Required Insteon Interface
PowerLinc Modem PowerLinc Modem (PLM) 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.
Please Note: The controller connected to the INSTEON PowerLinc Modem must remain powered on and running the controller program connected to the controller or host at all times of usage. Additionally, the dual-band interface does not supply power to external devices.
Existing Install And Configurations
Uninstall any previous LinkNet version.
Previous Version Configuration Files Are Preserved.
Already configured links, on levels, any device attributes that are saved in Device remain.
All this information will be gathered when LinkNet first runs.
For wired in devices (not wirless), the getting device information part takes a few to several seconds per device.

About 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 read each device for it's settings.
It is required to allow the software to fully learn the Insteon network device attributes before editing Insteon device links.

Force A Clean Start With Computer Groups/Scenes, Leaving All Controller - Device Links As they Are.
To make a clean start you can reset the PLM. Computer Groups/Scenes Overview
This will give you the opportunity to reorganize the grouping of devices. Groups/Scenes/Areas/Rooms, whatever you want to call them.
Rid PLM of unused links. Lots of prior linking, deleting links activity can lead to unused link accumulation. This adds time it takes to read the PLM when LinkNet starts.
There is a PLM Menu to reset the PLM back to factory state.
The PLM Menu can be found by Right-Clicking on the top of the tree control. At top of the device tree is the PLM Device Listing when found.
You can reset the PLM anytime you choose. If you do, Device Discovery make it easy.
New Installation
LinkNet software provides a New Device View, where you can enter a device ID, select a group, and link using software linking.
The device ID is used to link the device with the PLM.
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.
Windows Install
image for installer 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. image installer

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.
Datafile Filenames
linknetdisco.dat
linknetoptions.dat
linknetplm.dat
linknetevents.dat
Example configuration files Location:C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Program Files (x86)\appname
Linux Install (LinkNet For Linux Is Developed On Up To Date Linux Mint)
Install deb package
Right click on .deb file
Choose Open with gdebi package installer
OR,
In Terminal: sudo gdebi linknet_3.5-0.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
AppDataFolder - Location varies
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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