Once strictly the territory of science fiction, home automation is quickly becoming a reality. There is a continuously increasing demand for the centralized (and remote) control of home appliances, heating and security systems. Green homes popping up all over the globe are making use of the increased oversight these systems provide to achieve higher energy efficiency. Solutions that work well in industrial environments tend to do poorly when it comes to integration into existing residential buildings and providing cost effective solutions for average households.
This thesis provides an in-depth overview of a custom designed home automation architecture based on commercially available wired and wireless networks, alongside the documentation of the communication protocols utilized. A reference implementation, part hardware, part software, is also included.