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Insteon Faq Resource

Postby wesblack on Sat Jun 14, 2008 7:52 am

xLobby Ver 3 supports INSTEON lighting and home automation technology.

1. What is an INSTEON network?
The INSTEON network protocol is a cost-effective dual-mesh (radio frequency - RF and powerline) home management network technology, that provides a secure, highly-available, affordable, robust home management network for home innovations. INSTEON technology is simple to integrate and will be widely available in a broad set of products offered by SmarthomeTM, Inc. and many other product innovators.

2. Is INSTEON a secure network?
Yes. Every INSTEON device has a unique 24 bit address, all transmissions are encoded onto the network. Additionally, INSTEON is designed to support additional device based encryption technologies.

3. What is a mesh network and how does it work?
The INSTEON network is an integrated (RF, Powerline) redundant, non-supervised, peer-to-peer network. There is no need for routing tables, each device in the network receives messages simultaneously, independent of whether the message originated via a wireless or powerline device. Network devices will "repeat" the signal based on message settings.

4. When will products with INSTEON technology be available?
The first INSTEON products launched the second quarter of 2005. Currently, INSTEON-compatible devices are available from over 20 manufacturers with approximately 200 products available to date.

5. How much will INSTEON-compatible devices cost?
Devices start at $19.99 retail. INSTEON is a very cost-effective technology to integrate into a wide range of products.

6. How many partners are developing INSTEON products?
INSTEON has many hardware partners adopting INSTEON, the technology is easy to integrate and is priced to be able to include in a broad base of products, from simple inexpensive wireless sensors to large home appliances.

7. How does INSTEON compare with ZigBeeTM, BluetoothTM, HomePlugTM, X-10TM?
Bluetooth - Bluetooth is designed as an ad-hoc network technology and as such is not designed to be a home control networking technology.
ZigBee/Z-Wave - INSTEON is not limited to a single physical network technology and does not require a network controller. It supports both RF and Powerline, enabling a broader set of applications. INSTEON technology is also a more cost-effective and reliable technology allowing it to be integrated into a broader range of products.
HomePlug - INSTEON is compatible with HomePlug but focused on different applications. HomePlug is tuned to broadband applications while INSTEON is focused on home control. INSTEON is a more cost-effective technology for home management.
X-10 - INSTEON is a more robust and reliable network yet, it is priced similarly and is compatible with industry standard X-10 devices.

8. If a home has a broadband network, why do I need INSTEON?
Homes will have two networks (Multimedia and Management). The broadband network is focused on a home's multimedia needs and is ideal for sending voice, video and internet throughout the home. The management network (INSTEON) is focused on sending control and simple data between devices within the home (i.e. a light switch turning on multiple lights/devices within the home). While the broadband network could also serve the management needs, on a device basis it is too expensive. Additionally, customers are not willing to plug their washer, microwave or garage door into an Ethernet cable.

9. Does INSTEON work with other home network technologies?
Yes, INSTEON will be introduced with an Ethernet, USB and serial bridge to allow communications with the Internet, computers and wide variety of security and wiring panels. Additionally, INSTEON supports communications with existing X-10 based devices. Smarthome expects development of additional bridges to other network technologies based on market demand.

10. Should I continue to purchase X-10 based products or wait for INSTEON?One of the significant advantages of the new INSTEON technology is it's backwards compatibility with existing X-10 products. As an example, an INSTEON switch can turn on an X-10 lamp module and an X-10 switch can turn on an INSTEON lamp module. Homeowners can continue to purchase X-10 devices today and then migrate over time to INSTEON.

11. Can the INSTEON technology handle high-bandwidth for application such as A/V distribution?
The protocol is designed to handle simple data, up to 16 bytes per message @ up to 10 messages a second. INSTEON will not support higher-bandwidth application. These applications are best suited for standard Ethernet. Higher band-width support results in higher overall cost. INSTEON is optimized for affordable, reliable, and secure control.

12. What applications are a good fit for the INSTEON technology?
Scene and remote control lighting
Security alarm interfaces and sensors
Home sensors (e.g. water, humidity, temperature)
Access control (e.g. door locks)
Heating and cooling (HVAC) control and management
Audio-video control
Appliance management
Energy savings
Irrigation

13. Does INSTEON support other voltages, such as 50Hz/220VAC?
Although Smarthome has not yet designed devices for voltages other than 110VAC/60Hz, the INSTEON technology could be adjusted for 50Hz timing. We do not have a schedule as yet for doing this effort.

14. What platforms (i.e. Windows, Mac, Linux) are supported by the INSTEON protocol?
Supported platforms depend on the interface used to communicate with the INSTEON network. Smarthome's PowerLinc (USB and Serial) and Powerline Modem (Serial) support any platform that can communicate with either a serial or USB port. Additionally, we have partners that have developed and are selling IP interfaces.

15. What devices do not repeat INSTEON signals?
To conserve power, message repeating can be disabled in devices, such as battery operated devices.

16. How is INSTEON support implemented into products?
Smarthome offer's Developer Kits which interface with products to allow communications between the product and the INSTEON network. The interface can be an internal INSTEON chip, a small PC board or an external plug-in adapter with I/O ports connecting to the host product(s).

17. How likely is RF interference?
Very unlikely. In the few situations we've encountered interference with other wireless devices, simply changing the frequency (commonly referred to as "Channels") on the offending device will solve any issues. INSTEON messages are very brief, leaving only a small amount of time for interference to occur.

18. Is every INSTEON compatible device required to be X10 compatible?
X10 compatibility is determined by the product manufacture/vendor. The INSTEON protocol does not mandate X10 compatibility. SmartLab's INSTEON compatible devices are designed to support X10.

19. What items have you found that interfere with Insteon signals?, (Please list Items you've found below)

Devices that may interfer with INSTEON
Sonos CC100 charging cradle
APC BX1000 UPS

Insteon wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Insteon

This list will be updated on a regular basis.

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Re: Insteon Faq Resource

Postby PhilB on Sat Jun 14, 2008 3:07 pm

Nice post Wes. Can I ask that you add some FAQ's to this list directly relating to XL and Insteon? I have X-10 and am interested in migrating.

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Re: Insteon Faq Resource

Postby vaporhat on Tue Sep 02, 2008 2:00 pm

Does INSTEON provide a feedback to XL to indicate if a light is on or off? or two-way communication?
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Re: Insteon Faq Resource

Postby wesblack on Wed Sep 10, 2008 3:58 pm

xLobby V3 does provide full 2 way status and you can hide or show graffic elements based on the lights status as well as the percentage values of there dimmers. A new full V3 release will be available before the end of the week.


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Re: Insteon Faq Resource

Postby vaporhat on Wed Sep 10, 2008 6:53 pm

wesblack wrote:xLobby V3 does provide full 2 way status and you can hide or show graffic elements based on the lights status as well as the percentage values of there dimmers. A new full V3 release will be available before the end of the week.


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Very exciting Wes.. starting to compile my Insteon order today :)

Been keeping a spot open in my skin for the lighting and HVAC.
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Re: Insteon Faq Resource

Postby cmhardwick on Tue Sep 16, 2008 2:10 am

any luck/progress on the UDP broadcast captures, so we can interface with PowerHome easier?
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Re: Insteon Faq Resource

Postby wesblack on Wed Sep 17, 2008 2:44 pm

We have been really busy this last 2-3 weeks with getting the first usable V3 release out + getting back from Cedia. It is still on our list. We will be spending more time on other things now that the conversion from Ver 2 to V3 is almost done, we appreciate your concerns and I will do what I can to try and get a sample interface menu for us to start on this. Just keep reminding me here in the forum, I wish more of our customers we sell to would use and adopt this standard. xLobby V3 is so powerful now its hard just explaining to new users the basic concepts of xLobby yet alone all the functions, events, services, etc. .

When we add some tools for UDP broadcast captures I will definately contact you for early testing. :D

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Re: Insteon Faq Resource

Postby smarty on Fri Oct 24, 2008 2:01 am

Is Insteon support in the latest Alpha yet (xlobby_3.0.8273.25)? If so, where can I find it?

I have a house full of Insteon that I control via PowerHome (Xlobby2 send/recieve event runs a PowerHome Macro).

When Insteon is supported, will it "talk Insteon" via a PLM or PLC?

God I hope it is the PLM, as the SDM software(from SmartHome) for the PLC is BUGGY!
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Re: Insteon Faq Resource

Postby wesblack on Mon Oct 27, 2008 4:23 pm

The service for xLobby V3 speaks directly to the PLC its fast and reliable. Your correct there API is very buggy. We will release the services for Insteon, UPB and Russound soon. I will post further details before the end of the week.





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