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Duck69

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« on: February 19, 2010, 04:28:11 PM »

The new issue of Mac Life has a great article about Home Automation.
It's informative and a very good read for everyone.
I suggest that everyone take a look.

I want to make it clear that, I am in no way associated with Mac Life, other than as a subscriber.
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Re: Mac Life
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2010, 07:50:47 PM »

Hi,

I see that you're a MAC guy.

I just joined the forum and I'm particularly curious about whether the security cameras play nicely with a MAC or not?  The ads do not say anything about MAC software and I haven't been able to get an answer from the X10 online chat this afternoon.  Specifically, I was hoping to monitor video and command (Ninja) pan & tilt functions from my Macbook Pro via my wireless router. 

If you have experience with any aspect of this I'd sure appreciate hearing from you!

Thanks,

Mark
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Re: Mac Life
« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2010, 09:41:10 PM »

 ;D Yes, X10 security cameras can play nice with the Mac, but you may need a separate Mac compatible video input device.
As an example. The wireless X-10 cameras transmits video to a receiver which outputs analog video. However the X-10 USB converter does not work on a Mac. In place of the X10 USB converter, use a USB converter such as XLR8's InterView, a PCI video input card, or a FireWire/DV video converter. You may want to do a little research beforehand about these solutions before making any decisions.

X10 does not make any software for Mac.

Here are 2 companies that I know of that make security camera software for the Mac.

EvoCam http://www.evological.com/evocam.html

&

Security Spy http://www.bensoftware.com/ss/

I would suggest that you visit their websites for more info.
If you can't find what you need to know on their web sites, then E-mail them.
I'm sure that they would be happy to answer your questions.

If you need Control software for Mac, here are a few.
http://www.alwaysthinking.com/thinkingHome.html
www.perceptiveautomation.com/
www.shed.com/
http://misterhouse.sourceforge.net/
http://heyu.tanj.com/heyu/index.html

I hope this answer was helpful. If so, clicking on the "Helpful Post" on the left would be a nice gesture.
« Last Edit: February 20, 2010, 10:10:18 PM by Duck69 »
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Re: Mac Life
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2010, 06:16:39 AM »

Duck,

I don't even use a Mac for HA, but that list of links gets a helpful from me.
 #:)
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Re: Mac Life
« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2010, 08:40:34 PM »

Duck,

I don't even use a Mac for HA, but that list of links gets a helpful from me.
 #:)

Ditto!   8)   #:)   :)+

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