The Insteon Line by SmartHome
Last month we gave you an overview of how to plan and implement a home automation system, enabling you to control your home from a smartphone. This week we’ll review one commonly used system to give you a better idea how to get up and running.
The Insteon Line by SmartHome is one way to get started using and enjoying home automation. It provides you with the convenience of wireless access to your home from your smartphone or tablet an app available for iOS, Android and Windows. The Hub works in combination with your router and mobile device to control Insteon devices in your home no matter where you are. Simply download the app, sign in and all your settings (devices, scenes, icons, timers, etc.) are there. You can control Insteon light bulbs, wall switches, outlets, and thermostats at home or remotely and receive instant email or text message alerts from motion, door and window, water leak, and smoke sensors.
At the heart of the Insteon system is the Hub. It plugs into your home’s router, allowing remote control via a smartphone.
Adding a lamp dimmer to your system allows you to control a light remotely, turning it on and off and adjusting brightness levels. Simply plug the dimmer module into an outlet and plug a lamp into the dimmer module. Then, you can set rules, schedules, and other events from the app.
The Insteon thermostat integrates perfectly with the Hub. Once the thermostat is installed and linked to the Hub, you are ready to remotely control and program your thermostat.
A battery powered motion sensor can be placed up to 150 feet away from the Hub. Sensed motion can trigger whatever custom actions you want to set up.
Simply place this wireless device on the floor in any leak-prone area. In the event water is sensed, you will be alerted immediately. The battery life of the internal battery is supposed to be at least ten years.
These battery powered modules communicate with the Hub wirelessly. You can be alerted of openings/closings, or set up rules and programs to respond automatically.
The Insteon Wireless IP Camera allows you to watch your property from anywhere in the world. This camera connects wirelessly to the Hub, showing live footage to you on your smartphone, tablet, or computer.
With this line of home automation products, you can easily make a lot of headway into a robust home automation system. Though the Insteon line sacrifices the ability to add custom devices or events, this also means there is no programming requirement to get started, a willing compromise for most of the DIYers out there.