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Correct INSTEON/X10 Signal-Strength Problems with the 10-Amp Plug-In Noise Filter
FilterLinc 10-Amp Plug-In Noise Filter
FilterLinc™ 10-Amp Plug-In Noise Filter
FilterLinc 10-Amp Plug-In Noise Filter
Item# 1626-10
Price: $29.99
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  • Compatible with INSTEON and X10 signals
  • Eliminates interference on the power line, so INSTEON/X10 signals remain strong and clear
  • Prevents INSTEON/X10 signals from being absorbed by appliance power supplies
  • Unfiltered feed-through outlet won't block you from plugging in other devices
  • The 10-amp plug-in noise filter is fully ETL approved

Essential Info

If your INSTEON or X10 system consists of a desktop timer and a couple of modules, chances are you won't encounter signal-strength problems. But if you're using several INSTEON or X10 switches, modules, and controllers throughout the house and want to assure maximum reliability, you'll need to supplement your system with the FilterLinc 10-Amp Plug-In Noise Filter. The dual-function 10-amp plug-in noise filter not only block unwanted interference on the power line, it also prevents other devices from attenuating your signals—resulting in a virtually problem-free INSTEON or X10 system.


What's Included

  • FilterLinc Plug-In Noise Filter Unit
  • User Manual
  • More Info

    The FilterLinc 10-Amp Plug-In Noise Filter blocks interference from many household appliances and fixtures, preventing it from polluting the power line. The 10-amp plug-in noise filter also prevents INSTEON and X10 signal absorption that occurs when equipment misreads the signals as noise. A feed-through outlet is a new feature built into the 10-amp plug-in noise filter, preventing you from having to unplug the filter anytime you're looking for an available plug. For added convenience, the 10-amp plug-in noise filter is fully compatible with FM intercoms and Home PNA devices.

    Eliminates Electrical Noise from the Power Line
    One of the most common (and easily correctable) problems that may adversely affect INSTEON and X10 signals is electrical "noise," or interference. The more interference there is on the power line, the more difficult it is for INSTEON and X10 receivers to detect signals from controllers. It's like trying to have a conversation in a room when the music is playing too loud. But the FilterLinc 10-Amp Plug-In Noise Filter blocks that interference, preventing it from polluting the power line. Common sources of interference include refrigerators, freezers, plug-in fluorescent fixtures, aquarium filters, fountains, low-voltage lighting, fans, or anything with a motor.

    Prevents INSTEON and X10 Signal Absorption
    Another common, yet easily correctable, problem affecting INSTEON and X10 signals is signal attenuation, or absorption. Because some devices are built with power supplies that kill noise on the AC line—and they often mistake INSTEON and X10 signals for noise—these devices may absorb INSTEON and X10 signals before their arrival at the receiving module. But the 10-amp plug-In noise filter eliminates those obstacles by blocking INSTEON and X10 signals from getting to them in the first place. The most common sources of signal attenuation include computers and audio/video equipment, particularly big-screen TVs.

    Feed-Through Outlet for Added Convenience
    The 10-amp plug-in noise filter also offers several new features that have never been available on plug-in noise filters, like a feed-through outlet that prevents you from having to unplug the filter anytime you're looking for an available plug. Plus, the plug-in noise filter's high 49.4dB attenuation at 120kHz provides maximum protection at the INSTEON or X10 120kHz frequency. The 10-amp plug-in noise filter is fully compatible with FM intercoms and Home PNA devices. The noise filter is also safety tested and approved to ensure the highest degree of protection.

    Tech Tip: A quick way to test if an electrical device is adding interference on the power line or absorbing INSTEON and X10 signals is to unplug the device and re-transmit the signal. If the X10 device begins working after the appliance is unplugged, then the FilterLinc 10-Amp Plug-In Noise Filter will work for you.

    Safety Tested and Factory Certification
    The FilterLinc 10-Amp Plug-In Noise Filter is safety approved. The assembly line for Smarthome Design Products is ISO9001 certified. In order to meet the ISO9001 standards, the entire factory underwent rigorous inspections of procedures and policies before being thoroughly audited. The certification received was based on its dedication to high-quality management systems and strict adherence to quality systems and guidelines.

    Where to Install FilterLinc Noise Filters
    Many electrical devices in your home may cause interference with your INSTEON or other X10 products. These devices will either inject electrical noise onto your home's electrical wires or they may absorb or trap the power line communications signals.

    Common products that may interfere with your INSTEON or X10 system:

  • Televisions, stereo components, satellite and cable receivers
  • Computers, monitors, and accessories
  • Computer UPS's (Uninterruptable Power Supplies)
  • Power strips
  • Power supplies for laptops and cell phones
  • Fluorescent and HID lighting
  • Motorized devices like refrigerators, pumps, air conditioners
  • Low-voltage lighting that use light-weight solid-state transformers

    Here is how to test if an electrical device is causing problems:

    1. Unplug the device (don't just turn it off)
    2. Re-try controlling the receiver module that is experiencing poor communications to determine if it is now working better.
      a. If the controlled product begins working after the electrical device is unplugged, then install a FilterLinc on that electrical device.

  • Specifications


    Manufacturer:SmartLabs Design
    Manufacturer Product No.:1626-10
    Dimensions:height: 4.26" (10.82cm)
    width: 2.47" (6.274cm)
    depth: 1.5" (3.81cm)
    Weight:.6 lbs. (0.272kg)
    Power:filtered outlet: 10A, max
    unfiltered outlet: 15A, max
    combined total: 15A, max
    Plug-In Wall Outlet:120-volt, 3-prong
    Attenuation:49.2dB @ 120kHz
    Warranty:2 years


    394 Ratings
    5 star: 58%  (230)
    4 star: 24%  (94)
    3 star: 8%  (33)
    2 star: 4%  (15)
    1 star: 6%  (22)
    Average Customer Rating
    (394 customer ratings)
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    DR PETER -- castro valley, CA   7/20/2014
    The FilterLinc does a good job of filtering noise for Insteon devices. I would recommend it to others.
    CARL F -- naalehu, HI   7/2/2014
    Installed it to filter a satellite receiver and it is working as intended.
    RAYMOND -- rensselaer falls, NY   7/1/2014
    I received this in the mail and plug it in and all my problems with electrical noise in my system were solved. I highly recommend this product.
    JOHN R -- cary, NC   6/28/2014
    It solved my problem with a non-functioning appliance module.
    JOHN -- dallas, TX   4/13/2014
    I was having a problem with a particular controller and this filter took care of it.
    LOUIS -- alexandria, VA   3/20/2014
    Works exactly as described. Resolved issues with signal degradation on electrical lines.
    STEPHEN -- bonita springs, FL   1/30/2014
    Works as advertised. Keeps noise from my AC lines. Using these for larger power hungry devices, e.g. plasma TV, AV Audio Receiver, etc.
    STEVE -- tempe, AZ   12/19/2013
    Perfect solution to isolate problems from UPS and computer power supplies that previously made those areas completely unusable.
    Fatty -- Deep South   12/14/2013
    Bam!, fixed the intermittent response of an appliance module. Computer on UPS on the same circuit was the problem now computer and appliance module are both happy. I hope I don't need many more of these, they could get expensive.
    KELLY -- katy, TX   11/10/2013
    A computer and amplifier were killing my Insteon signal. This cleaned it up and increased the reliability. Try using the Houselinc software signalling diagnostics to determine where to put them.
    Randy -- atlanta, GA   10/16/2013
    Filtered outlet on the bottom makes it useless for many installations. If you are using it to filter a wall wart or a ups with a flush angled plug, then this device wont work because the wall wart or the angled, flush plug won't go in the bottom filtered outlet based on its downard facing orientation. If the front outlet was filtered, then it would be perfect.
    Smarthome response: We recommend using short extension cords.
    ROBERT -- victorville, CA   9/13/2013
    Works as expected, would be nice if you had a 15/20 amp version for max filtering of noisy appliances
    DUANE -- tampa, FL   8/15/2013
    We have used this on many noise generators and they kill it. Great product for those of us still liking PLC stuff!
    STEPHEN -- seattle, WA   7/25/2013
    Product does not work on high wattage CFLs. They just flicker on and off when plugged into the filter. Works fine with the smaller CFL's that grocery stores sell.
    JOHN -- monroe, CT   6/30/2013
    I could not rate this as I could not use it. The description did not contain enough information to evaluate if this would work for lights controlled by a light switch, which is what I have and which this does not work for. All of these items should come with a disclaimer that they DO NOT WORK with fluorescent or LED lights.
    DANIEL -- collegeville, PA   5/31/2013
    They appeat to do exactly as they advertise.
    OVIDIU -- kirkland, WA   5/15/2013
    They work fine but one of the ones I bought died. Smarthome/Insteon promptly replaced it.
    PETER -- natick, MA   5/9/2013
    I used these on my UPS's and so far I have been able to connect to every Insteon device I have added to the household power circuits.
    TANER -- san diego, CA   4/28/2013
    Works great! Put one "in front" of a bunch of my older electronics that seemed to be noisy, and put one in front of a UPS that seemed to dampen signal a bit... communication is clean!
    JOHN -- san mateo, CA   3/28/2013
    great product for higher amp usage. Very unobtrusive and effective

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