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lchiu7

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#195975 14-May-2016 13:27
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Having purchase a DOT and getting it work with a Dlink wall adapter I thought I would venture further and go for Insteon devices since they are SmartHome compatible and avoid your having to say Alexa - Tell Dlink to turn off bedroom map but instead say Alexa - turn off bedroom lamp.

 

Accordingly I purchased the international version Insteon hub (2242-522) from Trademe (as a reseller of Insteon AU/NZ devices), a wall module and a micro-switch (installed in the switch cavity).

 

All worked fine initially and I could control an appliance from the Insteon app.

 

But when I tried to add Echo control, while Alexa could find the hub it noted I needed to upgrade to the 2245-222 to enable Alexa support.

 

I called Insteon and they said the 2242-222 is an older module that has no Alexa support since it has no user way to upgrade the firmware while the 2245-222 can. It was also the version sold internationally The 2245-222 version is only available for the US market at the moment.

 

I asked if the US model was multi-voltage compatible and was told it was. And it might even work outside the US with international modules. This is because the Insteon devices are dual band - they control both over powerline (at a standard frequency of 131.65KHz 110-240V 50/60Hz) and also over RF (915MHz in the US and 921 MHz AU/NZ). So the US hub can control the international modules over powerline but there is no fallback to RF.

 

I am now thinking I might get the US hub and try it out. Else I will have an Insteon hub and modules that will just sit in their boxes gathering dust. Controlling from a smart phone app is not of interest to me - that isn't really full automation.

 

Apart from the possible issues of safety certification of running a US hub in NZ (no different from buying a router from Amazon and running it here), are the momentary bursts of 915MHz RF transmission when a devices is powered on/off going to cause interference in the house or neighbourhood?

 

Thoughts and has anybody else tried this out?





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  #1552587 14-May-2016 13:52
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Can you permanently switch off the RF inside US Insteon controller via the app or a web page? If not and if the RF will stay on permanently broadcasting US frequency, you can run into issues with authorities over that.




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  #1552591 14-May-2016 14:32
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No idea. The documentation is not clear on that. But if I could that might solve compliance issues but not functionality.




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Well I might have solved my problem. I found out I could control the Insteon hub (the older one as I noted in OP) via a Maker IFTTT channel since the older (and newer) hubs respond to specific URL's perform action. So it was just a matter of creating the right IFTTT recipe using the Maker channel to send the right URL to the hub. Slightly annoying I have to say Alexa trigger etc. but no big deal in the scheme of things.

 

 

 

Plus by using these devices

 

 

 

http://www.trademe.co.nz/building-renovation/electrical-lighting/switches-switchboards/switches/auction-1092086824.htm

 

 

 

I can control lights (on/off or dim) using Alexa without having to buy special bulbs





Staying in Wellington. Check out my AirBnB in the Wellington CBD.  https://www.airbnb.co.nz/rooms/32019730  Mention GZ to get a 10% discount

 

System One:  PS3 SuperSlim, NPVR and Plex Server running on Intel NUC (C2D) (Windows 10 Pro), Sony BDP-S390 BD player, Pioneer AVR, Odroid C2 running Kodi and Plex, Panasonic 60" 3D plasma, Samsung Q80 Atmos soundbar. Google Chromecast, Google Chromecast TV

System Two: Oppo BDP-80 BluRay Player with hardware mode to be region free, Vivitek HD1080P 1080P DLP projector with 100" screen, Denon AVRS730H 7.2 Channel Dolby Atmos/DTS-X AV Receiver, Samsung 4K player, Google Chromecast, Odroid C2 running Kodi and Plex

 

 


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