Learn how USB programs work and learn basic computer programming with this USB Tutor Module. Learn how to input sensor readings into your computer. See how pressing a button generates code, send it to the PC, and generates a response. After you’ve learned what USB can be used for, use the kit to monitor various sensors and send their info to your PC. Includes a primer on Basic 2010 programming.
- Learn what you can do with your computer’s USB port
- Compatible with USB 1.1 to 2.0
- Use to send sensor info into your computer
The BeagleBoard-xM is a low-power open source hardware single-board computer. It delivers extra ARM Cortex -A8 MHz at 1 GHz and extra memory with 512MB of low-power DDR RAM, enabling hobbyists, innovators and engineers to go beyond their current imagination and be inspired by the BeagleBoard.org community. It is also ideal for educational purposes that can be used around the world to teach or learn open source hardware and open source software capabilities. Designed with the community inputs in mind, this open hardware design improves upon the laptop-like performance and expandability, while keeping at hand-held power levels. Direct connectivity is supported by the on-board four-port hub with 10/100 Ethernet, while maintaining a tiny 3.25″ × 3.25″ footprint.
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Learn how USB programs work and learn basic computer programming with this USB Tutor Module. Learn how to input sensor readings into your computer. See how pressing a button generates code, send it to the PC, and generates a response. After you’ve learned what USB can be used for, use the kit to monitor various sensors and send their info to your PC. Includes a primer on Basic 2010 programming. Read more
Learn everything you need to know to get your residential wiring installation done right and safe. This 45-minute DVD video covers all codes and standards applicable to residential low-voltage system installation. It includes NEC requirements for grounding, electrical safety, cable listing, OSHA-required site safety practices and UBC regulation.
In addition, it also covers the industry standards that affect residential installation, including those published by the leading ISO Standard Setting Organizations, including the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the Electronic Industries Association (EIA), the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Includes 1 DVD.
- Make sure your projects meets all the necessary electrical codes
- Learn all about the industry standards that affect residential installation
- Get the important training you need without the expense of traveling to a trade show
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This course is designed specifically for residential installers, builders, or contractors, Whole-House Audio is an online course that teaches how to design and install complex whole house audio systems.
By taking an online class, you’ll be able to learn from the comfort of your home office. When you sign up for the Whole-House Audio Online Course, you’ll receive a printed course guide and a quick-reference guide, a field guide covering technical terms and definitions. You’ll be able to access the online course for three months by using your assigned user ID and password. Students should be familiar with the operation of a basic stereo system and have basic knowledge of structured wiring. A Structured Wiring Online Course is also available.
Whole-House Audio is an 11-part training session that goes into depth regarding source electronics, control electronics and speakers, along with the necessary wiring schematics to tie the system together. Students are taught the basic physics of sound and acoustics, and special attention is paid to component selection based on calculated performance requirements and homeowner specifications for both indoor and outdoor applications.
Both new-construction and retrofit installations are considered, with a clear process outlined for each situation, along with important safety considerations, standards, and codes that must be followed during installation. Finally, testing and troubleshooting methodologies are provided to ensure a successful installation. Special in-depth articles provide deeper background and technical information on critical topics, and project management tips coach installers on good management practices. The course includes informative text, detailed color diagrams, and engaging case studies. A certificate is awarded upon successful completion of the online course.
If you’re just getting started in residential technologies, a 2-hour online course is available to introduce you to structured wiring, networking, and integrated control. When you’re ready to continue your education, in-depth online classes are also available in home networking, residential lighting and residential communication. Read more
If you’re constructing or renovating a home and want to know exactly how to pre-wire it for a comprehensive structured wiring system, then you MUST read this book! At 216 pages, The Structured Wiring Design Manual is chock full of step-by-step descriptions and highly-detailed diagrams to help you transform what would be an ordinary home into a technology-ready abode that can support all types of automated systems, including Ethernet connections in every room, whole-house audio/video, multiple telephone lines, security systems, heating & cooling automation and much more!
Imagine setting up a home Ethernet system, allowing multiple computers in your home to share the same resources, like printers or high-speed cable or DSL Internet connections. Or how about a whole-house audio/video system that lets you lets you listen to music or watch your TiVo in any room of the house! Imagine having the most comprehensive security system imaginable, complete with motion sensor-activated surveillance cameras that transmit signals to any household TV when someone approaches your home. You can also set up and modify your own PBX telephone system that can manage any home or business phone requirements. The possibilities are endless!
The Structured Wiring Design Manualmakes use of many of the great automation products available from Smarthome, including those listed below. If you own, or are considering purchasing any of these products, we highly recommend this book as a resource:
- Home Network Distribution Panels (#8680 Series)
- All-in-One Jacketed Cable (#8682)
- JDS Stargate & Keypad (#1240 and #1242LCD)
- 8-32 Zone Security System and Accessories (#7500)
- Slide-Out In-Wall A/V Shelves (#8760)
- Other products mentioned include Smarthome’s wide line of security cameras, video modulators, programmable thermostats and water heater control products.
After reading The Structured Wiring Design Manual, you’ll know exactly what’s needed for a structured wiring system that not only meets your present needs, but meets your future ones as well. As your needs or budget grow, you’ll be able to expand, upgrade or make changes to your automated systems with minimal effort — no cutting your drywall or running new wire required! The book contains step-by-step system design procedures, cable pulling and termination procedures, and information on how the structured wiring distribution panel and hubs should be configured. Order yours today — you won’t be disappointed! Read more
Whether you’re just getting started in home automation or even if you’re getting ready to upgrade, INSTEON products are a reliable and affordable solution. Using both the existing wires (power line) in the home and radio-frequency communication, INSTEON adds remote control and automation to lighting, appliance and home control applications of all types. While INSTEON is designed for the average Do-It-Yourself homeowner, having a little extra help never hurts. INSTEON: Smarthomes for Everyone is a book that will make installation and programming your INSTEON devices a snap. It will guide you through the process of designing, installing and programming a complete and reliable Smarthome system. With step-by-step instructions, you will be able to setup path lighting, scene lighting, security and environment control with the touch of a button. Turn off lights over the Internet, close your garage door from work, shut off every light in your home from your nightstand and lock all the doors.
From beginner to expert, this book will guide you through the process with step-by-step instructions and leave you with a complete understanding of your system. Get more out of your home with INSTEON Smarthome technology.