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Controlling your house has never been so easy
Insteon Hub is an Insteon central controller for the rest of us; a simple and straightforward device that connects you to your home from any smartphone or tablet, anywhere in the world. Control Insteon light bulbs, wall switches, outlets, and thermostats at home or remotely and receive instant email or push notification alerts from motion, door and window, water leak, and smoke sensors while you’re away. Just start with the Hub, select the Insteon devices for your home and enjoy.
The Best Insteon Controller on the Market Just Got Better
Reduced cost. The lowest cost connected home hub on the market.
Field upgradable. Receive new feature updates.
Easiest set-up. 3 minute setup times are common.
50% improvement to our already leading wireless range.
Live status. Offers on-screen updates for connected items.
Smaller, sleeker design.
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With the Insteon Hub, remote control of your Insteon devices is truly remote. Turn your switches on, off, dim and brighten from anywhere in your home or across the globe. It’s also really easy to set your On Level and Ramp Rate from your smartphone.
Take full advantage of your Insteon devices and create scenes that sculpt the light for your entire home. The Insteon Hub makes scene building fast and easy, giving you full control over your home’s lighting.
With just a few taps, you can schedule your Insteon devices to turn on and off at sunrise, sunset or anytime during the day.
Dimmers, Switches & Outlets
Control Your Thermostat
It’s never been easier to adjust the temperature of your home; whether you’re in bed or heading home from work, dial in the perfect temperature no matter where you are.
No need to switch apps to monitor your IP Cameras - do it all with our mobile app. Pan and tilt your Insteon Cameras from anywhere in the world. It’s cool and it connects you to what matters most.
The Insteon Hub keeps track of every door, window, motion, water leak and smoke sensor in your home, giving you instant insight into the current state of your home: secure, insecure or anywhere in between.
Thermostats Cameras Sensors
Control at home or away
You’ll never be too far from home.
The Hub works in combination with your router and smartphone or tablet to control Insteon devices in your home while you're there or when you're at work and on vacation. There’s no setup or configuration - it just works from the moment you plug it in.
Push notifications and email alerts from anywhere.
Create alerts by adding water leak sensors, motion sensors, door/window sensors and more. The Insteon Hub will send push notifications and email alerts to you as well as anyone else you wish. And you can quickly check in on your home with your smartphone or tablet and ensure that every door and window is closed.
Your Eyes and Ears
Add WiFi Cameras for total home surveillance.
Wonder what triggered the motion sensor or just want to check in on the kids or your pets? Add a wireless camera and you'll see it all from your smartphone. The Insteon cameras feature pan/tilt control and night vision.
Rest easy with the Insteon Hub.
We know that the safety of your home is paramount. That’s why we've engineered the new Insteon Hub to use industry standard secure, encrypted communication to and from our Cloud Servers.
Now featuring a more powerful Insteon Radio.
We’re making Insteon Hub better than ever and with the new, refined radio, you’ll have coverage in more areas of your home without additional devices or range extenders. Now you have the freedom to place devices further and know that they will work without fail.
No Monthly Fees
Even more affordable.
That's right. No monthly fees to view, control and monitor your home. Other systems on the market charge hundreds of dollars a year* for services that you can get for free with the Insteon Hub.
ADT Pulse $3,300 Vivint $3,000 Verizon $600 Lowe’s IRIS $600 Schlage Nexia $540 Insteon Free
* Sum total of monthly fees over a 5-year period
Central Controllers Compared
Not all controllers are created equal.
See how the Insteon Hub stacks up to other Insteon central controllers. Find the controller that has the right feature set for your needs. Do you want to monitor your home while you're at work and receive a push notification when your kids get home? Or do you want a system that rivals the most sophisticated professional installations with custom interfaces and hundreds of devices? It's all possible with Insteon and the right controller.
Features Hub Indigo ISY Add by ID Conditional Triggers - IP Camera Support - IR Support - Insteon Scenes Schedules Email Alerts Text Message Alerts - - Push Notifications - Conditional Alerts - iOS Android - Mac OS X - - Linux - - - Windows 8 - Windows Phone 8 - Price $99 $89 - $179 $285 - $359
Original Insteon Hub vs. New Insteon Hub
Features Original Insteon Hub ( 2242-222) New Insteon Hub (2245-222) Setup Time 15-30 minutes 3-5 minutes Field Upgradable No Yes Remote Access User configurable Automatically Configured (no port forwarding required) RF Range Up to 150 feet Up to 250 feet Time Tracking Internal Synced wit h network time server Maximum # of Alerts 256 1,000 Maximum # of Schedules 256 1,000 PLM* Yes *(can be used as an interface for HouseLinc) No X10 Supported Yes No
Brand Insteon Manufacturer Part Number 2245-222 UPC 813922013498 Patent Number Protected under US and Foreign Patents (see www.insteon.com/patents) Manufacturer Warranty 2 Years
Audio Alert Beeper, can be disabled through software Local Control No Setup Memory Non-volatile EEPROM Status LED Red / Green LED
Insteon Device Category 0x03 Insteon Device Subcategory 0x33 North America Insteon Links 992 Insteon Messages Repeated Yes Insteon Minimum Receive Level 10mV Insteon Minimum Transmit Level 3.2 Vpp into 5 Ohms Insteon Powerline Device Yes Insteon Powerline Frequency 131.65KHz Insteon RF Device Yes Maximum Controlled Scenes 256 Maximum Scene Memberships 400 Multi-Link Support Yes Multi-Unlink Support Yes RF Beacon Yes Radio Frequency 915 MHz Radio Frequency Range Up to 250 Feet Scene Commands Supported as Controller On, Off
Fast-On, Fast Off
Begin Brighten, Begin Dim
End Brighten, End Dim
Scene Commands Supported as Responder None Software Configurable Yes
Beep on Button Press No Beeper Yes Enclosure Materia UV stabalized plastic Mounting Tabletop or Wall Mount Operating Environment Indoors Operating Humidity Range 0-90% relative humidity, non-condensing Operating Temperature Range 32° to 104° F
0° to 40° C
Set Button Yes Storage Temperature Range -4° to 158° F
-20° to 70° C
Weight 5.2 oz
Power Consumption <0.75 Watts Supply Voltage No Surge Resistance Surges over 1000 Watts Power Connector IEC C8 Certification FCC ID Part 15B & 15C
IC RSS-219 Issue 8
- The hub works very well with iOs applications Review by Amos
The hub works very well with iOs applications
The apps have a very pleasing interface. It is easy to add devices, scenes, rooms, and schedules. I just started to use it at home, and looking forward to trying it away from home.
A birds eye view of all the motion sensors is great when I'm alone in the house. You get this by creating a room that contains all the sensors.
Posted on 3/21/2015
- Simple is what simple does Review by Gene
Simple is what simple does
I just wanted to quickly and easily control a few rooms in the house based on schedules (sunset on, 11pm off). I also wanted to control them along with the temperature from my phone while at home or at work. It works great and was simple to set up.
Posted on 3/11/2015
- Need more scheduling options Review by Tim
Need more scheduling options
I like the Hub and it works but it doesn't give me the scheduling flexibility that I had with my old USB interface. I need to be able to set different off times on different days of the week. Also would like the ability to set sunset/sunrise plus or minus a number of minutes. I can't convert fully to the hub until I get more powerful scheduling options. I do like being able to control on/off and check status via my iPhone.
Posted on 3/2/2015
- Limited Capability Review by Michael
As with many of us tinkerers, I spent months deciding which system/hub to go with. Revolv is not available in Canada, SmartThings and Wink seemed too simple for any real home automation and security. I tried Belkin WeMo but it was too limited and unreliable...Scenes not working, bedroom lights turning on in the middle of the night, not knowing when sunset was, etc.
So I decided to go with Insteon because they have been around a long time and had just introduced the new V2 Hub which was supposed to be better, faster, smarter, etc. I am 3 weeks into my Insteon setup and this is where I am so far.
V2 Hub, 2 motion detectors controlling the front porch lights switch and bedroom lamp on a plug in module. I have 2 light switches in a 3 way configuration and another 2 switches acting on their own. I also have a door open/close sensor but have not installed it yet. And I am using the Android and Windows 8.1 App. $500 and counting.
Planning your setup:
1) Basic Switches...most of the switch wiring diagrams assume that power goes thru the switch and then to the light, pretty much guaranteeing that you have the appropriate neutral wires. Many of my switches have power run to the light box and then down to the switch. The only way to automate this setup is with a special switch 2474DWH but this requires you to use standard incandescent lights. It will NOT work with LED or CFL. I have it controlling my 3 front porch lights which were all CFL so I had to change one of them out for incandescent. The switch "steals" power from the light and it needs incandescent to do this.
2) 3/4 way switches. You need to replace all switches that are in a 3/4 way setup with Insteon switches which gets expensive. Most of my lights are this way. Only one switch acts as a true switch with the others effectively acting as controllers to tell the "master" to turn off the circuit. Not a big deal once you understand this.
What is working so far:
1) Setup of the Hub was easy with no real hick ups
2) Adding devices was straightforward with all of them auto adding with the exception of a couple switches which I had to add manually which was also no problem. Just don't put the switch plate cover back on until they have been added properly. It hides the device address.
3) I have called support twice with only a few minutes wait time (they have a call back option which is nice) and the technician was helpful and understood the product.
4) For very basic light control to turn a few things on or off at preset times or from a remote control, all is good. You can stop here.
5) The apps are easy to use but there i more capability in the Android app. Why would you release different platforms without having the same capability?
Now the Fun Begins...if you had hopes for any more than a basic setup then keep reading.
1) HouseLinc does NOT support the V2 Hub. I have looked at Smarthome and Insteon websites and NOWHERE does it say this. If you manage to find HouseLinc on the Smart Home website (they have buried it recently), it lists several devices but does not specifically mention the new hub(2245). I even downloaded the SW and tried but no go. My first call to Insteon support confirmed this. So much for any more advanced logic control. If you want anything more you have to buy the $250 ISYxx controller and some complicated SW to program it.
2) Further info from the support tech. Insteon is moving away from security and focusing on basic automation. Seems like they are down scaling to compete with Wink and Smart Things.
3) The Hub keeps losing its Location and Name. Even though at the moment it has the correct location and the Hub time is correct, it thinks sunset is an hour later.
4) You cannot define 2 scenes that have the same start time and/or end time...period. Including Sunset and Sunrise. Even if they are completely different devices. The Hub can't handle this. I have several lights I want to come on at Sunset but go off at different times. The only way to accomplish this is to turn on everything you want at Sunset with one scene (no OFF time) and then write a scene for each group that you want to turn off at different times. This creates an extra scene and now I have to search thru multiple scenes to find out what time I set my lights to turn off. Time consuming and wasteful.
5) Motion detectors. Don't get me started...too late. I can set them to only activate during the night...great. I can get a notification every time it senses motion (text or email)...great. I can set how long the light will stay on...great. I can set it for occupancy more so the light stays on if I am in the room...great. But if I set it to night only, I can't get any notifications of people showing up at my front door during the day. So now I have to leave it on 7x24 and have the lights come on during the day just so I can get proper security notifications.
6) Once you pair a motion detector to a light thru a scene, it OWNS the device(s). You can set a schedule for the scene but the schedule is ignored if the scene contains a motion detector. I wanted to have the front porch lights come on from sunset to 10:00 pm and then come on only when activated by light from 10:00 pm to Sunrise. NOT POSSIBLE. The light comes on at sunset as planned...great. Someone walks up and the motion detector sees them and turns the light. It is already on so no big deal. 10 minutes later the countdown timer runs out and the front porch is plunged into darkness.
7) I said I can turn on notifications for the motion detector...great. Now imagine I am enjoying a beer on the porch with a couple friends. I get a notification every time the detector sense motion, which brings me to my next point.
8) So lets talk about motion in the bedroom :-). I set up a scene to turn the lights on with a motion detector when I walk in the bedroom from Sunset to Bedtime with a schedule. But remember point 6)? the motion detector OWNS the light now. So now the light turns on ALL NIGHT LONG EVERY FREAKING TIME WE ROLL OVER IN BED. Because the scene schedule is ignored. Seemed like a pretty logical standard thing to do. Even my Wemo could handle this much. So now a motion detector is USELESS in any bedroom.
9) There is NO WAY to temporarily suspend a scene. You have to go into the app and delete the scene and then re-create it later. So temporarily suspending the Porch Motion scene so I don't get notifications every few seconds while my buddies are over on the porch for a beer and just want to turn on the light is not possible. Nor is using different scenes for, ohhhh say...VACATION. Now I have to delete all scenes I do not want running while I am away for a day/week/etc. and create new ones. My Wemo can do this also.
So in summary, very basic control on lights for on/off is easy to set up and automate or control with another $50 remote you can put on the table (Honey...where is the lighting remote?...Have you asked the dog/baby/kids?). But if you want anything more then you are going to have to suck it up and buy the ISY controller and learn some logic/programming skills. And now I am losing sleep because every time I have a bad dream about my dwindling bank account from buying all these toys, I roll over and the light comes on. Maybe there is a message there.
For a company that has been in the business for such a long time, how could they take such a big step backwards?
Posted on 2/26/2015
- Got it for controlling a Nest thermostat and lighting Review by BenK
Got it for controlling a Nest thermostat and lighting
Controlling the thermostat was fine but once you have a taste for controlling things in the house, you want more. I added some Insteon wall switches and of course got the hub to control them all. Great system and simple (maybe too simple?) to setup. All works great. Looking forward to adding more gear!
Posted on 2/23/2015
- Open API Review by Mark
It seems like some reviews are assuming that this controller has become more closed because of the discontinuation of the IP-to-PLM interface. Actually, it's the opposite--they have added a modern REST API for much easier interfacing. See http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20150106005138/en/Insteon-Opens-API-Developers
Posted on 2/15/2015
- Ok, but ... Review by Ben
Ok, but ...
REPOSTED FROM MY BLOG
I've been a fan of Universal Devices' ISY line of home automation controllers for quite a while. They are incredibly powerful, highly extensible, and very reasonably priced. The current model is the ISY-994i, and it supports multiple protocols (Insteon, X10, and optionally Z-Wave), can manage over a thousand devices, and run a thousand custom programs. That's the good news. The bad news is that the ISYs still suffer from a horrid user interface, a Java client that looks like an applet stuck in a 90's time warp.
I use an ISY-994i as my primary home automation controller, but recently needed to make changes to another family member's configuration, one that I need to support remotely, and so I used the opportunity to take a look an updated contender, Smarthome's Insteon 2245 Hub.
The Insteon 2245 Hub is a small Applesque white box less than 4" by 4", and 1.5" high. It features a single Ethernet connection, power slot, and an LED. That's it. But don't let its diminutive size fool you, this is an impressive piece of hardware built for simplicity. Plug it in, install the iOS, Android, or Windows app, and it just works.
Or rather, it should. When I installed the app on an iPad it found the device on the network, but could never complete the configuration. And so I had to call Smarthome support, a process which reminded me just how good their support is. Yes, I had to wait 17 minutes, but when I got a rep on the phone he was efficient, competent, and genuinely helpful (no running through scripts). It turns out that my device was running new firmware that had a bug in it, so he had me run through steps to rewind to older firmware, and then all was good. So, points scored for support.
Once the device was powered up and connected, I had to connect it to all the already installed outlets and switches. This required selecting an option in the app, and then pressing a button on each device. One device gave me grief and had to be manually reset, but that aside, hooking up all the devices was quick and painless. The app recognized each device properly and displayed appropriate controls for each. At this point I could touch any switch or outlet or device in the app, and turn on, off, dim, etc. So far so good.
Next up, scenes (device grouping). Again, this is initiated within the app, define a scene, and then add its members. Unfortunately, this process didn't work as well as it should have, several scenes had to be created multiple times, and more than one required going to each device to manually press the configuration button. But, not that big a deal, it all worked pretty well.
The final step was to set up programming schedules, and this is where I ran into the Insteon Hub's limitations. I use scheduling extensively. I have events tied to times of day, sunrise and sunset, specific days and dates, and more. And I've gotten used to just how flexible ISY scheduling is, I have never run into scheduling conditions that it couldn't handle. The Insteon Hub on the other hand? Consider the following:
* I have a scene that turns on at sunset and off at sunrise every single day. I have another scene that turns on at sunset and off at sunrise on certain days only. Insteon hub won't allow that, only one scheduled event can be tied to each time slot, including sunrise and sunset.
*No problem, so I'll schedule one for a few minutes before or after sunrise and sunset, right? Nope. Time arithmetic is not supported at all, so no hours or minutes +/- anything, something the ISY does with ease.
*There is also no support for date based scheduling, only day of week is supported, so no scheduling ahead of time based on travel schedules, for example.
*No support for AND or OR conditions.
*No support for sequences of non-time-based events (do something when a light is turned on, or a motion sensor tripped, thermostat reached specific temperature, or a water leak sensor triggered).
*It gets worse, but you get the idea.
Honestly, Insteon Hub's scheduling support is pathetic; it can handle simple time of day and not much else. This is a really serious limitation. Fortunately, it's a software limitation, so perhaps a future firmware update can address this. (And I really hope that that the just announced upcoming Insteon 2243 Hub Pro isn't similarly crippled).
A few other notes:
* Insteon Hub requires Internet access.
* Settings are synced to the cloud, which makes me wonder why there is no web client to compliment the app client (well, there is one, but it doesn't do much).
* The hub seems to support just about every Insteon device out there, that's good news.
Insteon Hub supports Nest thermostats (in addition to Insteon thermostats, of course).
* X10 is not supported. This shouldn't be an issue for most users, but if you have legacy devices, keep that in mind.
* HouseLinc is not supported, that's coming in the 2243 Hub Pro.
* Local network access is needed for initial configuration, but after that any Internet access works, even cellular.
* Remote camera monitoring (assuming compatible cameras and/or DVR) is supported.
So, what's the verdict? All in all, I do like the Insteon 2245 Hub, it addresses a real need not served by more complex controllers like the ISY. It's inexpensive at $100, and an absolute bargain on sale now for $40. If you need a simple remote-manageable home automation controller, something that will let you check devices, alert you to device status changes, turn devices on and off, and work with scenes, then this one is truly worthy of consideration. But if scheduling is a key part of your home automation strategy (as it is mine), then look elsewhere' poor scheduling support truly is this device's Achilles' Heel.
Posted on 2/15/2015
- Works great - Don't pay attention to the other reviews Review by SeattleS
Works great - Don't pay attention to the other reviews
Set-up out of the box could not be easier. Scan a QR code and boom the iPhone is linked to the hub.
The best feature is having outdoor lights come on at sunset, off at sunrise. Yeah app mirrors across iPhone's but that's fine, I set-up the favorites for my wife to see and I just switch to the device view for me.
For $40 it's a really nice controller. If you want more than what it does buy a different one. This one you can schedule devices and remote control them from a smart phone but best of all you don't need to be an IT engineer to set it up for plug in modules. ANYONE can set this up. If you want to wire in switches, then use a electrician to install that part.
Let me address the other comments:
- If it's not working for you then you likely have noisy power or a defective device. I find you need at least 4 devices 2 on each power phase to create a reliable "Insteon network" in a large house.
- Does not work with X10. GOOD!! It's not the 90's folks. I have a box of old X10 modules and replaced them when Insteon came out 5 years ago. Good riddance X10. Why do you want to use something that only worked half the time?
- Does not support Insteon devices prior to 2012? Ummm...yeah it does. I have over 10 devices in my system older than that.
- No PLM interface - Yeah good I hated that interface. The iPhone interface ROCKS. and is rock solid. I did not even need to change my firewall for it to work. it seamlessly detects if I am using ATT cell data or WiFi.
- Windows phone? S2BU. Get a real phone.
Posted on 2/4/2015
- Doesn't play well with others Review by Albert
Doesn't play well with others
It's not easy to tell in looking at the docs and marketing materials that they've removed the IP to PLM interface in this version of the hub. Without that, it's basically just a front end to Insteon's slow, cumbersome, and buggy phone app.
I'd ordered this with the intention of using http://route.io to control my system, so it's pretty much useless to me.
Hopefully Smarthome will let me return it since I foolishly threw the box away. Otherwise, I'm just out $40. Not disastrous, but not fun.
Posted on 2/1/2015
- Good concept but two fatal flaws Review by vgehts
Good concept but two fatal flaws
This concept of this device is a good compromise between a HouseLinc2 setup (which requires a running Windows PC) and the more expensive isy99 device (which doesn't include all of the free native apps like the Insteon Hub). There are, however, two fatal flaws that greatly diminish the usefulness of this product:
1) Removal of X10 support. A large portion of Insteon users continue to use legacy X10 devices. I myself have several of the X10 16 station controllers that work just fine with my Insteon setup (I currently use HouseLinc2).
2) The mandatory use of the cloud both introduces privacy issues as well as more than doubles the latency. A better solution would have been to allow for users to communicate directly with the Insteon Hub like as was in the case with the discontinued SmartLinc.
The SmartLinc was a good first product from Insteon that allowed for remote access. When Insteon discontinued it and replaced it with the Insteon Hub, they greatly reduced it's usefulness by removing X10 support and by requiring use of the cloud. For now I'll stick with HouseLinc2, since I already have a Windows PC that runs 24/7 for other things.
Posted on 1/31/2015
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