New Insteon-enabled Web Based Home Automation Controller from Universal Devices Leverages Internet for Simple Set Up, Monitoring and Remote Control of Insteon Network

May 24, 2007

IRVINE, Calif. - SmartLabs, Inc. announces the new Insteon home automation controller from Universal Devices Inc. The Insteon-enabled home automation controller, called the ISY-26, enables consumers to control the Insteon wireless home control network without special software or a dedicated computer required to run the network. 

Users can monitor and control Insteon devices either at home or away using any computer, Microsoft Media Center or Pocket PC. To access, users simply bring up a Java-enabled browser and type in the controller’s URL address. The ISY-26 enables notifications and alarms to be sent via SMS or email allowing users to effortlessly keep an eye on their home. 

 “Universal Devices’ controller leverages the Internet to allow homeowners to simply control their lighting, appliances and other security applications using their computer of choice,” said Ken Fairbanks, general manager, SmartLabs. “Getting an email or SMS letting you know the front door opened, that you left lights on or there is water in the basement is pretty powerful.” 

To set up, users simply plug the ISY-26 into any computer and use the controller’s intuitive user interface to connect up to 256 Insteon-enabled devices, set timed events and create multi-triggered scenes using its simple drag and drop method. 

“With Insteon and ISY-26, we’ve revolutionized the realm of home automation,” said Orly Kohanim, president, Universal Devices. “Now everyone can afford a Smart Home while reaping the full benefits of a total home automation solution.” 

The Insteon ISY-26 IP-enabled bridge from Universal Devices is available at for $299.99. 


About Insteon
Developed in Irvine, California, the award-winning Insteon remote control product line includes more than 200 devices, from lamp dimmers to thermostats and LED bulbs. Insteon delivers the fastest, most reliable wireless device communication in the industry with its innovative dual-band and simulcast mesh technology, creating the optimum platform for the coming Internet of Things. Insteon products are available throughout the U.S. and Canada as well as internationally. For more information about Insteon®, please visit, or connect with Insteon on Facebook ( and Twitter (

About Smarthome™ 
Smarthome was created based on the realization of a need for automated products that make lives easier, safer and more enjoyable. Today, Smarthome sells more than 13,000 hard-to-find products, including home automation solutions featuring award-winning Insteon technology. Smarthome sells online through its award-winning website at, its direct mail catalog, its partners - such as Amazon, New Egg, Crutchfield and Tiger Direct, and its brick and mortar retail store located in Irvine, CA.


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