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Interface for X10-Compatible Software
INSTEON PowerLinc Controller
PowerLinc Controller, USB
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What's Included
PowerLinc Controller - INSTEON USB Interface
Item# 2414U
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  • For use with X10 compatible software such as Indigo (Mac) and mControl (PC)
  • PowerLinc Controller no longer works with any INSTEON devices sold after March 2012
  • To control INSTEON devices shipping after March 2012, we recommend PowerLinc Modem (2413U). The 2413U does not support download capabilities.

Essential Info

The USB INSTEON PowerLinc Controller is a stand-alone home automation interface for controlling lights, appliances, heating/air conditioning systems and alarm systems.

Because the PowerLinc Controller belongs to an older generation of controllers and has not been updated with the latest revisions, it is no longer compatible with INSTEON devices as of March 2012. The PowerLinc Controller can be used to control X10 devices.

For INSTEON control use the new PowerLinc Modem (2413U).

The Windows™ Media-compatible mControl software v2 is also available separately. For Mac users, Indigo 5 Pro (sold separately) is also compatible with the PowerLinc USB.


What's Included

  • INSTEON PowerLinc Controller USB
  • Quick Start Guide
  • More Info

    On-board clock keeps accurate time, all the time, with integrated 10-year battery backup.

    Safety Tested and Factory Certification
    The PowerLinc Controller is safety tested and approved. The assembly lines for SmartLabs Design Products are ISO9001 certified. In order to meet the ISO 9001 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 of quality systems and guidelines.

    Using PowerLinc USB & PowerLinc Controller with DirectX Input Devices
    It is advised that you unplug your PowerLinc when playing games that use Microsoft's DirectX system while using USB input devices like joysticks.

    PLC/PowerLinc Modem Comparison
    FeaturePower Line ModemPowerLinc Controllers
    Downloading to the unitNoYes - software dependent
    Internal real-time clockNoneIncluded
    Supports HouseLinc DesktopNoYes
    INSTEON Extended MessagesYesNo



    Manufacturer Product No.:2414U
    Patent No.:U.S. Patent No. 7,345,998, International patents pending
    Software:Sold Separately
    Baud Rate:4,800 Kbps
    Downloadable Memory:32KB
    Internal Battery:10 years
    Warranty:2 years, limited
    Status LED:1 white LED (on the side)
    Local Control:None
    Operations Modes:INSTEON only, X10 only, INSTEON and X10 Combo Mode
    Combo Mode Message Order:INSTEON, X10, INSTEON cleanup
    Memory:Non-volatile EEPROM
    INSTEON Features
    INSTEON Addresses:1 hard-coded out of 16,777,216 possible
    INSTEON Links:417
    INSTEON Power-line Frequency:131.65 KHz
    INSTEON Minimum Transmit Level:3.2 Vpp into 5 Ohms
    INSTEON Minimum Receive Level:10 mV
    INSTEON Messages Repeated:Yes
    Operating Conditions:Indoors, 32 to 104°F, up to 85% relative humidity
    Dimensions:4.0" H x 2.5" W x 1.5" D
    Weight:1 lb. .05 oz
    Supply Voltage:120 Volts AC +/- 10%, 60 Hertz, single phase
    Pass-through Outlet:Uncontrolled 3-prong (with ground), 120V, 15A
    Power Consumption:1.58 Watts
    Certification:Safety tested for use in USA and Canada (ETL #3017581)
    X10 Features
    X10 Scene Addresses:255 possible
    X10 Controllable Addresses:255 possible
    X10 Status Response:supported
    X10 Resume Dim:supported
    X10 Powerline Frequency:120 KHz
    X10 Minimum Transmit Level:3.2 Vpp into 5 Ohms
    X10 Minimum Receive Level:20mV into 5 Ohms
    X10 Messages Repeated:No


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    562 Ratings
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    4 star: 21%  (116)
    3 star: 14%  (77)
    2 star: 6%  (34)
    1 star: 19%  (104)
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    YANNICK -- st-lazare, QC   1/10/2013
    The product work properly and as espected. The only problem I got is the USB cable that did not work. I had to buy a new one in order to connect with my computer. I'm pleased with the product.
    JAY -- sioux city, IA   12/31/2012
    It works very well.
    RONALD -- wyomissing, PA   12/17/2012
    they do not hold up
    JOHN -- manassas, VA   12/15/2012
    could not use the program or controller. there was no mention that you had to have an old computer. they do not work with Windows Vista.
    SETH -- mountain view, CA   12/15/2012
    I got this to replace an older powerlinc. I have all older X10 modules and use the power linc to keep a random lighting pattern on and to cut off certain lights during peak load pricing. Came right up, but had to use the more limited timer software, but hey the software was free!
    Tom Warren -- san ramon, California   11/27/2012
    I have been using the 2414U since Nov 2008. I program my rather simple automation requirements via Indigo and upload to the 2414U so my computer doesn't have to run 24/7. The product controls both Insteon and X10 modules has been working well these 4 years. Today I find out that Smarthome has discontinued the 2414U and more importantly, the Insteon devices I just purchased yesterday will not work with the 2414U. They will be dead-on-arrival! Why would Smarthome choose to obsolete this nice device? My guess is that they want to FORCE the adoption of their new $130 Insteon Hub. This stinks of a decision from the Marketing Department. BE WARNED, DON'T PURCHASE THIS DEVICE. IT WILL NOT WORK WITH NEWER INSTEON EQUIPMENT. I guess I'm going to have to start all over with a competing technology offered by a company that doesn't choose to abuse their customers this way. I rate the 2414U 5 stars. However based on this treatment from Smarthome, I suggest you spend your money elsewhere.
    Dave Foord -- dingmans ferry, PA   11/19/2012
    I bought this product a few years back to run an Insteon network. The basic software was free with the unit, the more advanced software cost extra. Since I installed the Insteon five years ago most of the switches have failed. I've replaced them with conventional rheostats/dimmers. I wanted to use this device to set up a timer on the few lights I have setup with Insteon, but there doesn't seem to be any supported software unless I want to spend $140?! Poor documentation, poor support. Smarthome and Insteon are a racket to get you into paying $60+ every five years to replace their crappy products and upgrade to new crappy products.
    EDWARD -- glen allen, VA   10/18/2012
    Does not work with X10 devices at all.
    WILLIAM -- redondo beach, CA   9/26/2012
    Unit appears to work but I have compatibility problems with my existing sw which is supposed to be compatible with cm11 format.
    J BRADLEY -- bethlehem, PA   9/3/2012
    I have tried a number of USB PC interfaces, from Smarthome and elsewhere, in a 1960's home (with 200 amp copper wiring) and this is the only one that produced signals strong enough to turn on my lights. Even with a Leviton signal bridge across the line at the main panel! But, the interface is a bit elementary feeling and I wish it had variable event timing like the USB controllers and software that were available before Windows Vista and 7.
    EDWARD -- fort myers, FL   8/13/2012
    Perfect, as usual.
    JAN -- tucson, AZ   8/1/2012
    Great! Just what I wanted.
    DONALD A. -- gays mills, WI   7/9/2012
    This item did not work with my existing software. I wish to return it for a refund. How do I proceed? Don Peterson
    JOHN -- scottsdale, AZ   6/15/2012
    This is being phased out. Good call. They work well for a couple of months and then begin to work intermittently. At the one year point, full daily resets become necessary. I replaced this with an ISY and never looked back.
    MiguelS -- paradise valley, AZ   6/10/2012
    The 2414U is being phased out. It has had its problems but was a good stop-gap for a number of years. This does have internal memory and can function as a standalone controller, unplugged from a computer if you have soft are like indigo that can upload the program information to it. I had a failure of one of these and that pushed me into the ISY which is far superior. This is a great entry-level controller but anyone thinking about it should look at the ISY and make that jump now that this is going away.
    JLCPVAZ -- scottsdale, AZ   5/16/2012
    I just ordered my THIRD 2414U. The latest one died after 14 months. These do work and do what they are advertised to do but after a year, they have to be replaced. They just can't make it beyond that. Out of box and configured, one will work flawlessly for a couple of months, then fail. A total restore will get another solid month out of it, then failures are spotty. It can work for three weeks and have to be reset once a week. When it has to be reset multiple times per week, it's time to toss it and stick in a new one. I wish these were better quality!
    JERRY -- temple terrace, FL   5/4/2012
    As part of a converstion from X-1o to INSTEON, I had to change from a 1132CU to the 2414U. Now all my a/o works as it should. But, now my computer can not be allowed to sleep. The 2414U does not have any memory. Now the room where my computer is gets warmer. More AC.
    THOMAS -- mequon, WI   4/27/2012
    Works OK, bad instructions
    DENNIS J. -- quartz hill, CA   4/23/2012
    Would not send any signals properly. Insteon signals could go on for hours and X10 signals worked only once in a while (not often).
    OddballHero -- USA   4/4/2012
    Works great to control X10 using Bob Pwwer's iLinks command line software with a bunch of modifications since it was geared more to Insteon than X10 or use change port to hidraw0. In both cases made modifications to use /dev/hidraw0. Now using scripts to control X10 devices on Pogoplug with schedules and sensor activation. Actually works same or better than my PSC05/Arduino Uno combo although it is easier to send than receive commands actually after I figured it out, it was easy. Probably good to have developer's documentation.

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