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INSTEON Portable USB Adapter
INSTEON Portable USB Adapter
INSTEON Portable USB Adapter
Item# 2448A7
Price: Normally $79.99 
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  • Now works with HouseLinc - a free INSTEON management software solution for PC
  • Program and manage devices without being near an outlet
  • Great for laptops
  • Plugs into a USB port and transmits and receives RF INSTEON data at 915MHz
  • Supports 1,000+ links

Essential Info

The INSTEON Portable USB Adapter is a home control interface that allows hardware-based automation systems to control INSTEON-compatible lights, appliances, heating/air conditioning systems and alarm systems directly via the INSTEON network. The interface requires 3rd party INSTEON software in order to function. This includes Indigo, HCA or Homeseer. Check with third party software developer for support readiness.

The single-band interface sends and receives radio frequency (RF) INSTEON signals. If you are trying to control power line only devices you must have at least one Access Point or dual-band INSTEON product for communication. For best INSTEON network performance, be sure you have properly installed at least two dual-band INSTEON products.

Since this is a RF only device, for always on applications, we highly recommend the plug-in dual-band version for superior performance and reliability.

Important Notes:
  • This interface does not support program downloads and therefore the computer/software must remain on to execute timers and triggered events

  • Manuals/Software

    What's Included

  • INSTEON Portable USB Adapter
  • Quick Start Guide
  • More Info

    If you are interested in developing software for this interface or for more information about becoming an INSTEON developer please click here.

    Please note that developing application and controls for the this and other interfaces is not for the casual home automation enthusiast. Due to the nature of this product, Smarthome's technical support staff cannot offer programming support for developers. We cannot assist in the troubleshooting or development of applications and/or code.

    Advanced support for INSTEON developers is sold separately; click here for more information.


    Manufacturer Product No.:2448A7
    Patent No.:U.S. Patent No. 7,345,998, International patents pending
    Warranty:2 years, limited
    INSTEON Portable USB Adapter
    Baud Rate:19,200 Kbps
    USB Current Draw:0 mA
    USB ID:VID: 0x0403, PID: 0x6001
    Status LED:Green + Red LED
    Local Control:None
    Operation Modes:INSTEON only, INSTEON
    Combo Mode Message Order:INSTEON, INSTEON Cleanup
    Combo Memory:Non-volatile EEPROM
    INSTEON Features
    INSTEON Addresses:1 hard-coded out of 16,777,216 possible
    INSTEON Links:1,023
    INSTEON Messages Repeated:Yes
    INSTEON RF Range:50' Open Air
    Operating Conditions:Indoors, 32 to 104ºF, up to 85% relative humidity
    Dimensions:0.4" H x 2.3" W x 0.8" D
    Weight:0.4 oz
    Supply Voltage:5 VDC, 50mA
    Certification:FCC, IC Canada
    FCC ID: SBP2448A7
    IC: 5202A-2448A7
    X10 Features
    X10 Support:N/A


    16 Ratings
    5 star: 25%  (4)
    4 star: 44%  (7)
    3 star: 12%  (2)
    2 star: 0%  (0)
    1 star: 19%  (3)
    Average Customer Rating
    (16 customer ratings)
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    STEPHEN -- renton, WA   7/25/2013
    Works flawlessly with HouseLinc 2. Surprisingly good range, Computer is in a different room than closest access point.
    DAVID -- wagarville, AL   5/13/2013
    Good unit. Easy to setup and use. I would have given it five stars, but they didn't stress that it can't be used to initiate X-10 signals even if you have several access points and dual band devices.
    Kurt -- United States   3/30/2013
    The range is horrible. I have one dual band lamp linc within 10 feet and I consistently have connection problems. There are two more devices another lamplinc and an insteon bulb within another 15 feet and they don't help. I don't know how everyone else gets this working, but I think I'm going to ditch this thing in favor of one of the wall plug versions. Too bad too. It seemed like such a better solution than having this big thing plugged in someplace. If they can get the range to work they'll have a winner.
    Ryan -- raleigh, NC   1/17/2013
    Doesn't work with Houselinc software as described, as it is not detected as a interface. Gold support was no help, they just said it shroud work and to uninstall and re-install. Homeseer detects the device but says firmware is out of date and doesn't work. Very disappointing that does not work with Houselinc since that is the first line of the overview! Now I have to go through the hassle of returning it. Very happy with all my other INSTEON devices, but am upset that they are selling this, stating that it will work with Houselinc but it does not.
    THOMAS -- erie, CO   12/13/2012
    Sensitive to interference but otherwise does exactly what I want it to.
    Kilo -- nw las vegas, NV   10/12/2012
    Man I hate I got rid of mines. Im buying another one. For the one that mentioned short range, use multiple AP's. Remember, all you need is one to get started in the home and as you had more, you add range. Worked perfect for me. Watch for my order in the next few days insteon. Good product. Later
    Wayne -- Idaho   9/11/2012
    It was the best-priced PC interface for Insteon at the time, and I also like the fact it has no wires to the AC power line, so one less path between my 24x6 PC and lightning stroke power surges. The RF range was less than I expected. It only gave about 90% reliability when its nearest access point was a dual-band in-wall dimmer switch about 25ft away. I added a dual-band plug-in adapter about 5ft away and no problems since.
    RICHARD -- houston, TX   8/3/2012
    The range isn't what I'd like, but it works well once it's close enough.
    Rich -- houston, TX   7/12/2012
    Seems to work pretty well, but I had to get a 10' USB extension cable to get it work reliably. I think being near my Mac Mini, Drobo, TiVo and other A/V components caused interference and degraded the wireless signals. I have not had a problem with the USB Adapter since it's been moved.
    Kilo -- las vegas, NV   3/11/2012
    Just got it and so far is working great with 2 2443's upstairs only to bond the phases. Signal is strong enough to reach both 2443's. Great deal for such a product. Also, works great with Home Control Assistant
    cgdobson -- suches, GA   3/9/2012
    Received the USB stick 5 minutes ago from Fed Ex. I plugged into my Windows 2000 PC without downloading any drivers to see what would happen. I started my software and it immediately found the PLM on COM9. A couple of clicks on the mouse to download a link to a switch into the PLM and I could control the switch and read its status. Unbelievably simple. And now I can get rids of a mess of cables and the old PLM plugged in to a wall outlet. I don't know why Smarthome does not give more detailed information on this great product.
    JoshB -- San Francisco   11/27/2010
    Works perfectly on my Mac without Installing any drivers! Needed to update Indigo to the latest version but otherwise worked perfectly!

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