@velo_love: interesting! can you give me more details? how much does cost dockstar? did you have to flash ubuntu on it or what??
... The Dockstar manages a usb serial card (it drives my shutters) ...
how cool is that!!??!!!
thank you all,
My Dockstar was a Christmas gift from my wife but current price is around 39 euros in France (lowered prices period).
I have installed the Debian Squeeze distro following Jeff Doozan's recommendations (http://jeff.doozan.com/debian/
). It is really straightforward.
As said, I let my Guruplug server + with a eSATA disk. This will be my backup system.
The Dockstar is connected to a USB (externally powered) hub which receives:
- a USB disk. At now, I backup my desktop PC and laptop through manual rsync but I will make this stuff automatic on user logout. This USB disk makes a rsync each night with the eSATA disk through a cron job.
- a usb serial relay card. The relays are connected to 2 remote controls which manage my 9 shutters (1 control for 5 shutters and the other one for 4 shutters and an all-sequence). I have developped a small c++ (personal pleasure
client / server application to set / reset the controls. The server runs as a daemon on the Dockstar. The client may be called from all my computers. It is also called by the Dockstar through cron jobs so shutters automatically open / close (I have scheduled to enhance the system by programming time according to sunrise and sunset). All details are available here (in French, sorry, but there are nice pictures http://www.touteladomotique.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3697
- a usb / serial card to get "téléinfo" that is data about my electrical consumption (power, amperage, unloading...). This card is linked to my electric meter. Currently, data are saved in a file because I don't have time to setup my mySQL database. More details, also in French, here : http://vesta.homelinux.net/wiki/demodulateur_teleinformation_edf.html
Currently missing : the meteo hub. I don't know if I buy a meteo station that may be connected to the Dockstar or if I buy RFXCOM receveir and some radio thermometers. Take any advice
-- Velo Love