HAI offers Snap-Link for UMPC

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HAI, the leading manufacturer of integrated automation and security products since 1985, is now offering their award-winning Internet access and control software Snap-Link for the Ultra Mobile PC platform putting wireless home control in the palm of your hand.
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Snap-Link is software on a USB flash drive that plugs into any Windows(tm) computer (Windows 98SE(tm) or higher - including Vista(tm)). Snap-Link communicates through an encrypted Ethernet connection directly to a HAI home control system. It gives homeowners the ability to monitor and control lighting, security, temperatures, webcams, whole home audio, and more. Snap-Link is secure, very easy to use, requires no installation and no dedicated PC or server at the home. With the new enhancements Snap-Link can now be used on an Ultra Mobile PC anywhere in the home as a wireless touch screen.

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"Snap-Link is a very convenient and versatile interface for homeowners and therefore a powerful selling tool for builders trying to differentiate themselves from the competition," explains HAI President Jay McLellan. "With the new enhancements a homeowner can plug Snap-Link into a handheld device such as the Ultra Mobile PC and have touchscreen access on a fully functioning PC that can be carried around the house."

Snap-Link is currently shipping and has a suggested retail price of $99. There are no monthly fees or subscriptions associated with this software. Snap-Link has been awarded the 2007 CES Innovations Design and Engineering Award in the Integrated Home Systems category, was designated as a Finalist for Electrical Contracting Products' 2006 INNOVATION Awards and was awarded a CHIP (CePro High Impact Product) by the readers of CePro magazine.

HAI products are sold through a worldwide network of Distributors and installed by over 1000 trained dealers. For more information on HAI's Snap-Link or other award winning products, please visit www.homeauto.com or call (800) 229-7256.

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About HAI: HAI is a privately held manufacturer of integrated automation and security products for residential and commercial use based in New Orleans, LA. Incorporated in 1985, HAI has developed a full line of award-winning automation products, including automation controllers, communicating programmable thermostats, smart light switches, and software that allows access and control of an automation system over the Internet. All products are sold through HAI's worldwide network of Distribution Partners and installed by over 1000 trained dealers.
 
I also think it rocks. One warning, don't do what I've done. I didn't register my SnapLinks with the serial # and now I have to submit a request for help through HAI to update. Yikes! I never do anything the easy way...
 
I am surprised by the fact that HAI is promoting Snap-Link for a UPMC computer. The advantage of the smaller form factor is compromised by the addition of a USB attachment (memory stick). If Snap-Link would be made available as a "software only" solution, than I would consider it as an elegant solution for a home-based UPMC "wireless touchscreen" solution.

The other HAI solutions are:
. Web-link 2: requires a webserver always on in the house, may be not the situation that all of OMNI's homeowners want to deal with
. Media Center: requires a PC with Media Center (or Vista home premium). The Media Center interface is not as comprehensive as the snap-link

So... how difficult is it for HAI to release a "software only" Snap-link solution?
 
I am surprised by the fact that HAI is promoting Snap-Link for a UPMC computer. The advantage of the smaller form factor is compromised by the addition of a USB attachment (memory stick). If Snap-Link would be made available as a "software only" solution, than I would consider it as an elegant solution for a home-based UPMC "wireless touchscreen" solution.

The other HAI solutions are:
. Web-link 2: requires a webserver always on in the house, may be not the situation that all of OMNI's homeowners want to deal with
. Media Center: requires a PC with Media Center (or Vista home premium). The Media Center interface is not as comprehensive as the snap-link

So... how difficult is it for HAI to release a "software only" Snap-link solution?

You don't have to have the usb stick attached to the computer, you just copy the files off the stick and onto the HD/CF of the UMPC.
 
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