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    Since I have a large background in home automation, and already monitor if my car is parked in the garage or not (here is an example of how I can integrate the status into a live sig on another forum I run: http://www.marstracker.com/homeseer/....php?show=true ) I started wondering, how hard would it be to interface the serial port through the Car PC software so I can control a device that has some outputs, simulating pushing the garage door opener button on the remote in my car?

    I could have the car automatically open the door once it detects the WiFi signal at my house, and maybe add a nice button in one of the common software packages used here to interface the touch screens. Has anyone done something like this before? I am also thinking about maybe interfacing the trunk button, just for the cool factor.

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    If you want to control multiple devices, you'll probably find it easier to work with the parallel port, because that gives you 8 independent IO lines.

    Garage door opener shouldn't be hard. All you need to do is take apart a garage door remote and have it controlled by a transistor or something.

    Trunk button? To pop the trunk? Aren't those generally done with cables? That might be considerably more difficult. A hefty solonoid could pull the latch, but positioning it unobtrusively would probably be hard. On the other hand, if yours is controlled with a button that closes a circuit, then it'd be no different than the garage door opener.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by mushin
      Trunk button? To pop the trunk? Aren't those generally done with cables? That might be considerably more difficult. A hefty solonoid could pull the latch, but positioning it unobtrusively would probably be hard. On the other hand, if yours is controlled with a button that closes a circuit, then it'd be no different than the garage door opener.

      many of the fords just have normally open push buttons for trunk release ... perhaps even the 2001 taurus ...
      don't worry i know i usually don't make much sense

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      • #4
        Yep I have a simple push button, eventho solenoids would work pretty well, I use one at home to have my house automatically start my car during weekdays, after I wake up. I guess my main concern is being able to integrate this functionality into the CarPC software (not sure yet what I am going to go with).

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        • #5
          What's up electron... Hey how exactly did you make that page. It's running homeseer right? I'm very intersted. I know I downloaded a demo of that a while back but then forgot about it. What all do you have interfaced with that?
          Current Vehicle: 2007 Dodge Nitro

          Second Vehicle: Sold it :( 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab

          First Vehicle: 2003 Ford Ranger

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          • #6
            Yes I am running Homeseer and some other interfaces. Check out http://www.CocoonTech.com , it's a non-profit site dedicate to home automation, home theaters and home security, I use the same user name there, so you can find out what and how I do my stuff without me having to go off topic here

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            • #7
              Electron, I looked at that site for like 20 minutes. A lot of cool info.. I searched by your name and there are 18 pages of threads. Do you have a link to a thread with your setup so I don't have to breeze through all 18 pages?? Thanks!
              Current Vehicle: 2007 Dodge Nitro

              Second Vehicle: Sold it :( 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab

              First Vehicle: 2003 Ford Ranger

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              • #8
                Actually, I don't, I used to have web access enabled to the house, so anyone could log in and browse around, but I shut it down as I was upgrading my hardware, and never reopened it, I will try to reopen it later.

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                • #9
                  Someone should design a generic relay board and an interface for the common front ends used here.
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                  • #10
                    try www.phidgetsusa.com

                    I am using some of these kits and sensors for a project in the car...
                    In the second screen I will be having a/c controls and a background with the car.. When the headlights/ doors etc are on they will be shown in the background.. Also day/night, dim with a light sensor!!!

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                    • #11
                      how are you going to detect the status of the lights etc? Thanks!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by electron
                        Since I have a large background in home automation, and already monitor if my car is parked in the garage or not (here is an example of how I can integrate the status into a live sig on another forum I run: http://www.marstracker.com/homeseer/....php?show=true ) I started wondering, how hard would it be to interface the serial port through the Car PC software so I can control a device that has some outputs, simulating pushing the garage door opener button on the remote in my car?

                        I could have the car automatically open the door once it detects the WiFi signal at my house, and maybe add a nice button in one of the common software packages used here to interface the touch screens. Has anyone done something like this before? I am also thinking about maybe interfacing the trunk button, just for the cool factor.
                        I am working on something similar. The concept is simple. When in Wi-Fi range I run a client server application on my server at home. Client in the car server on the server (obviously). An SSL tunnel gets established and trough a simple protocol the server then listens to commands like "open door" "turn on lights" etc. The server receives the message and then uses X10 devices connected to its serial port to perform the actions. Works quite well

                        Migrane.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by electron
                          how are you going to detect the status of the lights etc? Thanks!
                          With the inputs Phidgets kits have!!! It is very simple..

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                          • #14
                            Several relay boards are already available.... but anyone in home automation would know that
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                            • #15
                              yep I do, I have several, I am more interested in the interfacing with the Car PC interface than anything else, I figured I couldn't be the first one to do this so might as well ask around.

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