Insteon, SmartLabs Acquired; New CEO Wants to Make Powerline Great Again for Home Automation

By Julie Jacobson · June 19, 2017 • Richmond Capital acquires SmartLabs, owner of Insteon mesh-networking home-automation technology, and Smarthome, leading home-technology retailer; plans serious investment in IoT hardware and software.

Ultimate Guide to DIY Security & Home Automation at CEDIA Expo 2015

By Julie Jacobson · October 5, 2015 • More DIY-focused security and home automation companies are reaching out to home tech pros at CEDIA Expo 2015: MivaTek, Netatmo, Insteon, Lucis, Smanos and more.

Amazon Echo Bluetooth Speaker Controls Insteon Lighting

By CE Pro Editors · September 29, 2015 • From Samsung’s SmartThings to Philips’ Hue, the Echo Bluetooth speaker from Amazon can already control a wealth of home automation devices. Now it has added Insteon to the list.

Insteon Wireless Thermostat Controls Temperatures Remotely

By Rachel Cericola · March 23, 2015 • Insteon Wireless Thermostat works with duct dampers, coordinates with sensors to prevent AC from escaping, triggers ceiling fans to circulate conditioned air, integrates with line voltage systems and more.

Thread Group Reaches 50 Members, But Few Home Automation Movers & Shakers

By Julie Jacobson · December 16, 2014 • Led by Nest, Thread Group adds 43 members, mostly start-ups and chip makers, also a handful of established home automation players. Insteon, Jasco and Tyco could move the needle.

New Insteon Hub Improves Wireless Range from Previous Model

By Rachel Cericola · December 11, 2014 • Insteon Hub features include lighting control, camera monitoring and schedule creation.

Insteon Gets Microsoft Cortana for Voice Controlled-Home Automation

By Julie Jacobson · July 16, 2014 • In May, Microsoft announced Insteon as its first modern-day home automation partner. Now Insteon has added Microsoft's Cortana voice recognition engine to its Windows 8.1 phone app.

Staples Connect Hub Slashed to $49; Newer Model Adds Bluetooth, ZigBee

By Julie Jacobson · June 30, 2014 • The original $99 Staples Connect home automation hub by Linksys drops to $49, with a new $79 option from D-Link coming with ZigBee and Bluetooth; Win 8 and Samsung TV apps added to platform.

Microsoft Picks Insteon as Home Automation Partner

By Julie Jacobson · May 15, 2014 • Microsoft selects Insteon smart home devices and RF/powerline technology for its "retail entry into the connected home market;" funds development of Insteon smart home app for Windows 8 devices.

Be Wary of Unsanctioned Nest Integration

By Julie Jacobson · March 25, 2014 • Insteon and other home automation providers have announced Nest integration, but the applications are unauthorized except for Control4's. What happens if Nest changes its software?

Perceptive Adds Z-Wave Support for OSX-Based Home Automation

By Julie Jacobson · August 14, 2013 • Z-Wave joins Insteon and X10 as supported protocols for Perceptive Automation's Indigo 6 OS X-based home automation software.

Insteon Keypad Dimmer Uses Dual-Band Technology for Powerline, RF Control

By Rachel Cericola · June 24, 2013 • Insteon has introduced its Keypad Dimmer with dual-band technology, allowing users to control remotely control lights and appliances via traditional powerline and RF.

13 Smart LED Bulbs: The Future of Lighting Control?

By Julie Jacobson · March 15, 2013 • Are smart bulbs and sockets the best approach for lighting control? We have pros and cons plus 13 products implementing WiFi/Internet of Things, 6LoWPAN, ZigBee, Z-Wave, Bluetooth.

Insteon Ships World’s First Remote Control Networked LED Bulb

By Rachel Cericola · June 20, 2012 • Insteon's LED Bulb offers dimmable remote control using compatible iOS and Android apps.

Build a Rich Home Automation GUI for $499 with JDS HomeRunner

By Julie Jacobson · March 7, 2012 • JDS Technologies, the grandaddy of DIY and pro-friendly home automation, introduces $499 HomeRunner RBI for folks with rich GUI dreams and small pocketbooks.

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