Smarthome Employee Solutions

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If you're looking for some fun and creative ways to use Smarthome products in your home, trust the people who know the products best: the Smarthome employees! The following are a few simple, fun solutions the Smarthome team has imagined*. Brief lists of required products are included in case you want to mimic these solutions to help make your home a Smarthome, too. We'll add new solutions to this page from time to time, so check back frequently!
  • Don't Panic When You Hear a Noise Late at Night
  • Enjoy Fresh-Brewed Coffee When You Get Up
  • Enjoy a Toasty Bathroom on Cool Mornings
  • Take Advantage of an Outlet in an Awkward Location
  • Don't Leave the Garage Light on
  • Prevent Your Valuable Equipment From Overheating
  • Don't Let Your Guests Stumble in the Dark
  • Don't Leave the Porch Light Burning All Night Long
  • Control iTunes Through a KeypadLinc
  • Add Candlelight to Mood Lighting Scenes
  • Create a TV-Watching Scene
  • Never Come Home to a Dark House
  • Add More Security to Your Automatic Garage Door Opener
  • Make Your Home Look Occupied When You're Away
  • Avoid Bright Lights on Dark Mornings
  • Turn on Different Sets of Lights From One Location
  • Stop Running Through the House to Turn Off the Lights When You Leave
  • Avoid Tripping in the Dark
  • Control Christmas Lights Without Crawling Beneath the Tree
  • Broadcast Multiple Wireless Video Cameras to the Same ChannelSolution: Don't Panic When You Hear a Noise Late at NightRequired Products:
  • KeypadLinc V2 Dimmer Switch
  • SwitchLinc V2 Dimmers or LampLinc V2 plug-in modules for all lights to turn onLink all the lights in the house to a single KeypadLinc button, and you'll have an 'All On' panic button that can be pressed for instant peace of mind. As an added bonus, the button will double as an 'All Off' button to ensure that no lights are left burning when you go to sleep.Robert S, EngineeringSolution: Enjoy Fresh-Brewed Coffee When You Get UpRequired Products:
  • ControLinc Tabletop Controller
  • ApplianceLinc V2Since you probably don't roll out of bed at the exact same time every morning, just plug your coffee pot into an ApplianceLinc module. Hit the programmed button on your ControLinc on your way to the shower, and by the time you're out, you'll have a pot of fresh-brewed coffee to enjoy as you're getting dressed!Be sure to disable local control of appliance module to prevent accidental on.Laura F, MarketingSolution: Enjoy a Toasty Bathroom on Cool MorningsRequired Products:
  • ControLinc Tabletop Controller
  • SwitchLinc V2 TimerOn cool mornings, it can be hard to get out of a warm bed. We installed a SwitchLinc V2 Timer on the switch that controls the bathroom heater and turn the heater on from a bedside controller. The room is warm by the time we get in. Using a SwitchLinc Timer also comes in handy if someone forgets to turn the heater off. The heater turns off automatically, so it won't be wasting electricity or getting dangerously hot. Joe D, CEOSolution: Take Advantage of an Outlet in an Awkward LocationRequired Products:
  • LampLinc V2 Dimmer
  • ControLinc Tabletop Controller or KeypadLinc V2 DimmerI have a display cabinet in my kitchen high above my microwave oven that has an electrical outlet but does not have an 'on/off' switch that controls it. I wanted to install some backlighting to show off some knick-knacks, but I didn't want to climb up there every time I wanted to turn the light on or off. By plugging the lights into a LampLinc module, I can control them remotely with a KeypadLinc or ControLinc. Sandra S, Executive TeamSolution: Don't Leave the Garage Light onRequired Products:
  • SwitchLinc V2 TimerInstead of leaving the light on until you turn it off manually, wire in a SwitchLinc V2 Timer, and the light will shut off automatically. This is particularly convenient if your arms are full with laundry, groceries, or kids.Robert S, EngineeringSolution: Prevent Your Valuable Equipment From OverheatingRequired Products:
  • SensaphoneParticularly important for companies that maintain their computer equipment in a single location, the Sensaphone can alert you if the air conditioning fails and the powerful equipment isn't kept at a cool temperature. This simple device connects to your phone line and calls up to four different numbers if it senses a marked increase or decrease in temperature. Johnny P, Customer ServiceSolution: Don't Let Your Guests Stumble in the DarkRequired Products:
  • ControLinc Tabletop Controller
  • SwitchLinc V2 DimmersCreate a Night Light mode that sets all bathroom lights to 30% so that they are easy to find in the dark. Geoff S, EngineeringSolution: Don't Leave the Porch Light Burning All Night LongRequired Products:
  • 2 SwitchLinc V2 RelaysLink the porch light with the entryway light so that when you turn off the light in the entryway, the porch light will shut off automatically.Robert S, EngineeringSolution: Control iTunes Through a KeypadLincRequired Products:
  • Apple Computer running Mac OS X
  • Airport Express
  • Indigo Home Automation Software
  • PowerLinc Controller USB
  • KeypadLinc V2 DimmerPlease keep in mind, you must have a basic understanding of scripts and how they are used to be able to complete this project. If you've already set up Airport Express and are able to stream music to your stereo using iTunes, you may find that it can be a hassle going over to the computer every time you want the next song to come on. This is especially time consuming if the computer is far away from the listening area. Set up the KeypadLinc's small buttons to control 'Stop,' 'Play,' 'Previous,' and 'Next' (leaving the large buttons to control a light). When the KeypadLinc sends your command to the PowerLinc V2, the PowerLinc tells the Indigo automation software to execute Apple Script, which in turn tells iTunes to execute your command.If you have Mac OS 10.4 Tiger, you can use its simple 'Automator' program instead of Apple Script. Luis H, Technical SupportSolution: Add Candlelight to Mood Lighting ScenesRequired Products:
  • ControLinc Tabletop Controller
  • SwitchLinc V2 Dimmers or LampLinc V2 modules for all lights in the room
  • Electric Flicker Candles
  • One ApplianceLinc V2 for every Electric Flicker CandleSet up the ControLinc to dim lights slowly while turning on the Electric Flicker Candles to create a romantic scene with the press of a single button.Matt M, Technical SupportSolution: Create a TV-Watching SceneRequired Products:
  • SwitchLinc V2 Dimmers for switched lights
  • LampLinc V2 plug-in modules for plug-in lampsSet lights to a comfortable TV-watching level with a single switch. Link all the lights in the TV room to a single SwitchLinc and set them to 50%. You can also set the same scene to turn off lights in surrounding rooms or turn a hall light to a dim level in case you need to leave the room during your show. A quick double press turns all the lights on at full bright for reading if needed.Robert S, EngineeringSolution: Never Come Home to a Dark HouseRequired Products:
  • PowerLinc V2 Controller with Smarthome Manager Essential, Timer Software
  • SwitchLinc V2 Dimmer at every light to be controlledA simple yet basic for my family is the fact that our outside lights all come on at sunset and turn off at sunrise. By putting an INSTEON switch at each outdoor light location and setting up a PowerLinc Controller with Timer software, this was simple, affordable, and reliable. We can't live without it now.Dan C, EngineeringSolution: Add More Security to Your Automatic Garage Door OpenerRequired Products:
  • ControLinc Tabletop Controller or KeypadLinc V2 Dimmer
  • ApplianceLinc V2When going on vacation, you may rest more easily if you lock the garage so it can't be opened by a hacker on the radio frequency. An ApplianceLinc on the opener allows the unit to be secured from an INSTEON command. For example, an 'All house secure' scene may turn off all lights and appliances and lock the garage door. The garage door will not open again until the associated ApplianceLinc is turned on. Geoff S, EngineeringSolution: Make Your Home Look Occupied When You're AwayRequired Products:
  • PowerLinc V2 Controller with Smarthome Manager Essential, Timer Software
  • Wall switches or plug-in modules for all lights to be controlledInstall the timer software on your PC and connect the PowerLinc interface to your computer. Set up a program that turns lights on and off in different rooms at different times to give the illusion that someone is home. Johnny P, Customer ServiceSolution: Avoid Bright Lights on Dark MorningsRequired Products:
  • SwitchLinc V2 DimmerSetting bathroom lights to ramp up slowly is a nice way to ease into the day.Mike P, MarketingSolution: Turn on Different Sets of Lights From One LocationRequired Products:
  • KeypadLinc V2 Dimmer
  • SwitchLinc V2 Dimmers or SwitchLinc V2 Relays for connected lightsIf you have both fluorescent and under-cabinet lights in your kitchen, you can turn the lights on in any combination from a single location. Install SwitchLinc Relays to control fluorescent lights or other non-dimmable lights and SwitchLinc Dimmers to control dimmable lights. Install a KeypadLinc and link the SwitchLincs to the KeypadLinc so that different buttons control different combinations of the kitchen lights. One button can even turn them all on.Robert S, EngineeringSolution: Stop Running Through the House to Turn Off the Lights When You LeaveRequired Products:
  • KeypadLinc V2 Dimmer
  • Wall switches or plug-in modules for all lights to be controlledInstall the KeypadLinc at your front door. Set up one button to represent 'Daytime Goodbye' and another to represent 'Nighttime Goodbye': Daytime Goodbye turns off all the lights in the house. Nighttime Goodbye turns off all the lights in the house, turns on the porch light and sets the entry light to 50%. You can also create an 'Entry Mode,' which lights the path from the front door to the family room.Geoff S, EngineeringSolution: Avoid Tripping in the DarkRequired Products:
  • ControLinc Tabletop Dimmer
  • SwitchLinc V2 DimmerIf I want to get water in the middle of the night, I can turn on the kitchen light from my bedroom so I'm not walking in darkness and tripping over things. Turning off the light from bed is convenient. Setting a slow ramp rate also allows time to walk through a room before it gets dark. Brent B, MarketingSolution: Control Christmas Lights Without Crawling Beneath the TreeRequired Products:
  • ApplianceLinc V2
  • ControLinc Tabletop DimmerWe use a ControLinc to turn on the lights on the tree remotely, because its lights are plugged in to an outlet behind the tree and we can't reach it. By plugging the holiday lights into an ApplianceLinc, we can control them from any convenient location. Mike C, MarketingSolution: Broadcast Multiple Wireless Video Cameras to the Same ChannelRequired Products:
  • ApplianceLinc V2
  • Wireless Surveillance Cameras
  • Wireless ReceiverI have eight wireless video cameras that all broadcast on the same channel. Each camera plugs into an ApplianceLinc. Eight scenes are programmed; selecting a specific scene powers up just the camera I want to monitor. A common RF receiver receives the images from all the cameras. There is no conflict because only one camera is powered at a time.Geoff S, Engineering*Solutions are edited for content and space.




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