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Showing posts from February, 2018

Echo Plus - An Unfair Review

Due to an unfortunate issue with my Insteon Hub, which is a nice way of saying it died, I've started the process of reconsidering how I will continue to build up my smart home.  Can I find something with all of the strengths of Insteon and none of the weaknesses?  How hard can that be?  Not as easy as I had hoped.

My primary candidate is the Echo Plus.  Not because it's as full featured as Insteon but because of its integration with Alexa.  The smart home is many things to many people, but for me it is 3 primary functions:

Integration with Alexa:  Controlling lights with my voice is far more useful that I first imagined and has become my number one feature of my smart home.Device-based Scenes/Routines: Having multiple devices turn on the same light.  For example, a switch on one side of the room and a keypad on another.Time-based Scenes/Routines:  Having lights turn on at sunset or my garage fan start up in the afternoon heat has made things easier. Just about any smart home s…

Insteon: Fanlinc Review

I've had my Fanlincs running for almost a year now and they work great.  However, there were some gotchas installing them so I thought I'd write up a little review to shed some light on the subject.

I have two combination light/ceiling fans hooked up to one switch (it's the way my house was wired). It was frustrating to try to manage which lights were on and off and which fans were running by pulling the chains all the time. Especially since the fans are multi-speed so you have to pull the chains multiple times. It also didn't help that most of the kids and even my wife are too short to do it comfortably.

So I bought two Insteon FanLincs to solve my problem.

The install was pretty easy - looking up which wires were ground, light, and fan on the ceiling fans took the longest. The only tricky thing after that was fitting it into the light fixture. It was a pretty tight squeeze.

NOTE: Before I put the FanLinc into the housing but after I had it hooked up and the power o…