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LinkNet Software For Insteon


Setup And Control for Insteon Network
  • Desk Top Interface Provides Linking And Setup For Inteon Devices
  • Support for KeypadLinc and RemoteLinc - Linking And Button Settings
  • Computer Groups/Scenes Setup And Control
  • Timer And Logic Functions
  • 32 Bit and 64 Bit Versions
  • Linux And Windows Versions
  • Tested And Capable Of Running On Inexpensive Tablet Or Laptop For Months Without Interuption
LinkNet Software lets you browse through different views of the Insteon network.
This makes it easier to configure and pair Controller with Responders.
OS Requirements:
  • Linux based operating systems such as Ubuntu
  • Raspberry pi 4 / Raspberry Pi OS
  • Windows 7 and later
Hardware Requirements:
  • Insteon Powerline Modem (PLM), Serial or USB - 2413U, 2413S, 2412U, 2412S, or 2448A7
    The USB Insteon PowerLinc Modem is a USB-based interface that allows PC- and hardware-based automation controllers to control and monitor Insteon-compatible lights, appliances, heating/air conditioning systems and alarm systems directly via the Insteon network.
  • Why Not The HUB? The HUB does not provide any adequate interface for software setup and control beyond what the HUB APP can already do...
Release Feb 17 2021
LinkNet For 64 bit Linux based operating systems such as Ubuntu linux logo from lewing@isc.tamu.edu
linknet_4.0-0.deb ~ 5MB - Linux Desktop And Web Data Server Edition
* Built On
* Linux Mint 20.1 (Ulyssa)
* ubuntu

LinkNet For Raspberry pi 4 / Raspberry Pi OS
* Built On
* Raspbian GNU/Linux 10 (buster)
Linux 5.4.83-v7l+ armv7l
linknet_pi_4.0-0.deb ~ 5MB - Linux Desktop And Web Data Server Edition
Requires gtk2_2-1_armhf.deb ~ Cross-platform graphical interface
In Terminal: sudo gdebi gtk2_2-1_armhf.deb
IMPORTANT! Run From Terminal 'ldconfig'
From Terminal
$ sudo ldconfig
I built gtk2_2-1_armhf.deb for the PI 4. as GTK2 Shared Unicode,
Using this source https://github.com/wxWidgets/wxWidgets/releases/download/v3.0.5/wxWidgets-3.0.5.tar.bz2,
From this site https://www.wxwidgets.org/downloads/. Latest Stable Release: 3.0.5
LinkNet For 64 bit Windows
LinkNet-setup64.msi ~ 6.2MB - Windows Desktop And Web Data Server Edition

Updated better support for Version 3 devices.
User interface updates to make this easier to use.
Always adding device specific settings views; Most recent for motion sensor and chime/siren.
Always improving device network setup, control and monitor technology.
Windows Installation
LinkNet for Windows is distributed using Microsoft Windows Installer (MSI) package ".msi" file.
The Microsoft Windows Installer (MSI) is the application installation and configuration service for Windows.
The installer uses a standard wizard interface with reasonable defaults.

Right-click the MSI file and select Install. See Get Started

After installation the installer also shows an update and un-install feature for later use if needed.
Version updates - Windows Installer does not remove previous version configuration files.
If an update requires deletion of previous configuration files.
Example configuration files Location:C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Program Files (x86)\appname
Linux Installation
Install deb package
Right click on .deb file
Choose Open with gdebi package installer
OR,
In Terminal: sudo gdebi linknet_3.9-9.deb

gdebi is a lightweight GUI application with the sole purpose of installing deb packages.
It identifies the dependencies and tries to install these along with the .deb files.
If you don't have gdebi installed already, install it using: sudo apt install gdebi-core

Enable Serial/USB Port For Powerline Modem
The Powerline Modem must be plugged in to continue (1).
Open Terminal
mp@lap:~$ ls -l /dev/ttyUSB0
That should show what group owns ttyUSB0, it's probably the dialout group
$ crw-rw---T 1 root dialout 188, 0 Feb 12 12:01 /dev/ttyUSB0

* User needs to be added: [username-to-add] without the brackets
sudo adduser [username-to-add] dialout
Reboot for dialout changes to take affect.
(1) Example from linux Mint terminal
mp@lap:~$ ls -l /dev/ttyUSB0
ls: cannot access '/dev/ttyUSB0': No such file or directory
NEED TO PLUG IN POWERLINE MODEM
mp@lap:~$ ls -l /dev/ttyUSB0
crw-rw---- 1 root dialout 188, 0 Jul 22 22:27 /dev/ttyUSB0
mp@lap:~$ sudo adduser mp dialout
[sudo] password for mp:
Adding user 'mp' to group 'dialout' ...
Done.
mp@lap:~$

* Reboot For Changes To Take Affect.

More Info:
https://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?t=135914


USB DRIVERS FOR INSTEON POWERLINE MODEM
Recent Windows and Linux OS Versions Automatically Install And Support FTDI USB Drivers - (pertains to USB PLM)
Older OS versions may require manual download and install for FTDI USB drivers
- Latest USB drivers from manufacturerhttps://www.ftdichip.com/Drivers/VCP.htm
LinkNet Data Files
Data files are stored on disk.

Windows
Example: C:\Users\zwebster\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Program Files (x86)\insteonsoftware\LinkNet

Linux
/var/lib/linknet

Datafile Filenames
linknetdisco.dat
linknetoptions.dat
linknetplm.dat
linknetevents.dat


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