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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 text message 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.
Text message and email alerts from anywhere.
Create alerts by adding water leak sensors, motion sensors, door/window sensors and more. The Insteon Hub will send text 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 text message 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 - 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
- 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
- Simple, Fast, Awesome Price Review by Dave
Simple, Fast, Awesome Price
I got this and a few light switches to get started. The setup was pretty quick on the hub and the switches took a bit longer but totally worth the effort. Control is incredibly fast from the phone. Dimming and scheduling of lights remotely is super cool. Glad I got this while the introductory price is still on.
Posted on 1/29/2015
- Does what it does Review by 42
Does what it does
First off, I want to address some of complaints prior to my review.
This product should not get lower rating because it does not do everything on everyone's wish list, and only does what it claims to do on the product page.
I do not understand why people are complaining about features that are not supported... It is like buying a motorcycle and complaining it only has two wheels. I would not give a Harley 1 star just because it has less wheels than my 2 star Kia.
The product product page CLEARLY says it does NOT support X10, does NOT support HouseLinc, and does NOT show any browser interface.
As for remote access, the Android app will auto-login and starts at 'Favorites' page. This behavior is the same whether I am at home (wifi) or remote (4g), hence there is no so called 'performance' issue (probably meant 'usability' issue..?) that I am aware of.
Also, for security reason, it makes absolute sense to only allow device management on local network: 1. You need physical access to each controller in order to put it into setup mode, for it to be registered. 2. you do not want remote user to change device setting in case of a security breach.
As for scheduling, you need to properly configure the clock and timezone on the hub first, otherwise it will not turn the device on/off at the time your expected. I am able to turn my porch light on at sundown, and shut it off a few hours later with the scheduler.
Now we get these out of the way, a little background info..
I have over 20 insteon devices in my 2 stories house, ranging from keypads, switches, remotes, fan controls, in-line dimmer, thermostat, outlet, I/O linc (garage door), motion sensor, micro modules, phase bridges and morning linc for door lock (only no camera and do not use plug-ins..), the hub can interact with all of them with decent performance, and able to poll their status without issue (local or remote)
Originally, I was using ISY but got the Hub again because the price was good.
I am glad that I made the switch, mainly because I found the ISY setup to be cumbersome, with desktop/browser/java and all. With the new hub, everything can be done on my Note II without dealing with all that pain with Java.
With the hub, I simply setup devices on my phone room by room, whenever I am in the room. It took me couple days to setup the whole house because I was dragging my feet, but it only took a few mins to setup each room. There was no constant pacing back and forth between my desktop and each device, like what I had to do with ISY. In fact that was why I never did finish ISY setup at first place...
Next thing to note with the hub is that by logging in the app with the same user account on my wife's phone, she will get all devices already configured without messing with anything. Since the setup info is not locally stored, it is great if you have multiple users (this is the same reason why it can be accessed remotely).
The only complaint I have is with the app. If the app had been running in the background for a while and lost connection to the server, the app will go 'stale' and prevent you from navigating to any tab other then the last tab you were on. To fix this, you will need to stop the app completely (on android phone, hold home button to bring up all running apps and swipe it away to stop the app), and then launch again. Hopefully this issue will be fixed in future app release.
Posted on 1/28/2015
- Good but... Review by Qsilver
Pretty cool device.
Got it set up with a bit of problem finding the hub and a phase issue.
Was able to get my theater lights programmed to multiple scenes.
All was good.
BUT... One time the Insteon cloud was down and the phone app just sat waiting....
I'd have rated the hub better but the phone app should still be able to connect thru the local 192.168.n.x network.
So it's great except when the "cloud" is not available.
Posted on 1/28/2015
- Insteon Hub Review by Mytheryn
Absolutely, totally will not work with Windows phone! I have a house full of devices and it was unable to find any of them. When I attempted to try to add devices again, I found that there is no add new device function at all. Without a doubt this is complete rip off. Do not buy this piece of crap!
Posted on 1/26/2015
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