Monthly Archives: July 2013

Insteon TriggerLinc

Today’s feature is a simple addition to our home automation system – the Insteon TriggerLinc. This device is about as simple as they come: it’s a magnetic sensor that reports its open-closed status to your Insteon network via scenes or

Posted by Matt Chiste
July 30

Wiring ethernet between floors

Now that we’ve determined ethernet offers much better download speeds than wifi, how do we make it happen? There’s a great article on Instructables (via LifeHacker) covering some high-level topics, and I encourage you to check that out. I’ll try

Posted by Matt Chiste
July 27

Use wired ethernet instead of Wi-Fi when possible

LifeHacker, one of my personal favorite blogs, recently ran a poll on how many of their readers use a wired network in their house as opposed to wireless only. A surprising minority were exclusively wireless, with most people reporting at

Posted by Matt Chiste
July 24

Insteon-Controlled Thermostat

While I was installing my home command center, I also took the opportunity to replace my existing thermostat with an Insteon Thermostat (well, technically a slightly older-looking model). Wiring these guys up is pretty straight-forward: you simply pop the cover

Posted by Matt Chiste
July 21

Build a Home Command Center for your Smart Home

Remember those old tape deck-based intercom systems popular in the ’80s and ’90s that allowed you to play music and page different rooms of the house? When I bought my house in 2011 (built in ’89) they still had one

Posted by Matt Chiste
July 18

Gather useful energy consumption stats with the eMonitor

As you’re building your Insteon-enabled Automated Home, you may start developing an interest in other things related to a Smart Home, such as power consumption. When I got this energy monitoring bug, I did some research and found the eMonitor

Posted by Matt Chiste
July 15

Laser-etched KeypadLinc Buttons

When we covered the KeypadLinc, we talked about how you could get a 50-pack of buttons with different text or use a 4-Color LED Color Change Kit to get different colored buttons. But, to truly give your 8-button Insteon KeypadLinc

Posted by Matt Chiste
July 12
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