Port InControl to Raspberry Pi (or other similar device)
This would provide the ability to use the Raspberry Pi as a z-wave controller for InControl. The device would simply plugin to your network and provide the same functionality available now with InControl.
If you are interested in this, please vote the idea up and leave us a comment about the price point at which you'd consider buying such a device.
As the Pi’s get more powerful, and the Windows OS embedded features get fuller, we’ll look into this again.
I am currrentlu running IncontrolHA on an Intel stick but to be able to run it on a linux based device would be great I find windows constant upgrades and interference with my device annoying. Plus it would allow more resource headroom on light weight devices, not to mention the cost of windows.
So $69 for a pro version plus $0 for a linux os to run it beats $200 for a windows OS and $69 for IncontrolHA all day.
Was this effort dropped?
I believe R Pi now supports Windows mobile platform, so port shouldn't be too difficult.
Brett E Baldin commented
Is this still being looked at? I would really like to move my installation to a Pi.
Eric Ryherd commented
So what was the big announcement back in May???
This would be huge if the server can be on a 6W RPi2 instead of a big 100W+ PC.
John Harris commented
I currently have a Raspberry Pi2 running z_Command Server with AEON Labs GEN2 USB Controller and it is very, very stable and just runs without a hitch using 5V supply and if the power goes out and it all just comes up again with out a hitch. Performance could be better on the browser but manipulating the devices is snappy. I drive my Home Theatre and HA with it. Older apple IOS versions of safari does not support the browser functionality - have to use Chrome (yuck).
The client UI is browser based and very limited although accessible via any device which has authority to access my local network which I like from a security standpoint.
While I have purchased InControlHA-PRO which has a much better UI and supports native mobile devices via its supported APPs - I am using it with AEON Labs GEN5 USB Controller must say that I am finding that the stability is questionable and routinely the software cannot access the UZB Controller.
Documentation is spotty and being a geek it is not technical enough as to what the dependencies are (Windows Services , what is being transmitted to/from the internet side of things via the mobile devices, ports, HA Server etc.
I have a static internet IP address and would prefer to not use a third party server access methods but be allowed to define my own.
No option to un-configure access to the cloud apart from having to delete the DB - OUCH
l am also looking at the HomeSeer system now.
John Harris commented
Windows support on Raspberry Pi 2 would be great
I would like to se Incontrol on the pi. I bought the pi for the reason of making it a ha server but I have no programing skills so it is only running as a print server and media server. Please port over incontrol so my pi can be all that it was ment to be and befor my windows xp laptop is eatin by the lack of microsoft support. Thanks
Please do port this for the RPi.
Garfield Cousins commented
I love this idea, currently I use just the basic functionality of the incontrol service, simple status/on/off/set. an have to have a pc running 24/7 for this. I already have a pi with a zstick running zwave.me, and would prefer to ditch the windows computer and run incontrol on the pi. a stripped down version would be fine for me.
@marc I agree but I have the feeling that those that aren't interested in running a pc probably end up with a Vera. No offence to InControl but it does a lot more than InControl currently can. My concern is if it ends up splitting (which is an option) or one or the other gets hobbled, ie pc version underpowered or RPi version slow due to resources. I'm not sure but if people are after a low powered version I'm not sure if this will run on a atom based windows 8.1 tablet (not win RT). Low power and you get a screen as well.
Josh, I'm not sure how to answer your first question but I for one also use my pc for more than just incontrol however for most people I talk to about home automation, they ate not interested in a server, they just want HA functionality on a low power device like veralite. I believe the pi is gaining popularity with people and could be used for multiple things. Adding incontrol to the mix just makes the product more appealing to those that don't want a computer on all day
Just a few questions for those who are interested.
1) How many writes does InControl do? Being SD card based you will wear them out.
2) How do you see this product? Like a Vera or Home Seer competitor?
I see it like Home seer. I'm happy running on a PC (mine does other things, not just HA) I'd like to see it more powerful to use the PC's ability. If you want lower power, windows will run on a atom PC or even a laptop.
I'm going to have to agree with everyone else on this one. I recently installed InControl on an old pc and plugged it into a Kill-a-Watt meter and found that the system was pulling about 115 watts at steady state. Leaving that on 24/7 is a no go for me. Having the ability to add InControl to a low power consumption device (<10 watts) would allow for 24/7 operation with minimal outflow of funds to the local utility. As far as a price point, with the Raspberry Pi device and a Pro license, $100 to $150 sounds reasonable.
I wonder where this is in the roadmap.
I like InControlHA, but with a need of a full computer to run it, I'm swaying towards the VeraLite route.
It would be good to see this running on a Raspberry Pi or Cubieboard2.
Again it would be great to be able to just purchase a license Windows/Linux/RPi. Instead of being locked into an all-in-one Hardware/software combo.
Ryan would you be able to share any timelines on how long this can take to implement if you were to do it?
I can understand where you are coming from. I have a friend of mines that has Incontrol per my recommendation and his PC went down on him as well a couple of months ago. He hasn't used his incontrol home automation since. Of course he realizes the need but he just hasnt gotten around to it. Raspberry PI could probably be shoved in a closet somewhere and never worried about for a while and use nowhere near the resources a PC uses
Just had my InControl computer die on me over the holiday. CPU fan died and the computer shut down to protect itself. That was a real pain and it would be awesome to have InControl on a standalone unit. I would pay $100-150.
I really like this idea!!! I'd vote 10 times if i could. I too am a raspberry PI (raspbmc) user and i would love to power my InControl from that and not use my PC. Being that raspberry pi can also be used as a NAS server, this would completly eliminate the need for my desktop to be on all the time. Correct me if i'm wrong but the vera lite running on its own doesnt use much power and its a dedicated device. Doesnt that give it a slight advantage of incontrol when trying to cut down power comsumption?
Would InControlHA be custom written to run barebones enough to run just InControlHA, like say VeraLite or say something like OpenELEC custom written just ton run XBMC.
What about 2 options?
- A license for InControl Only (ability to use both platform Windows or Raspberry Pi/Linux)
- All-in-One InControl Hardware/Software
The reason for this is I already have an Aeon Labs Z USB Stick and I already have a Raspberry Pi. So I'd like the option to just purchase the license for InControl.