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Home Control 101: Insteon vs. X10
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April 08, 2009 by SmartHome


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With lighting control, you can fill your entire home with personalized mood lighting for any occasion. Whether you’re just getting started in home automation or you’re ready to upgrade from X10 to INSTEON, the first dual-mesh network that combines power line signals with wireless radio frequency, selecting from a confusing array of products can be daunting. To help you better understand the benefits of INSTEON in comparison to legacy X10 products, the products below have been placed side by side with a comprehensive list of detailed benefits. If you still have questions, you can always contact Smarthome’s customer care department for help.

X10 distributes command signals over your existing power lines. INSTEON takes this a step further: This dual-mesh network combines wireless radio frequency (RF) with your home’s existing electrical wiring for maximum reliability, and since it’s compatible with your legacy X10 products, you won’t need to replace all of your existing switches and modules until you’re ready. INSTEON confirms every message to insure that messages are received error-free, automatically retransmitting corrupted messages to be sure that your commands are obeyed. In addition, every INSTEON device acts as a two-way repeater, so an INSTEON network actually becomes stronger and more reliable as more products are added.


Getting StartedFor maximum reliability, the INSTEON network requires that you install two Access Points, plug-in devices that not only extend the range of signals but also eliminate the need for phase couplers, ensuring that commands sent from one electrical phase to another will be received and obeyed. If you’re just getting started with your INSTEON network, three starter kits are available, all of which include the two Access Points. Choose the INSTEON Lamp Scene Lighting Starter Kit, the INSTEON Wire-in Dimmer Scene Lighting Starter Kit, or the INSTEON Keypad Dimmer Scene Lighting Starter Kit

Couplers/Signal Repeaters


SignaLinc
Model
4816a2
4816b2
4826a
4826b

  • Plug-in - no hardwiring involved
  • 30-Amp pass-through outlet
  • Passes signals to both electrical phases of a house
  • Passive & Active versions 3- or 4-pin Configuration
  • Active version repeats signals


Access Points
Model
2443
2443P

  • Plug-in - no hardwiring required
  • Sends INSTEON signals from one electrical phase to another
  • Simultaneously transmits and receives INSTEON signals over powerlines and wirelessly
  • Repeats INSTEON signals
  • Bridges RF-only INSTEON devices with power line-only INSTEON devices

Controllers


ControLinc Maxi
Model
4071

  • 10 non-sequential user-programmable soft-touch buttons
  • Scene setup at the touch of one button
  • Multi-house code programmable All Lights On/All Units Off buttons
  • Easily access all 256 X10 addresses


ControLinc
Model
2430

  • 5 non-sequential programmable buttons
  • Controls five devices or scenes
  • Links to any INSTEON or X10 device in seconds
  • No code wheels required - all button programmingProgram any 256 X10 address to any device




SwitchLinc Dimmer
Model
2380i
2381w/i
2386w/i
2384w/i

  • Choose 600-watt or 1000-watt version
  • 64-scene capable (2380i, 2386w/i)
  • True rocker action
  • Programmable preset and fade levels
  • Status LEDs 3-way ready
  • 2-Way/Plus/PLC Versions
  • No neutral versions available


SwitchLinc V2 Dimmer
Model
2476d
2476dh

  • Choose 600-watt or 1000-watt version
  • 400-scene capable
  • True rocker action
  • Programmable preset and fade levels
  • Status LEDs
  • 3-way ready
  • Repeat all INSTEON signals
  • Fast response, seemingly without pause
  • Dimmers send confirmation signals automatically
  • White LEDs - Color change kits available




SwitchLinc Relay
Model
23883w/i
23883tw/i
23885w/i

  • 15-amp capacity
  • 80% quieter than other switches
  • True rocker action
  • 3-way ready
  • Ideal for motor & fluorescent loads
  • 2-way/PLC version
  • Programmable countdown timer 1-15 minutes (23883T)
  • Includes BoosterLinc technology (23883w/i, 23883tw/i)


SwitchLinc V2 Relay
Model
2476s

  • 13-amp capacity
  • 80% quieter than other switches
  • True rocker action
  • 3-way ready
  • Set up any combination of up to 417 INSTEON links and 256 X10 addresses
  • Responds in 0.05 seconds
  • Confirmation signals sent automatically
  • Repeats all INSTEON signals
  • White LEDs - Color change kits available




KeypadLinc w/ Dimmer
Model
12073w/i
12074w/i

  • 6 (12073w/i) or 8 (12074w/i) non-sequential programmable transmit/status buttons
  • 64-scene capable
  • Easy-to-label buttons
  • Custom-etched buttons available
  • 3-way ready
  • Includes BoosterLinc technology


KeypadLinc V2 Dimmer
Model
2486dwh6

  • 6-button and 8-button keypads included
  • Integrated 600-watt dimmer
  • 400-scene capable
  • Easy-to-label buttons
  • Custom-etched buttons available
  • 3-way ready
  • Controls legacy X10 devices as well as INSTEON
  • Responds in 0.05 seconds
  • Confirmation signals sent automatically
  • Repeats all INSTEON signals
  • Programmable preset and fade levels
  • Monitors linked devices
  • White LEDs - Color change kits available




KeypadLinc w/ Dimmer
Model
23896W
23890W/I

  • 64-scene capable
  • Toggle control
  • Programmable preset and fade levels
  • 3-way ready
  • No neutral versions available


KeypadLinc V2 Dimmer
Model
2466DW/I

  • Toggle control
  • 400-scene capable
  • Programmable preset and fade levels
  • 3-way ready
  • Repeat all INSTEON signals
  • Fast response, seemingly without pause
  • Dimmers send confirmation signals automatically




ToggleLinc Relay
Model
23895I
23893I

  • 15-amp capacity
  • 80% quieter than other switches
  • Toggle control
  • 3-way ready
  • Ideal for motor & fluorescent loads


ToggleLinc V2 Relay
Model
2466SW/I

  • Toggle control
  • 13-amp capacity
  • 80% quieter than other switches
  • 3-way ready
  • Set up any combination of up to 417 INSTEON links and 256 X10 addresses
  • Responds in 0.05 seconds
  • Confirmation signals sent automaticallyRepeats all INSTEON signal




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comparison charts of In-Line and Plug-in Modules
and Insteon upgrade options

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