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Control INSTEON and other Home Automation Devices from your TV or PC
INSTEON-compatible mControl Software V2
INSTEON-compatible mControl Software V2
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INSTEON-Compatible mControl Software v2
Item# 1413
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  • Automation control via your TV or PC
  • Supports INSTEON dimmer/relay switches, lamp/appliance modules
  • Supports X10 dimmer/relay switches, universal modules, motion detectors, lamp/appliance modules
  • Control other automation systems such as sprinkler, HVAC, security, surveillance and more
  • Manage zones, devices automation, infrared (IR) and external commands
  • Drag-and-drop configuration with the ability to create and modify macros

Essential Info

Integrate all of your home automation systems into a single, easy-to-control interface using the INSTEON-compatible mControl Software. mControl installs on your PC and has the flexibility to be controlled from your PC or via a TV. From the comfort of your desk or your couch, you can access and control your INSTEON lighting and appliance controls, HVAC system, security system, IP surveillance cameras, audio/video (A/V) components, and your irrigation system. Create macros that link different automation devices and create scenes and events that will automate your lifestyle. Each macro can have one or more triggers; each trigger can have one or more conditions that will make your life more convenient and energy efficient. For operation, this product requires the use of a PowerLinc Controller - INSTEON USB Interface, PowerLinc Modem - INSTEON Serial Interface or an Universal Devices ISY Controllers.

Important Notes:
  • Your PC will need to remain on in order to execute timed commands and triggered events.
  • The PowerLinc Modem, INSTEON USB Interface has been tested in a beta version, but have not validated on the released version.
  • INSTEON-compatible mControl Software V2 is not compatible with SmartLinc - INSTEON Central Controller at this time.

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  • Manuals/Software

    What's Included

  • INSTEON-compatible mControl Software V2
  • More Info

    Supported Windows Platforms
  • Windows Vista (x86,x64)
  • Windows Home Server
  • Windows XP Editions - Home, Pro, Media Center Edition 2005
  • Windows 2003 Server
  • Windows 2000
  • Windows XP Embedded

    INSTEON and X10 Modules Supported
    INSTEON-compatible mControl Software V2 supports both the INSTEON and X10 protocols, allowing both systems to be used as your systems evolve. mControl's unique architecture also provides the ability to place the home automation adapters on your PC of choice so that you keep any clutter around the living room PC to a minimum.

    Please Note: For X10, an X10 PowerLinc Controller is required.

    Security Systems
  • View current area information including arm/disarm status
  • View current zone information including violations
  • Arm and disarm areas
  • Initiate macros on security system changes including on area alarms or change in arm/disarm status
  • Compatible with: DSC Security Products PowerSeries PC1616, PC1832 and PC1864; Elk M1 Gold; Honeywell ADEMCO VISTA-128BP and VISTA-250BP

    Camera Systems
  • View live video from cameras at up to 30 frames per second (fps) on Vista Media Center and mControl Editor
  • Pan-tilt-zoom functionality (if supported by camera)
  • Trigger macros based on camera-detected motion
  • Record video and snapshots manually or within macros
  • View recorded video and snapshots
  • On Media Center systems, view recorded video and snapshots within "My Videos" and "My Pictures" area
  • Ability to add other (CGI controlled or ActiveX-based) IP camera systems
  • Compatible with: AXIS Communications 206, 206M, 206W, 207, 207W, 210, 210A, 211, 212PTZ, 213PTZ, 214PTZ, 221, 225FD and analog camera hubs/servers; LINKSYS WVC54GCA, WVC200; Panasonic BB-HCM311,331,371,381, 511, 515, 531, 580, 581, BB-HCS30, BL-C10, 30, 111, 131, KX-HCM8, 10, 110, 230, 250, 270, 280, 280A; D-Link DCS-900, DCS-900W, DCS-2100+, DCS-3220/6620, DCS-5300W

    Climate Control Systems
  • View current temperature, climate control mode and fan settings information
  • Adjust climate control mode, mode set points and fan settings manually or within macros
  • Compatible with: Aprilaire 8870 and TZ16 (X10) thermostat.

    Control of Audio/Visual Components
  • Control audio/visual components via IR or through serial or IP connection
  • Control one or more audio/visual components through mControl automation macros
  • Compatible with: mControl Vista Media Center Controller Adapter; mControl Generic Adapter; Global Caché GC-100 Network Adapter; USB UIRT IR adapter; CasaTools

    Irrigation Systems
  • View valve and program status information
  • Adjust valve and program settings
  • Start single valve or program operation manually or within a macro
  • Compatible with: EZRain V1 Irrigation Controller

    Voice Control Systems
  • Control devices and initiate macros using voice control
  • Compatible with: One Voice Technology's Media Center Communicator; Microsoft Text-to-Speech

  • 1st Place for Best Commercial Application for Windows Media Center as awarded by the Media Center Podcast 2006
  • Runner-up for Best Commercial Application for Windows Media Center as awarded by the Media Center Podcast 2007

  • Specifications


    Manufacturer:Embedded Automation
    Manufacturer Product No.: MCON-HE-20-SH
    mControl (Automation) Service System Requirements:
  • Operating System: Windows 2000, Windows XP, Home Edition, Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Media Centre Edition 2005, Windows Vista
  • Microsoft.NET framework version 2.0 (or higher)
  • Microsoft MDAC version 2.7 (or higher)
  • mControl (User Interface) Clients System Requirements:
  • Windows Vista Media Center - using Media Center Presentation Layer (MCPL)
  • Windows XP Media Center Edition (MCE) 2005 (including Roll-up 2)
  • Windows Mobile
  • Internet Explorer 6.0 (or higher)
  • Ultra-mobile PC (UMPC) Internet

  • Important notes:
    Only merchandise credit for defective items returned within 30 days of purchase. No other returns allowed on this item.


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    Thermostat  Surveillance  Security  Alternative Applications 


    16 Ratings
    5 star: 31%  (5)
    4 star: 19%  (3)
    3 star: 6%  (1)
    2 star: 0%  (0)
    1 star: 44%  (7)
    Average Customer Rating
    (16 customer ratings)
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    Sorry I purchased this -- monroe, WA   12/7/2012
    Software is buggy - have to reset my system every 30 days or so to keep macros running. Company support has become non-existent. Look for another product as I cant recommend this one.
    Peter C. -- spokane, WA   3/4/2011
    Dear smarthome editors. Please retract my previous review for this product. It was a bit negative, because I thought embedded automation was no longer supporting their product, based on the many slipped deadlines and general silence on their forums. It appears they have revameped their website and have begun beta testing for mControl 3. I apologize for my mistake and would hope that you do not post my review from a couple days ago. Thank You.
    BRIAN -- shawnee, KS   1/24/2011
    Install was easy. The features work well for what I've done so far. I plan to do more with it in the future. The software has allowed me to determine if home automation is something I want to pursue.
    Marshal -- Pittsburgh   3/9/2010
    Beware of using MControl! There appears to be no ongoing development, and they have missed multiple commitments for enhancements and fixes. Some of the features that have been important to me are broken like ISY-99i interface. This software had great promise, but right now the future seems dead.....
    MICHAEL -- galena, OH   12/10/2009
    What a great product. All I can say it's been really nice to be able to come home to a lit house. Very reliable and mobile phone friendly. A little pricy, but when you find a product that "just works", it's worth every penny.
    MICHAEL -- spencer, MA   9/14/2009
    it works excellent and just as expected
    -- henderson, NV   7/23/2009
    Very nice insteon interation , do wish it would seek out my plugs and switches for me, also wish it would confirm the 2412U relationships too and from switches and 2412 as well as other switches so i can confirm bi=directional reporting of switches
    NICK J -- derby, KS   5/4/2009
    Great software. Works perfectly for what I want.


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