Insteon Network - Device Discovery

Insteon Device Link Database
Add New Insteon Device to Computer Group.
Here the device ID 0b fe a5 has been entered with group 5 selected.
A click on the [Enter New Device ID] button saves the Insteon device to the PLM database and LinkNet records the results as well.
LinkNet software will query the new device ID(0b fe a5) for device type and capabilities.
Upon verification for device type, LinkNet software will read the device links database.
Each Insteon device stores a links database. The links database is also referred to as an All-Link-Database (ALDB).
Any Device with pre-existing links (to other Insteon devices), allow software discovery for other devices pre-existing on the Insteon device network. Device discovery
The screen shot shows the first few devices found in the 0b fe a5 All-Link-Database (ALDB) are links tp KeypadLinc controllers.
Discovered Insteon devices found from the 0b fe a5 All-Link-Database (ALDB).
LinkNet software queries each discovered device for type, capabilities, and reads respective ALDB.
Device discovery through software is limited to the pre-existing links found in Insteon devices.
In the screenshot it shows two wireless devices have been discovered.
1- Motion Sensor 13 f7 29, and 1 TriggerLinc 11 b8 2c.
On initial discovery by reading other Insteon device ALDB, the LinkNet software cannot know a device is wireless, but does save un-answered commands (query for device type), for instance, for use upon device activity.
For the screenshot I went ahead and activated the motion sensor, and opened the TriggerLinc contacts. LinkNet sees the wireless device activity and re-sends held commands for those devices. The result is device discovery complete for the two wireless devices.
Wireless devices are active during their respective event.
Communications with the wireless device takes place during a short window of time (1 or 2 seconds) where the wireless device listens.
LinkNet sends its previously un answered command when a device is active, makes the device type discovery.
LinkNet software knows to hold future commands for wireless devices.
LinkNet general activity log will display commands for wireless devices as held, waiting for device activity.
Insteon device discovery reading All-Link-Database (ALDB)
Insteon device discovery reading All-Link-Database (ALDB)
The two un-read device type in the screenshot above are a RemoteLinc device and a PLM that is not plugged in just now. (During development I sometimes change PLMs)
LinkNet software does not know this yet. A press of the DIM BUTTON, results in device type and capabilities discovery for the RemoteLinc.
This intern leads to the device ALDB reading, and any previously un-discovered device ID to be found, and added to area 251.
Area 251 is hard coded into the LinkNet software as where all newly discovered Insteon devices are placed.
From area 251 devices can be moved into new or existing groups using either Drag and Drop or the [Join/Create Group] button.
Wireless device discovery
LinkNet sees the DIM button press from the 11 ae 92 device, gets device type information, and records this information both to the PLM and the LinkNet software database.
LinkNet software will attempt to read the 11 ae 92 RemoteLinc All-Link-Database (ALDB), by holding the command ready for next activity from this wireless device.

Wireless devices such as RemoteLinc need activation.
Commands for wireless devices are stored waiting for device activity.
- Wireless Activation -
For RemoteLinc: Press DIM button.
For Motion Sensor: Press set button, or activate motion.



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