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    I apologize if this is answered in a FAQ somewhere... I looked and didn't find it.

    My question is: are there computer CONTROLLED switches and relays so I can use my computer to turn on and off devices -- both factory installed and Add-on.

    I don't just want my Carputer to run my stereo system, I want it to be able to control anything...

    Some examples of what I am looking to do:
    • My computer asks for a 5 key pin number, and if it doesn't get it, it shuts down the starter.
    • I send a message from my handheld to my computer, and it automatically routes my GPS based on the address from my handheld.
    • When I click the button for my in-dash microphone, the computer turns off the kid's DVD player in the back.
    I realize that everything that I listed cannot be done by one thing... but I haven't seen anything that showed computer controlled switches which allow me to control add-on devices. Even simple Off/On operation would be a start.

    It seems like there are some forward-thinking vendors who have engineered their equipment with software hooks, but what about "dumb" devices like lights, external DVD players, and automatic locks? Are they controllable?

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    I'll post this so that 2k1Toaster doesn't feel like he's overwhoring:

    USB Digital/Analogue Input-Output board

    Two members of this very forum have engineered a cheap and efficient solution to your problems, and I'm sure they'll chime in and tell you it can actually do everything you've just mentioned.
    http://sticksout.blogspot.com

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      Originally posted by Grrrmachine View Post
      I'll post this so that 2k1Toaster doesn't feel like he's overwhoring:

      USB Digital/Analogue Input-Output board

      Two members of this very forum have engineered a cheap and efficient solution to your problems, and I'm sure they'll chime in and tell you it can actually do everything you've just mentioned.

      Fantastic! I was hoping this would be the case...

      I will get one of these and start playing...

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