This is both a hardware and software topic. I have this idea for an old compact Mac I have laying around to automate things in the house (ex. running a relay/solenoid to turn on lights, etc) I was thinking about programming the serial port (somehow) to achieve this; Is this possible :? I already have REALBasic, but I'm not sure wheather that would help me or not.
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buy X10 stuff. Its compatible with ANYTHING back to System 7.
I've looked into x10 stuff, but its expensive, at least 50$ just to get started. I'm looking for a cheap way to do it, and it doesn't nesessarily have to be "wireless"
RealBasic is easy to use but it has a big memory footprint and may not be able to compile 68000 binaries. AppleScript may be a better option. You'll need to get a third party Serial Port OSAX to go with the standard Apple components.
I've used REALBasic 3.5.1 68k apps on a Classic w/ 4MB RAM before, but the problem is that it outputs digital signals, which obviously won't work directly without some kind of board to convert the signal. :/
There used to be a box called the ADB I/O that did pretty much what the name implies, but it's long out of production. Stick it on permanent search on Ebay for the next twelve months and one might turn up
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Its a bit foreign to me...
I used a modem to control a relay circuit. More info at the link below: