Insteon Hub Pro now available for pre-order with HomeKit

[June 3 2015 Update - please revisit this page and press Ctrl+F5 to refresh, since many additions are being made below this original article.] Ok, now this looks more interesting than the little Hub II ever did. Apple Homekit-enabled. Easier to set schedules. Extended RF range, using a mere 2 watts …

Feb 25 2015

Featured on “Home: On #038 – Insteon Revisited, with Paul Braren”

June 2013: I had the opportunity to talk about my home automation tinkering with my CES 2012 friend Mike Faucher, over on his podcast, BYOB Episode 125 “Home Automation”. Another guest on that very same episode was Richard Gunther, from The Digital Media Zone. Very grateful for that opportunity. DMZ&…

Dec 12 2014

Insteon Hub II appears first in November 2014 Smarthome catalog

As of Nov 26, the new Insteon Hub became available at Smarthome, click on the image to jump to their site. Got a catalog from Smarthome in the mail today. I know, right? It's actual paper. Right there on the cover is the "New and Improved" Insteon Hub II. Peculiar though, as it would …

Nov 17 2014

Chose the Insteon Hub in 2012, now they've announced Nest integration for 2014

 March 13 2014 Nest owners who purchase and install the Insteon Hub for their homes, as well as download the free Insteon app for both iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, can simply add an installed Nest product to their list of remote-controlled devices in the Insteon app. You may recall my …

Mar 28 2014

Insteon Smoke Bridge 2982-222

Insteon Smoke Bridge 2982-222 on Amazon here. The marriage of a smoke alarm and an Insteon home automation system can allow you to get automatic alerts on your smarthphone. Wouldn't you like to know whenever a smoke, fire, or carbon monoxide alarm goes off at your home, even when you're far from …

Aug 21 2013

Insteon Leak Sensor 2852-222

Insteon Leak Sensor 2852-222 on Amazon here. This is going well. First, Smarthome kindly replaced my Insteon hub, to make good on the promise of an easy configure smartphone + cloud home automation solution, chronicled here. Because of some early-adopter pain I had with the first revision of that…

Aug 20 2013

TinkerTry featured on BYOB Episode 125 "Home Automation"

Here's Mike Faucher's bold announcement. BYOB 125 is out and all about Home Automation.  Special guests, Richard Gunther from the DMZ and Paul Braren from TinkerTry.com.  Great show and a pile of information.  You have to listen to this one. Mike Faucher and I decided to try a little something di…

Jun 24 2013

Superguide: Insteon Home Automation

My home automation experiences started painfully, with thirteen years of mixed luck with X10 devices. I finally cut over to Insteon products in 2008. My first device was the 2413U and the clunky HouseLinc software, and an always-on Windows system to run it. While it controlled my Insteon devices …

Jun 23 2013

My home's First Alert ONELINK system for smoke and carbon monoxide detection includes voiced warnings, with optional smartphone alerts

Back in April of 2010, the time had come for me to assess the value of crawling into my attic and basement to replace my home's 1994 vintage fire detectors. Yes, that's well beyond the recommended every 10 year replacement interval. Because the detectors were hardwired to one-another, the prospect…

Jun 14 2013

Insteon Hub first impressions, easier home automation, configured right from your smartphone

Insteon Hub Item # 2242-222 [click to view on Amazon] Insteon Hub - Initial configuration, creating a Christmas lights scene for my living room, from my smartphone. It's a busy time of year. But my Insteon Hub 2242-222 arrived today, an early gift. I knew it was going to be at least December before …

Dec 22 2012