- What's Included
Voice control of your home works, and it has never been so easy - this kit is the perfect introduction for anyone! With the included Echo Dot, you’ll be able to use the Alexa app to import your Insteon devices through an Insteon Hub (sold separately) via your home Wi-Fi connection. Within minutes your devices will be setup, and you’ll be able to use simple voice commands to start controlling the included Plug-in Dimmer Module and Plug-in On/Off Module. It’s as simple as saying:
“Alexa, dim the living room lamp”
“Alexa, turn on the living room fan”
Alexa takes your voice commands, sends them to the Insteon Hub, which triggers the Insteon devices and your desired action to take place – instantly. Once you get started, we know you’ll be back for more – add an Echo Dot to every room and fill your home with all kinds of home automation devices just waiting for your direction.
Use Echo Dot to switch on the lamp before getting out of bed, turn up the thermostat while reading in your favorite chair, or dim the lights from the couch to watch a movie—all without lifting a finger…or even raising your voice. Echo Dot works with smart home devices such as lights, switches, fans, thermostats, garage doors, sprinklers, and more. This kit includes an Insteon Hub, Insteon Pug-in Dimmer and Insteon Plug-in On/Off module - everything you need to get started with voice control of lights and appliances in your home. Echo Dot also works with products from WeMo, Philips Hue, LIFX, SmartThings, Insteon, Lutron, Nest, ecobee, Wink, Honeywell, Garageio, and more.
Insteon Hub is an Insteon central controller that connects you to your home from any smartphone, tablet or Apple Watch, anywhere in the world. It allows you to remotely control Insteon devices and receive instant email or push notification alerts from motion, door and window, water leak, and smoke sensors while you’re away. It also acts as an interface between the Echo Dot and your Insteon devices, allowing you to control Insteon light bulbs, wall switches, outlets, and thermostats with your voice.
Even if our home is lit with recessed lights, chandeliers or wall sconces, chances are, you still have a table lamp or two. Insteon Plug-in Dimmer Modules let you add remote control of all of these "less sophisticated" plug-in lights. Not every room needs to be bright all the time. With a Dimmer Module, a customizable On-Level lets you pick how bright your lamp is when you turn it on. Ramp Rates with the Dimmer Module let you specify how quickly or slowly a lamp turns on. You can control it all with your voice through Echo Dot.
With Echo Dot, you can control lights and small appliances plugged into an Insteon On/Off module, using just your voice. No more getting up, or reaching for a remote control, simply ask Alexa to turn things on and off at your convenience. Whether it is a fan, space heater, lava lamp, diffuser, wax lamp, neon light, or other plug-in gizmo - it can be controlled with voice commands.
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- Amazon Dot (or Echo) with Insteon Review by Mark
Amazon Dot (or Echo) with Insteon
As long as you have an Insteon hub (or another Alexa-compatible automation controller with an Insteon PowerLinc module), the Dot/Echo integration is easy and works very well. Getting set up is a three-step process:
- Make sure your Insteon devices have been discovered by your home automation controller
- Add the appropriate 'skills' to Alexa via the Alexa app (on either Android or iOS). For example, if you have an Insteon Hub as your 'base' controller, add the Insteon 'skill' via the Alexa app and do the necessary authentication.
- Use the Alexa app to tell Alexa to discover your devices.
Note that whatever you name the device within the Insteon Hub app is what Alexa will use for the name when you ask to have it turned on, off, dimmed, etc.
Tip: There is a function within the Alexa app for creating 'groups' (it's basically the same as grouping within the Insteon app). I've found it very useful for creating "aliases" for single devices as well. Create a group with an alternate name for some device X, then add only that device to the group.
Posted on 11/21/2016
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