PowerLinc Modem - Insteon Serial Interface (Dual-Band)

Insteon Serial Modem Interface

Plug-in Interface Allows for Insteon Control from a PC or Automation Controller
  • Insteon interface compatible with a variety of software and controllers (see below)
  • Easy, trouble-free serial connection
  • Powerline interface uses simple RS-232 commands, allowing any device with a programmable serial port to send Insteon commands
  • Supports Insteon extended messages
  • Supports 1,000+ links
  • Built-in dual-band technology sends and receives Insteon RF signals
  • This product is an Insteon Dual-Band device


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  • The Serial Insteon PowerLinc Modem is a serial-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. This home automation interface uses simple RS-232 commands, allowing any device with a programmable serial port to send Insteon commands easily, making controllers such as SimpleHomeNet's and Universal Devices' IP bridges instantly Insteon compatible. 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 installs and if have or plan 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
    • 1,000+ links (compared to around 1000+ 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 Serial 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.

    Compatible Software/Controllers

    If using with HouseLinc

    If you intend on using this with HouseLinc software please note the following:

    Ideal for Developer Use

    Hardware developers with products that include RS232 ports can use the Serial Insteon PowerLinc Modem to send and receive Insteon communications. This relieves developers from embedding Insteon chips inside their devices and provides a quick way to market without having to go through electronics re-designs or costly safety agency approvals. It also provides electronic TTL lines for direct connection to systems with embedded processors.

    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. 2413S - PowerLinc Modem - Insteon Serial Interface (Dual-Band)
    UPC 718122390717
    Patent No. U.S. Patent No. 7,345,998, International patents pending
    Software Sold Separately
    Status LED Green/Red LED
    Operation Modes Insteon
    Connector Type RJ-45
    Interface RS-232 & TTL
    Baud Rate 19,200 Kbps
    Insteon Features
    Insteon Addresses 1 hard-coded out of 16,777,216 possible
    Insteon Links 1,000+
    Insteon Device Category 0x03 (Network Bridges)
    Insteon Device Sub-Category 0x11
    Insteon Power Line Frequency 131.65 KHz
    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
    Pass-Through Outlet No
    Power Consumption 1.68 Watts
    Certification Safety tested for use in USA and Canada (ETL #3017581)
    Warranty 2 Years
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    Serial Modems Review by Mark
    Serial Modems

    I like the performance of Insteon devices, but like many other users, I keep having to replace hardware. I've had to buy 6 of these serial modems over the last decade because they keep failing. I have been slowly phasing all Insteon out of my systems because of poor hardware reliability.

    Posted on 12/23/2019

    Critical Piece of Puzzle Which Requires Keeping a Spare on Hand Review by Matthew
    Critical Piece of Puzzle Which Requires Keeping a Spare on Hand

    I definitely like the Insteon product line. I've replaced nearly every switch in my house with Insteon. I also make use of the decent number of lamp modules and dual outlets. I've had a good experience with those in terms of reliability. I haven't had a single wall switch, lamp module or outlet go bad. But I am on my third serial modem interface.

    I use the Universal Devices ISY994i integrated with an ELM M1 Gold security system to handle the majority of my home automation. So the serial modem is a critical piece of infrastructure for me. After my first failure, I started keeping a spare serial modem and range extender on hand. I just had to replace the serial modem this past week so I've already ordered my 4th one.

    Overall, I've very happy with the Insteon products but it is interesting that the serial modem seems to fail for so many. I think my first one lasted 4 years and second one lasted 2 years. As others have advised, you should probably keep a spare one on hand.

    Posted on 11/13/2019

    Lost another one Review by Chet
    Lost another one

    I have two homes with ISY994 Pros and many Insteon and Zwave devices. I have whole home surge protection at the breaker box. Most of my Insteon devices hold up very well. This is the only device that seems to fail every 2-3 years. Being I have two homes it seems like I am always changing these. I am now doing as others have stated and buy these in pairs so I always have a spare.

    Posted on 6/21/2019

    Second one gone... Review by Wordragon
    Second one gone...

    And just 6 months after the warranty expiration. In its defense, it did happen after a fairly messy power failure.

    Posted on 4/22/2019

    2 Months After Warranty Ends Review by Norm
    2 Months After Warranty Ends

    My 2413S died today (R.I.P.) 2 months after their 2 year warranty ended. Seems like a common theme here. The PLM was v2.2 and worked well when it was working. Hopefully the newer version will last longer, otherwise will migrate everything to Z-Wave and wifi.

    Posted on 12/20/2018

    Works but you never know for how long. Review by Randy
    Works but you never know for how long.

    Last one went 3 years before dying, which I guess is pretty good for these things. Bought 2 this time since when they die - and it will - I lose all my lighting automation and some other stuff controlled from the keypads via the ISY994 interfacing with my Crestron system.

    It's a mixed bag I think. Not particularly long lasting but relatively cheap and easy to replace when it dies. I've worked with many other lighting systems such as Lutron, and since the control is totally centralized in many of those systems when the lightning or surge comes you can completely lose all of your lights through the whole house. I've had clients lose basically all the lights in their house for days until someone could get over there and replace their lighting processor, and if they don't have the original code for the system it gets really ugly. On the other hand I've seen a Lutron system work for 10 years without a hiccup, which just won't happen with Insteon.

    So I put this in the same category as all the rest of my Insteon stuff, when it works it's pretty reliable, but just expect to have to do some regular replacement of failed units...

    Posted on 8/11/2018

    Loose USB Review by Todd
    Loose USB

    I had one of these (not sure the rev), but I believe it's an old one. The problem I have is that the USB-B connector is very loose. After trying multiple cables, the cable is still loose enough to fall out when plugged into the wall. I thought that having a wired Insteon connection would be best, but the Insteon USB wireless stick has been more reliable (but appears to no longer be for sale).

    Posted on 7/2/2018

    Too Early to Tell But I’m Optimistic Review by EdP
    Too Early to Tell But I’m Optimistic

    I had a little trouble getting it to communicate with my ISY994i, but the tech support got me straightened out pretty quickly. So far, I am delighted with the replacement PLM because it responds instantly when I access the ISY through the smartphone app. The previous PLM would take tens seconds or longer so I’m very happy with it. If it lasts half as long as the first the first one, I’ll consider myself luckier than average.

    Posted on 3/31/2018

    Guess I've Been Lucky Review by Ed P
    Guess I've Been Lucky

    Well I purchased this PLM device as part of a package with the ISY 994i controller back in October 2010. Based upon the current reviews, I guess that I've been very lucky. If the replacement unit fails in just a few years, I'm going to be very unhappy and will look for another place to buy my home automation equipment.

    After buying an Essence home security system for $545 and having both SmartHome and Essence stop supporting the product, I am not inclined to invest much money with SmartHome any more. If I get another piece of crap, I'm gone.

    Posted on 3/9/2018

    Dont last Review by JJ
    Dont last

    Similar to most of my Insteon products, these don't last. Seems like two years is about what you get before you have to replace. Slowly migrating to Lutron after years of frustration.

    Posted on 9/8/2017

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