Insteon® Announces Apple HomeKit-enabled Insteon App and Insteon Hub

Posted in Home Automation,Industry News by Ruslan Ulanov on the January 7th, 2015

LAS VEGAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Consumer Electronics Show – Insteon®, creators of the world’s premier home automation and control technology, today announced a new Insteon App supporting Apple HomeKit technology for home management. With the HomeKit-enabled Insteon App, users can control any HomeKit-enabled device, regardless of brand or product type. Insteon is also offering a new HomeKit-enabled Insteon Hub, which brings Insteon switches, outlets, thermostats, and light bulbs into the HomeKit ecosystem. The Insteon Hub featuring HomeKit technology is available for pre-order at $149.99.

“Support for HomeKit technology for home management will allow us to provide a simple and easy experience for our customers, with the ability to securely pair and control devices throughout the house including integration with Siri.”

HomeKit delivers a common protocol, secure pairing and the ability to easily control individual or groups of products throughout the house including integration with Siri®, Apple’s personal voice assistant. With HomeKit, you can create scenarios to direct Siri, such as “Bedtime, Siri,” that would dim the lights, lock the doors, close the garage door and set the thermostat.

The new Insteon App will work with all HomeKit-enabled products from various manufacturers and protocols, providing a simple, singular method for consumers to control connected devices.

“We’re thrilled to launch our HomeKit-enabled Insteon App and Insteon Hub. This brings together more products from more manufacturers under a single platform than we’ve ever seen,” said Joe Dada, CEO, Insteon. “Support for HomeKit technology for home management will allow us to provide a simple and easy experience for our customers, with the ability to securely pair and control devices throughout the house including integration with Siri.”

App features:

  • Control HomeKit-enabled lights, door locks, color-changing bulbs, garage door openers, thermostats and any other HomeKit-enabled products
  • Control Insteon switches, outlets, thermostats and more when paired with the HomeKit-enabled Insteon Hub
  • Easily add devices with just a tap
  • Create and manage rooms, zones and even multiple houses
  • Schedule scenes and set repeats for day, week or date
  • Dashboard view for quick visibility and control
  • Quickly create powerful scenes that adjust multiple devices

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Insteon Announces World’s First Remote-controlled Dual On/Off Outlet

Posted in Hardware,Home Automation,Industry News by Ruslan Ulanov on the November 13th, 2014

IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Insteon®, creators of the world’s premier home automation and control technology, today announced the industry’s first dual-on/off, dual-band outlet. Now consumers can separately and remotely control each of two sockets with a degree of reliability 100 times greater than competing protocols.

“Insteon’s new On/Off Outlet is yet another example of Insteon’s extraordinary range and versatility in today’s connected home”

“Insteon’s new On/Off Outlet is yet another example of Insteon’s extraordinary range and versatility in today’s connected home,” said Joe Dada, CEO of Insteon. “Now consumers have significantly more flexibility as they seek to set scenes, and save power. In particular, the combination of RF and Powerline communications in a single device makes it the most reliable outlet of its kind.”

At a glance, the features of Insteon’s new On/Off Outlet include:

  • Separate controls for each socket
  • Dual band communications – via the combination of RF and Powerline communications
  • Tamper-proof shutters to prevent shocks and burns
  • Control for up to 15 Amps
  • Smaller case enclosure for easier installation
  • A variety of colors, including white, almond, light almond, ivory, black, brown and grey

Insteon’s new On/Off Outlet is available starting today for $59.99 in white and $64.99 in the other colors.

The Insteon family of 200-plus devices turns any home into a connected home. Insteon users can set up lighting scenes, schedule lights to automatically turn on and off, and monitor their homes via wireless cameras from any mobile device. Insteon also offers a suite of sensors that allows users to receive instant alerts when doors and windows are opened, smoke and carbon monoxide is detected, or when there is a water leak in the home. Insteon provides all of this and more via free apps for iOS, Android, and Windows devices with no monthly fees.

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INSTEON Announces Windows and Windows Phone Apps for Connected Home Control and Monitoring

Posted in Home Automation,Software by Ruslan Ulanov on the May 23rd, 2014

IRVINE, Calif. – March 15, 2014 – INSTEON, creators of the world’s best-selling home automation and control technology, today announced that an enhanced version of its INSTEON app will be available for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8 devices as of June 1, 2014. The app comes with exclusive new features, making home automation even easier for everyone, from the ultra-techie to the average homeowner. Quickly following the release of the INSTEON app for Windows PCs, tablets and phones, INSTEON connected home devices will come to Microsoft retail stores.

The INSTEON family of devices turns any home into a connected home. INSTEON users are able to set up lighting scenes, schedule lights to automatically turn on and off, and monitor their homes via wireless cameras from any mobile device. INSTEON kits and modules allow users to receive instant notification alerts when doors and windows are opened or closed, or when there is a water leak in the home. INSTEON provides all of this and more via a free app with no monthly fees.

Windows-exclusive INSTEON app features
In addition to taking full advantage of the bold design and dynamic interface experience Windows 8.1 provides, INSTEON has included new features to this app release that are exclusive to the Windows platform, including:

  • – Visitor Mode – provides restricted access to children or guests in your home
  • – Live Tiles  get status on multiple devices directly on your Windows 8.1 Start screen (not currently available on Windows Phone 8)
  • – Enhanced Camera Support  view multiple cameras at once, view full-screen, and camera support without the need of an INSTEON Hub
  • – Multi-House Support – enables you to control multiple homes or businesses from a single account
  • – Dashboard View – a quick and organized view of the status of your home

“The Windows 8.1 platform provided INSTEON with an unparalleled opportunity to develop a beautiful and easy-to-use connected home experience. The Live Tile architecture is especially well-suited for home automation,” said Joe Dada, CEO, INSTEON. “Users are going to love controlling their INSTEON-connected home from their Windows devices.” (continue reading this article and leave comments here…)

INSTEON Home Automation Products Now Available in Europe, Australia and New Zealand

Posted in Hardware,Home Automation,Industry News by Ruslan Ulanov on the May 23rd, 2013

IRVINE, Calif., May 22, 2013 – INSTEON®, manufacturers of the best-selling, most reliable home automation and control technology, today announced the European launch of its easy to install and affordable home automation devices, opening the doors for savvy homeowners all across Europe who are looking to embrace the connected home experience.

Cleverly designed and so easy you can install it yourself, INSTEON offers a reliable and affordable home automation solution. The system starts with the INSTEON Hub; a simple and straightforward device that connects you to your home from anywhere in the world from your smartphone or tablet. The first wave of European products includes plug-in modules for lamps and appliances, in-wall micro modules, DIN rail modules, door/window sensors, motion sensors and thermostats.

An INSTEON system can be used for a wide variety of applications which can be installed and controlled via the INSTEON Hub and free iOS and Android apps. Access your network from anywhere in the world and control or monitor:

  • • Indoor and Outdoor Lighting Appliances
  • • Heating and Air Conditioning
  • • Motion, Door/Window Sensors
  • • Energy –create schedules  for lights and appliances to reduce energy usage and save money
  • • X10 compatible technology

INSTEON control signals are simultaneously sent using your home’s mains wiring and radio frequency. Unlike Zigbee and Z-Wave devices, INSTEON devices are peers,  enabling devices to transmit, receive or repeat other messages without requiring a master controller or complex routing software.

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The Worlds First Networked Light Bulb

Posted in Hardware,Home Automation,Industry News by Ruslan Ulanov on the June 19th, 2012

INSTEON light bulb

Smarthome has outran Google in bringing the first remotely-controllable light bulb to the market.

The dual-band INSTEON LED light bulb does not require plug-in modules or special hardwired wall switches. All circuitry is located inside the light bulb, which could be controlled by itself or as part of an automation scene. It’s fully dimmable and produces as much light as 60 Watt incandescent bulb, consuming only 8 Watt and lasting up to 50,000 hours.

The INSTEON LED light bulb is available for pre-order from Smarthome (Item# 2672-222) for $29.99