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@outofcontrol wrote:

Thanks for the reply, however, I do not quite understand your answer. Are you telling me that, whereas an INSTEON device can both send and receive INSTEON signals, that the EZSrve can only send INSTEON signals? I hope not since the EZSrve acts as a repeater for INSTEON signals. Is the Smarthome PLM built into the EZSrve because I do not have this device as a standalone unit.

The Smarthome PLM is built into the EZSrve. The EZSrve CAN send and receive Insteon signals.

To restate my question “Is it possible to link an INSTEON Paddle Switch as a device to the EZSrve and use it to trigger a macro stored in the EZSrve?” This seems to be well documented as a feature in EZSrve advertisements. I quote from the Smarthome web page, “Event triggered actions are possible with the EZSrve which can receive INSTEON and X10 commands and act according to user defined parameters.” This feature works very well if the INSTEON device is assigned an X10 address – the EZSrve receives the X10 signal and it then acts on it to initiate a macro. I have used this to control a closet light which someone in my household insists on leaving on – once the light is switched on, the X10 command signal generated by the switch activates a macro which shuts the light off a after a two-minute timeout. So, why again can I not do this with an INSTEON signal?

Okay – simply put – there is a bug. We are very sorry for the inconvenience this will / has caused, but know that we are actively working on a solution. We cannot fix this as fast as we would like, as the bug is located in the Smarthome PLM (inside the EZSrve) and is not in our code directly, so the fix is taking a little longer than we would like.

The VERY SHORT term solution is:
We are going to poll the Insteon device at a period you select, to trigger a macro. (this would have a lag, depending on the polling period)

The real solution is to correct the Smarthome PLM. We are working with Smarthome on this.

We also have a backup solution independent of Smarthome, just in case.

We DO support this feature, and we are working with customers. Feel free to call us or email us directly if you have some very specific needs / requirements. Also, if you want to talk about what you want your network to do, we can typically construct a workaround with you for the short term.

Sorry, and please let me know if you have more questions.