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ISY-994i QuickStart: Adding devices to the ISY-994i

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Continuing our QuickStart series of posts about the fundamentals of basic ISY configuration, today we’ll cover two ways to add a device to the ISY-994i. Without getting too technical, when we add a device to the ISY, in addition to

Posted by Matt Chiste
November 3

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

Insteon can lights make for easy scenes not previously possible

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A relatively new device added to the Insteon stable is the LED Bulb for Recessed Lights: They’re great additions in larger rooms with multiple lights where you would like individual lights to turn on for different reasons – something not

Posted by Matt Chiste
September 18

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

Amazon Echo: Alexa Skills Kit is awesome for home control

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I’ve been playing around with the Amazon Echo (buy it today to save $50!), and its ability to integrate into my Insteon-based home automation system. I’ve been using the Alexa Skills Kit integrated with my custom software IntelliHome, and it’s

Posted by Matt Chiste
July 15

Insteon OutletLinc Dimmers are only for 2-prong lamps

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We’ve talked about the Insteon OutletLinc before, including installing a new Insteon OutletLinc, using one to control stairway lighting, and using one for other indirect lighting. OutletLincs come in a variety of models with different features like SwitchLincs (dimming, dual-band,

Posted by Matt Chiste
November 13
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