Get Started With Insteon

Required Insteon Interface
PowerLinc Modem PowerLinc Modem (PLM) 2413U, 2413S, 2412U, 2412S, or 2448A7.
Installing LinkNet Software

LinkNet is distributed as a Windows Installer 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.
Double click on the installer package LinkNet-setup.msi.
Existing Configurations: Installing and update requires first un-installing any previous version.
Previous Version Configuration Files Are Preserved.
A Power Line Modem that has been used and contains device links is preserved. The existing links are read and used as they are found.
The user has the option of re-configuring the existing Insteon Network. This is what LinkNet is used for.
There is a PLM Menu to reset the PLM back to factory state.
The PLM Menu can be found Right-Clicking on the top of the tree control.
Run LinkNet Software First Time Setup
Before running LinkNet Software:
Make sure the PLM is plugged in to and AC power, and Serial/USB computer port.
Insteon 2448A7 Portable USB Adapter
The RF Insteon USB Dongle Interface is a wireless PLM and only plugs into the computer USB port.

LinkNet Software Opens Available Serial Ports Searching For A Power Line Modem (PLM)
When PLM is found the open serial port is saved as default.
Any links already in the PLM database are read and those device ID are now discovered.
If the PLM database is empty, the "Enter New Device Menu" View will show.
The next two topics are PLM discovery, and Settings menu, after that All the options for enter and link new device ID is shown.
There are are several menus and views for entering a new device ID and Group Links.
Search Serial Ports For PowerLinc Modem
open serial port and find PowerLinc Modem
LinkNet software will open available serial ports until it finds a PowerLinc Modem.
The port information is saved to the configuration file for future use.
LinkNet software will search available ports automatically.
Make sure the PLM is plugged in to an un-filtered outlet and the serial or USB cable is plugged in the computer.
Older Windows versions and or older USB device may require manual install USB drivers.
Power line modems use and FTDI USB chip.
- Latest FTDI USB drivers from manufacturerhttps://www.ftdichip.com/Drivers/VCP.htm
Windows 10 will usually find and install the drivers automatically after plugging the power line modem USB.
Settings Menu

Settings Menu
Here the serial port has been discovered and becomes the deafault.
The PLM has been found.
The Web Server is running. The web server is always available in the background. If you change the http port, restart the program.
Select the time zone and enter Latitude and Longitude. Time of day is taken from PC time.
Sunrise and Sunset Times are calculated using Time Zone, Latitude and Longitude.
Latitude and Longitude can be obtained automatically from the settings menu in either the Desktop menu or Web server menu.
Automatic settings require an internet connection.
Manual entry is available. You can cut and paste off a Google search.
If This Is A New Install (PLM / Insteon Devices)
Each Insteon device ID needs be linked with the PLM.
When LinkNet starts, it first reads the PLM All-Link-Database (ALDB) for a current list of device links.
Enter New Device Menu
New Device Menu
A Software option to Join a new Insteon Device ID.
When you enter an Insteon Device ID, LinkNet will Discover the device type, and get Link Information.

If this is an existing Insteon Network

If the Power Line Modem has previously been used, it probably contains existing links for Insteon devices.
LinkNet will discover devices already linked to the PLM.
The PLM stores a list of Insteon device links in a database (ALDB). An Insteon device is linked to the PLM to be usable for computer control.
If an Insteon device network exists, the LinkNet software will want to learn by device discovery.
It is best to allow the software to fully learn the Insteon network before editing Insteon device links.

Link Information contains a list of other Insteon Device ID's this device is Linked with.
Any Device Id not recognized as in the Network already, is now Discovered and LinkNet will Join the new discovered Device Id with computer group 251.
That is how Discovery works.
Traffic View
New Device Entry
Traffic View shows activity from the wire. (AC Wiring)
Activity from the wire is: Insteon Protocol Commands sent and recieved from Device to Device including the PLM.
The Traffic View is the only Window other than the Main Window, that is automaticaly opened at program start.
Traffic View Layout is remembered and restored.
Traffic View provides a useful view into what is actually going on when configuring device groups/scenes and settings.
Device groups/scenes include Computer Groups/Scenes and Controller Button/Groups/Scenes.
Setup Menus
did you know Right Click Menus and all other Configuration Menus are in Child Windows.
Child Windows can be sized and moved around to create a comfortable Layout.
Layout Size and Position is saved for next time when closed.
Child Windows allow using all other windows including the Main Window without blocking.
Example: You can have Computer Groups Setup and Controller Groups Setup open at the same time, and also test a computer group for On/Off without having to close the Setup Menus.
You can have all the Child Windows open you want, just remember that the current selected device is the last one clicked from the Tree Control.
Clicking on a device box in the center Computer Groups View will also select a device as Selected for the Child Windows.
When using Child Windows for setup, for example linking with controller buttons, choose the selected device by clicking on the Tree control.
All menus get updated for selected device with click-to-choose from the Tree Control.

Traffic View is a Child Window.
Traffic View is the only Child Window that opens automatically at program start.
Traffic View provides a look into when link operations etc. are still busy.
Traffic View shows some helpful text information concerning progress and results of current and past activity.
Trafic View some where off to the side helps you learn.

If you are installing LinkNet software on an already in use PLM, LinkNet will crawl the Insteon netork finding all existing devices.
Start by entering the Device ID for well linked Insteon Device,containing a lot of links.
Each Link contains a Device Id, So that many new Device ID's will be Discovered.
If you have wireless devices, let the discovery finish up, then activate each wireless device.
"Held Commands"
When a device does not respond during discovery, or any other time, each command is stored for use when the device becomes active.
Pressing a button on a RemoteLinc will Allow LinkNet Software to know the device is awake and send any commands held for the device.
About Held Commands.
During Device Discovery, any device not responding...
LinkNet Software will hold each command in a special Que, wait for activity from the un responsive device. Typically a wireless device.
When the device is seen to be active, the command is sent to the device.During Linking, you may have to trigger the wireless device more than once.
The Activity Window displays some prompts for this.
The Activity Window contains a lot of raw protocol data, this can be turned on/off.
It can be helpful to installers, and general view off the wire.
Manage Computer Groups/Scenes
Computer Groups - Move To Group Computer Groups/Scenes Are Software Controlled
Computer Groups are used for Time Events, Logic Events, and Direct User Control.
Computer groups allow Software Group/Scene Control.

Creating Computer Groups
Right Click on a device ID from the Tree Control.
Choose "Computer Groups Setup Menu".
Choose Computer Group
Choose a group.
Device groups can be altered, re-assigned and changed later.
Group commands are sent to a group. All devices containing a link to the controller or PLM for the group will respond.

Click the [Join/Create Group] button.

4- Allow a few seconds for the software linking to occur. (watch the activity window)
Join Group button creates a new device link for the group.
If the group does not yet exist, the group is created.
Join Group does not delete from the existing group.

Move To Group. This will delete from the existing group and move to new group. Drag n drop from within Tree Control works for this too.

3- Click the [Move To Group] button.
4- Allow a few seconds for the software linking to occur. (watch the activity window)

LinkNet software will record linking events as they are seen to occur. After LinkNet software has recorded a device ID, it is ready to learn more from the device. LinkNet software will read device type and record for permanent storage. LinkNet for Windows keeps a data file in Windows [AppData] folder.
Computer Groups - UnJoin From Group
Un-Join From Group” button creates a new device link for the group. Un-Join Group deletes from the group.


3- Click the [UnJoin Group] button.
4- Allow a few seconds for the software linking to occur. (watch the activity window)
Manage Computer Groups/Scenes

Drag n Drop Among Computer Groups
Computer Groups are used for Time Events, Logic Events, and Direct User Control. Computer groups allow software control over the Insteon device network.
Computer Groups - Move To Group
Drag n Drop device from group to group inside Tree Control.
This option is for Computer Groups.
Drag n Drop in computer Groups works WHEN THE CONTROLLER SETUP MENU IS CLOSED.
When The Controller Setup Menu Is Open, Drag n Drop begins from the Tree Control, you will drop on the ListView located at top of the Controller View.
4- Allow a few seconds for the software linking to occur. (watch the activity window)
Computer Groups - Move To Group
The device is now listed in the PLM all-link database (ALDB). As your Insteon device network grows, group organization will grow. Devices can be dragged and dropped from group to group. Drag and drop moves a device. The “Join/Create Group” button creates a new device link for the group.
LinkNet software will record linking events as they are seen to occur. After LinkNet software has recorded a device ID, it is ready to learn more from the device. LinkNet software will read device type and record for permanent storage. LinkNet for Windows keeps a data file in Windows [AppData] folder.
Configure Device Links – Edit or delete device links from the Device Setup View.

Computer Groups - Move To Group

RemoteLinc – USE DIM BUTTON FOR LINKING/SETUP
- When Linking devices to RemoteLinc using LinkNet software, PRESS and hold DIM BUTTON for 1 second.
Reason, until the RemoteLinc button contains at least 1 link, it will not send a command.
The DIM BUTTON will send its DIM COMMAND anytime it is pressed. The RemoteLinc needs to send -something-, to be seen on the Insteon Network, so the LinkNet software can effectively process the linking.



Timer Events View
The computer needs to remain on and LinkNet software running for Timer and Logic Events to work.
Timer Events View The Timer Events menu provides around the clock control over Insteon devices.
  1. Select Device - Click to select an Insteon device.
  2. Set time - Choose either Hour/Minute, or Sunrise/Sunset.
  3. Hour/Minute - Use the slider controls to select hour/minute for this event.
  4. Sunrise/Sunset - Option for Pre or Post Delay in minutes is available.
  5. Choose days of week for this event.
  6. Choose function On or OFF. On function has On Level selection for dimmers. Switches ignore the On Level.

Example turn landscape lights on 30 minutes after sunset. Off 30 minutes before sunrise.
Logic Events View
The computer needs to remain on and LinkNet software running for Timer and Logic Events to work.
Logic Events View
Logic events happen asynchronously when pre defined action occurs.
  1. Select Initiator ID - Click on Init ID. Select an Initiator device and function.
    • Optional delay minutes / seconds.
  2. Select Operator ID - Click on Oper ID. Select an Operator device and function.
  3. Select Days of Week.
Alert Lighting With Logic Events
Lights responding to motion and times of day is common place. LinkNet Logic events coupled with Insteon devices provide more flexible options for control. I like to turn my wall and step lights onto 50%, 30 minutes after sunset. When motion on the driveway or step area is detected, a Logic Event turns the wall and step lights to 100%. When the motions sensor sends it's off command, a Logic Event dims the wall and step lights back to 50%. It lets visitors see they have been noticed and is a good way turn un wanted visitors around before they get to the house. An old X10 chime works well with this setup.

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