Microsoft stores now stocking Insteon home-automation kits

Microsoft stores now stocking Insteon home-automation kits

Summary: Microsoft now is selling in its online and retail stores Insteon home-automation kits and devices for use with Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 devices.

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On June 30, home-automation vendor Insteon announced that its home-automation kits are now for sale in select Microsoft retail stores.

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In mid-May this year, Insteon officials said they'd be rolling out "enhanced" versions of its Insteon smart-home-control apps for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8 devices by early June. At that time, Insteon execs also said its connected-home devices would be coming to Microsoft retail stores.

There are three different Starter Kits available through Microsoft's online and retail stores. The kits allow users to configure and control through their smartphones, tablets or desktops lights, appliances and other home devices. Users can set schedules, receive text messages and email alerts and monitor homes using Wi-Fi cameras with the kits.

There are Insteon Starter Kit, Home Kit and Business Kit. Among the components included are the Insteon Leak Sensor, Open/Close Sensor, thermostat, LED Bulb, On/Off Module and Wireless Wi-Fi Camera. (Not all components are included in every kit.)

The Starter Kit is priced at $199.99, the Home Kit at $299.99 and the Business Kit at $499.99.

Topics: Windows 8, Microsoft, Windows Phone, Tapping M2M: The Internet of Things

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  • Couldn't have come at a better time

    Just moved into our new home in which we have to replace almost every plug socket anyhow!!

    May as well replace a few with Insteon sockets and we can start to enjoy automation and remote control of our home :)
    bitcrazed
  • I picked one up

    I ordered mine from the online MS store when they became available. The software is not bad but not great. You can't program everything from the windows software. If you already have an Insteon hub you can download the software for the phone or modem interface.

    The devices work well and I really like being able to check the thermostat and temp remotely. The kit I got has the hub, thermostat, motion sensor, camera, and plug in module. I did have to pickup a 24 volt transformer for my thermostat but it is all working well now.

    I plan on picking up an LED bulb and a dimmer switch to try out next (for different rooms).

    I needed to use the web interface on the hub to set the time correctly but other than that installation was pretty smooth.
    Row5
    • too early

      I don't think we'll have a good system (from anyone) before at least 2 years. I wouldn't spend a lot of money on this. In 2-3 years those things will be so much better.
      Jean-Pierre-
      • Thats why the bulb

        Which is why I'm getting a bulb (worst case I have a slightly expensive LED bulb that works in a normal socket) and a dimmer switch (same as the bulb - it will work without the hub).

        Sorry about the multiple posts, apparently when you get an error that something went wrong it doesn't mean the post didn't go through - go figure. It would also be nice if we could edit/remove our own posts but...if the moderator would be so kind as to clean up my post vomit I would appreciate it.
        Row5
  • I picked one up

    I ordered mine from the online MS store when they became available. The software is not bad but not great. You can't program everything from the windows software. If you already have an Insteon hub you can download the software for the phone or modem interface.

    The devices work well and I really like being able to check the thermostat and temp remotely. The kit I got has the hub, thermostat, motion sensor, camera, and plug in module. I did have to pickup a 24 volt transformer for my thermostat but it is all working well now.

    I plan on picking up an LED bulb and a dimmer switch to try out next (for different rooms).

    I needed to use the web interface on the hub to set the time correctly but other than that installation was pretty smooth.
    Row5
  • I picked one up

    I ordered mine from the online MS store when they became available. The software is not bad but not great. You can't program everything from the windows software. If you already have an Insteon hub you can download the software for the phone or modem interface.

    The devices work well and I really like being able to check the thermostat and temp remotely. The kit I got has the hub, thermostat, motion sensor, camera, and plug in module. I did have to pickup a 24 volt transformer for my thermostat but it is all working well now.

    I plan on picking up an LED bulb and a dimmer switch to try out next (for different rooms).

    I needed to use the web interface on the hub to set the time correctly but other than that installation was pretty smooth.
    Row5
  • Back again

    It seems home automation gadgets are cyclical. I remember playing with all the X10 stuff a while back, and it worked, but it's just not all that useful once the novelty wears off. The only thing that actually is useful remote monitored fire, security, and flood sensors. Not some cheap consumer gadgets but the pro stuff that is reliable enough to trust your life to it.
    Buster Friendly
    • Ahhh... X10

      That brings back memory. I had totally forgotten about them. Thanks.
      gamoniac