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Insteon: The Technology

We make fantastic products for controlling and monitoring your home. Those products are great because they sit on top of rock-solid Insteon powerline and wireless communication technology.

 
 

Our Technology

Learn the story of Insteon and why our technology is hands-down the best for wireless home control.

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Technology Compared

We're not the only name in town when it comes to home automation. See how Insteon stacks up against other competing standards.

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Systems Compared

The under-the-hood technology only gets you so far. See how Insteon fares against other popular home control systems.

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White Papers

Want to go deep with Insteon signaling, powerline theory and byte ordering? Learn the nitty-gritty of Insteon with our engineer-authored white papers.

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Greatest Range & Reliability

With our unique and patented dual-mesh technology, Insteon signals travel further without interruption than any other technology. And thanks to Dual-Band, powerline and wireless obstructions rarely impede signals, resulting in 100x more reliability than single-band networks.

 
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Greatest Scalability & Compatibility

In the world of wireless home control, your house is a battleground full of obstacles. Insteon solves this problem by simultaneously using a wireless radio and your home's existing powerline wiring. The result is reliability that no other wireless technology can match.

 
 
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Dual-Band

Insteon is the only home control technology that uses both wireless and your home's powerlines to create a robust network that can easily handle common household interference from microwaves and WiFi or signal blockades like concrete, masonry or steel studs.

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Mesh Network

With Insteon, every device can repeat messages across the network, eliminating the bottlenecks that occur when a single device fails in a routed network. And because Insteon is Dual-Band, the mesh network extends over both wireless and wired Insteon devices.

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Peer-to-Peer

In an Insteon network, there are no routers or administrative devices. Each device can control (or be controlled) by each other device without any complicated hierarchy of device profiles.

 
 
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Simulcast

Utilizing Simulcast, a broadcast-like system, Insteon can address hundreds+ of nodes simultaneously and without complicated and expensive signal routing.

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Statelink

Our pioneering Statelink technology ensures forwards and backwards compatibility with old, new and future automation devices by placing the onus of compatibility on the controlled device; devices don't need to know anything about one another for successful control.

 
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Insteon White Papers

We know that Insteon is the clear choice for home control technology but you don't have to take our word for it. Read the detailed technology comparison and technical breakdown in these white papers.

 

 
 
 

Insteon: The Details

We're confident that Insteon is the best technology for your home control needs, so confident that we want you to read through the gritty details of Insteon messaging and signal propagation.

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Insteon: Compared

Looking for an exhaustive comparison of automation technologies? Insteon: Compared examines dedicated home control technologies and industry standard networking systems and provides the definitive answer as to which technology reigns supreme.

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Technology Compared

Insteon vs. The World of Protocols

 
 
  Insteon Z-Wave WiFi Bluetooth Zigbee
Maximum Theoretical Network Size Unlimited 232 256 9 256
Maximum Practical Network Size 1,000s 30-35 Dozens? 9 Dozens?
Physical Layer 1 RF RF RF RF RF
Physical Layer 1 Frequency 915MHz 915MHz 2.4GHz 2.4GHz 2.4GHz
Physical Layer 2 Powerline - - - -
Physical Layer 2 Frequency 132KHz - - - -
Mesh Enrollment Automatic Procedural Procedural Procedural Procedural
Operate w/o Hub Yes - - - -
Cost $ $$ $$$ $ $$
Compatibility Classes (less is more) 1 >1 Many 3 >>9
Forward & Backward Compatible Yes - - - -
Scenes without delay Yes - - - -
Message Propagation Simulcast Routed Routed Theoretical Routed
Network Configuration Full Mesh Partial Mesh Star Star Star + Mesh
Controller Failure Remote Access Failure Complete Network Failure Complete Network Failure Complete Network Failure Complete Network Failure
Mobile Devices Automatic Breakdown Automatic Automatic Breakdown
Initial Products Fully Supported Obsolete Just Launched Just Launched Obsolete
Physical Interoperability Yes Yes Yes Yes Not Assured
Brand Interoperability Yes Not Assured w / software/SDK w / software/SDK Limited
Messages Acknowledged Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Unique Addressing Yes - - - Not Enforced
Error Detection Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Error Correction Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Collision Avoidance Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
 
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Systems Compared

Insteon vs. The Other Brands

 
 
  Insteon Wink SmartThings Lowes Iris WeMo
Climate Control Yes Yes Yes Yes -
Drapery Control Yes Yes - - -
Energy Monitoring Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
On/Off Wall Switch Yes Yes Yes - Yes
Dimming Wall Switch Yes Yes Yes - Yes
LED Bulbs Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Low Voltage & Custom Devices Yes - Yes - -
On/Off Plug-in Module Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Dimming Plug-in Module Yes Yes Yes    
Motion Sensor Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Water Leak Sensor Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Smoke and CO Detection Yes Yes   Yes Yes
WiFi Cameras Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Adjustable Ramp Rates for Dimmers Yes - - - -
Customizable On Levels for Dimmers Yes - - - -
Multi-device Scenes Yes Yes - - -
iOS App Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Android App Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows Phone App Yes - Yes - -
Windows 8 App Yes - - - -
Communication Radio Frequency + Powerline Radio Frequency Radio Frequency Radio Frequency Radio Frequency
Technology Insteon WiFi, ZigBee, Z-Wave, Bluetooth LE, Lutron ClearConnect WiFi, ZigBee, Z-Wave Z-Wave WiFi
API Yes Yes Yes - -