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PowerLinc Modem - INSTEON 2413U USB Interface (Dual-Band)

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3.7 out of 5 stars 75 customer reviews
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  • Easy, trouble-free USB connection
  • Control INSTEON and X10 devices from compatible HA software
  • Interface supports INSTEON extended messages
  • Supports 1000+ links
  • Doubles as an Access Point
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Product Description

Product Description

Powerline Modem USB port For any further queries please contact Nostalgia Electrics Customer Support Line at 920-347-9122.

From the Manufacturer

The USB INSTEON PowerLinc Modem is a USB-based home automation interface that allows PC- and hardware-based automation controllers to control INSTEON-compatible lights, appliances, heating/air conditioning systems and alarm systems directly via the INSTEON network. The dual-band interface sends and receives both powerline and radio frequency (RF) INSTEON signals, so it doubles as an Access Point. This makes it ideal for new INSTEON installs and if have or plan to use an RF-only INSTEON-compatible remote, thermostat, motion sensor and contact sensor. The RF signal can bypass electrical noise or attenuation near the PC and it pulls many of the "distant" INSTEON devices one hop closer, which can expand the size of potential installations into even larger homes and commercial buildings. New features: Built-in Dual-Band with RF function, acts like an Access Point for phase bridging and RF to/from power line; 1023 links (compared to around 800 links previously); Added a beep sounder ; Red/Green LED light; Supports faster reading and writing of the PLM's database by another controller; Much lighter weight ; No pass-through outlet. Please Note: The controller connected to the USB INSTEON PowerLinc Modem must remain powered on and running the controller program connected to the controller or host at all times of usage. Additionally, the dual-band interface does not supply power to external devices.For any further queries please contact   Nostalgia Electrics Customer Support Line at 920-347-9122.

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Technical Details

Part Number 2413U
Item Weight 6.4 ounces
Product Dimensions 3 x 2 x 4 inches
Origin China
Item model number 2413U
Color White
Item Package Quantity 1
Batteries Included? No
Batteries Required? No
Warranty Description 2 years, limited

Technical Specification

Manual [PDF ]
Manual [PDF ]

Additional Information

ASIN B002XA8XNQ
Customer Reviews
3.7 out of 5 stars 75 customer reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #16,006 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#36 in Home Improvement > Electrical > Home Automation Devices > Modules
Shipping Weight 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Date First Available November 16, 2009

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Customer Reviews

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I started out using X10 a couple of years ago. Then decided to switch to Zwave. I really love the ZWave, but I didn't want to have to replace all of my X10 stuff right away so I ordered this.

I have to say it works really good with my VeraLite. The only complaint I have is that the X10 devices respond very slow. I don't know where the fault is, but it works and that's the main thing.

If you already have X10 devices, this is the way to go... I'll end up keeping some of the devices, but I would like All ZWave.
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Works well. I use it as an X-10 controller for X-10 on/off modules (no dimming). My old X-10 controller stopped working, and can no longer be purchased. It was the type you could download the schedule to and then turn off your computer. This controller is not that way. Your computer has to be running all the time (which is not an issue for me). The computer does the schedule. Software is free by download off the web. The software is OK. The one feature I miss over my original software is a "month" selection for the schedule. You do have day of week, time of day, sunset/sunrise as a possible selections. I do like you can enable/disable a schedule (which works for me instead of the month scheduling), and there is a "test" selection, so you can test a schedule easily, or execute whenever you want. The software is really for the INSTEON type modules, so the software has more features for those, but it does work sufficiently for X-10. I use X-10 to turn on/off accent lights on my property (yard lights, window candles), yard fountains, and to control Christmas lights. X-10 modules are a lot cheaper then INSTEON, and I don't need the higher reliability (supposedly) that INSTEON provides. The controller I think puts out a stronger signal then my old controller, since I have fewer times where a light will not go on/off as scheduled. Note that the controller will turn on/off dimmer type X-10 modules, but only on/off, no dimming.
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It works, I have no problems with the functionality. However, there is one major defect that makes this device not suitable for any serious home automation system. In some cases when you have a short power outage the device just hangs. I have to unplug it from the outlet and plug it back to get it back to life. It is not very clear to me how does this happen, but I know that a short power surge or short power loss will kill it in 1 case out of 3-4. It happened to me twice so far that my home automation system was dead while I was on vacation. I tried to contact Smarthome and they confirmed that it is possible that the device crashes in case of power problem, but they are not going to do anything about it, not even a firmware update. And they cannot provide any suggestion on how to make a system based on this device more reliable. Obviously it cannot be plugged into UPS ;) So, while I am satisfied with the functionality I think the device is not reliable enough. I cannot trust my home (exterior lights, pool pump etc) to it when I am away for long enough.
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I was informed that my old reliable 2414U would not link with two new devices I bought; version 2 of the protocol was needed to be compatable. I tried to look into what was new or improved with the new protocol, but could only find something called, "extended messaging" that's not yet implemented. So this is just a money grab.

I'm okay with the "new" rip-off controller having many fewer features than the 2414U, mostly the lack of on-board execution, since I long ago added a lower power Mac Mini to be the Indigo server.

The reviews of the 2413U tended towards the unit being less reliable than the previous controllers. I'm here to say this has defiantly been the case in my installation. I would have 1 or 2 missed commands per month with the 2414U. With the 2413U I see 15 to 20 missed commands per month: same plug, same everything; even after adding four additional devices to the mesh/network.

Z-Wave is gaining ground and Insteon is playing games with their users; unnecessarily charging for repurchases and producing inferior products. It's like they're falling back on the failed X10 stratagy: cheaper and junker products feed into less profit which results in more cutbacks in quality and an even more dishonest business practices.
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It replaced an older model which was no longer compatible with some the newer Insteon devices. The downside is that it doesn't work as well with my Indigo software. There's considerably more lag time which may be attributable to the larger packet size. Also, unlike my older device, it lacks a courtesy outlet which makes me concerned about the isolation of the circuitry. Otherwise it's worked without a glitch for the past four weeks and seems to work better with devices on long cable runs.

* I'm amending this review. As this device has aged (only 4 months!) it's gotten progressively less reliable. The other night, it failed to turn on half the lights in my evening Indigo scheduler. There have been no other changes to the network and no new, noise-generating hardware added to the powerline. It just inconsistently fails to trigger certain devices.

The final straw was when I unplugged the unit today to see if a reboot would fix it. Instead, Indigo 5 fails to even see it now.

Given the many negative user reports I've read about the 2413U from people who are obviously comfortable with Insteon installations and the fact that the previous USB/Insteon module worked rather flawlessly, I'm reducing my rating to one star. Don't buy this unless you have to.
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