HouseAgent is a python-based home automation tool, with a promising architecture. It appears that plugins are separate processes that communicate via AMQP, which means they can be written in (almost) any programming language. It has a web interface, and a simple rules engine.
I installed the latest daily build of House Agent on a Windows 7 machine and ran into some problems. The main problem was that it wouldn't launch.
After poking around for a while I figured out that you could run the House Agent daemon at the command line to get more info. Just run 'houseagent.exe debug' to display debug messages. I quickly discovered that there were files missing, namely houseagent.conf. I grabbed these files from the git repo and put them in the places the error messages referred to. The next error I had was that the port it was trying to use was already in use (8080) so I changed that in houseagent.conf.
At this point House Agent successfully launched, and I could get to the main web interface. Then I went to the git repo for the JeeLabs plugin and grabbed all of the files there. There wasn't any documentation so I made a directory called JeeLabs in the plugins folder in the House Agent install directory and copied all the files from the git repo there. I then restarted the HouseAgent daemon and was able to successfully add a JeeLabs device.
I stopped at this point since I'll need to actually tie in some JeeNode hardware to continue my investigation. There is a .conf file in the JeeLabs plugin directory that can be used to set the COM port to use and various other things.
There is also a fork of the JeeLabs which appears to be a little more up-to-date here. Even with those changes, when compared to another more up-to-date plugin, like ZWave, it looks like the JeeLabs plugin has been somewhat abandoned.
The web UI is also pretty plain and if I decide to use HouseAgent I'd like to modify it to look a little more snazzy. Right now it looks like an "admin" interface, rather than one that a user would really appreciate. There does seem to be a branch where someone is working on mobile interface here.
At this point I kind of gave up since it seemed like getting HouseAgent to run was just fixing one bug after another. HouseAgent seems like a great architecture but would probably take too much time and effort to make usable.
- Written in python (yeah!)
- Good plugin architecture
- Web-based UI
- It doesn't look like HouseAgent has been under active developement in several years. Has the project been abandoned?
- In general, it appears to be a little rough around the edges
- Web UI is a little ugly and not mobile friendly