The 70’s have been over for a couple decades so why would you use home automation technology from then? X10 was created almost 30 years ago now. Even though there have been enhancement products such as phase couplers and signal enhancers, the technology has issues.
Several different technologies have been created especially in the last five years or so including some of the most promising candidates including Zigbee, Z-wave, HomePlug and INSTEON.
Today’s Gizmo of the Day is a complete starter’s kit for INSTEON including two SignaLinc RFs, tabletop controloer and 2 LampLinc V2 Dimmers. It’s instant on and robust networking will amaze you if you’ve been using X10!
This starter kit includes two SignaLinc RFs, the most important part of the INSTEON network. Installing two SignaLinc RFs creates your INSTEON network, and adding additional SignaLinc RFs will improve INSTEON signal strength and network coverage throughout your home.
The ControLinc V2 tabletop controller can be set up in less than 5 minutes to control the two included LampLinc V2 Dimmers remotely using a simple “Plug and Tap” setup process. Additional LampLincs can be purchased separately to create more advanced lighting scenes. Each of the five ON/OFF buttons on the ControLinc V2 can be set up to control one lamp or every lamp in the home remotely to create dramatic lighting scenes. Additional ControLincs can be purchased separately to add remote control to other rooms. As an example, adding a ControLinc on your bedside table would allow the remote control of downstairs lamps in the middle of the night if you hear a noise.
(Please note prices are subject to change and the listed price is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of posting)