- What's Included
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.
- 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.
If using with HouseLinc
If you intend on using this with HouseLinc software please note the following:
- HouseLinc software has been discontinued and is no longer supported
- To use this PLM with HouseLinc you must first download and update the HouseLinc Definitions file.
- No technical support provided for HouseLinc – we recommend reaching out to the Smarthome Forum community.
Other PowerLinc Options:
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 Operation 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 Mechanical 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 Electrical Supply Voltage 120 Volts AC +/- 20%, 60 Hertz, single phase Certification Safety tested for use in USA and Canada (ETL #3017581) Warranty 2 Years
- 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 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
On my third unit. As others have stated, they only last about 3 years before they go dark.
Posted on 4/25/2016
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