An alternative for remote control, automation, and monitoring is the XANBOO system. XANBOO systems use a proprietary protocol called AFMII. Devices using the AFMii protocol communicate with one another using a proprietary 418 MHz transceiver technology. The XANBOO system can bridge to other protocols to allow communication with non-XANBOO devices. These protocols include 802.11, X10, UPNP, RS485, RS232, CEBus, and Lon Works.
XANBOO devices communicate with a XANBOO gateway in your home. The gateway can be a computer, DSL modem, set-top cable box, or XANBOO gateway device. AB XANBOO-enabled devices and controllers communicate with the XANBOO central servers through the gateway.
In turn, you can connect to the XANBOO servers from any Web browser to monitor and control your XANBOO devices. XANBOO is safe and uses encryption to secure users accounts and device control. Considering XANBOO allows full remote control of devices, it is a good system to consider and it is relatively inexpensive.