Insteon interface to HomeLink garage door openers 2007-07-09T15:03:24+00:00

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  • Anonymous
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    I wish for an RF I/O module to detect HomeLink garage door commands. I’d love to use this as a trigger for initiating inside and outside lighting scenes after dusk.

    I tried using an X10 interface (model 30001), but it was only going to be able to trigger an X10 message on one of the two garage doors. Plus these units are hard to find these days anyhow. With so many 3 car garages, the ability to detect multiple HomeLink buttons is really needed. This is such a popular built-in feature for vehicles today, it seems like there would be enough demand and avoid the clumsy added remote on the visor. Maybe there is a HomeLink proprietary obstacle that keeps 3rd party’s from developing a solution?

    Anonymous
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    The X10 wireless unit will work with Homelink. You can train your homelink command to work with X10, and then use our wireless module to translate that to Insteon.

    Anonymous
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    Can you be more specific as to exactly how this would work? Will a Homelink transmitter directly trigger the Simplehome RF unit?

    Anonymous
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    We understand the Homelinc can learn to send X10. With our new X10 receiver/Insteon Controller, you can link an X10 command sent by Homelinc into an Insteon group.
    SO, you teach Homelinc to send an X10 code. You then teach our X10 receiver that code and link it to an Insteon device. From then on, each time the X10 RF code is received by our X10 receiver, a group command is issued to do whatever. The X10 receiver quick guide is posted on our web site and its command set will follow today.

    Anonymous
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    I’m planning on doing exactly this – I’ll post my experience.

    Anonymous
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    I am sure you are probably already aware that you can buy aftermarket receivers for your garage door opener (for example, from Chamberlain/Liftmaster or Genie) that simply close two contacts for one second when they get the garage door signal. These are 100% HomeLink compatible, and both of those brands support “rolling codes” to prevent signal copying. Those contacts could go straight to a EzIO2x4 or similar.

    I am not sure what you plan to let your X10-driven HomeLink do, but hopefully it isn’t to open doors. I would hate to think that any moron with an X10 keypad could get into my house.

    That brought up another thought – X10 sells a wireless alarm system with sensors that use the same frequency as their other devices. Anyone with an X10 RF keypad can just hold down any key to jam the frequency which merrily prevents any nearby X10 alarm system from working at all. I also have observed an X10 alarm system act as though it received some RF command when really I had just made a static spark with my finger and the X10 system interpreted the resulting RF noise as a command. Bottom line, X10 RF is a crappy choice for anything that HAS to work.

    jallely
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    @vaughanp wrote:

    I’m planning on doing exactly this – I’ll post my experience.

    How did it go?!

    Anonymous
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    @Huwe wrote:

    How did it go?!

    Using the EZX10RF to control Insteon or X10 lights works great! We have many customers who use the EZX10RF for this application.

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