Friday, January 18, 2008

Insteon coming to Europe?

Automated and Smart Home Blog has a short Blog entry on Insteon coming to the UK and Europe. I think this is a big deal as this really opens up the market to a working alternative to X10 and X10 like products. I just hope Insteon get serious about fixing it problems with the developers. Insteon is driving us nuts by giving us a moving target with the availability of PC controllers and the stability of it's code.


At 1/29/2008 9:45 AM, Blogger Nick Danger said...

As someone that has used both in home automation, which would you say is better? I've used X10 quite a bit but tend to get varied results in my new home due to noise and crazy wiring.

At 1/29/2008 11:15 PM, Blogger Neil Cherry said...

I like Insteon better and I'm replacing my X10 with Insteon. You still have to be careful as some devices can cause problems. I found my home automation was shut down for six months (or so) because a device blackholed X10 and Insteon signals. Once I found the rouge devices (it was a combination of devices) both my X10 and Insteon began working again. I'm starting to play with Z-Wave which is another possibility. I like the Leviton Z-Wave equipment and I've got it working with Misterhouse but there are little things that you need to know about (but it's still less trouble than X10).

At 10/08/2008 12:58 AM, Blogger Samuel said...

Its October 2008 now, so what about these products in the UK market?

At 10/10/2008 1:54 PM, Blogger Neil Cherry said...

With the world economy on the crapper and ZigBee really starting to make some headway (at least on the high end) I have my doubts of the success of Insteon in Europe. The one advantage they do have is that they are less expensive than the other technologies and that may work toward their advantage but not until the economic problems have been fixed.

While the Insteon technology isn't as complex as ZigBee it is still complex. At some programming tipping point it's no less complex than ZigBee. If ZigBee is more consistent then it's just as easy to code for ZigBee as it is for Insteon.

We live in interesting times.


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