BottleRocket – home automation software for the X10 FireCracker kit

BottleRocket is a command-line utility to interact with the Firecracker version of X10’s home control devices (wireless home automation to control lights, cameras, appliances via a small transmitter that plugs into the standard RS-232 serial port of a computer).

The FireCracker kit consists of a small RF transmitter that connects to a 9-pin serial port of a PC, and a receiver that plugs into a wall socket and intercepts the signals, passing them on through house wiring to other units that turn appliances on/off or dim/brighten lamps.

It doesn’t support any kind of 2-way communication, unlike some of the other X10 products.

Features include:

  • Easy to use.
  • Command-line interface.
  • Scriptable.
  • Several graphical user interfaces also available such as TK10 (a Tcl/Tk interface).

Developer: Tymm Twillman
License: GNU GPL and LGPL

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