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Insteon 2412N SmartLinc INSTEON Central Controller

1.9 out of 5 stars 51 customer reviews

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  • Allows mobile web-enabled devices to remotely control INSTEON compatible devices
  • Stores and executes On and Off timers for your devices, all without a PC
  • IP camera support allows for remote surveillance and camera control
  • Customizable web interface makes controlling your home easy
  • Now with sunrise and sunset timer support, device status feedback and thermostat support

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Control your INSTEON home area network via any computer or web-enabled handheld device with SmartLinc - INSTEON Central Controller. SmartLinc integrates INSTEON technology with any web-enabled mobile device through Wi-Fi and cellular communication, allowing you to control or create timers for INSTEON devices or scenes from inside your home, in the backyard, at work, in the car or on vacation halfway around the world! Whether you are an electrician, or a home automation integrator, you will enjoy the ease with which programming and discovering of INSTEON devices is accomplished. A simple plug-in installation sets up in minutes and will allow a web-enabled phone or PDA to control your INSTEON network from almost anywhere. SmartLinc has been designed for optimal use with an iPhone or iPod touch as a mobile touch screen; however, there are customizable user-downloadable server applications that provide a flexible interface for any web-enabled device. INSTEON is a low-cost home control technology that uses both the existing electrical wires in the home and radio-frequency to communicate. From lighting, appliance and thermostat control to integrated security systems, INSTEON allows you to manage your home the way you want - from a handheld remote, wall keypad, computer or web-enabled device like a smart phone. Easy to install and set up, INSTEON offers the flexibility and dependability to make life more convenient, safe and energy efficient. Note: Requirements - Wi-Fi enabled phone or PDA, Wi-Fi router and PC connected to router. The Linksys Router Model WRT610N Version 1 has been found to be incompatible with SmartLinc. The more recent version WRT610N Version 2 is compatible.

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Technical Details

Part Number 2412N
Item Weight 1 pounds
Product Dimensions 5.9 x 5 x 3.1 inches
Item model number 2412N
Color White
Shape Rectangle
Wattage 7 watts
Item Package Quantity 1
Special Features works great!
Warranty Description 2 years, limited

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1.9 out of 5 stars 51 customer reviews

1.9 out of 5 stars
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Shipping Weight 1.1 pounds
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Date First Available April 27, 2010

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**Sorry for the length of this but since the instructions on connecting to IPhone are hard to find, I added what I had to do so you know what you are getting**

I purchased the Smarthome 2412N with two Icon appliance modules (Icon is the economic version of the Insteon module). I was having problems with remote computer equipment that would freeze and require me to drive 50 miles to reboot. Now with SmartLinc, I can reboot the computers from anywhere. I also looked at the Schlage device but it was more expensive and required the door locking mechanism. I just wanted to control wall outlets.

The initial connection was extremely easy. I plugged the SmartLinc to the wall outlet that my DSL modem was plugged into and then actually use the pass-through to connect the DSL modem (it works with cable modem also but I am just saying what I did). I connected the SmartLinc to the modem, turned on the computer and followed the instructions. Hooking up each appliance module was simple. First, plug the module in a wall outlet. Use your browser on your home computer (connected to the same DSL modem) to connect to your Smartlinc device. DON'T FORGET TO SET UP A USER NAME AND PASSWORD! Ask the device to search for new modules. Press the button on the side of the module. And then you are connected. You can then test the module. I had no problems with either module.

Once you have the module setup, register your device. If you have a dynamic IP address, registering your device allows you to find the external IP address of your device when the address changes. [It can connect to your device only if you do not change your default port, but there is a work around below if you know the external IP address].

That is the simple part.
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I got this module, used it for a few days, and then returned it for an ISY-99i.

The web interface on this module is very poor. Smarthome looks to have designed it as a mobile phone/PDA interface, which means that the layout is all wrong for a laptop or desktop monitor. The interface is also pretty slow and buggy despite being simple - on a few occasions, images did not show up, and pages consistently took longer than I was comfortable with to load.

Some technical notes: SSL is not supported. Out of the box, the device "calls home" to SmartHome as a service to help you locate it (you visit their web site and it says "click this link to access the private IP of the device directly!"). What a service.

If you're at all tech-savvy, go for something more powerful - the ISY devices will create groups/scenes of your Insteon devices and let you write programs doing things you otherwise wouldn't be able to. This device will just let you turn the lights on and off, and run simple time-of-day commands. With the ISY, you get everything up to and including a scriptable REST interface. It's worth the extra expense.
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A lot of people will tell you to skip this device and get a Universal Devices ISY-994i/IR Insteon Automation Controller. Others will say the ISY is too complicated and the Smartlinc does just what they want. I'm a computer programmer, so I don't mind complicated, but the base model ISY is about $240 and still requires Smarthome 2413S PowerLinc Modem INSTEON Dual-Band Serial Interface, White for $75 more, so it all costs 3 times what the Smartlinc costs. So I went with Smartlinc and soon ended up integrating it with MisterHouse running on my PC which actually gives me a similar level of control to running an ISY.

Unfortunately the Smartlinc proved to have too many bugs and I had to return it and get a PowerLinc modem.

After my overview of the Smartlinc itself, I'll discuss the main reasons I give Smartlinc only 1 star - a history of hardware failure within 2 years, bugs in its web server such as one that makes it unusable with Unix or Android phones, and a bug that makes it unusable as a PowerLinc modem alternative. After that, I'll discuss some alternatives to the ISY that cost much less and are more customizable, but harder to set up.

The Smartlinc is pretty basic, offering a clunky web interface you can use from a Windows, Mac, or iPhone web browser (Unix and Android browsers work poorly, as I'll explain later) to set up simple timers and control Insteon scenes. It also has some control over thermostats and can view cameras, but I don't have those devices to test with.
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Awesome product, but I think the title is a bit overstated, I wouldn't call it a central controller. It does have a lots of cool features, but falls short of "Central controller", but it is an awesome (sorry for repeating, but it it really IS awesome) iPhone/iPod-touch API with some additional functionality like simple timers.
You will not be able to execute any automation scripts, but it is great for simple schedules, and oh, camera support is such a nice touch.
So, if you won't pick on title, this device is totally deserves 5 stars.
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