There are three decisions you need to make when choosing a model. You must ask yourself if you would like to add IR communication capabilities to the ISY. This would allow you have ISY respond to your audio / visual remote control. The IR sensor is on the unit. Consider if you will be locating the ISY-994i where it can "see" IR commands. If you do not desire IR control or you will be locating the ISY outside of IR reception, then do not choose the IR model. IR Insteon control can be added later by adding an Insteon IRLinc receiver at the desired IR reception location. You must also ask yourself how large of an installation you anticipate having. The pro model offers support for up to 1056 devices, scenes and programs while the standard model supports 256. Please note that requirements vary significantly. We recommend purchasing the PRO model if you plan on having over 30 Insteon devices installed. This allows you plenty of programming capability per device. If you will have less that 30 Insteon devices, then stick with the standard model. Our Orchestrated MobiLinc application can create upwards of 5 - 10 programs per device when used to its full capabilities.
Then after making the above decisions, ask if you would like to include cross-platform capabilities by adding Z-wave radio to your system. Z-wave capabilities include a control and monitoring of a wide range of compatible devices such as lighting controls, sensors, thermostats, lock sets and more from growing list of manufacturers.
The Weatherbug module allows ISY to evaluate weather phenomena in your area and can be used to adjust irrigation systems or other automated systems that need to be aware of the ambient weather conditions. This module can be a great resource saver and also provides the ability to quickly see the local weather via your internet connected device such as an iPhone. The Brultech energy meter module is used to evaluate energy usage as reported by a Brultech energy meter which can be installed near your home's power meter. Awareness of energy consumption and the rate that is being charged for that usage can create a great opportunity for savings.
The X10 BETA module offers support for A10/X10 devices incorporated into the device tree and managed through the Admin Console' Main tab rather than the Program's tab. Users attempting to utilize their existing X10 devices while adding new Insteon capabilities will appreciate this add-on.
The ISY Portal w/Network module adds the optional ability to synchronize
your ISY in the cloud on the Universal-Devices server which greatly
simplifies remote access as well as makes possible integration with web
based applications such as the Amazon Echo's ISY skill for voice command
of your devices and IFTTT (If this then that) web based triggers your
favorite web based applications / Social Media applications plus much
more. The Network feature is now included as part of this module
allowing users to use their ISY as a web server to serve up your own
applications, pictures, and files. The module also inculdes Wake On Lan
(turn your computers on using ISY progrmas) and Network Resources which
enable you to call any network resource (TCP/UDP/HTTP/HTTPS).
Range Extender Solutions:
The standard Range Extenders are plug-in modules that are simply plugged in at a few locations in your home. A setup procedure is provided that helps you place one Range Extender on each of your home's electrical phases. Once properly set up, Range Extenders allow Insteon signals to move along the power line throughout your home. These Range Extenders also have RF capability and send and receive Insteon RF signals for Insteon RF only devices to augment power line signals. Upgrading to Dual Band Lamplincs or Dual Band ON/OFF plug-in modules provides you with a LampLinc plug-in lamp module or ON/OFF plug-in module and range extender in each unit. Or restated, these modules double as a controllable device and Range Extender. Please note that Insteon Range Extenders may or may not be needed depending on the size of the home and the number of other Insteon dual band devices installed.
Dimmer / Switch Ratio:
We allow you to customize your kit to meet your application. Kits that include multiple wall switches or dimmers can be specified to the desired number of dimmers and switches.
Insteon switches, dimmers and wall outlets come in a variety of colors. White is standard. Other colors are available at a nominal charge.
LED Light Color:
Insteon SwitchLinc Dimmers and Switches allow for the customization of the status LED bar. The standard color is white, however several other colors are available to suit your application and can be used to help pick the right device or purely for aesthetics.