PowerLinc Modem - Insteon Serial Interface (Dual-Band)
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Insteon Serial Modem Interface

Plug-in Interface Allows for Insteon Control from a PC or Automation Controller
  • Works with HouseLinc - a free Insteon management software solution for PC
  • Easy, trouble-free serial connection
  • Powerline interface uses simple RS-232 commands, allowing any device with a programmable serial port to send Insteon commands
  • Supports Insteon extended messages
  • Supports 1,000+ links
  • Built-in dual-band technology sends and receives Insteon RF signals
  • This product is an Insteon Dual-Band device


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  • The Serial Insteon PowerLinc Modem is a serial-based home automation interface that allows PC- and hardware-based automation controllers to control Insteon -compatible lights, appliances, heating/air conditioning systems and alarm systems directly via the Insteon network. This home automation interface uses simple RS-232 commands, allowing any device with a programmable serial port to send Insteon commands easily, making controllers such as SimpleHomeNet's and Universal Devices' IP bridges instantly Insteon compatible. The dual-band interface sends and receives both powerline and radio frequency (RF) Insteon signals, so it doubles as an Access Point. This makes it ideal for new Insteon installs and if have or plan to use an RF-only Insteon -compatible remote, thermostat, motion sensor and contact sensor. The RF signal can bypass electrical noise or attenuation near the PC and it pulls many of the "distant" Insteon devices one hop closer, which can expand the size of potential installations into even larger homes and commercial buildings.

    New features:
    • Built-in Dual-Band with RF function, acts like an Access Point for phase bridging and RF to/from power line
    • 1023 links (compared to around 800 links previously)
    • Added a beep sounder
    • Red/Green LED light
    • Supports faster reading and writing of the PLM's database by another controller
    • Much lighter weight
    • No pass-through outlet
    Please Note: The controller connected to the Serial Insteon PowerLinc Modem must remain powered on and running the controller program connected to the controller or host at all times of usage. Additionally, the dual-band interface does not supply power to external devices.

    Other PowerLinc Options:
    PowerLinc Modem - Insteon USB Interface (Dual-Band)

    Ideal for Developer Use
    Hardware developers with products that include RS232 ports can use the Serial Insteon PowerLinc Modem to send and receive Insteon communications. This relieves developers from embedding Insteon chips inside their devices and provides a quick way to market without having to go through electronics re-designs or costly safety agency approvals. It also provides electronic TTL lines for direct connection to systems with embedded processors.

    Please note that developing application and controls for the PLM is not for the casual home automation enthusiast. Due to the nature of this product, Smarthome's technical support staff cannot offer programming support for developers. We cannot assist in the troubleshooting or development of applications and/or code.

    If you are interested in developing software for the PowerLinc or for more information about becoming an Insteon developer please click here.

    Advanced support for Insteon developers is sold separately.
  • Specifications


    Brand: Insteon
    Manufacturer Product No.: 2413S - PowerLinc Modem - Insteon Serial Interface (Dual-Band)
    UPC: 718122390717
    Patent No.: U.S. Patent No. 7,345,998, International patents pending
    Software: Sold Separately
    Status LED: Green/Red LED


    Operation Modes: Insteon


    Connector Type: RJ-45
    Interface: RS-232 & TTL
    Baud Rate: 19,200 Kbps

    Insteon Features

    Insteon Addresses: 1 hard-coded out of 16,777,216 possible
    Insteon Links: 1,023
    Insteon Device Category: 0x03 (Network Bridges)
    Insteon Device Sub-Category: 0x11
    Insteon Power Line Frequency 131.65 KHz
    Insteon Minimum Transmit Level: 3.2 Vpp into 5 Ohms
    Insteon Minimum Receive Level: 10 mV
    Insteon Messages Repeated: Yes


    Operating Conditions: Indoors, 32 to 104° F, up to 85% relative humidity
    Dimensions: 3.9" H x 2.6" W x 1.5" D
    Weight: 4.0 oz


    Supply Voltage: 120 Volts AC +/- 20%, 60 Hertz, single phase
    Pass-Through Outlet: No
    Power Consumption: 1.68 Watts
    Certification: Safety tested for use in USA and Canada (ETL #3017581)

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    PLM 2413S Has 2 Year life Review by Joe
    PLM 2413S Has 2 Year life

    I have the same complaint as others on this device. It only lasts about 2 years. This is the second time i'm replacing the PLM for my ISY. Really sucks!

    Posted on 12/5/2016

    Why don't they get this product right? Review by Mr C.
    Why don't they get this product right?

    I use this with an ISY99. When this thing works, everything is fine. However, I'm on my second one. First one died after about 2yrs. I emailed for resolution, and finally had to shell out another $80 to keep my system running. Should have cost nothing, seeing as it is a critical part of the system that makes having ANY Insteon devices worth while.

    I don't get it. Smarthome continues to sell it for $80, and it's a critical part of the ISY solution. Why don't they take the product seriously and FIX THE ISSUES?

    Hey guys - wake up.
    Consider hiring engineers that know what they are doing.

    Warm regards

    Posted on 11/21/2016

    PLM died after 2 years Review by Michael
    PLM died after 2 years

    2 units dead after total 4 years of use, "good job" smarthome

    Posted on 10/6/2016

    Adding to the obvious Review by PaulR
    Adding to the obvious

    My PLM lasted about 3 years. Worked well till it didn't recently. After reading the litany of complaints on this site, amazon and ISYs forum it's obvious there is a design flaw. You would think Smarthome would have something to say about the issue, but they are disappointingly silent.

    Posted on 9/22/2016

    I can no longer recommend Review by Adam
    I can no longer recommend

    After updating my entire house to Insteon (~ $3K), I have spent another $~500 replacing switches and motion sensors and buying filters. I can't count the times I came home to find my heater ON and the house is hotter than an oven. Imagine 110F house. My garage doors open and close on their own. PLMs fail all the time. I'm very very sad. I don't know what to replace or fix anymore. I even replaced my ISY thinking it might be it. I just can't recommend Insteon anymore. This is a flaky system that seems to have been design as a high-school project.

    Posted on 9/19/2016

    PLM failed Review by Aq
    PLM failed

    JUST when it was a month out of warranty it died.

    Posted on 9/16/2016

    5th PLM in 12 years Review by Phenneberry
    5th PLM in 12 years

    I've had X10, moved to Insteon, and the only trouble I've had in 12 years is the PLM's
    Went through two of them while I was still using X10. Then moved to a new house, switched all 120 light switches to Insteon, thermostats, Pool control, fountain, most plugs and alarm system. In 8 years with this system, the only failure has been 3 PLM's - unbelievable to see so many people experiencing the same issue, and the quality just doesn't seem to improve on the PLM. When it goes out - that means everything in the house, pool, irrigation, all stop.

    Posted on 8/30/2016

    Third dead PLM Review by Tim
    Third dead PLM

    Piling on. I've been through three of these PLMs in the last six years. The most recent one has now also failed. I'm fed up, and going to investigate something besides Insteon.

    Posted on 8/20/2016

    Mine failed out of the box... Review by DroidCo
    Mine failed out of the box...

    Can't even do a setup of my brand new ISY994 because the 2413S failed to receive anything right out of the box. I wasted almost 4 hours until I tried plugging an X-10 controller in the same outlet and the 2413 failed to detect a 4.0V signal! What kind of QC does this company have? I wish there was another way to do X-10 and Insteon...

    Posted on 8/18/2016

    Same as all the rest - failed maybe 3 years in. Review by countrybumpkin
    Same as all the rest - failed maybe 3 years in.

    Bought mine in a package with elk and isy. Nothing running yesterday, failed PLM found today. There is no excuse for this device to last only a couple of years except lazy, corner cutting engineering/manufacturing.

    Posted on 7/17/2016

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