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Serial Connections to control remote devices

Question asked by taylorsharpe on Mar 21, 2012
Latest reply on Mar 22, 2012 by sporobolus

This past year was my first foray into FileMaker and serial connections using the Troi serial plugin to talk to phone systems, both PBX and analog (modems). I found it quite interesting and a bit challenging, but this has brought up another thought of mine that some of my clients may be interested in. Many of them keep their employee information in FileMaker and some do things like electronic time cards through FileMaker. Using FileMaker as the database end might be useful for controlling things like door locks and keypads. Is anyone aware of a interface module that FileMaker can talk to with the Troi Serial plugin that would then control locks or keypads? Maybe something like an x-10, INTEON or Z-wave controller? I'm just kicking the idea around, but thought I'd see if anyone else has experimented on this or has something working.