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Creating nested conditionals in the ISY994i

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Setting up nested conditionals in an ISY994i program isn’t hard, but it isn’t immediately obvious.

Posted by Matt Chiste
March 22

Be aware of home security implications with Amazon Echo

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First, let me say I love my Amazon Echo, and have totally embraced my Connected Home with the ISY-994i! This isn’t a post about some random security hole with integrating it into your home automation system, but a word of

Posted by Matt Chiste
March 2

Amazon Echo integration with the ISY994i is here!

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I didn’t have many nice things to say about the terrible Insteon hub, but let’s go the other way and gush about how great the ISY994i integration is with the Amazon Echo. Before we jump into it, let’s talk about

Posted by Matt Chiste
February 7

When is an Insteon scene not a scene?

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When setting up my Insteon can lights with Insteon scenes, I had a revelation that might seem obvious, but is worth mentioning because I know I spent a lot of time pulling my hair out on this one. In a

Posted by Matt Chiste
October 12

Multi-bulb scene control via an Insteon KeypadLinc

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Now that we’ve changed the wiring in our switch to leave the power to our ceiling lights always-on, we need a way to actually operate them. Because you’ve invested in these relatively expensive lights, you probably don’t just want all

Posted by Matt Chiste
September 22

First look at Universal Device’s ISY Portal

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Back in June, Universal Devices announced a new service called ISYPortal, which looks like a stellar addition to an already great product. In a nutshell, it will allow users to access their ISY994i devices from anywhere in the world, without

Posted by Matt Chiste
September 12

Insteon HomeKit not quite ready for prime time

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Last week I got an email from reader Matt Chroust who recently became (or at least tried to) an Insteon HomeKit early adopter. While he didn’t spend much time with the setup, his experience did not sound like a good

Posted by Matt Chiste
September 2
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