PowerLinc™ Controller Runs Home Automation Management

Software Without the Need for Powered-On PC;

SwitchLinc Timer, X10-Boosted Products Also Announced
     ORLANDO, Fla., March 10, 2004 - Smarthome, Inc., the world's leading provider of home automation products and personal gadgets, today introduced its PowerLinc? Controller, a plug-in module that allows users to run home automation management software without the need for a powered-on PC, as well as an automated light switch with a built-in timer and X10-enhanced products at the Electronic House Expo East in Orlando.      The PowerLinc Controller includes Smarthome Manager Essential software, a new home automation scheduling application designed for flexibility and ease-of-use. The software downloads program data from a PC to the controller via a USB connection.      PowerLinc Controller users can store more than 1,000 commands in a memory chip inside the controller module, allowing users to conveniently control and monitor their home automation devices, such as scheduling timer events for lighting or other devices, setting commands by room or section of the home, or maintaining a master reference list of all commands and devices.     Also being introduced at EH Expo East is SwitchLinc Timer, a relay version of Smarthome's SwitchLinc product with a built-in timer that turns off a light after a pre-set time period of up to 45 minutes.      Smarthome will also be launching top-selling products from the company that now incorporate BoosterLinc? technology. BoosterLinc strengthens the X10 signal - the technology that enables automated devices to communicate via the home's existing electrical wiring - to ensure a reliable home automation network.      "With these products, users can now expect both convenient and reliable control of their home automation devices," said Joe Dada, president and CEO of Smarthome, Inc. based in Irvine, Calif. "These proprietary products are part of Smarthome's mission to bring the highest level of quality and satisfaction to the home automation experience."     PowerLinc Controller users can upgrade to Smarthome Manager Plus which provides additional control and monitoring of home automation devices such as setting up "conditionals," which may be based on X10 device status, time, date, motion or other variable; or scheduling sequences of frequently used commands. PowerLinc Controller is also compatible with Home Control Assistant software for the PC and Indigo software for the Macintosh.      PowerLinc Controller is currently available for $69.99 through Smarthome's Web site,, or by phone, 1-800-SMARTHOME. Smarthome Manager Essential will also be available separately as a free download from the Smarthome Web site while Smarthome Manager Plus will also be available for $69.99. A PowerLinc Controller/Smarthome Manager Plus package is also available for $119.99.     The following products are among those showcased at the EH Expo East and available from Smarthome this month:     SwitchLinc™ Timer - SwitchLinc Timer's automatic timer feature sets it apart from other automated light switches. The timer countdown function can be disabled by the user, if desired. The SwitchLinc Timer is ideal for use in garages, closets, bathrooms or laundry rooms. Price: $89.99.     KeypadLinc™ Dimmer with BoosterLinc - This product integrates BoosterLinc technology into Smarthome's keypad device, allowing more reliable control over the entire home's lighting system with a single wall-mounted keypad and enhanced X10 signals throughout the home. The user can choose to control individual lights or whole-house lighting with the touch of a button, using pre-set dim levels and mood lighting options from the keypad. Price: $119.99.     ToggleLinc™ 2-Way Dimmer with BoosterLinc - Built-in BoosterLinc technology greatly improves the performance and dependability of traditional toggle light switches and dimmers, which allow users to control the light settings for one or all light circuits within the home, pre-set mood and lighting levels, or use fade-on and dimmer options. ToggleLinc 2-Way Dimmer can be controlled at the light circuit or through any X10-based transmitter (i.e., X10 Wireless Remote or Keychain). Price: $71.99. About Smarthome, Inc.Founded in 1992, Smarthome, Inc. is the largest home automation and home control supplier in the world. Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., Smarthome products are sold to an international customer base via the Web, phone and retail outlets as well as to distributors through its SmarthomePro division and to professional dealers and installers through its Smarthome MFG division. Smarthome, Inc. is dedicated to making life more convenient, safe and fun. Smarthome's on-line catalog can be found at

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