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