Home Automation Computer System Comparison

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This is a convenient chart of the specifications of all four of our Home Automation Computers so you can compare one system against the other. For your convenience, we have highlighted the major differences in the four systems in a bright yellow on the chart.

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Refined Automation Home Automation Computer Comparison
System Name

Starter

Nomad

Grasshopper

Cougar

Tiger

CPU
VIA C7
Celeron M
Celeron
Core2Duo
Core2Duo
CPU Speed
1.0 Ghz

1.5 GHz
2.0 GHz
2.4 GHz
3.16 GHz
L2 Cache
na
na
512 Kb
2 Mb
4 Mb
Memory
1 Gb
1 Gb
2 Gb
2 Gb
4 Gb
Flash Storage
4 Gb
2 Gb
na
na
na
Hard Drives
no disks
no disks
1
1
2
Total Disk Space
na
na
160 Gb
500 Gb
1280 Gb
Disk Type
na
na
SATA
SATA
SATA
Disk Transfer Rate
na
na
3 Gb/sec
3 Gb/sec
3 Gb/sec
Video
na
na
Intel GMA950
NVIDIA 8600GT
NVIDIA 9600GT
Video Memory
na
na
Shared Memory
512 Mb
512 Mb
Max. Monitor Resolution
na
na
2560x1600
2560x1600
2560x1600
Video Ports
SVGA
SVGA
SVGA
2 DVI, HDTV S-Video
2 DVI, HDTV S-Video
Dual TV Tuner
no
no
no
no
2 (Analog, Digital)
Audio Chipset
MicIn/LineOut
MicIn/LineOut
Realtek ALC833-6
Realtek ALC883-6
SupremeFX Audio
AudioChannels
one
one
6
6
8
Number of CD/DVD's
none
none
1
2
2
Speed
na
na
22X CD/DVD Burner
22X CD/DVD Burner
22X CD/DVD Burner
Optional DVD/Blu-ray
na
na
No
Yes
Yes
Case
Enclosure
Enclosure
MiniCube
MidTower
MidTower
Case Dimensions
9.5" x 2" x 7"
11" x 2" x 7"
7.92" x 13.2" x 10.6"
16.7" x 18.2" x 8.1"
21.3" x 19.9" x 8.1"
Power Supply
10 watts
15 watts
360 watts
500 watts
750 watts
Recommended Power Conditioner (Not Included)
None
None
PW390
PW390
PW810
Front Ports
USB, AudioIn/Out
none
USB, eSATA, AudioIn/Out
USB, eSATA, AudioIn/Out
2USB, 1394, AudioIn/Out
Rear Ports
2PS2, 4Com, 2USB2.0, SVGA, Audio, 1LAN
2PS2, 4Com, 2USB, SVGA, AudioIn/Out, 2RJ45
2PS2, Com, Lpt, 4USB, SVGA, 3Audio, RJ45
2PS2, 1394, 2S/PDIF, 4USB, SVGA, 6Audio, 2RJ45
2PS2, 1394, 2S/PDIF, 4USB, SVGA, 6Audio, 2RJ45
Monitor
none
none
Samsung 17&quote;
ViewSonic 19"
ViewSonic 22"
Mouse
none
none
Logitech
Logitech
Logitech MX Revolution
Keyboard
none
none
Logitech
Logitech
Logitech diNovo Edge
Operating System
WinXP Embedded
WinXP Embedded
Vista Home Premium
Vista Home Premium
Vista Home Premium
Office Suite
none
none
OpenOffice.org (MS Office optional)
OpenOffice.org (MS Office optional)
OpenOffice.org (MS Office optional)
Home Automation Control
HomeSeer HS2 Plus
HomeSeer HSPRO embedded
HomeSeer HS2
HomeSeer HS2
HomeSeer HSPRO
TV Control
none
none
none
none
BeyondTV Suite with DVD Burn
Home Automation Master Controller
none
none
Included
Included
Included
Home Automation Control Devices
none
none
On-Off, Dimmer
On-Off, Dimmer
On-Off, Dimmer
System Name and Link To Additional Information
Starter
Nomad
Grasshoper
Cougar
Tiger
Price
$889
$2,195
$1,995
$3,495
$6,595


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