Linux sprinkler controller project
dave at thesmithfam.org
Sat May 9 22:06:09 MDT 2009
Okay Plug, let's get those creative juices flowing. I am sick of
crappy non-intuitive user interfaces on home sprinkler control boxes,
so I want to build my own. I want to create a box about the size of a
home router that runs Linux, has Ethernet (or WiFi for a bonus), and
controls up to 12 sprinkler valves. It will run a web server on which
I would want to write a web app for sprinkler control. Ideally it
would cost less than $100 in parts, and be something I could solder
together in a day. Here's the rough look of the system:
Sprinker Valves <--- My New Box <--- TCP/IP <--- My home PC
I've been googling for such a box, and I have found nothing complete
enough to buy off the shelf, so I'm ready to start hacking my own
Any ideas where I should start? I reckon I'll need these questions
- How do I control a sprinkler valve?
- What kind of hardware platform should I use to do that?
If anyone has any ideas, I'm all ears.
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