I use ePods with a terminal server session for my Home Automation control via custom web pages.
why use Terminal Server you ask... well, speed and compatibility!
My .NET server (I just upgraded from Windows 2000 - and yes it is a HUGE improvement!) uses IE6.0
thus I get animated GIFs and all the bells and whistles IE6 gives... plus SPEED!!!
when I push the mapped 'hard' button -
the epods turns on, launches a terminal server session and launches the web page with the home automation control panel web page
how to build this...
* requires terminal server (or Windows XP with remote desktop enabled)
* requires terminal server client installed on epods
1) create a user on the server or XP for your epods
- setup the user to launch your application or web page
- my example: "D:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" http://server:81/control.asp
2) use the terminal server Client Connection Wizard on the ePods
- setup the connection to automatically login using the user name / password you created above
3) change one of the 'hard' buttons on the epods to launch a terminal service session. (see below info from Glitch to do this)
- the registry setting will be something like this: "\Windows\Desktop\epods.lnk"
Note: to make IE6 full screen just maximize it once... it will remember the setting.
*** Remap 'hard' buttons (thanks Glitch!!!) ***
The registry entries in HKLM/Software/Microsoft/shell/keys control the mapping of the hard buttons to programs.
The three entries ending in "1" are linked to the "e" button. The three entries ending in "3" are linked to the display button. If you want to revert the display button to the native function of power:display:backlight instead of the control panel; change the keys ending in "3" from control.exe to ezex.exe.