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

USB Home Automation Interface Allows Insteon Lighting & Appliance Control From Your PC
  • Insteon interface compatible with a variety of software and controllers (see below)
  • Easy, trouble-free USB connection
  • Control Insteon devices from compatible HA software
  • Interface supports Insteon extended messages
  • Supports 1,000+ links
  • This product is an Insteon Dual-Band device


REWARDS: 79 points
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  • The USB Insteon PowerLinc Modem is a USB-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. 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 installations if you have or plane 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 USB 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

    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. 2413U - PowerLinc Modem - Insteon USB Interface (Dual-Band)
    UPC 891114000136
    Patent No. U.S. Patent No. 7,345,998, International patents pending
    Interface USB
    Baud Rate 19,200 Kbps
    USB Current Draw 0 mA
    USB ID VID: 0x403, PID: 0x6001
    Status LED Green + Red LED
    Local Control None
    Operation Modes Insteon
    Combo Memory Non-volatile EEPROM
    Insteon Features
    Insteon Addresses 1 hard-coded out of 16,777,216 possible
    Insteon Links 1,023
    Insteon Power Line Frequency 131.65 KHz
    Insteon Device Category 0x03 (Network Bridges)
    Insteon Device Sub-Category 0x15
    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
    Certification Safety tested for use in USA and Canada (ETL #3017581)
    Warranty 2 Years
  • Reviews 1 - 10 of 149

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    Really cant do 2 stars with something that just does not last Review by yaman
    Really cant do 2 stars with something that just does not last

    Seriously, on my third unit in 6 years. If there was some competition these things would not be around anymore. Unfortunately everyone is stuck with devices throughout their home, relying on it for control of your lights and thermostat, and then one morning nothing works. Time to spend your yearly subscription to Insteon to get your house back up and running. Why is it that all the sensors, light switches, outlets, etc all work fine after 7 years but the one thing that controls them all? Not!

    Smarthome reply: We have identified an issue that effects Insteon PowerLinc Modem (2413S - revisions prior to 2.3) where in some circumstances a component may fail if exposed to prolonged and excessive heat. In these failures the PowerLinc Modem will cease to function. To prevent such an issue from occurring we introduced a hardware change that began shipping in January 2017 (Rev 2.3).

    Posted on 5/13/2017

    Ugh - reliability is terrible Review by Paul
    Ugh - reliability is terrible

    These units work great... until they break. I just had my 3rd one break on me in the span of about 5 years. Of course they're always out of warranty so only alternative is to buy a new one. Very disappointed in the reliability.

    Smarthome reply: We have identified an issue that effects Insteon PowerLinc Modem (2413U - revisions prior to 2.3) where in some circumstances a component may fail if exposed to prolonged and excessive heat. In these failures the PowerLinc Modem will cease to function. To prevent such an issue from occurring we introduced a hardware change that began shipping in January 2017 (Rev 2.3)

    Posted on 4/2/2017

    Lost yet another PLM Review by Michael
    Lost yet another PLM

    This is the 4th unit I've replaced over the years, these devices are just not produced to last. I've tried their hubs that are simply terrible software atop terrible hardware, and all proved useless to bother with.

    After losing yet another plm, it's time to review if it's worth switching to z-wave yet.

    Posted on 12/31/2016

    Add me to the works well until it doesn't camp. Review by Paul
    Add me to the works well until it doesn't camp.

    Mine just died after only 18 months operation. Don't have any choice but to order a new one as my house if chalk FULL of Insteon, driven by this interface and Indigo. Maybe they should sell them in six packs?

    Posted on 12/11/2016

    Insteon is so frustrating, stick with Z Wave Review by George
    Insteon is so frustrating, stick with Z Wave

    I'm really regretting my decision to outfit my house with Insteon, maybe this will help someone avoid an expensive goof.
    I've had so many issues with software and the darn PLM, I've already gone through a couple of them, and now I'm having issues again.

    Adding to the frustration is thinking that you can automate other Insteon devices like the Ez Flora and finding out that it's not recognized, so I have to switch between programs, so nothing is really automatic (when it even works).

    I want so bad to get rid of this junk, but once you make the foolish decision of Insteon and get down the road too far, switching is too expensive.

    Why haven't they done anything about this? I've been waiting years hoping they would get their act together, so if you're considering Insteon, think again,

    Posted on 12/3/2016

    I'm on my Forth One . . Review by dkumpula
    I'm on my Forth One . .

    These work well for a while and then they start dying requiring a reboot and eventually die altogether. I'm on my fourth one over about a five year period. The last two (both were version 2.1) lasted under one year. Thankfully these things have a warranty. My house is not prone to electrical problems and has a whole house surge protector built in, so I can only assume its a design flaw.

    Posted on 11/5/2016

    15 months Review by Geoffrey
    15 months

    15 months on this one. Reviewing options. Considering removing all Insteon devices this time. Use it with Mr House HA software. Tried the HUB 2242-222 but it is very limited compared to MH.

    Posted on 7/12/2016

    About to purchase my third Review by dkumpula
    About to purchase my third

    The second one lasted all of 15 months and then died suddenly. Smarthome, please address the reliability of these things.

    Posted on 6/1/2016

    2413u USB Interface Dead in under 3 Years Review by Troy
    2413u USB Interface Dead in under 3 Years

    I "upgraded" to the 2413u USB interface just under three years ago because the previous fully-functional interface that I'd had for years wouldn't work with the newer Insteon KeypadLincs, etc. I really liked the older model because it was durable and would store scenes and schedules in its memory without needing the computer to be on all the time. Okay. So that's that. It was irritating to have to lose that functionality to add new devices, but to then have this newer USB model totally die after 2.5 years is just lame. As many others here have stated, it is the weakest link in the Insteon chain. As I've also had about a third of my modules (out of about 35) fail over the past ten years, I'm no longer recommending Insteon to anyone serious about home automation products. While they were working they were great, but quality control seems to be lacking for the prices they charge for them. I've had better reliability from much cheaper X-10 units that I've had since the 80s.

    Posted on 5/31/2016

    Unreliable Review by Avoirdufun

    Third unit for me too. I've tried the insteon HUB 2242-222 and absolutely not satisfied, timers do not do the job, sunset sunrise complicated and difficult (well impossible) to program more than one controller... Anyway, I got back to 2413U one more time, wish that one will not fail to work after 2 years again...

    Posted on 5/1/2016

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