It looks like a computer router, but actually allows for control of lighting, security, thermostats and a whole lot more. Actiontec just announced zControl, a new series of home automation gateways that do just that.
Shipping next month, the first incarnation of zControl is a unit that connects to a home router. It can be accessed by a PC or cell phone. The Starter Kit will cost $399.
And in case you didn’t already guess it, the z in zControl means the products will have Z-Wave support.
Other versions coming soon pack the home control into Actiontec’s routers and DSL gateways. A set-top box with media center features should also arrive by mid-2008.