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ISY-994i QuickStart: Accessing the java application

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It’s been a while since I’ve written here, and wow do I have a backlog of posts I want to get written! Let’s get started with a “QuickStart” mini-series to help out those of you just getting started with the

Posted by Matt Chiste
November 1

Power Insteon wireless devices with a DC adapter

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Tired of replacing batteries in your wireless Insteon devices like motion sensors or hidden door sensors? Power them from the wall with a 9v wall adapter. The process is similar to what we did making a USB connector, splicing the

Posted by Matt Chiste
April 19

Hide clutter in MobiLinc with a character prefix

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Here’s a quick and simple tip for you MobiLinc users out there: regardless of how your ISY994i folder structure is set up, you likely have a bunch of devices, scenes, or programs that you just don’t want to show up

Posted by Matt Chiste
April 3

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

Unconventional Insteon automation – a smarter litter box

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Last year (on April 1, actually), I wrote a tongue-in-cheek article about automating your toilet. I got a lot of interesting and funny feedback on the post, but most interesting was an actual, practical application for the post. Reader Steve

Posted by Matt Chiste
February 23

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
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