I'm looking for some kind of computer peripheral that will allow me to
turn on and off A/C power to a connected household appliance. For
example, if there were a power strip with a USB connector such that I
could send a signal from my desktop telling the strip to turn either
on or off, that would be perfect.
The closest thing I have found so far is the Mini Power Minder:
This, however, only turns on and off the outlet when you turn your
computer on or off, respectively. I need a product with some sort of
interface (whether it be an included program, html interface, or
anything else) that will allow me to specify whether I want the power
on or off.
Request for Question Clarification by
23 Dec 2005 04:45 PST
Does this sound like what you are looking for:
Simple menu driven navigation and setup
Timer has internal clock and memory to trigger events when your PC is off
Interface lets you control devices directly from your PC
Easy, trouble-free USB connection
Stores over 1,000 commands in 32KB of memory
Includes download information for free timer software
Control your *******-enabled home lighting system from your computer.
Using new PC Timer System software, you'll be able to schedule your
*******-controlled lights to come on at sundown or activate your X10
thermostat to turn the heater on half an hour before you get home. The
PC Timer System includes a Controller V2, a standalone home automation
interface that connects to your PC via USB connection for controlling
lights, appliances, heating/air conditioning systems and alarm
systems. This module has on-board memory so timers can be downloaded
without the need to leave your computer up and running.
Let me know if this sounds like it and I will give you the full info.
The price is under $50.