written by: Vasanth•edited by: Simon Hill•updated: 2/2/2011
Here are the best iPhone home automation apps. Lightswitch lets you operate the lights in the house from your phone. It requires a server such as JB Media LightManager Pro to function. HSTouch, Control4 My House, Haiku Home Automation, and Beolink are four more to check out.
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HSTouch is an iPhone home automation app that is designed to control several home appliances and systems including lighting, thermostats, security systems, and web cams. It works in conjunction with the HomeSeer home automation system. It includes the HSTouch server and one of the HomeSeer technologies including PRO-100™, HS2™, HomeTroller™, or HSPRO™. Your home must be hooked up with this system prior to using the app. The iPhone interface is customizable so you can create your own graphics and buttons and save them in the app. The app also contains an RSS browser which displays weather, news headlines, stock quotes, and sports scores. HSTouch is a free app available in the iTunes App Store.
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If you constantly forget to turn off the lights when you leave the house, the Lightswitch app can help. It is a home automation app that works with servers that are certified for the Lightswitch application. Some of the compatible Lightswitch servers include Qhorus QHOR_ZWX10BR, JB Media LightManager Pro, HomePlanner, Zwave Commander, HomeDaemon, and Heyu for Linux. Once the lighting system of the house is connected with one of these servers, the Lightswitch app remotely controls it from the iPhone. The Lightswitch app is available at the iTunes App Store for $14.99.
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Control4 My House
Another home automation app for iPhone is Control4 My House. It provides a user friendly interface to adjust the settings of various home appliances and systems. As with other home automation apps, Control4 My House requires a home automation system to work. Specifically, this app works with Director version 1.7 or higher of the Control4 home automation system. To operate it, a Mobile Navigator License is required. Once everything is set up, use the iPhone to control the lights, HVAC system, and audio and video devices. Control4 My House is a free app that can be downloaded at the iTunes App Store.
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Haiku Home Automation for HAI
The Haiku home automation app is designed for the HAI home automation system. The app works with HAI's Ethernet enabled home automation controllers that have a firmware version of 3.0 or higher. OmniPro II, Lumina, Omni IIe, and Lumina Pro are compatible with the Haiku app. Each area of the house is displayed on the app. The Climate tab displays the temperature and humidity levels, while the Control Tab displays the lighting status in each room. The Status Tab gives an overview of the alarms, thermostat, additional sensors, and messages. The Haiku Home Automation for HAI app is available at the iTunes App Store for $49.99.
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A Bang & Olufsen home automation system can be controlled remotely with the BeoLink iPhone home automation app. Unlike other systems, this one doesn't support 3G access. It is accessible through the local Wi-Fi network. For the app to work, the Bang & Olufsen controllers must be connected to the BeoLink network, and the Master Link Gateway must be in the same network as the iPhone. Once it's all arranged, the BeoLink app transforms the iPhone into a central hub for the home. Control the lighting, audio, video, temperature, security, and curtains. Create individual profiles for each room and implement it by touching the iPhone screen. Download the free BeoLink app at the iTunes App Store.