LampLinc V2 2456D3 | ABOUT INSTEON
INSTEON LampLinc V2 Dimmer User’s Guide
Understanding Why an INSTEON Network Is Reliable
INSTEON messages travel throughout the home via Powerline Carrier (PLC) signals on the existing house wiring, and also via wireless Radio Frequency (RF). As the messages make their way to
INSTEON devices being controlled, they are picked up and retransmitted by all other INSTEON devices along the way. This method of communicating, called a mesh network, is very reliable because each additional INSTEON device helps to support the overall network.
To further ensure reliability, every INSTEON device confirms that it has received a command. If an
INSTEON Controller does not receive this confirmation, it will automatically retransmit the command up to five times.
Further Enhancing Reliability
As signals travel via the powerline or RF throughout the home, they naturally become weaker the farther they travel. The best way to overcome signals getting weaker is to increase the coverage of the mesh network by introducing more INSTEON devices.
It is possible that some audio-video products, computers, power strips or other electrical equipment may attenuate INSTEON signals on the powerline. You can temporarily unplug suspected devices to test whether the INSTEON signal improves. If it does, then you can plug in filters available from Smarthome that will permanently fix the problem.
Using Smarthome’s SignaLinc RF to Upgrade Your INSTEON Network
™ RF Signal Enhancers are ideal for improving signal strength and network coverage throughout your home. SignaLinc RF acts like another member of the dual-band mesh network, tying it together by simultaneously retransmitting INSTEON signals across both radiofrequency and the powerline. It also provides an access point for RFonly INSTEON devices, such as handheld controllers.
In addition, two SignaLinc RFs provide a wireless path for INSTEON signals to travel between the two separate electrical circuits, called
powerline phases, found in most homes. Without a reliable method for coupling opposite powerline phases, some parts of your home may receive INSTEON signals intermittently. With at least one SignaLinc RF plugged into one of the powerline phases, and at least one more plugged into the opposite powerline phase, INSTEON powerline signals will be strong everywhere in your home.
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INSTEON LampLinc V2 Dimmer User’s Guide
About INSTEON and X10
Possible BoosterLinc Interference with INSTEON
If you have installed older Smarthome Plug-In BoosterLinc™ X10 Signal Boosters or certain other
BoosterLinc-enabled products, the older BoosterLinc technology may interfere with INSTEON communications.
Plug-In BoosterLinc X10 Signal Boosters, Smarthome #4827, shipped after February 1, 2005, with V3.0 or later firmware, are fully compatible with INSTEON.
The following Plug-In BoosterLinc X10 Signal Boosters use older firmware that may cause interference with INSTEON:
• White BoosterLinc X10 Signal Boosters, #4827, shipped before February 1, 2005, with V2.5 or earlier firmware
• All Gray BoosterLinc X10 Signal Boosters, #4827
Try unplugging the older BoosterLinc X10 Signal Boosters to see if this helps with INSTEON interference.
If it does, please call 800-SMARTHOME (800-762-7846) for help with replacing your older BoosterLinc
X10 Signal Boosters with newer INSTEON-compatible ones.
The following pre-INSTEON SmartHome products have BoosterLinc technology that you can turn on or turn off when you set the X10 Address for the product. If turned on, the BoosterLinc technology may interfere with INSTEON.
• KeypadLinc™ 6 with Integrated Dimmer,
#12073W, #12073WB and #12073WW
• SwitchLinc™ Relay 2-Way,
#23883 and #23883T
To disable BoosterLinc X10 Signal
Amplification on these products:
1. Press and hold the SET Button.
2. Send the X10 Primary Address.
• ToggleLinc™ 2-Way Dimmer,
#23890, and Switch, #23893
3. Send an X10 OFF command.
You can send an X10 ON command in
Step 3 to re-enable the BoosterLinc feature.
If you have any of these products and the BoosterLinc feature is turned on, please consult your User’s
Guide or call 800-SMARTHOME (800-762-7846) for help with turning it off. You may then wish to install newer INSTEON BoosterLinc X10 Signal Boosters, which Smarthome can help you with.
INSTEON’s Effect on X10
If your existing X10 devices seem to be working less reliably after installing INSTEON devices, remember that INSTEON devices can absorb X10 signals just as X10 devices do, and that INSTEON devices do not repeat X10 signals. Installing INSTEON-compatible BoosterLinc X10 Signal Boosters, Smarthome
#4827, or a SignaLinc Plug-In Coupler-Repeater, #4826, can increase X10 signal levels.
Please call 800-SMARTHOME (800-762-7846) if you have any questions or would like more help.
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