Smartenit EZSrve INSTEON / X10 Home Automation Gateway
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Smartenit EZSrve INSTEON / X10 Home Automation Gateway

Control Your INSTEON and X10 Devices Remotely Without a Dedicated Computer

Item #: 31279

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  • What's Included
  • EZSrve is a stand-alone appliance that lets you access your INSTEON and X10 home automation devices through an Ethernet connection. A built-in web server lets you organize and control the devices in a logical and intuitive way. In addition to direct control, EZSrve provides the ability to act on scheduled events and to take actions based on device conditions. EZSrve can also be used with other web and PC based applications by allowing client connections through an IP socket. The unit is self-contained and interfaces to the power line network through a built-in INSTEON PLM.

    MiCasa - Native iPhone App for Use with EZSrve Now Available
    Using EZSrve, MiCasa allows for remote control of all switches, outlets and dimmers on your INSTEON network. Control dimming and On/Off device operation using your iPhone or iPod touch (currently does not support advanced control with thermostats, I/O controllers, sprinkler controllers, scenes, or timers).
    • Note: MiCasa does not currently support the more advanced INSTEON devices such as Thermostats, I/O controllers, sprinkler controllers, scenes or timers. Future releases may add functionality for these devices.
    • Available through iTunes: $.99 for each device you wish to control - after 30 devices it supports unlmited number of devices)

    PC Free Operation
    The EZSrve does not require a PC for operation and maintains schedules to control devices at specific times of the day on particular days of the week. Schedules can even be based on sunrise and sunset times which are automatically calculated based on geographic location. As long as it is plugged in and connected to the Internet, the EZSrve will engage your home automation network at appropriate times, activate your macros when triggered, search the internet for time servers to make sure the current time is accurate, and obtain the most accurate times for sunrise and sunset based on your zip code. The EZSrve can easily be set up to take action on events from your home automation network acting as triggers.

    X10 to INSTEON Translation
    Increase the reliability of your INSTEON / X10 hybrid network by utilizing the EZSrve to translate your X10 commands into INSTEON commands via macros. Define the X10 commands that you wish to have translated into INSTEON commands and store them in the memory of the EZSrve

    Initial Setup
    Initial setup of the EZSrve is very simple and only requires the setting of the geographical location, time zone, and time (if not connected to the Internet). By default, the unit gets an IP address from your router or server to which it is connected allowing you to communicate with it remotely.

    Managing Devices
    EZSrve recognizes and can communicate with INSTEON and X10 enabled devices. Devices are manageable as soon as they are added to the EZSrve through the "Devices" screen.

    A logical grouping of devices that can be activated simultaneously to a preset level. Similar to a "superdevice" that consists of all devices in the group. Once set up, a group/scene enables a single action to set, for example, a group of lights at different brightness levels (scene) such as for viewing a movie or reading. A single command could also turn off all devices in the group.

    Defining Areas of Control
    Name physical or logical places where devices reside such as a living room, a back yard, a kitchen, etc. The EZSrve allows for the naming of an area, and the addition/deletion of available devices. The area does not have to be physical and the user can simply define a grouping for the convenience of having devices in a logical location.

    Timers and Schedules
    Schedules for a given device to perform a certain action, such as turning on or off at the same time several days of the week.

    Macro Capable
    Events for a given device to perform a certain action such as turning on or off, in response to another device performing a certain action such as the motion detected by a motion sensor, or the water level in a pool reaching a certain point, etc. The condition triggering the event can also be time-bound, thus providing scheduling flexibility.

    EZSrve Operate with Third Party Software
    EZSrve works in bridge mode through an IP XML socket and allows up to 20 client applications to be concurrently connected. This makes possible the availability of third-party web and PC applications to effectively use the EZSrve. Once support is added by a software manufacturer, your EZSrve can be used in conjunction with home automation programs including Smartenit's free downloadable Utility Suite.

    Voltage: 120 Volts AC +/- 10%, 60 Hertz, single phase
    INSTEON Minimum Transmit Level 3.2 Vppinto 5 Ohms
    INSTEON Minimum Receive Level 10 mVppnominal
    X10 Powerline Frequency 121 KHz
    X10 Minimum Transmit Level 3.2 Vppinto 5 Ohms
    X10 Minimum Receive Level 20 mVppnominal
    X10 Messages Repeated No

  • Specifications

    Manufacturer Product No.:EZSrve 5010L
    Patent No.:U.S. Patent No. 7,345,998, International patents pending
    Dimensions:4.0" H x 2.5" W x 1.5" D
    Weight:9.5 oz.
    INSTEON Address:1 hard-coded out of 16,777,216 possible
    INSTEON Links:1024
    INSTEON Messages Repeated:Yes
    X10 Primary Address:1 optional (comes unassigned)
    X10 Messages Repeated:No
    Operating Temperature Range:Indoors, 32 to 104
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    Review of 31279 Review by Robototom3000
    Review of 31279

    Is this still this bad? I seen the last responses almost a year old so not sure if a sw/fw update fixed anything. Can some reply if this thing is still this flakey?

    Posted on 1/25/2013

    Review of 31279 Review by JC-PVAZ
    Review of 31279

    When I saw the 2414U being phased out, I felt something like this was coming. I think the problems many are having are related to expectations that are created by the sales materials. This is really designed to be a simple controller for a small, uncomplicated home network rather than a full-featured networked controller. In time it could be built out to handle more functions but right now it's a simple device that can do some pretty impressive things with basic control.

    I helped a neighbor setup one of these and found the interface to be pretty easy to follow and we got things around his house working. Hopefully it will be a lot more reliable long term than the 2414U was. Those would start to die after a few months and become unusable after a year. So far, so good with this new unit and it's nice not to have to buy a $100 software package.

    I would not in any way compare this to an ISY unless I called it an ISY-LITE. If you don't try to push this into complicated programming, you should be happy with it and up and running quickly. They can do a lot to make it easier to use and I am sure in time that will happen.

    That said, this is a HUGE step up from an X10 controller and far simpler than one which needs special software in order to configure it.

    Posted on 9/4/2012

    Review of 31279 Review by DAVID
    Review of 31279

    No more having to walk back down to the shop when I notice I left the lights on from my bedroom window. Just grab browser, click and shut the whole place down.

    Posted on 5/31/2012

    Review of 31279 Review by ERIC
    Review of 31279

    So far, so good. I'm only using it with (ancient) X10 devices right now, but it does what it says.

    The built-in web interface is ugly and awkward, but the new "cloud-based" one they offer isn't bad, and I bought it to build my own frontend for anyway.

    The XML API seems well documented, and the response speed is pretty good, too.

    Posted on 2/2/2012

    Review of 31279 Review by Wdw
    Review of 31279

    Purchased May 2010 version 02.06.10. It works. I have programs for evening lighting, circulating water pump, and underground sprinklers. Both x10 and Insteon devices. Tried using Harmony GUI, but it messes up the datafiles. Need to save datafiles for backup to computer. Still need a bridge to get x10 signals other side of 220 volt service. Many Insteon devices are compatible with this controller.

    Posted on 7/11/2010

    Review of 31279 Review by FrayAdjacent
    Review of 31279

    Device has potential, but is hamstrung by the interface and it's lack of easy use. Had to dig around in forums to find simple answers - like how to set thermostats using Actions. I had to map out the hex codes manually. Timers actions based on time sometimes inexplicably do not function. Some actions based on button presses from devices randomly activate.

    Overall, I would not recommend this device simply because the interface sucks, and documentation is weak. Simplehomenet is slow and secretive about updates. With a good, easy to use interface, this device could own the market.

    Posted on 2/20/2010

    Review of 31279 Review by D ROLAND
    Review of 31279

    built-in webserver config program would lock up, crash, and just generally not work at all.

    I eventually decided to keep this b/c I am a programmer & I wrote my own software to open the control socket and send raw xml from my PC.

    If I wasn't a programmer, I would call it worthless.

    Posted on 11/9/2009

    Review of 31279 Review by George
    Review of 31279

    I would have to agree with the comments. This unit is very limited and unreliable even with the latest firmware update2.03. I have added events, and the devices disappear. I have used both the direct Web and flash interfaces. The unit locks up and needs repeated rebooting to clear the interface. The upgrade to the latest firmware was a problem and this unit was returned for repairs. Still having problems with lockups and devices disappearing from events.

    Posted on 8/4/2009

    Review of 31279 Review by KYLE
    Review of 31279

    Very limited in the kinds of programs you can do. After 2 days of running, the device would lock up and not run any of the scheduled programs. I returned it in exchange for an ISY-99i Pro.

    Posted on 5/1/2009

    Review of 31279 Review by PETER
    Review of 31279

    The device has great potential. However, there are too many deficiencies in the current FW/SW. There are undocumented limitations as well as undocumented features. The biggest problem is an undocumented limitation of 64 links. That's a very serious limitation. I explained this to Simplehome but they haven't fixed it yet. Using the EzServe is a project at least, a hobby if you really want to make it work well. Get ready to spend lots of hours with it. (Note, I am an electrical engineer).

    Posted on 11/30/2008

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