Getting rid of all the mess...


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May 29, 2003
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Well I've long been an visitor to AVforums and other sites like this and bought lots of different items/gadgets and its now about time I finally integrated all this together.

I just can't seem to find a piece of software that brings all my stuff together so would welcome advice from members here.

What I want is to integrate my equipment and have a slick easy to use GUI (so that other non-technical members of the family can use) to the software that controls it all available via the Web (of course), via my TV (can be through some other media device such as my Xbox if required), via my mobile phone (either via DTMF, SMS or Web) and potentially through other devices such as say my PSP - is this too much to ask for? Let's see.

My equipment....

BT VP1000 (OEM of Visionic Alarm Panel) wireless alarm system with multiple senors including door contacts, PIR and smoke detectors and configured to work with my IP cameras
Analogue and IP Cameras (Axis)

In my comms rack (node zero) I have the following
Original Xbox running XBMC
Xbox 360
Sky HD
Dreambox Sat receiver
Windows Home Server (WHS)
Plus lots of other stuff :)

The whole house is flood wired with Cat5 connected to 1GB switch and has Wireless access. I can access all the consoles from my rack on any TV in the house so any of them could be used for my TV GUI as required.
Ideally I'd love to have the software compatible with WHS so that this is the only server I need to leave on 24/7.

So more specifically I’d like to from the same software package…

1. View any of the cameras at any time via any TV in the house
2. Track events on the VP1000 in the same software and contact me via tel, email, sms
3. Record on motion detect from either IP or Analogue cameras (I can currently do this with my Axis cameras but not my analogue)
4. Access any camera via the Internet thro my broadband at any time (again I can currently do this with my Axis cameras but not my analogue)
5. At some integrate lighting so this software should also allow me to support lighting options in the future

Any ideas?

Many thanks

PS. Maybe we should have a 'Home Automation' section of AVforums as I didn't really know which area to post this question to for the best responses

Harmony would suit you.

But you need to customise and program quite a bit to get the VP1000 to integrate.
I am not aware of any software package that has native VP1000 support... nor do I know how VP1000 works!
I just noticed this thread & was wondering if you made any progress with this?

I also have a vp1000, axis cam, & a WHS, so I'd be very interested to get some pointers on how to integrate the vp1000 with axis cams, & any info on centrally managing the whole lot

I didnt get very far to be honest

However, I've just purchased a Dreambox 800HD and I'm thinking this might actually be a better option to displaying the Axis cameras on my TV

I'll keep you updated on progress

Try to ask on's mailing list.
I just noticed that quite a few people there seem to have very similar setups (Visonic + IP Cam + WHS).

Also have a look at mControl.

It supports WHS, many alarms, many cameras, many HA products, etc...
So if it supports your hardware, it will probably everything you have asked for in the first post.

Its very reasonably priced too.

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