Universal Devices ISY994i/IR PRO Controller - Insteon & IR Support + PLM

Easy-to-Use Central Controller Configures and Programs Insteon Devices
  • Kit Comes Complete with ISY-994i Controller and Insteon Dual-Band PLM (PowerLinc Modem)
  • Extends the capabilities of ISY99i Series
  • Remotely Accessible from any Standard Web Browser
  • Built-in Infrared (IR) capability
  • Does Not Require a PC to Operate
  • Supports 1,024 Devices/ Scenes and controls up to 1,000 Programs
  • Apple and Android apps available
  • Title 24 (Open ADR) compliant


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  • The ISY994i/IR Pro is one of the most advanced Insteon controllers on the market and has numerous features to satisfy the most advanced DIY'er or seasoned home control enthusiast. If you need unbridled control, the ISY994i is your controller.

    The ISY994i/IR Pro supports up to 1,024 devices and scenes and a maximum of 1,000 programs. The ISY994i/IR Pro controller is able to configure and program Insteon devices using Insteon native protocols and specifications. This allows it to directly write to Insteon devices internally instead of just in the controller, creating a more robust network. You can set up timer events and custom event triggers, as well as monitor and control all the Insteon -compatible devices in your home from any web-browser anywhere in the world. Now you can check if the lights in your house were left on and remotely control them from your computer at the office. The IR model allows you to program your infrared universal remote to control all your Insteon /X10 devices and scenes. The PRO model extends the capabilities of the ISY for extremely large installations.

    Insteon Control

    For Insteon control this device must be paried with an Insteon Dual-Band PLM Serial Interface. The PLM allows for direct communication with your existing Insteon network from the ISY994i/IR Pro controller. The PLM features built-in dual-band technology that sends and receives Insteon signals via powerline and radio frequency (RF), so it doubles as an Access Point. This makes it ideal for new Insteon installs if you have or plan to use an RF-only Insteon-compatible devices like a Mini Remote, Thermostat, Motion Sensor, Open/Close Sensor.

    Additional Features

    • Control other network-enabled devices using an optional Network Module (RS-232 devices can be controlled using an ELK IP232 or Global Cache GC-100 and more)
    • Can be field upgraded to IR platform

    Extends the capabilities of the ISY994i Series

    • An expansion slot which could be utilized to install and support other protocols such as a Zigbee and Z-Wave
    • Control other network-enabled devices using an optional Network Module (RS-232 devices can be controlled using an ELK IP232 or Global Cache GC-100 and more)
    • Non IR models can be field upgraded to IR platform

    Please Note

    ISY994i/IR Pro does provide a port for an optional AC adapter for instances where the PLM does not supply power, or the user prefers to supply power independent of the PLM (for example, PLM 2413S).

    Using any Java-enabled web browser, the ISY994i/IR Pro gives you the ability to control, monitor and configure all Insteon-compatible devices from any web-browser anywhere in the world. Best of all, no software is needed to gain access to your Insteon network. Simply bring up a browser and type in the URL of your Home Automation Controller.

    MobiLinc X for iOS/Android and all ISY Series Controllers

    MobiLinc X is a modern app for your Insteon, Z-Wave, X10, and all ISY-994i series controllers built with speed, security, and your family in mind. Get started with a free 14-day trial!

    MobiLinc X features:

    • Supports Insteon, Z-Wave, and X10 devices with all ISY-994i series controllers.
    • Supports Lights, Thermostats, Garage Doors, Doors, Outlets, Irrigation, Leak Sensors, Motion, Scenes, Programs, Variables, Fans, Rooms, and Weather.
    • Instant startup status and control of any device, scene, program, variable, or security item. No syncing!
    • Video and Audio streaming for ONVIF certified cameras.
    • ELK Security Panel Support.
    • Supports full ISY configuration including creating/editing/deleting rooms, devices, scenes. Admin Console is not required.
    • Supports Family Management with creating admin and user accounts. Accounts are shared with a QR Code. No usernames/passwords are necessary to get family members connected.
      • Admin Users have full control and can edit/change/delete items.
      • User accounts can control items only. User accounts can not edit.
    • Supports up to two ISYs.
    • Add/Change/Delete Alexa or Google Home spoken names right from the app. Quickly see and manage all your spoken items in one view.
    • Feature Request: Upvote and suggest new features. See what we're working on next and vote for the next feature to get added to MobiLinc X.
    • Full integration with our MobiLinc IFTTT channel supporting notifications, geo-fencing, thousands of devices and services, and more!
    • Alexa Smart Home integration supported.
    • Google Home/Google Assistant integration supported.

    See www.mobilinc.com for more information.

    MobiLinc X ISY Series Screenshots

    Agave Home Automation for Insteon, Zwave and X10 control via ISY

    Agave - ISY app for mobile home automation of Insteon and Z-Wave devices. Agave Home Automation allows for seamless, secure and customizable remote access to your Universal Devices ISY Controller from your Android smartphone and tablet

    Many Insteon and Z-Wave devices can be controlled through ISY using Agave. If you find one that isn’t supported, contact the developer (we’ll need a node dump of the device from an ISY).

    Agave can control your ELK M1 Home Security system through your ISY. Arm and disarm in all Elk modes including status of and control of bypass of all of your Elk zones.

    Agave works with your favorite Insteon devices (requires an Insteon-compatible ISY). Whether you want to control an Insteon Thermostat, LED light bulb, On/Off Switch Relay, Dimmer switch, IO Linc Sensor/Relay, Triggerlinc Open/Close sensor, Motion sensor (2420 verified), smoke sensor, or an EZFlora/lawn sprinkler, Agave works for you. As new Insteon devices are released, we work to add them quickly to Agave.

    Agave works with several Z-Wave devices (requires a Z-Wave compatible ISY). Schlage Door locks, thermostats, on/off and dimmable switches, MIMOLite sensors, and Aeon Multisensors can be controlled through Agave. If you have a Z-Wave device that isn’t already added to Agave, we’ll work with you to get it added quickly (please contact the developer!).

    Agave can connect to your ISY using any combination of the following methods in the order

    • Direct Connection via private home network (local) connection (usually the “primary” connection)
    • Direct Connection via external network/cellular data connection (may require port forwarding on router) (often the “secondary” connection)
    • UDI Portal (Requires subscription through UDI)

    See www.agaveha.com for more information.

    Agave ISY Controller Screenshots

    Agave Home Automation Features

    • Control of both Insteon, X10 and Z-wave devices via the Universal Devices ISY home control center
    • Secure SSL connection
    • Customizable home screen – Move the controls for you most used devices for easier access
    • Customizable buttons and status updates – Change switch types and status indicators to fit your home automation set up
    • Connect to your home network via WiFi, mobile data or UDI Portal
    • Real time home status updates
    • PIN code locking and Encrypted user credentials
    • Multiple profiles and device support
    • Scene control – single button control for multiple device settings

    See www.agaveha.com for more information.

    Additional Features for the ISY994i Series

    Remotely accessible from anywhere in the world and on any platform

    • Monitor, control, and configure your system remotely.
    • Secure Web Server with certificate management (up to 2048 bits).
    • Automatically create port forwarding rules on your UPnP enabled router.
    • Browser-based Java Applet or Java Web Start Application.
    • Support for Windows, MAC, and Linux.

    Field Upgradeable/Auto Upgrade

    • Many new features added regularly via firmware updates.
    • Admin Console automatically notifies you of official firmware updates
    • Standard ISY994i and ISY994iZw is field upgradeable to ISY994i/IR Pro and ISY994iZw/IR Pro to support additional devices/scenes

    Realtime clock on board

    • Supports Daylight Saving
    • Supports automatic sync with internet time sources (NTP)
    • Automatically calculation of Sunrise/Sunset times based on location

    Device Management

    • For easy monitoring, control and management Devices can be linked to the ISY using thier Insteon address or by pressing their SET buttons. Once linked to the ISY, devices can be monitored, controlled and managed through the ISY's built-in web server and Java-based Administrative Console
    • 3rd party products are available to monitor and control your home from your iPhone, PC, Nokia touch panel, and more!
    • If you already have devices installed and programmed, the ISY can crawl your existing Insteon network to automatically link discovered devices
    • Replace Device: seamlessly replace a defective device with a new one
    • Replace Modem: seamlessly replace a defective modem (PLM) with a new one
    • Restore Devices: simply restore your device to its correct settings if it is factory reset or has somehow lost its programming
    • Create folders/sub-folders to help organize your devices and scenes
    • Support for majority of Insteon products

    Scene Management

    • Supports up to 1024 devices/scenes
    • Use simple drag/drop to easily create scenes containing multiple devices
    • Create controller/responder relationships between all devices within the scene
    • Easily change scene attributes for each and every one of the devices within the scene
    • Once programmed, scenes operate completely independent of the ISY for the quickest response time and most reliable operation

    Programs, Schedules, and Variables

    • Programs are easily created by simple mouse point and click
    • Create complex schedules using precise time, from/to, days, sunrise/sunset times, offsets, etc.
    • Create complex triggers based on the combination of schedules, any event (e.g. key press), and many other triggers
    • Use Variables to control the flow of programs
    • Complete support for Wait and Repeat constructs including Random values
    • Custom and user defined email and SMS Notifications to custom user groups

    X10 Support

    • Built-in X10 support includes the use of programs to control your X10 devices using IR, schedules, or events from other Insteon/X10 devices
    • Optional X10/A10 Module features enhanced X10 capabilities, including support for X10 devices in the device tree

    Developer Friendly

    • Free REST, Web Services, and Java SDK for easy integration with 3rd party hardware and software - or development of your own
    • Discounts on products and modules for eligible developers

    Unit Comparison Chart

    ISY994i Controller ISY994i/IR Pro Controller ISY994iZw Controller ISY994iZw/IR Pro Controller
    ISY994i ISY994i/IR Pro ISY994iZw ISY994iZw/IR Pro
    Insteon Support
    (Requires Dual-Band PLM)
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    X10 Support
    (Requires Dual-Band PLM)
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    Z-Wave Support
    (Z-Wave radio included)
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    Max. Number Of Nodes
    (Node = deivces,
    buttons, scenes, folders)
    256 1024 256 1024
    Max. Number Of Programs 300 1000 300 1000
    Amazon Echo Support
    (Requires ISY Portal subscription
    ($49. every 2 years)
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    Infrared Remote Control Cross Icon Check Mark Icon Cross Icon Check Mark Icon

    Important Notes:

    • ISY994i requires an Insteon serial PLM (not included). PLM model number 2413S is compatible with ISY
    • ISY994i does require a power supply when used with a PLM which supplies power via the RJ-45 port (for example, PLM model 2413S)
    • ISY994i does provide a port for an optional AC adapter for instances where the PLM does not supply power, or the user prefers to supply power independent of the PLM (for example, PLM model 2413S).
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    Replacement for Smarthome HUB but the 2413 PLM is a weak point. Review by Steve R
    Replacement for Smarthome HUB but the 2413 PLM is a weak point.

    I purchased the ISY994I Pro as a replacement for the Smarthome HUB. I had been using the HUB for a couple of years, but programming options with the HUB are limited. I had used Houselinc to write to the devices as it was easier then using the set button on each individual device to program them. I also used the Android smartphone application to program the HUB to turn lights on and off. Using Houselinc to program interactions between responders and controllers such as Switchlincs and keypadlincs was fairly simple, but Houselinc could not be used to turn lights on and off at specific times without the need to leave the computer running. Using the smartphone application to set timers worked reasonably well, but this application and Houselinc did not communicate well together.

    I decided to upgrade to the ISY994I Pro to eliminate the need to use two programs to control and program my Insteon devices. I ordered the ISY994I Pro kit with the 2413S PLM, which is required for the ISY to communicate with the Insteon network. Unfortunately, when I connected the ISY and PLM together, the ISY would not link to or recognize the PLM. After calling Smarthome Technical Support, they agreed to send me a replacement PLM. After the replacement PLM arrived, I was able to link it with the ISY, but still had issues where the ISY would occasionally not recognize the PLM. Another call to Smarthome Technical Services suggested that it would be very rare to receive two bad PLMs, but they eventually agreed to send a 3rd PLM. I also asked for a replacement ISY just in case that was the problem, and Smarthome agreed to send one with the PLM.

    After receiving the 3rd PLM and replacement ISY, I decided to connect the new ISY to the old PLM to see if the issue was the ISY or the PLM. After connecting the two, the new ISY also failed to connect to the 2nd PLM. I then connected the 3rd PLM and the problem was solved.

    Although Smarthome was reluctant to send a 3rd PLM since they felt two failed PLMs would be rare, that was actually the case. There have been several discussions about the reliability of the 2413S PLM, including capacitor failures that render the PLM useless after about 2-years of use. Smarthome says that have corrected the issue, but it appears there are other issues with the PLM that are still in play.

    The need to use a 2413S PLM with the ISY994I Pro is definitely a week point with the ISY. While the ISY itself appears to be reliable, the combination of the ISY and the PLM's reliability is in question.

    The software for the ISY and programming are leaps ahead of what is available for the HUB, making this combination the choice for those with advanced programming needs. Fortunately, Smarthome warrants the 2413S PLM for 2-years, and I have never had an issue with Smarthome honoring their warranty.

    Posted on 11/19/2016

    Excellent Controller Review by John
    Excellent Controller

    Been using the ISY994i Pro for over a year. It was easy to set up and has performed exceptionally well. The program documentation is good, although it could be improved for the novice skill level. Of the three different controllers I have tried, this is by far the best and meets all my needs. Well done Universal Devices!

    Posted on 9/8/2015

    Top of the line controller Review by Steve
    Top of the line controller

    Have a fairly extensive collection of Insteon devices. This controller allows complete control of everything in your system. It is very well supported by a community of users AND by the manufacturer.

    Posted on 8/29/2015

    Review of 12236db Review by Robert Harris
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    Extremely impressed so far!!! Have worked with HouseLinc and moved to Indigo 6, since I wanted the software to run on Mac platform. Had several issues with devices not responding or slow responding or loss of communication completely with device. With the ISY, responses are super quick. Love it!!! Still need to get use to some of the programing, I see a few flaws, but it may be me. One issue is I previously had my exterior lights turn on every night except 31 Oct. Have not found how to block out that one day as of yet. Another feature I lost after shutting down HouseLinc is the ability to minimize to 2% the backlights of my keypads during the day and turn up to 10% at night. Love the product and ready to learn more....

    Posted on 8/8/2014

    Review of 12236db Review by MICHAEL
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    I had an inoperable system after 5 days and suspected the ISY was my problem. I returned the device because I was reaching the end of my 30 No Hassle Return period. I may reorder after I return from a lengthy trip because I still hope that the Smarthome/Insteon solution is going to work.

    Posted on 2/21/2014

    Review of 12236db Review by MALCOLM
    Review of 12236db

    First PLM would not communicate, replacement works as advertised. Interface is OK, but has some usability issues (i.e. setting clock to 24 hr does not change the programming interface. I have not done any complex programming, but works well so far for simple things.

    Posted on 2/16/2014

    Review of 12236db Review by Bendrix
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    Fantastic! There are few products that are so easy to install and use. The instructions for connecting the parts to the router were clear. The software ran and continues to run well. It was intuitive and easy to understand. Devices linked hassle free. Scenes were easy to setup. Writing programs is simple and virtually error proof.

    Within the first 2 hours I had the controller running, three wall dimmer switches installed, and two scenes and three programs up and running. That evening we enjoyed having the den lights come on 20 minutes prior to sunset, then dim at 7:30, then shut down at 10PM.

    Next day I installed several more dimer switches and placed a large order for switches and sensors. Have two thermostats to install all Insteon gear and directions read clear and simple. Can't wait to wake up to a warm house after saving money all night long!

    Couple of suggestions:

    1 Buy a UPB Phase coupler. I purchased the one that mounts right in the circuit breaker box rails. Installation was a snap but the documentation was not great. See my review at that product. Once installed, it put an end to the intermittent lose of contact between the controller, and switches at the other end of the house.

    2 Order one of those little hand held 4 button controllers if you want to run programs change groups of lights for a scene when you don't have your phone handy. I just ordered a few and wish I had known to order them with the controller. One for the bedroom and one for the living area, so anyone can pick it up and control a group of lights kids, in-laws.

    3 If you are wiring in switches for the first time, watch some YouTube videos on the subject first. Understanding how light switches are wired up will help you a bunch. Note that the white wire on the Insteon switches must be hooked up, but is not connected to regular wall switches Insteon switches need power to run the internal electronics; standard wall switches do not.

    4 Three way switches are much more complex to wire up and understand with Insteon than they are with standard switches. A good manual on just that subject would be nice hint hint Smarthome. Smarthome does not offer a three way that means two switches that control one fixture Insteon switch. You cannot use the standard Insteon switch or dimmer in place of a three way switch. It would be great if Smarthome introduced one and it would save a lot of hassle and time for those wishing to replace three way switches.

    5 As soon as you have the controller running, buy the App, Mobil Linc. It is easy to set up and once installed on your phone, gives you total control of the Insteon devices and programs you have installed. Very cool App.

    NICE PRODUCT Smarthome! This is one of the top 5 easiest, and most delivers on promised performance, of any product I have purchased!

    Posted on 2/12/2014

    Review of 12236db Review by NEIL
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    Excellent piece of equipment!

    Posted on 12/31/2013

    Review of 12236db Review by THOMAS
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    I would have given the product 5 stars had it included comprehensive migration instructions from ISY99i.

    Posted on 12/5/2013

    Review of 12236db Review by PAUL
    Review of 12236db

    Nice product... takes a little getting use to programming... the forums are a great source of info. Would be nice to have a "wait" command based on a variable.

    Posted on 11/22/2013

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    • 1x - ISY994I/IR PRO
    • 2x - 3 Foot Ethernet Cable (RJ-45)
    • 1x - 2413S Insteon Dual-Band PLM
    • 1x - Power Supply
    • 1x - Quick Start Guide

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