and it also contains the following two INSTEON modules:
Taking advantage of this Indigo Starter Kit (Lite Version) saves you $25 versus purchasing the Indigo software and associated modules a la carte. This kit matches the Indigo Starter Kit (Pro Version) for the modules it contains. However, it is anchored by the Lite Version of Indigo instead of Indigo Pro.
When you exceed the 20 module limit that Indigo Lite supports or decide you want to add modules like Thermostats, Sprinklers , etc., then you can easily upgrade your Indigo Lite for Indigo Pro. You won’t have to re-install the software. After paying for the Lite to Pro upgrade, you will just get a new Registration Code that will unlock all the Indigo Pro features and functions on your already installed Indigo. Use this Product Comparison Chart for further detail on the Lite versus Pro versions. You may discover that you want to go directly to the Indigo Starter Kit (Pro Version) right now!
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Here’s the kit you need to launch yourself into the Indigo/INSTEON home automation world. Indigo was the first Mac based home automation software program for OS X and it was the first home automation program on any platform to provide full featured communications with the INSTEON protocol.Indigo now also supports the more advanced INSTEON PowerLinc Modem USB (Dual Band).
And . . . Indigo was also the first home automation program to offer a free native iPhone / iPod touch App called Indigo Touch which means you can control your home no matter where you are. Read all about it on this Perceptive Automation page. You will be amazed at how seamlessly the App works with Indigo.
INSTEON is rapidly establishing itself as the home automation standard for the future. It is a robust network that is much less susceptible than other home automation networks to the kind of interference and noise commonly encountered within the home – and, it’s super fast! If you have experienced the fickleness of X10, then INSTEON is definitely for you. If you’re tired of constantly moving and experimenting with the placement of BoosterLincs and FilterLincs to get that X10 lamp in the far bedroom to respond, then INSTEON is for you. Every INSTEON module is a repeater, and so unlike X10, your home automation network will only become stronger as more INSTEON modules are added.
This Indigo Starter Kit (Lite Version) contains the foundational items you need to setup your basic INSTEON home automation network.
Here’s some reading from one of the Indigo Wiki article that will trigger your thinking on some application possibilities for your home for your new Motion Sensor.
And . . . be sure you look over the options at the bottom of the page that allow you to “trade-out” some of the modules to shape the kind of Kit you want that will fit your needs and still keep the dollar savings that all our Starter Kits have.
”Bridging” for Your INSTEON Network
In order for the INSTEON commands you issue out of Indigo to reach throughout your home, you must “bridge” the two independent 120V power legs that feed all your various circuits that originate from the two halves of your electrical panel box. In the INSTEON world this is done by having one INSTEON device with “access point” functionality on one of the 120V legs and another access point device on the opposing 120V leg. INSTEON devices that have the access point function have a built in INSTEON RF transceiver. An access point device is able to capture an INSTEON command on the power line and RF transmit it to any other access point type devices within range. That access point will then re-transmit the command via RF and also send it down the 120V leg that it is plugged into. Access point devices are merely plugged into appropriate normal wall outlets in your home with simple instructions provided on how to determine that they are plugged into outlets on opposing 120V legs.
Currently there are about a dozen INSTEON devices that have the access point functionality and thus can be used for power leg bridging. Here are some of the more popular modules that have the "dual-band" capability:
Thus, in this Kit, the PowerLinc Modem USB (Dual-Band) covers the 120V leg that your Mac happens to be on. By plugging the kit’s LampLinc Dimmer (Dual-Band) into an outlet on the opposing 120V leg, you will have the “bridging” requirement covered. However, if you want more flexibility in supporting the RF/Bridging aspect of your INSTEON network, then you should consider the option below of adding an AccessPoint to your kit. Then, of course, there is no restriction on which of your two 120V power legs you install your LampLinc Dimmer (Dual-Band).
You’re probably considering this Indigo Starter Kit because you’re a “newbie” to home automation. But, just in case you have X10 modules already installed and you’re looking for an opportunity to make an orderly transition to the protocol of the future - INSTEON - , you’re in luck. The tandem of Indigo Lite and the INSTEON PowerLinc Modem USB (Dual-Band) can manage a network of mixed X10 and INSTEON modules. You can then pick the rate that you migrate over to a complete INSTEON network as you retire your X10 modules.
If you want even more choices in your Indigo/INSTEON kit, be sure and consider the Indigo Platinum Kit (Pro Version).