PowerHome2 Insteon-Compatible Home Automation Software

Control Your Home's Lighting, Appliances, Security, and Your Home Theater
  • Empower your home with PowerHome
  • Control your home using your PC, web, smartphone, email, keyboard, mouse, IR, voice
  • Perfect for Insteon, UPB, X10, Infrared, RS232 and more
  • Highly customizable - use with Elk M1, HVAC, Caller ID, Weather
  • No plugins needed. Unlimited licenses for your home's computers
  • EZ SetUp Wizard gets you up and running in Minutes!



List Price: $99.95

Your Savings: $0.18

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  • What's Included
  • Introduction PowerHome2 is an extremely powerful and flexible Windows based software package that will give you full control over your home’s lighting, appliances, infrared, audio and video devices when used in conjunction with the appropriate control hardware.

    With PowerHome2’s programmable interface, this control can be achieved via keyboard, mouse, touch screen, web, email, X-10, Insteon, UPB, IR, RS-232, voice recognition, socket communications, Windows Messaging, and even your internet enabled cell phone.

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    The PowerHome 2 Software requires the use of a controller(s) to communicate with your devices, sold separately.

    Compatible Controllers

    Additional Features

    • Fully programmable interface via your choice of languages. You can use the internal Macro and formula scripting or any language supported by Windows Script Host (for example: VBScript, JScript, etc.)
    • Internal Web server for remote control and monitoring. Supports user defined dynamic content via PSP (PowerHome Server Pages)
    • Voice Recognition
    • Text to Speech
    • User definable remote layouts allow for virtually any keystroke combination
    • Touchscreen friendly interface
    • Customizable display allows you to show floorplan layouts and place controls over actual photos
    • Insteon control using USB or Serial PowerLinc V2 and the SmartHome Device Manager. Full support for Insteon including software link discovery and building as well as KeypadLinc support
    • UPB control using serial or USB PIMs. Complete support for UPB devices and links
    • X-10 control via CM11A, CM17A firecracker, MR26A Mouse Remote, CPU-XA/Ocelot, W800, W800RF32, PowerLinc RS-232, PowerLinc USB
    • Infrared control via CIR, Multi-CIR, RedRat2, RedRat3, CPU-XA/Ocelot, USB-UIRT, Slink-e
    • Digital Input, Digital Output, and Analog Input control with the CPU-XA/Ocelot and additional Adicon modules
    • Full DI/DO and AI/AO support for the Velleman K8000 controller
    • New Controller module allows you to use a virtually unlimited number of controllers. Use multiple X10, IR, and other controllers. Don't limit yourself to a single controller.
    • CD jukebox player control with playlists and autoprogramming
    • CD database with freedb support
    • Video database
    • Macros
    • Triggers
    • Timed Events
    • Full event and Web logging
    • Multi-X control allows a sequence of X-10 commands for control (access 256 macros from your palm pad by pressing 2 buttons, 64 macros from your keychain remote by pressing 3 buttons.)
    • Sunrise, Sunset, and Civil Twilight calculations
    • Socket Server for remote control of PowerHome from other applications and machines
    • Windows Messaging Interface for additional remote control capabilities
    • Windows Script Host Interface
    • Built-in WAP server for remote control via an internet enabled cell phone
    • New EZ Setup Wizard!

    Technical Overview

    • PowerHome Home Automation Software is Written in Sybase PowerBuilder version 10.5
    • All code and data maintained in Sybase Adaptive Server Anywhere Database system.
    • Custom DLL's written in Microsoft Visual C and assembly.
    • Voice Recognition and Text to Speech components licensed from Microsoft (SAPI 4.0a).
    • Remote Access Server Dialup control licensed from SocketWrench.

    System Requirements

    • Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista
    • Pentium with 128 megs of RAM
    • Unused Serial port/s (CM11A interface, CM17A firecracker, MR26A Mouse remote, RedRat2, CPU-XA/Ocelot, Slink-e, W800, W800RF32, PowerLinc RS-232, PowerLinc V2 Serial)
    • Unused Parallel port/s (Velleman K8000)
    • Unused USB port (RedRat3, USB-UIRT, PowerLinc USB, PowerLinc V2 USB)
    • Sound card (Text to Speech and Voice Recognition)
    • Internet Connection (for remote Web Access and freedb support)
  • General
    Manufacturer PowerHome Automation LLC
    Manufacturer Product No. PH2
    System Requirements Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista, Pentium With 128MB of RAM
    Serial Compatibility CM11A Interface, CM17A Firecracker, MR26A Mouse Remote, RedRat2, CPU-XA/Ocelot, Slink-E, W800, W800RF32, PowerLinc RS-232, PowerLinc V2 Serial
    Parallel Compatibility Velleman K8000
    USB Compatibility RedRat3, USB-UIRT, PowerLinc USB, PowerLinc V2 USB
    Text-To-Speech Requirements Sound Card
    Maximum Number of Devices Unlimited
    Maximum Devices Connections Unlimited
  • Reviews 1 - 10 of 15

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    Save your money Review by William
    Save your money

    The software is poorly written in my experience. Very techie - and I'm an electrical engineer. Tech support was offshore - probably India. I have a 2413U controller and she could not answer the question of which controller do I choose from the PowerHome drop-down, since 2413U was not an option. I tried all three Insteon choices and the software failed to connect to the controller on all three. She did send me drivers for the 2413U, which I installed, but the software still failed. In this day and age, I would expect the software to automatically discover the controller, and the devices for that matter, or at least have support for tap-adding insteon devices. Never got that far. I de-installed the software. Save your money.

    Posted on 8/6/2019

    Powerhome Software Review by Stephen
    Powerhome Software

    Works well once it's configured. Not for the average computer person. Technical support is a must to get the program up and working. Website and instructions have a lot to be desired. Take the time to get it right.

    Posted on 10/7/2018

    The most powerful Home Control software in the World Review by Jeff
    The most powerful Home Control software in the World

    I've been using Powerhome for over a decade. You need to have the patience to do a little coding, but it is the most flexible control software made. Anything you can think of, you can do with Powerhome. Including: Independent control of keypadlinc lights. Infinite levels of if/then/else/looping, etc. In my system, every command succeeds or I get an Email that it fails (and it's logged). Every doorbell press is logged, etc. I branch on outside temperature by integrating a perl script that reads a webpage and extracts the temperature. Writing the script was tricky, integrating into PH was easy. Expecting an early contractor - I can push a button and the doorbell will flash the lights in my bedroom so I surely get up. When my dryer runs out, or my washer runs out and my dryer isn't running, PH sends me a text. You can create a control panel and make it accessible on your local network as a webpage, so I have $40 Kindle Fires mounted on my walls as touchpad controls for my system. It integrates with Alexa, and everything else out there. Again, you need to have some understanding of SW (I'm -not- a SW engineer), but the capabilities are endless. Also, the quality of the SW is rock-solid and the support is from the developer.

    Posted on 7/30/2017

    Review of 1440 Review by Linus
    Review of 1440

    I have an ELK M1 system with Insteon and X10 devices. A lightning storm damaged many components and the system needed rebuilt. Instead of manually re-linking all of the Insteon devices I bought PH2 and used it to upload the information to the ELKM1. In addition I used the PH2 Insteon features to perform some controlled testing of my system which revealed some latent problems with noise and signal strength that had been a problem all along. The system is now sound and working perfectly. PH2 is a solid product and worth the $$ in my opinion. It does take some time to learn how to use it and to figure out the correct data to enter, but the PH blog and help features provide that.

    Posted on 6/27/2014

    Review of 1440 Review by ifjohnnycalls
    Review of 1440

    I love how many things you can do with powerhome. The support and online community are great resources for learning how to program complex macros, etc.

    Posted on 8/16/2012

    Review of 1440 Review by MURRAY
    Review of 1440

    This is what I need to make my home safe. Having the lights controled is a feature that everyone should enjoy, especially if they have different, unscheduled hours. Dependability is something the Home Automation provides along with peace of mind.

    Posted on 9/23/2010

    Review of 1440 Review by MICHAEL
    Review of 1440

    Product exactly as described. Fast shipping!

    Posted on 7/18/2010

    Review of 1440 Review by Tom
    Review of 1440

    Question for Ken above:
    I thought I was competent with home automation using x10 and more significantly Hal2000 from Home Automated Living, which has compatibility with nearly everything. I LOVE programming it's x10 and Insteon wizards.

    On the otherhand, I bought the Ocelot to do Hal's IR stuff and found it more for programmers and the average Joe, and never was able to use it.

    So do you think the system in question here would be beyond me technically?

    Posted on 3/12/2010

    Review of 1440 Review by KENNETH
    Review of 1440

    Support has been great....but this is not for non-professionals. I have used X-10 automation extensively for years, but I am totally lost with this product.

    Posted on 10/30/2009

    Review of 1440 Review by ALIREZA
    Review of 1440

    Presumably quite powerful but documentation and instructions are non-existent. Instructions can only be found by exhaustive searching the online forum which is not very active. The wizards are primitive and don't always work; the interface is not intuitive. The quick-start guide is a joke.

    Posted on 6/17/2009

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