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
  • Works with HouseLinc - a free Insteon management software solution for PC
  • 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


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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.

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

    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
    Brand: 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)

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    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

    Dead Again Review by Speed
    Dead Again

    On my third unit. As others have stated, they only last about 3 years before they go dark.

    Posted on 4/25/2016

    Works fine until it doesn't Review by Maurice
    Works fine until it doesn't

    Lifetime is limited. This modem works fine, until it just stops. I've had them last between 1 and 3 years. There is no excuse for such failure-prone design.

    Posted on 2/15/2016

    Thank you James for the update to Houselinc 2.10.25 Devices.XML Review by therealkennewickman
    Thank you James for the update to Houselinc 2.10.25 Devices.XML

    Was just about to toss my system into the trash. My last 2412N failed and apparently there are no more to buy. Grudingly reverted to this 2413U and it doesn't work unless the revision you provided is manually edited in. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. I have modules that go all the way back to Stanley Lightmaker and PowerHouse. You are a prince. Thanks again.

    Posted on 11/10/2015

    Unreliable Review by rpw

    As several other reviewers have noted, these are the weak link in the Insteon system; they fail repeatedly (just go completely dead). I'm on my third at this point. Frustrating.

    Posted on 8/30/2015

    Another failed unit Review by *fail*
    Another failed unit

    I too recently had a unit that failed at just over 2 years but I am left without an option other than buying it yet again.

    Posted on 7/22/2015

    ugg.. again? Review by Chris
    ugg.. again?

    Had another one of these fail on me. The prior one lasted a few years, but this one is right about 1 year. What a piece of junk. PLM is plugged into a good surge protector. I also have a whole-house surge protector and every other connected device in the home is fine.. sick of throwing money away on these things that they REFUSE to improve, yet it's the weak-link in a significant investment into dozens of Insteon devices.

    Posted on 5/4/2015

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