Home Control Assistant HCA 11 Plus - Home Automation Software
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Home Control Assistant HCA 11 Plus - Home Automation Software

Windows Based Home Automation Controller for INSTEON, X10, UPB, Wireless and IR Technology
  • 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

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  • 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

    • Product Comparison Chart - Standard vs. Plus









    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).

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    Review of 126811 Review by LARRY
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    This item needs better instructions for installion for a first time user of Insteon Products and a list of the supported Insteon items

    Posted on 4/20/2013

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    Posted on 1/22/2013

    Review of 126811 Review by steveg
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    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!

    Posted on 12/19/2012

    Review of 126811 Review by Kevin
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    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.

    Posted on 12/4/2012

    Review of 126811 Review by Kevin Wilcox
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    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.

    Posted on 12/4/2012

    Review of 126811 Review by Allan
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    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.

    Posted on 11/30/2012

    Review of 126811 Review by Allan T
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    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.

    Posted on 11/30/2012

    Review of 126811 Review by Kim
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    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.

    Posted on 11/27/2012

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