|Item Weight||1.2 pounds|
|Package Dimensions||8.3 x 6.4 x 5.7 inches|
|Item model number||318276I|
|Style||RF Drape Control Kit|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
Insteon 318276I RF Drape Control Kit
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- Everything you need to operate your Somfy controlled drapes from your Insteon network
- I/O Linc triggers an RF signal from the Somfy Interface to open or close compatible window coverings
- Insteon compatibility for outstanding performance
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Remotely operate drapes, blinds and other window coverings from your Insteon network using this kit which features an Insteon I/O Linc and a Somfy interface.
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In my setup I mounted the sensor on the top of the garage door, and then added a few shims on the magnet that mounted to the top of the door so they would line up. Two great things I'll point out (1) the magnet and the sensor only need to be in reasonably close proximity to work, they do not need to line up exactly. I think even a couple inches off would work just fine. (2) there is a handy green LED that lights up when the sensor is aligned with the magnet, so as you are installing this it is extremely easy to tell if the magnet and the sensor are lined up. These two features made the install so easy I think I completed it in less time than typing this review. :-)
Overall - highly recommended. As a side note, I'm using the four scene remote for this and after the initial charge it has worked for weeks and weeks and hasn't needed to be recharged yet. Very happy with this and will get one for the other garage door!!!!
I don't know how many times I've left my home only to wonder if I remembered to close the garage door. This is exactly the reason why I bought this Garage Door Control and Status kit. It perfectly fits my needs since it allows me to control and monitor my garage door with my iPhone and iPad (via the Insteon for Hub app). Functioning the garage door via your mobile device is easy, you either hit "On" or "Off". The only quirky thing about this is that either command operates the garage door whether the door is open or closed. Don't expect "On" to only open the garage door. It'll either open or close the door depending on whether it was already opened or closed. Likewise for "Off", it operates exactly like "On". This is why it is essential to have the magnetic contacts installed correctly. The Insteon app will let you know whether the contacts are close or far apart from each other. In my setup, when the contacts are far apart from each other (i.e. door is open), the status is Red in the Insteon app. When the contacts are in close proximity to each other, the status is Gray in the Insteon app. Just in case, I have an camera setup in my garage door so that I can visually see if the door is closed or not. This isn't necessary, but another peace of mind to have in case something goes wrong with the contacts. However, I've had this kit for a little over two years and nothing has malfunctioned on me as of yet. I need to add that I use this to operate a Chamberlain Liftmaster 1345M 1/3 HP garage door opener, which was fairly simple to setup. If you have a more sophisticated garage door opener, setup may be a bit more complicated.
The kit basically has two major components, the I/O Linc, which is what you plug into the power outlet next to the garage door motor and a set of magnetic contact sensors, which you setup at the garage door. Installing the kit took me a good 2 hours. This includes me reading the instructions and trying to make sense of how everything works together. However, if you're already savvy with this stuff and don't need time to figure things out, you could probably install everything within 30 to 45 minutes. Getting the magnetic contacts positioned was probably the most challenging part for me. I chose to install one contact on the top of my garage door and the other on the wall right above the garage door. The mistake I did (multiple times) was to install the top contact (the one that gets attached to the wall) too close to the top of the garage door. The problem with this is that the garage door sheared the contact off the wall when I opened it. You'll need to find that optimum distance on the wall so that the garage door can clear the contact when it opens. Instructions say the space between the contacts can be up to 1/2". Well, in my case it's about 1", so don't be scared to go a little over if you need to. Also, I didn't want to drill into my garage door to mount a contact on to it. Instead, I used some Scotch mounting putty to keep the contact in place (works like a charm). The cables from the contacts to the I/O Linc are excessively long, but that's not a bad thing, better to have too much than too little. I didn't have a staple gun to secure the cables to the ceiling, so I used monkey hooks instead. It was pretty easy using the hooks and it makes for a cleaner job also (in my opinion). Connecting the I/O Linc was fairly simple as well. I unplugged the garage door opener from the outlet, plugged the I/O Linc in, and plugged the garage door opener power into the I/O Linc. From there, I attached the wires from the I/O Linc terminals into the garage door opener's terminals. I included a photo of this. After all of this was done, I followed the instructions to sync everything up. To be exact, here are my setting in my iOS device:
On Alert switched Off
Off Alert switched On - This sends me email and iOS notifications every time my door is opened
Monitor and Display Sensor Status switched On
Monitor and Display Relay Status switched Off
Relay Mode - Momentary selected
Momentary Duration - 2 Seconds
Relay Commands - "On or Off closes the relay" selected
Sensor Triggers Relay - No
Check Sensor Before Triggering - No
Sensor Sends - "On when closed" selected
All in all, this is a great product. It may be a challenge to install if you're not familiar with it, but in the end, it'll be well worth the effort once you have everything setup. Being able to check on your home while away is awesome, especially if you’re on travel.
My main problem with this device is that it works over PLC (Power Line Communication), something that I wasn't clear on when I bought it. I plugged the device in, only a dozen feet from the hub, and it would not connect. I finally realized that it wasn't connecting because the power circuits were different. I tested it by plugging it into the same outlet and it finally connected. I feel like this is a flaw in the design, or at least that people should be made more aware that there are limitations to the capabilities of PLC. In trying to find a solution, I considered buying the power line filter, or the range booster from insteon. I also thought about running an extension cord from my data closet to the garage. Finally, I decided to buy an $18 wifi bridge so I could plug the hub into the device directly, and also into the bridge to access my wifi signal. I have not yet implemented this, but I suspect it will work.
I tested the device with an extension cord going to the data closet. It works. The iPhone app activates the relay, which opens or closes the garage. Actually, technically what it does is activate the relay in the device, which then sends a low voltage signal to the garage door, just like a garage door button. The UI on the app is a little confusing because it has "ON" and "OFF" buttons, and really both buttons do the same thing, they trigger the relay, so the labels are kinda meaningless. If your garage door is open, it will close, and vice versa. If it is in the process of opening/closing, it will stop. There is no way to tell, from the app, if the signal will do any of those things because it doesn't know if the garage door is in motion or not. It does give a signal that says if the magnetic sensor is triggered or not, so you can tell if the door is in whatever position you put the sensor at, and figure out what activating the relay will do from there. You need to get familiar with what the red light vs. green light means on the app - it doesn't give you the ability to label an activated sensor as "door closed" or "door open". Also, the sensor indicator on the app sometimes takes a few seconds to refresh.
So, given that the button will either stop motion, or send the door moving in either direction, you might have to wait for the door to stop moving in whatever direction it is going (and if you don't know, you can check the sensor after giving time to travel to open or closed). It's just like a regular single-push garage door button, but it is a bit challenging to use if you aren't home. If this sounds confusing to you, you might want to get a different product, or install a wifi camera so you can actually see the door from your phone.
I should also mention that the product comes with a single card that tells you to download the instruction manual from insteon.com/garagedoorkit. At the time of this writing, that link redirects to www.insteon.com/io-module, which is the main unit in the box, but that documentation doesn't describe some of the aspects of setting the device up. The complete manual can be found here: cache.insteon.com/documentation/74551qs-frc.pdf . Please fix your links, Insteon.