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Windows Based Home Automation Controller for INSTEON, X10, UPB, Wireless and IR Technology
Home Control Assistant HCA 11 Plus - Home Automation Software
Home Control Assistant HCA 11 Plus - Home Automation Software
Home Control Assistant HCA 11 Plus - Home Automation Software
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Overview

  • Integrates INSTEON (all of the latest firmware), UPB, and X10 power line technologies
  • Supports whole-home wireless and IP addressed IR interfaces from GlobalCache and BitWise
  • Client-server mode with multiple 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
  • Includes Checkbox control - Get powerful control with no scheduling or programming
  • Includes Power Track - track power usage for all your 2-way devices

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 Programming, Scheduling, Checkbox control and Power Track, 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 IR technology.

HCA can be installed in a home with existing automation hardware. HCA can "spider" through or Multi-Add 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 is very quick as the HCA Web Server is included when you install HCA Plus. An Android client is available from the Google Play store. A Windows Phone7 application also available.

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 Control 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:
  • Supports text based scripts in any scripting language that can utilize the extensive HCA object model
  • Multiple Schedules created by a visual scheduling tool
  • Unlimited # of programs to respond to events, setup in a graphical manner from over 60 different actions
  • Control interface creates a simplified control oriented user interface
  • Integrate into the HCA user Interface views of other applications: security, power management, and cameras
  • Send email and SMS messages as part of a program action
  • Create and view INSTEON scenes and remotely program those scenes into INSTEON devices
  • Bridge power line technologies by using multiple power line interfaces simultaneously.
  • Integrates weather data from web based or weather station sources
  • Powerful "whole house modes" and "checkbox control" 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 extensive User Guide


  • Special Offer: All purchases of HCA 11 Plus will be upgraded to HCA 12 Plus at no extra cost by HCA Tech. To take advantage of this offer, first install HCA 11 and register your copy on the publishers web site. Next contact HCA technical support and send along a copy of the Smarthome invoice showing proof of purchase. The upgrade will then be supplied to you via download from the publishers web site.

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    Manuals/Software

    What's Included

  • 1x - Home Control Assistant HCA 11 Plus Software Disc
  • More Info

    HCA 11 and INSTEON - Video Tutorials
      • INSTEON - Part 1
      • INSTEON - Part 2
      • INSTEON - Part 3

    Please note that when using HCA 11 for control of INSTEON home automation devices, a PowerLinc modem is required, available with a USB Interface (SKU 2413U) or Serial Interface (SKU 2413S), each sold separately.

    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 11 Plus can be downloaded here (zip file).

    Important notes:
    Defective exchanges for identical item within 30 days of purchase. After 30 days, please contact the manufacturer.
    Manufacturer contact information: Advanced Quonset Technology, Tel: (360) 765-4128

    Reviews

    15 Ratings
    5 star: 87%  (13)
    4 star: 7%  (1)
    3 star: 7%  (1)
    2 star: 0%  (0)
    1 star: 0%  (0)
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    LARRY -- knoxville, TN   4/21/2013
    This item needs better instructions for installion for a first time user of Insteon Products and a list of the supported Insteon items
    Kim M -- bellevue, Washington   1/23/2013
    I’ve been using Home Control Assistant since Version 8 was first released. Set up was quick using some the samples provided. Support as always been top notch and upgrades simple and easy to install. Overall, HCA is simple, easy to use. It allows me to visually see the layout of my house so manually turning on and off lights and activating scenes is a snap. Automating controls using timers, sunrise/sunset, scenes, etc. is a snap too. The simple visual programming language lets me control just about anything single or multiple lights, or complete scenes and I’m not a programmer. One of the best features is the Green controls. I have a family leaves lights on all the time. With HCA is simple to turn them off automatically based on the time of day. I highly recommend this product.
    steveg -- seattle, WA   12/20/2012
    Excellent product, easy to setup. Perfect for a transitioning environment from X-10 to UPB. Some cool things you can do in combining X-10 RF motion sensors to trigger UPB lights. You cannot ask for any better tech support. HCA will do whatever it takes to make your system work!
    Kevin Wilcox -- Wisconsin   12/5/2012
    Perhaps the most awesome HA software I've ever worked with. I have an extensive home automation environment with 88+ UPB/Insteon devices. I also use wireless X10 for motion controlled interactions. My system runs over 90 macros, many of which fire multiple times per second to provide fully automatic lighting/HVAC throughout most living areas. HCA's visual programmer makes leveraging powerful automation features a snap. HCA with its multi-protocol support effortlessly bridges between all three protocols. Plus, as a client/server application, my HCA engine runs on a dedicated low power atom system that draws about 15 watts. It is controlled by full featured Windows/Android clients and I use their HTML display capabilities to drive dedicated android tablet based. I also use the interface to provide home control from anywhere my Samsung Galaxy Nexus phone has a data signal.
    Allan T -- New Hampshire   12/1/2012
    One would be hard pressed to find a better home automation software program. It is friendly, rock solid, very flexible and the tech support is as good as it gets. The visual programer gives one the ability to come up with sophisticated programs without programer training. I've used HCA software for 12 years and found that every version update has added new features that are turely useful. My configuration is integrated with a Davis Instrument weather sation. HCA can make decisions base on weather condions: don't turn on the lawn sprinklers if it is raining; it is raining so turn on lighting; it is cold have the text-to-voice announce that a wenter coat is required......... Turn on and off the Christmas tree at certain times and any other lights. Change the mood in your AV room. Read the discription on the Smarthome page for a better feel of the HCA capabilties. If you want to have a real good time buy the HCA software.
    Kim M -- seattle, WA   11/28/2012
    This is the best Home Automation Software I used I have used two other previously. The software has the ability to scale from simple on/off controls to highly programmable scenes and scenarios using a simple-to-use visual programing tool that even I can use. Great visibility and control into the specifics of X10 and Insteon devices those are the two technologies I use currently, including bright/dim settings, ramp speed, Insteon links, etc. Superior customer support by the HCA team plus extensive technical forums. I highly recommend this to anyone that is serious about home automation.
    Phil -- bradenton, FL   11/27/2012
    I have used HCA since before version 5.1 me thinks. With the client-server version it is a breeze to use it anywhere. It just keeps getting better and better. Highly Recommended.
    PETER -- los altos, CA   11/26/2012
    HCA works great. I use it mostly with Insteon devices, but also with a few legacy X10 items. Developing 'programs' to do multiple step or conditional actions is really easy using the graphical programming tool. I also use the Android client on my smartphone. Works great. Like any richly featured product it takes a bit of time to fully understand how to do complex tasks, but it works, is robust and bug free. All of this and a price that is affordable.
    Tony4848 -- Alanta GA area   11/26/2012
    Been using HCA for years, HCA11 is the best so far, I like the drag and drop Picture Programs you can write, simple and no statement text, plus going to 100% insteon, no more x-10. system has been very stable now with the addition of the Dual band devices.Support for HCA has alway been great over the years.
    John Tyson -- Denver   11/26/2012
    I have used Home Control Assistant Plus for many years and it is terrific. I use it to control over 40 Insteon and X10 devices both inside and outside the house. Easy to use out of the box or, with the built-in programming function, create complex control far beyond on/off/dim if needed. Technical support is exemplary. I tried numerous software packages when I first got into home automation and HCA Plus is by far the best.
    Hmw -- Iowa   11/26/2012
    I have used HCA several years. It has run 24/7 but with a few small problems - Tech support helped resolve those problems very promptly. I have the computer auto-restart if the power goes out or Microsoft does an update with a restart. I recommend this product as reliable and cost effective.
    Don604 -- delta, BC   11/25/2012
    HCA11-Plus has proven to be a very solid software product with which to manage my home. My system has grown over the years to over 100 addressable devices wireline and wireless of which most are X10 automation and security products. HCA11-Plus runs standalone on a 7x24 basis, and has proven to be outstanding in its reliability. One thing I like about this product is that I am now well positioned to transition to Insteon, and I'm just getting started at that. With 100 devices to be concerned about, it is critical that I be able to managed any change in an easy and seamless manner, and HCA11 is the tool to help me do that. I have also been able to use the excellent scripting system to develop over 150 programs that enable me to both manage my house operation and security better, but also to support the creation of amateur radio APRS weather reports originating from my Davis weather station. Overall, I am very pleased with HCA11, and consider it an integral part of my power management and home automation plans.
    Jim -- reno, Nv   11/25/2012
    This is a great product. I have been using it for some years now and it has transitioned me from a less than stable X10 environment into a pure reliable Insteon home. I have been able to lower my power bill by using room occupation sensors and putting timers on all of my lights. After installing HCA software I am able to leave home and be assured that the house will look occupied as the lighting scheme is set to look just like we are home. The interface is simple and the programming is intujitive and graphic. I use it in a server-client relationship and I am able to control my lighting and heating/colling from anywhere. Try it you'll like it!!!
    Bob A. -- phoenix, AZ   11/25/2012
    I have been using HCA since the first release and have come to rely on it. I run it on a spare older PC. I use it to control lights, heating and AC, the pool pump and heater, irrigation system, etc. I have it tied in to my Davis Instruments weather system files to automatically stop watering when it's raining and to make my heating comes on a bit earlier on really cold and windy mornings. I have a mix of devices in my house that I've collected over the years and I control them all with this one application. When I go on vacation, I switch over to my vacation schedule so the house will look lived in while I am gone and the air conditioning will automatically set itself back. If I forget to set the vacation schedule, or if I want to control any lights or other devices while I am away, I access HCA from the browser on my smartphone. I like the visual programming tool and that I can map my devices to a drawing of my house. I have no affiliation with HCA, other that the fact that I use their software and I keep upgrading to each new release. I'm an engineer by trade and I like software that simply does what it's supposed to do. HCA makes me happy because it's reliable, it has a good user interface, and it lets me control my house the way I want.
    Thomas -- United States   11/3/2012
    This is a great product, professionally designed with a tremendous amount of flexibility. I had it for less than a day and had set up my HA system complete with web interface and Android phone application. It got me where I have been trying to get for a long time. The manual is very comprehensive and well written. The product itself is not for the faint at heart... it helps to have a technical background, but once you get it set up you will not be disappointed at what it can do.

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