PowerLinc Modem - INSTEON Serial Interface (Dual-Band)
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PowerLinc Modem - INSTEON 2413S Serial Interface (Dual-Band)

Serial-Connected Home Automation Interface Allows INSTEON Lighting & Appliance Control From Your 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

Item #: 2413S


Frequently Bought Together:

Price For Both: $129.98

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  • What's Included
  • 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.

    PLC/PowerLinc Modem Comparison

    Feature Power Line Modem PowerLinc Controllers
    Downloading to the unit No Yes - software dependant
    Internal real-time clock None Included
    Status of connected controller Must remain on and running If downloading is support, may turn off computer
    Supports HouseLinc Desktop No Yes
    Requires Application-layer driver like Smarthome Device Manager No Yes
    Requires downloadable SALad Core application No Yes
    INSTEON Extended Messages Supported Not supported

    X10 Compatible
    The Serial INSTEON PowerLinc Modem is fully INSTEON compatible and X10 ready. Homeowners with existing X10 networks can easily migrate to an INSTEON network without having to discard all their existing X10 devices. X10 ready means that it can respond to X10 commands from an X10 controller and it can send X10 commands to X10 devices. Please note that INSTEON devices repeat INSTEON signals but not X10.

  • 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
    Warranty: 2 years, limited


    Operation Modes: INSTEON only, X10 only, INSTEON and X10 Combo Mode
    Combo Mode Message Order: INSTEON, X10, INSTEON cleanup


    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)

    X10 Features (applies to power line only)

    X10 Scene Addresses: 256 possible
    X10 Controllable Addresses: 256 possible
    X10 Powerline Frequency: 120 KHz
    X10 Minimum Transmit Level: 3.2 Vpp into 5 Ohms
    X10 Minimum Receive Level: 20mV into 5 Ohms
    X10 Messages Repeated: No

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    Review of 2413s Review by DAVID
    Review of 2413s

    I had to replace the original PowerLinc modem when it began to fail a couple of years after I initially installed it. I have quite a few Insteon switches installed throughout the house. I had some difficulty installing the new modem, and getting it to "talk" to my devices correctly. I still have trouble with some of the switches that I didn't have with the old modem. I am still troubleshooting those issues, and trying to resolve them.

    Posted on 8/14/2014

    Review of 2413s Review by GUILHERME MATEU
    Review of 2413s

    Works very well

    Posted on 8/10/2014

    Review of 2413s Review by PAUL
    Review of 2413s

    Replacement for a failed unit. Smarthome quickly replaced unit under warranty. Thanks Smarthome for great service!

    Posted on 8/2/2014

    Review of 2413s Review by Tommy
    Review of 2413s

    Went bad right at two years. I mean right at two years. HOWEVER, good customer service prevailed and Smarthome took care of me.

    Posted on 8/1/2014

    Review of 2413s Review by PAUL
    Review of 2413s

    product lasted about 18 months before failure - Smarthome replaced without any problem. Bought a second unit for backup.

    Posted on 7/24/2014

    Review of 2413s Review by wintermute
    Review of 2413s

    Mine died, too... just one month past its two-year warranty. When it works, it works fine. It really sucks that the reliability is so terribly poor.

    Posted on 7/22/2014

    Review of 2413s Review by John B.
    Review of 2413s

    Mine stopped working after a couple of years of flawless operation. I tried repeatedly to get it to work. The LED was not working at all and it did not communicate with my ISY. I ordered a replacement and left this one unplugged overnight. I noticed in the past the box was fairly hot. The next day, it was fully working again when I plugged it back in. I decided to remove the outer case and drill two vent holes on the top and bottom. It continues to work after 3 days. I plan to keep my new spare for a while before I return.

    Posted on 7/21/2014

    Review of 2413s Review by Disposable Product Buyer
    Review of 2413s

    Got 3 years, 9 months out of mine. Locked up less than the USB version I had previously.

    Posted on 7/20/2014

    Review of 2413s Review by Kirby
    Review of 2413s

    I just ordered my 3rd Powerlinc after 2 previous failed. To Smarthome's credit, they replaced my first failed unit for free even though it was slightly past warranty. The replacement unit failed after a year. Like others have said, just plan on buying a new one every 2 years. They did give me a 25% discount on the third one but make sure you ask!.

    Posted on 7/10/2014

    Review of 2413s Review by Joe
    Review of 2413s

    Junk DON'T BUY Stay away from all of these cheep china made products.

    Posted on 7/5/2014

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