Insteon devices are set up using a Plug and Tap method. The procedure to link two Insteon devices can be done manually at the devices. Although a basic system can be deployed without a controller or PC, such a device may be added for advanced home management. Some devices are able to save and restore the configuration of individual devices on the network.
Insteon X10 compatibility
Existing X10 home networks can be migrated to an Insteon network without having to discard all their existing X10 devices. INSTEON devices repeat Insteon signals, but not X10 signals.
Although both can be sent over the same wiring but Insteon commands are not similar to or compatible with X10. But the Insteon driver chip sets include the capability of transmitting, receiving, and responding to X10 power line messages in addition to Insteon messages. X10 compatibility is implemented in the Insteon-compatible chip sets made by SmartLabs, which are available for other product vendors.
Scalable, Fast and Affordable
There is no practical limit to the size of an Insteon network (the theoretical limit is currently 16.7 million). Installations over 400 nodes are fairly common. One installation is approaching 2,000 nodes. Another installation automates the building systems in a 600,000 SF industrial building. Most other networking technologies cannot scale beyond 256 nodes.
Utilizing a unique Statelink technology, a single Insteon signal can simultaneously activate hundreds or even thousands of devices simultaneously. Other technologies need to send much more data. None can compare with the actual throughput of Insteon.
Insteon is the most price competitive technology on the market.
Guaranteed Forwards and Backwards Compatibility
Insteon’s Statelink technology guarantees both forward and backwards compatibility amongst products. No other networking technology enjoys this advantage.
- Access control (e.g. door locks)
- Appliance management
- Audio-video control
- Control and status on smartphones and tablets
- Email and text (SMS) alerts
- Energy measurement
- Energy savings
- Garage door sensing and control
- Humidity sensing and control
- Irrigation control
- Leak sensing
- Occupancy sensing
- Remote control heating and air conditioning (HVAC)
- Remote control lighting
- Scene lighting