MobiLinc Pro gets retina display support

Posted in Software by Ruslan Ulanov on the August 26th, 2010

Arguably the best iPhone app for INSTEON-based home automation systems MobiLinc Pro just released a new version (2.16) in the AppStore.

It gets new sleek images and icons specifically designed for higher resolution display of iPhone 4 (known as Retina Display).

Among other changes are support for upside down orientation of the iPhone’s screen, Plug-in Store for ISY99i controller owners and a few bug fixes.

Hopefully, the iPad version of MobiLinc Pro will follow soon. (continue reading this article and leave comments here…)

MobiLinc update adds support for SmartLinc controller

Posted in Home Automation,Industry News,Software by Ruslan Ulanov on the May 21st, 2010
SmartLinc controller

SmartLinc controller

Mobile Integrated Solutions has just released version 2.14 of their MobiLinc Pro software for iPhone and iPod Touch.

The major feature of this update is that it adds support for Smarthome’s low-cost SmartLinc INSTEON Central Controller (2412N).

Previously, MobiLinc supported only Universal Devices’ ISY 26/99i and PowerLinc 2414 controllers.

The new update also polishes some GUI issues and ISY communication when switching from EDGE/3G to WiFi connection.

TouchLinc controller reincarnated

Posted in Hardware,Home Automation,Industry News by Ruslan Ulanov on the March 23rd, 2010
TouchLinc #1270

TouchLinc #1270

Remember that touchscreen from a decade ago, called TouchLinc? It was one of the few affordable X10 touchscreen controllers at the time. It had black and white screen and three hardwired connections: power, PC Serial port (for programming) and 4-conductor telephone cable to your powerline interface.

Guess what? Smarthome is releasing an updated wireless version pretty soon (expected in stock 5/18/2010). Yes, of course it will support INSTEON, and to accomplish that you will have to have a SmartLinc (aka 2412N) controller in your set-up.

So, what’s new? (continue reading this article and leave comments here…)

First impressions: SmartLinc

Posted in Hardware,Home Automation by Ruslan Ulanov on the August 29th, 2008

NetLinc I have finally received my SmartLinc package yesterday. Yeay!

Here’s my first thoughts.

The installation process is pretty straight forward. Connect one end of Ethernet cable to SmartLinc, another to your router. Plug SmartLinc to available power outlet and you are ready to go. Or almost ready… Depends on your router’s configuration. In my case I have MAC filtering option enabled, so only devices whose MAC addresses are entered into router’s configuration are allowed to connect to my network. So, naturally, SmartLinc couldn’t get an IP from the router. It’s very easy to add a new MAC address to the router. That is if you know it. After thoroughly searching for MAC address on the SmartLinc box’s label, included Quick Start Guide and the SmartLinc device itself and not finding one, I turned to my router’s logs. They revealed that device with a certain MAC address was refused connection 100+ times. I entered that MAC address into router and… nothing. I had to unplug and re-connect SmartLinc to power outlet for it to get the IP. That was not so bad though.

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