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INSTEON is the gold standard networking technology for the connected home. It is a dual-mesh control and sensing, remote control technology. Lighting control, leak, door and motion sensing, garage door control are amongst the most popular applications.
In business for over 20 years, INSTEON’s creators have more experience and customer feedback than any other team in the world.
INSTEON uses a unique, dual-band approach to provide reliability not attainable by single band technologies. Using both the existing wires (power line) in the home and radio-frequency communication, INSTEON adds remote control and automation to lighting, appliance and home control applications of all types. From lighting control to integrated security systems, INSTEON allows you to manage your home the way you want. Easy to install and set up, INSTEON offers the flexibility and dependability to make life more convenient, safe and fun.
Over 200 INSTEON products (in the US marketplace) mean that virtually any control or sensing solution in a home or business can be accomplished. Millions of units in the field and the INSTEON’s team’s passion for perfection have led to the highest quality and most reliable product line available.
All INSTEON Plug-In Modules are peers meaning that any Plug-In Module can transmit, receive or repeat messages without requiring a Master Controller or complex routing software.
Also available from stock are the INSTEON Micro Modules, DIN-Rail Modules, Thermostats, D/W sensors, Motion Sensors, Key-Chain Remote and ‘our crown’ the INSTEON HUB II.
How It Works
What makes INSTEON the most reliable home automation technology is its dual-band network. "Dual" means that INSTEON uses both radio frequency signals and the home's existing electrical wiring to talk to each other. Every message is confirmed as it is received, and if any errors are detected, the message is automatically resent.
Unlike all other mesh networks, INSTEON's "mesh" network has every device acting as a repeater -- receiving and sending every message to all other devices on the network. So instead of stressing the network by adding more INSTEON devices, you actually strengthen it. Other mesh networks use router tables, and only those products involved in routing the signal act as repeaters – creating a less reliable network.
Unlike other networks, INSTEON commands are simple and universal. One command is sent to all devices simultaneously for instant, elegant scene control. Unlike other networks, INSTEON commands are guaranteed to be backwards and forwards compatible.
With no central controller or networking setup required, setting up your INSTEON network is a simple plug and tap to link one INSTEON product to another. Best of all, every INSTEON device has its own unique ID, so neighbors and would-be hackers can't control your home.
With the use of your smartphone or tablet plus the help of the INSTEON Hub II, you can easily access, control and check on the status of your INSTEON network and your IP cameras.
This document answers many of the Frequently Asked Questions regarding Insteon home automation. It is maintained on a purely volunteer basis. Suggestions for updates and changes can be posted on the forums.