk via the USB port to the serial port boards would that work?
Thank you for your patience and help.