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
  • Insteon interface compatible with a variety of software and controllers (see below)
  • 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.

    Compatible Software/Controllers

    If using with HouseLinc

    If you intend on using this with HouseLinc software please note the following:

    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.

  • General
    Manufacturer 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)
    Warranty 2 Years
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    Now, the waiting begins Review by Paul
    Now, the waiting begins

    TL; DR: Works well, while it lasts. Read on...

    This modem does the job it's designed to do, permits communication between the ISY computer (or any other serial port equipped device running compatible software) and the Insteon network. As a network grows to encompass more than a half dozen or so devices, a central controller such as an ISY becomes essential, which means this modem is essential.

    And that's the problem. The first modem I bought quit after about three years, following the pattern of other complaints. I have bought a new one, and we will see how long it lasts. But, really, it ought to last ten years, minimum. I opened the old modem, prepartory to attempting repair (for more on this, go to the Universal Devices site and search their forums), and it's a mess in there. Without question the worst soldering I've seen in a professionally produced product; it reminded me of some of my efforts, when I was ten or so and learning how. In addition, the power supply caps are under rated. I haven't opened the new one to see if they have made design improvements or not. But if they haven't, then they certainly haven't been reading these reviews, their own forums, or the forums at Universal Devices. Worse yet, they apparently won't license the necessary firmware to UD, which would like to produce its own reliable modem.

    Posted on 1/27/2017

    2413S - These Consistently Fail Slightly Over 2 Year Warranty Period! Review by Keith DeMeyer
    2413S - These Consistently Fail Slightly Over 2 Year Warranty Period!

    This is the fourth unit I've purchased since initial Insteon installation in 2006. Budget $50/year to replace them - it's like clockwork - they're poorly engineered junk.

    Keith DeMeyer

    Posted on 12/30/2016

    Dies after 2 years Review by James
    Dies after 2 years

    Refuse to buy a third unit - goodbye Insteon :(

    Posted on 12/28/2016

    PLM defective again Review by Kenneth
    PLM defective again

    I agree with all the complaints. It is amazing to me that with all the good devices for Insteon they all depend on the correct operation of the PLM. I have had numerour devices fail.

    Posted on 12/24/2016

    This item should have been redesigned long ago Review by Greg
    This item should have been redesigned long ago

    I really hate to post bad reviews but this PLM and the USB version, 2413U, really deserve it. I've had one go bad after 2 years. I'm on my second now. I have a whole house surge suppressor, so that should have helped. Both of the units I've bought often seem to stay offline after a power outage. Not good at all for a vacant house in a cold climate to not be able to monitor or control your thermostat or any other systems you need. Haven't had that problem with my Z-Wave hubs or devices, which is why I'm replacing the Insteon devices with Z-Wave as funds permit. For the few Insteon devices I'm keeping, I'm trying the 2448A7 dongle interface, hoping it works better. Would it really have been too much effort to redesign these PLM's more robustly, maybe with a watchdog circuit to reset after a power outage? This is the heart of the system yet it's not reliable enough to count on when you're away. Insteon has some good devices and innovative ideas but this piece shouldn't have been so poorly executed.

    Posted on 12/11/2016

    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

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