April 20 2022 Urgent Update - Insteon ceased all sales and service operations abruptly in mid April of 2022, as covered by arstechnica here. Their abrupt closure left customers without access to their hubs to change any settings, myself included. While smarthome.com hasn't been taken offline yet, I would not recommend ordering anything. This shut-down has been confirmed by Insteon, see @danwroc's tweet linking to insteon.com/news2022. It's also not quite as bad operationally as it first seemed, with my own home's sunset/midnight/sunrise programs all still running fine, at least until the next Daylight Saving Time change on November 6 2022 here in the US. There also might be some paths forward to keep the installed hardware going, see details in My Hub is now offline thread on reddit, where rszostak writes:
Folks just to clear up a few things, the issue with the servers being done impacts the Insteon App which uses the Insteon servers to process the requests from the App. The timers are actually stored on the hub thus the reason those still work but you need the App to make changes so we are screwed to make changes as long as the Insteon servers are down, the Insteon App is effectively dead. However the good news is the hub can still be used with software that runs locally and does not rely on the cloud.
This is a shameful example of poor company behavior, and of the risk taken when investing in gear from any cloud-connected IoT device company. Such stories hurt the IoT industry as a whole. I'm glad that the prospects for some level of local Insteon device control may make the pain felt much less keen that it would be for other sad story endings such as Wink, and hopefully I can keep my dozens of Insteon devices away from landfills for at least a little while longer. All my local light wall toggle switches will continue to keep working, and a while back I moved from Insteon leak and smoke sensors over to the monitored service of (Amazon owned) Ring Home Security System.
Article as it originally appeared below.
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 home? With no monthly subscription?
then have a look at the family of products
First Alert ONELINK Items
then you'll understand that the
Insteon Smoke Bridge 2982-222
allows these 2 product families to communicate.
Released in 2003, this small plug in module bridges (connects) the Insteon wireless network with the ONELINK wireless network communications. For me, this was a great find, since I had already bought into Insteon back in 2008, and ONELINK back in 2010. This product works, and works well, alerting your smartphone to any smoke or CO Detector alerts, even when you're not at home. Video footage of the configuration shown below, with an actual smoke test and phone alert!
This exciting new capability gives me faith more cool stuff is coming, and that I made the right choice when going with Insteon, back in 2008. This family of products are meeting my growing needs nicely.
Here's a list of the 4 most common homeowners insurance claims:
- Water Damage
- Animal Attacks
- Fire Claims
Additional Insteon Smoke Bridge resources:
Sep 26 2013 Update:
See also Insteon Smoke Hub and Leak Detector by pcdoc on Jul 09 2013
Sep 28 2013 Update:
A smart smoke detector dubbed Protect. Nest is jumping into the same market, with release of this subscription free add-on expected by year end. Likely to be more costly.
Report: Smart Thermostat Maker Nest Building Smoke Detector by Stephanie Mlot Sep 25 2013
Nest also opening up their API to developers.
Nest Labs To Open Up Its Learning Thermostat To Developers