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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    Stopped working Review by Dust
    Stopped working

    Same as everybody else, stopped working at about the 2yr mark, not impressed. So far, I've had an insteon light switch and outlet go bad at the 2yr mark as well. I will be switching to another brand for all my installs.

    Posted on 5/29/2016

    This unit can be repaired Review by Steven
    This unit can be repaired

    These units fail because the capacitors in the power supply section are underrated for continuous use. The good news is that they can be repaired. Google "2413s repair" or visit:

    Posted on 5/12/2016

    Poorly built Review by MAP
    Poorly built

    Purchased one in December 2013 and it failed 2 years and 4 months later. Lasted just long enough to be out of warranty. I don't understand why these can't be built to last longer.

    Posted on 4/26/2016

    Poor quality Review by Addicted to Home Automation
    Poor quality

    Purchased the 2314S in December 2013. Failed 2 years and 4 months later. Much like the Keypads, these things do not last.

    Posted on 4/24/2016

    Decent product functionally but does not last Review by Dave
    Decent product functionally but does not last

    Like many other reviewers my PLM lasted just over 2 years. The quality of these PLM's are terrible. When I got my first one it was DOA and they had to send another. I spent hours trying to figure out what "I" was doing wrong. The second lasted 2 years....

    Posted on 3/8/2016

    Good when they work, but fail often Review by BJ
    Good when they work, but fail often

    I am on my 5th or 6th one of these. When they work, they work very well, but they inevitably fail. Because of the poor failure rates, I will be looking in to other technology.

    Posted on 1/14/2016

    Recycle program Review by John
    Recycle program

    Does Insteon have a recycle program? It is bad enough to make us pay for products that don't last but think of all the land fills piling up with products. It is almost criminal.

    Posted on 12/20/2015

    I got mine in 2010 with the ISY99 bundle Review by John
    I got mine in 2010 with the ISY99 bundle

    I guess I am lucky it lasted 5 years. Well it blew so time to order another one. This is my 3rd in 10 years. Can't do anything about it since my whole system relies on it to talk to the ISY. I hope they have improved something in the last 5 years.

    Posted on 12/20/2015

    Had two of these fail so far - why does'nt someone build one that works? Review by alternety
    Had two of these fail so far - why does'nt someone build one that works?

    After buying and starting to install a bunch of controllers at the %20 sale, I discovered yet another PLM has turned to dead junk. Actually; junk, then dead junk. And now I have to buy yet another PLC or PLM- whichever. Without the 20% and free shipping. Really annoying.

    Why can these not be built to be last for more than a year or two. Generally the years of one or two year failures in any sort of quality electronics is ancient history. Welcome to the time back machine.

    At least put a light in the front of the device that comes on and blinks (note - not always on) when the device has failed. If they are operable at all internally, they should be able to tell when they can no longer see the power line signaling or the driving device (e.g., UD device).

    Posted on 12/14/2015

    They can be repaired Review by ca92807
    They can be repaired

    Mine failed after 3 years, but I repaired it. Just search the WWW for "Repair of 2413S PLM When the Power Supply Fails."

    Posted on 11/29/2015

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