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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Que Publishing; 1 edition (November 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789751240
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789751249
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dennis C. Brewer is a technology enthusiast who has been associated with electrical and electronic projects since attending Washington Middle School in Calumet, Michigan.

 

His early technology experience included testing for and receiving an FCC commercial radio broadcast engineer license that allowed him to become a solo station operator announcer/engineer for WMPL AM/FM radio in Hancock, Michigan,. and finished service as a Chief Petty Officer Interior Communications Electrician to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree.

 

Dennis attended Michigan Technological University (MTU) and served simultaneous membership in the Michigan Army National Guard as a communication Sergeant First Class and a Cadet in the Michigan Technological University Army ROTC program. Upon graduation he was commissioned and a first Lieutenant, Combat Engineer Branch US Army Reserve.

 

Mr. Brewer’s employment in government service included the State of Michigan as a computer technology specialist with assignments in the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Department of Management and Budget, and Department of Information Technology. During his 12-year career in State of Michigan Government as a Novell (CNE) certified network engineer and information technology specialist, his experience included hands-on hardware, administration, network management and troubleshooting, consulting and planning services for state agencies, establishment of enterprise-level standards and procedures implementation, data security, and identity management. After retiring from state government, Dennis continued to pursue his interests in technology as an author and independent consultant.

 

Published books by Dennis C. Brewer include:

 

Build Your Own Free-to-Air (FTA) Satellite TV System, by Dennis C. Brewer (McGraw-Hill: Nov 8, 2011)

Wiring Your Digital Home For Dummies, by Dennis C. Brewer and Paul A. Brewer (For Dummies/Wiley: Oct 9, 2006)

Security Controls for Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404 IT Compliance: Authorization, Authentication, and Access, by Dennis C. Brewer (Wiley: Oct 21, 2005)

Picture Yourself Networking Your Home or Small Office, by Dennis C. Brewer (Course Technology PTR: Dec 2, 2008)

Green My Home!: 10 Steps to Lowering Energy Costs and Reducing Your Carbon Footprint, by Dennis C. Brewer (Kaplan Publishing: Oct 7, 2008)

 

His magazine writing credits include topics on disaster recovery, defining adequate security controls, free satellite TV, and Sarbane s-Oxley controls.

 

For more information about this author and his current technology and writing projects, visit http://www.DennisCBrewer.info.

 

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 19, 2013
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This is essentially one long advertisement for HAL software. A download of their basic software package is included, and virtually the entire book is how to set it up, adding capabilities, and upgrading and using the advanced versions of the HAL software.

Of course, most (but not all) of the hardware is from HAL, and the section on Insteon and Z-wave is miniscule.

This is NOT a general home automation book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bog Flynn on November 25, 2013
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I also just got this. I had pre-ordered it before it was published. I am building a new house. Agreed. Although there is some useful information contained within, I noticed it was all about HAL. Even funnier is I went to the site and an 'ultra' version he mentions does not exist - they have HAL2000, instead (they better upgrade that name!). Title should have had "...., Using HAL System" at end, which would have been right on the money. Nothing is actually misleading as it is a do-it-yourself book, and he does walk you through the whole process, and made it easy to follow. The bummer is the full-blown HAL system is upwards of $500 for the software. The 'basic' version will just get you by. It does work with all the protocols out there, which is a plus. If you have a spare PC lying around, it might be fun getting a few z-wave modules and trying it out. I might be looking further into Home SEER system at a little more than half cost of HAL flagship product, which seems to do everything, as well.

My two cents...
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By phiber101 on November 25, 2013
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I agree with the previous reviewer. This book is all about HAL software and the implementation of that system with little else. If you are looking for a comprehensive review of multiple technologies dealing in home automation because you are unsure what to use in your set up, look for a different book. I'm ashamed that I pre-ordered this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LikedOpenArena on April 10, 2014
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Ok, this book is semi general at first skimming, the other reviewers are correct, it all about HAL ... [not steve. (S B reference)] The first chapter is about general electrical components, looked to be fairly comprehensive, but I did not look deep at the 3 way switches. (First point of pain. Also, they talk about PC's and show serial ports, not bad but then they show slot/card based modems with an obsolete card form. Wouldn't it be better to add more serial ports and use a serial modem. The section on Operating systems only showed Windows; seriously? What about Linux? Does HAL work on WINE? How about MONO (.net for linux). In the age of the tinkerer, Linux is more 'hacker friendly'! Also missing, Arduino ... did not look closely, I may have missed it. But if you are automating your home, you have to be a bit of a hacker. Read a short section on Zigbee, it did not mention that Zigbee is a radio frequency, not a technology stack. If you want to do anything skip Zigbee, it is proprietary on the individual hardware lines ... (IRIS) ie One zigbee is not the same as another zigbee. Stick with Z-wave, Insteon

Overall the book was decent, has its good points but the best was the HAL reference. With some creative license you can read and modify sections to your wife and freak her out ... what are you doing dave ... don't unplug me dave ... [activate motorized blinds] ... lumens increasing ... heat increasing ... oh crap ... I can't vent the human to space ... stupid earth bound house in non vacuum!!!

Activating central vac!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr Pepper on June 11, 2014
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I bought this book at B & N bookstore. I made the mistake of not reviewing it in the coffee shop.
It's all about HAL software and products.
I hate books and web sites that pretend to be independent and turn out as an ad for a product.
I'm sure HAL paid for this book
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More About the Author

Dennis C. Brewer is a graduate of Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. His varied career path includes both military, government, and private sector experience.

His military service includes the U.S. Navy having attained the rank of Chief Petty Officer; Interior Communications Electrician with sea service on the USS Bristol and USS Prairie, and nearly six years as a Navy Recruiter for the Milwaukee Recruiting District stationed in Houghton, Michigan.

After serving in the Navy, he attended Michigan Tech and co-enrolled in the Senior Army Reserve Officer Training Course and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1981 in the Combat Engineer Branch, U.S. Army Reserve. The Governor of Michigan accepted his transfer request to serve the Michigan Military Establishment in the Michigan Army National Guard where he served honorably for twelve years in many engineer units and retired as a Captain in 1992.

His work experience highlights include loan officer, electrician, federal facilities management specialist, and information technology solutions specialist. Dennis retired from the State of Michigan; Department of Information Technology, Office of Enterprise Security in 2006 and returned to the Copper Country in Michigan's Upper Peninsula where he writes books and magazine articles and runs an independent consulting practice.

He and his wife Penny enjoy the Michigan outdoors and travel extensively in their class C motor home.





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