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Home automation tips for new construction projects

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A few months back, reader Billy wrote: We’re building a new house, and what better way to get in when you have all the walls open to begin with. I was wondering if you had any recommendations? Maybe you could

Posted by Matt Chiste
November 15

ISY-994i QuickStart: scenes and link tables

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I’ve written extensively about Insteon Scenes, and discussed some things to consider when diagnosing problems with scenes, but I thought for the sake of completeness in the ISY-994i QuickStart mini-series, scenes should be included. So here’s a question from reader

Posted by Matt Chiste
November 7

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

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

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

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
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