Cortexa Automation CTXA-EZ1 INSTEON - Compatible Cortexa EZ1
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Cortexa Automation CTXA-EZ1 INSTEON - Compatible Cortexa EZ1

INSTEON Compatible EZ1 Home Automation Ready Controller with Z-Wave Capability

Item #: 12021

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Special Price: $499.00

List Price: $699.00

Your Savings: $200.00

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  • Combining INSTEON's Solutions with the Cortexa can bring convenience and peace of mind along with incredible energy savings. How many times have you wondered if you forgot to close your garage door? Or worried lights were left on, the thermostat was not turned down? With the INSTEON Garage Door Control Kit and the Cortexa, you can automatically receive an email or text message if your garage has been left open too long, and close it right from your iPhone, iPad, or computer at work. With the Cortexa and INSTEON Thermostat you can control your heating and cooling from wherever life takes you.

    Are you going on vacation soon? Using INSTEON lighting devices and the Cortexa you can put your home in a "Vacation Mode" and your lights will automatically turn On and Off to give the impression you are actually home. You can even check your security cameras while away, just to make sure everything is okay.

    Many homeowners have irrigation systems that run regardless of weather conditions wasting money and one of our most scarce resources, water. Using the Rain8Net and the Cortexa, homeowners can setup their system to monitor the weather forecast and not run the sprinklers if it is going to rain the next day. Using the INSTEON Water Sensor and TriggerLinc the Cortexa can even notify you by email or text if there is a leak detected in your home to avoid thousands of dollars in damages.

    About INSTEON:
    INSTEON is the best selling, most reliable home control and automation technology. Using both, the existing power lines already in your home, and Radio Frequency communication (RF), INSTEON adds remote control and automation to lighting, appliances, and other home control applications of all types. From lighting control to integrated security systems, the new home automation standard allows you to manage your home the way you want. Easy to install and setup, INSTEON offers the flexibility and dependability to make your life more convenient, safe and fun.

    About Z-Wave:
    Z-Wave is an interoperable two way RF mesh networking technology. Each main powered device in a Z-Wave network is designed to act as a repeater. Repeaters can re-transmit the RF signal to ensure that the signal is received by its intended destination by routing the signal around obstacles and radio dead spots. The more Z-Wave modules you have throughout your home the faster and more reliable your communication will be. These packages of Z-Wave in-wall switches, both dimming and non-dimming (relay), are great for adding to your existing Z-Wave system.

    Remote Access Via
    Cortexa has launched, which is the brand new web portal for remote access. A user can go to and directly access their homes Cortexa. Cortexa's iPhone and iPad app also use to access the system within the provides additional services such as:

  • Automatically stores backups of the Cortexa Controller in the cloud
  • Automatically uploading camera recordings to the cloud remote viewing, emailing or downloading
  • Allows Guest Access to other people perminantly or until an expiration date
  • Allows installers to better serve their customers by allowing access and information sharing between customer and installer

    Important Note:
    Access to myCortexa requires a Subscription. New Cortexas come with a free 3 month subscription to Subscriptions allow for services of myCortexa including Easy Remote Access, Auto Backups, Guest Access, Video Upload, and iOS Client access (iPad/iPhone/iPod). Subscription fees are $5/month or $50/year.

    Compatible Subsystems and 3rd Party Technologies

  • Z-Wave

  • Z-Wave

    Occupancy & Door/Window Sensors:

    A/V Control, IR, I/O:
  • Global Cache

    Energy Monitoring:
  • The Energy Detective (T.E.D.) 5000-G

  • DSC PowerSeries

  • WGL Rain8Net Pro

    Cameras & DVR:
  • Most D-Link IP Cameras
  • Most Panasonic IP Cameras
  • Other IP cameras (Check with Cortxa Support)
  • Everfocus ECOR Series DVR's

    Shade Control:
  • Somfy

  • Specifications
    ManufacturerCortexa Automation
    Manufacturer Product No.CTXA-EZ1
    Operating Temp~120
  • Reviews 1 - 10 of 11

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    Review of 12021 Review by Matthew
    Review of 12021

    My system works great and is very reliable! I just need an Android app!

    Posted on 5/30/2012

    Review of 12021 Review by John
    Review of 12021

    The concept of the Cortexa is great, if only it would do what its supposed to do. Unfortunatly, this is not always the case, the unit seems to work only part of the time. This sort of unreliability is a huge burden on the shoulders of what would have otherwise been a great device.

    Im very reluctant to continue attempting to setup my controller, its starting to really get on my nerves because sometimes it works which indicates that I know what I am doing, and then it will just stop working and ignore all commands??

    I wish it worked because I love the interface, but the amount of time you spend pulling your hair out and trying to get it to do what is supposed to do is so annoying that I prefer to stick with a more basic look and feel and get 100% reliability.

    I hope the Cortexa guys can improve the system in the future, its a real shame that its all looks and there is very little under the hood.

    Posted on 4/23/2012

    Review of 12021 Review by Jon
    Review of 12021


    Posted on 3/29/2012

    Review of 12021 Review by Techy
    Review of 12021

    Great Device. Easy to install.

    Posted on 3/22/2012

    Review of 12021 Review by ssgadawg
    Review of 12021

    Fantastic Unit. Setup was very easy. You do have to keep in mind that you'll need an Insteon PLM or Z-Wave I used a Z-Stick to make this work with your Insteon or Z-Wave devices. I am also interfacing with my security system. I had one small issue that I needed support for and they responded quickly and followed up to make sure all was well. Clean interface and easy enough for my non techy wife to setup and use.

    Posted on 3/19/2012

    Review of 12021 Review by SBStevesiii
    Review of 12021

    I have reviewed before and said i would review once i get more up and running.
    The only thing i cant get working are the door locks, the morninglinc is not supported, but the guys at Cortexa said they will be adding that support soon, so no report on that yet.
    I have installed test camera to see how the system handled it and it works great, even on 3G. I have mine emailing me a 5 second video every time someone opens the front door. A great feature if you have a lot of people coming and going. The best part, i set up that notification system in less than 5 min. It is just so easy.
    Now that i have lighting, HVAC, and camera running, the next test is irrigation and integration of my security system. I will review again after that.
    So far, I am holding to my 5 star rating as i have tried other systems and you cant get anywhere near this level of automation for the price or even 5X the price.

    Posted on 3/19/2012

    Review of 12021 Review by SBStevesIII
    Review of 12021

    I know others have had issues and maybe they are using old insteon devices or something. This system works great. I have an ISY99 and this is leaps and bounds better. Easier to install and configure, better GUI, better support, I am very happy with the purchase. I am currently running 5 dimmers, a lamp and a thermostat. I plan to add 25 more dimmers, another thermostat, a door lock, my security system and come cameras and ill review again after that, but for now, this is exactly as advertised 5 stars.

    Posted on 3/1/2012

    Review of 12021 Review by FLhomeboy
    Review of 12021

    I found the software very easy to figure out. Not much of a learning curve needed. I have used the ISY in the past and this blows it away on ease of initial setup and controlling the devices. I was shocked at how easily it was able to give me access to the system from anywhere. I didn't even have to configure anything on my firewall. I give it an A+ for setup!

    Posted on 2/28/2012

    Review of 12021 Review by MICHAEL
    Review of 12021

    FIne device, need to purchase separate power supply for it. Documentation is poor as is SMARTHOME customer service.

    Posted on 2/20/2012

    Review of 12021 Review by Steve
    Review of 12021

    This device doesn't have an Insteon interface nor a Z-wave interface. It's just a little $100 PC preloaded with software that has a couple of USB ports and a serial port you can plug an interface into.

    Unlike most network appliances it doesn't list the systems MAC address anywhere in the packaging, so hooking it up to a secure network is more painful than it should be.

    I've not found any mention in any public documentation of what additional hardware you need to buy to make it work, but once you've set it up the online help suggests that it should work with a PowerLinc 2412 or 2413 U or S or the 2448A7 USB stick. It doesn't appear to work with either the PowerLinc 2414U or the SmartLinc I have.

    The flash-based web interface is very pretty, but given it doesn't work out of the box with my existing devices I've not been able to give it much of a test, nor work out which functionality is tied to the mycortexa subscription and which is built in to the bundled software.

    Posted on 2/6/2012

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