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Advanced Quonset HCA10 PLUS Home Control Assistant 10 Plus
Advanced Quonset HCA10 PLUS Home Control Assistant 10 Plus
Advanced Quonset HCA10 PLUS Home Control Assistant 10 Plus
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Overview

  • Integrates INSTEON, UPB, and X10 power line technologies
  • Supports IP addressed IR interfaces from GlobalCache and BitWise
  • Supports whole-house wireless
  • Can be used in a client-server mode with multiple simultaneous read-write clients for complete local and remote access to design
  • Includes a web component for access remotely via mobile and desktop browsers
  • Client for Android phones for remote or in-house access

Essential Info

Home Control Assistant (HCA) is a Windows based home automation program that works with a variety of automation interfaces to control lights, appliances, irrigation, HVAC and more. With HCA's Scheduling and Green Mode features you can easily save money, reduce electrical usage, conserve water and improve safety by automating your home.

The Home Control Assistant runs on any computer that uses the Windows XP, Vista or Win7 operating system. It works with automation interfaces to control lights and appliances in your home using X10, INSTEON, UPB, Wireless and Global Cache IR technology.

HCA can be installed in a home with existing automation hardware. HCA can "spider" through all your installed INSTEON network and find all the devices and add them to your home design file. If you are using UPB, HCA can import the network from the UPB setup program. A new automation solution is easy to create using the built-in Wizards for creating a new file, adding devices, creating new schedules, and new programs. Once you have defined all the hardware, adding schedules and programs is simple using the Visual Tools provided. Setting up remote access will be very quick as the HCA Web Server is included when you install HCA Plus.

The Home Control Assistant can be operated in stand-alone mode, where a single computer runs HCA and has the attached automation interfaces, or in Client-Server mode. In Client-Server mode one computer runs the HCA server and has the attached automation interfaces. One or more clients run on other networked computers and can simultaneously access the server. These clients see the standard HCA User Interface and can control the automation design as well as make changes to it. A Touch-Screen Interface is also available to create a user-friendly simple method of controlling a selected set of devices, programs, and groups in your design. In addition to all this, a native Android application is available to act as a client to the HCA Server.

Additional Features
  • Multiple Schedules created by a visual scheduling tool
  • Unlimited number of programs to respond to events. Constructed in a graphical manner from over 60 different actions
  • Supports text based scripts in any scripting language that can utilize the extensive HCA object model
  • Touch screen interface creates a simplified control oriented user interface
  • Integrate into the HCA user Interface views of other applications: security, power management, and cameras using HTML views
  • Send email and SMS messages as part of a program action
  • Create and view INSTEON scenes in a graphical manner and remotely program those scenes into INSTEON devices
  • Bridge power line technologies by using multiple power line interfaces simultaneously. Create bridge maps to automatically translate between different technology commands
  • Integrates weather data from web based or weather station sources
  • Powerful "whole house modes" for quick power saving programming
  • Background design checker quickly locate design problems
  • Configurable Alert Mechanism for handling exceptional conditions
  • Many tools for creating, viewing, modifying, and documenting the design
  • HCA is well documented in an over 600 page User Guide

  • Manuals/Software

    More Info

    HCA 10 supports these INSTEON products:

    Two Different Versions
    Don't need support for UPB, HVAC, and a Web Interface? HCA 10 Standard.

    Try before you buy
    A 30 day trial of HCA Plus is available for download so you can evaluate HCA before you purchase. With a time limited trial, you get a copy of the software that is fully functional - no program actions are disabled.

    After you download and install you can use the evaluation for 30 days. At the end of that time you will be unable to run the program. The software used to time limit the executable is very sensitive to attempts to bypass its security. If you change the date on your computer after you install HCA you may not get the full 30 day trial period.

    On Windows Vista or Windows 7, the first time you execute HCA after you complete the install you must do it as an administrator in order to set the time lock. Right-click on "HCA" after you browse to it from the Start button and select "Run as Administrator".

    A good way to start with HCA is to look at the sample file "MyHome.HCA" installed in the Samples sub-folder of the HCA folder in your Documents area.

    A fully functional version of HCA 10 can be downloaded here.
    Important notes:
    Only merchandise credit for defective items returned within 30 days of purchase. No other returns allowed on this item.
    Manufacturer contact information: Advanced Quonset Technology, Tel: (360) 765-4128

    Reviews

    16 Ratings
    5 star: 81%  (13)
    4 star: 6%  (1)
    3 star: 6%  (1)
    2 star: 0%  (0)
    1 star: 6%  (1)
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    RICK -- seattle, WA   1/27/2012
    This has the best insteon link management system
    TomT -- North Carolina   1/3/2012
    This is one of the best automation products that I have used. I find it to be well written and dependable. I am using the software in client/server mode running a HCA server and linking to it from two desktop and two laptop computers. Every function that I have tried has worked flawlessly as described by HCATech. I did send one question to their tech support and was answered almost immediately with the information I needed. This is a top notch program at a bargain price.
    SHANNON -- plano, TX   5/31/2011
    Overall a good program. There are a few things that don't work as I'd like, such as a good 40% of the time it fails in the programming of the Insteon devices. Love the Android interface.
    Paul -- Phoenix MD   4/13/2011
    Best Automation Software out there
    DOOGLEDB -- frisco, TX   1/3/2011
    Extremely powerful application. Lots of thought has been put into this product for controlling a multitude of devices from Insteon to Global Cache to weather sensors (even from web). Very robust with ability to to control with TUI and Web that adjusts for smartphones. It is endless on what this will do. If you can think it, it appears this will do it. Only con is the documentation is a little rough because of the endless capabilities.
    fewiley -- sf bay area, California   11/27/2010
    We've used HCA for almost 10 years - it is a well-supported reliable product with an excellent and improving user interface. Most usefully it provides a dependable and easy 2-way bridge between X10, Insteon and several other protocols. We use to control many aspects of our house and our 3 sprinkler controllers - covering a half acre of complicated landscaping in a seasonally arid climate. I'd recommend installing it on a small computer a reliable old laptop would work fine that you can leave running. You'll get used to having it available when you want it......
    Terry -- memphis, TN   11/21/2010
    After using HCA 10 for some time now I can assure you that the positive comments were all made by the company self promoting their product. Please take the time to find some truthful reviews about this software. If I had taken the time I would have never bought it after what I found.
    Eric -- cambridge, MA   8/20/2010
    WOW! I think that sums up HCA10. I've been using HCA since v7 and with the latest release they've outdone themselves again. I think the biggest new feature for me is the Client - Server functionality. Sure you can run HCA like you used to, but now you also can run HCA as a server which allows you to have a client on any PC and have the FULL HCA User Interface!!! We're not talking about a limited user interface, the new client app can do everything. Now I can update programs right from my desktop instead of having to remote connect to my server in my basement. I think I've almost double the number of programs that run in my house in the last month! I'm constantly fine tuning existing programs that I used to live with as I didn't feel like going through the hassle of connecting to the server. This has definitely made me use HCA even more... my automation scheme before was something where I never had to actually interact with HCA. Things just were done automatically, but now I find myself loading up the client and running programs and checking on devices all the time now. So glad this was added!
    John -- New Hampshire   8/13/2010
    I've been using HCA since version 1.0 and it still amazes me that it keeps getting better with each release. The capabilities of HCA have now far outstripped my own home automation needs, but it clearly has something for everyone regardless of what hardware or automation protocols you prefer. Client-server has been a long time coming, but it's here and it is solid. But this release of HCA is unique; It is the first release that has actually caused me to go out and buy something just because HCA supports it - a Droid. Android that is. HCA 10 provides a free, simple to use client for any Android smartphone. Not only have I become an Android convert as a result, I actually make use of the capability to view and manage the automation state of my home - from anywhere. Visitors are amazed when I stand in the driveway, pop out the Droid and turn the outside light on. While on vacation recently, it was nice to periodically inject a few random lighting changes to make the house look occupied. Hats off to folks at Advanced Quonset Technology!
    Andrew -- boston, MA   8/9/2010
    I've been using Home Control Assistant Plus for sometime now and have just picked up the latest release, Version 10! The additional features makes HCA a market leader in my mind. You can now send Email, SMS Text message and MMS Multimedia Message messages from your programs. This means that I can now send messages based upon any possible trigger or event. For example, I now have HCA send me an MMS with an image attached from my security camera if a door is openeed while my house is in away mode. My neighbor who also uses HCA has set his system up to send us all a text message if his grandfather needs help. His grandfather carries around a wireless keyfob which is used to trigger HCA. The are quite a few other great new features, but other fav. is that now HCA can run in Client / Server mode so I can now access the native HCA GUI from any of my computers both in my house and at my desk while I'm at work.
    C. Odgers -- Southern California   8/9/2010
    I just upgraded to Version 10 of HCA Plus, and there are a lot of great new features, the most important being the client/server feature. Now, multiple Windows XP/Vista/Win 7 PCs can be clients and have access to the full HCA user interface. I have a Mac at work running Parallels and Win XP, and use it to access the HCA server running on my PC at home. In addition, there is now a configurable touch screen interface. Combined with the client capability, this allows multiple touch screens to be installed around the house. I also can control HCA using Safari on my iPhone and iPad via the built-in web server in HCA. When I first started automating my house with HCA, I used X-10 devices, but found reliability less than perfect. With HCA, I was able to seamlessly migrate from X-10 to ultra reliable UPB devices. HCA can also do protocol conversions between X-10, UPB, and Insteon, so you can mix device types if that fits your needs. The graphical programming interface makes it very easy for the novice to start, but the sophisticated capabilities built in, including scripting, allow an advanced user to create complex automation systems.
    Steve C. -- lincoln, Nebraska   8/8/2010
    After using Home Control Assistant for almost a decade and thinking just before every release that it can't possibly get any better, they up the ante again. The new Client/Server features of HCA are a dream come true. I'm now free to run the HCA Server component on my master computer and freely roam the house an property with clients on my laptops while doing installs and finding problems. Without doubt, its time for the 'big boys' to move over, there's a new player on the block and it's Home Control Assistant 10.0 Client/Server. I truely believe that that this is THE most significant upgrade to Home Control Assistant, EVER. If you're serious about automation, personal or commercial, this what you've been waiting for!!
    Alan W. -- pinehurst, Texas   8/8/2010
    Home Control Assistant brings the two seemingly opposite goals of an Automation package together - Simple and Powerful. Integrating many of the different automation technologies under a single program, HCA still manages to keep the user in the loop by presenting a graphical and easy to understand presentation of the automation design and inner workings of the control devices and the events, schedules and programs that run them. V10 adds to the history of flexibility by supporting many more devices, implementing a new Touch Screen interface and adding an optional Client/Server mode that is incredibly powerful yet simple to use yet HCA retains the simple to use step-by-step method that makes it friendly and approachable. Trying to convert from X10 to Insteon? HCA has you covered. Need to use UPB and Insteon in the same environment? Ditto! It seems to do it all. It does not force you into a corner but lets you decide what brand of hardware you want to use for any given purpose. HCA offers the new user a modular “build as you go” approach without overwhelming them with complex design and procedural requirements yet it has the tools under the covers to enable the most sophisticated design you can imagine not only doable but easily doable. I think I’ve bought every automation package out there including HCA way back at V3 or so but its HCA that I keep running simply because it does it better, easier and more reliably that any other package I’ve tried.
    Duane Reynolds -- north bend, WA   8/8/2010
    Excellent product!!!!! I have been using for several years to automate lighting control in my home. I just recently updated to version 10 ,the new Touch User Interface is an amazing new feature, along with being able to control lights from my laptop. This product rivals others costing thousands more without the proprietary software and hardware.

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