What’s the "right" way to turn off everything 2008-07-08T06:08:38+00:00

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  • Anonymous
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    I’d like to set up a timer that fires at 10:00 am or so that turns off everything in the house (Insteon and X10). How do I set that up? I could create individual timers for every device, but I’m sure there’s a better way that I don’t know about. Is this a good use of scenes? If so, how do I add the X10 things to the scene?

    In addition, I’d like to be able to push “All off” on one of my ControLincs and have it turn everything off the same way. I wasn’t able to add the ControLinc electronically with its ID – how should I add it? (Is adding it even the right thing to do?)

    Thanks!

    Anonymous
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    I can answer some of what you asked. First, X10 devices cannot be added to an Insteon Group/Scene. This is the way the Insteon architecture works, not a limitation of EZSrve. You can use the All_Lights_OFF X10 Timer option to turn off all the X10 devices. If my memory is correct, the All_Lights_OFF X10 function applies only to the selected house code so you would have to define an “all_off” Timer for each X10 house code you are using.

    When you add Insteon devices to EZSrve, it asks if you want to create a link to the device. For Insteon devices where links were established, those devices are added to the Default_01 Group/Scene. What you would like to do is create a Timer that turns Default_01 Group/Scene Off. There is a minor glitch at 1.52 which does not allow specifying a Group/Scene with the”_” in the name (fixed in the next image). For now, either create a new Group/Scene with EZSrve as the Controller and your Insteon responder devices as responders, using a Timer to turn OFF that Group/Scene or create a Timer for each Insteon device you want to turn off. You can also assign X10 addresses to many of the Insteon devices which would allow the further use of the X10 All_Lights_OFF but I don’t recommend that. Lots of work and the X10 protocol is just not reliable compared to Insteon.

    Anonymous
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    As always, grif091 is correct.

    In regards to the second part

    In addition, I'd like to be able to push "All off" on one of my ControLincs and have it turn everything off the same way. I wasn't able to add the ControLinc electronically with its ID - how should I add it? (Is adding it even the right thing to do?) 

    The controllinc can be used independent from the EZSrve as a controller. It does not support traditional linking mechanisms, it was one of the first products produced by Smarthome. As of today, we are not offering support for it, as the keypadlinc table top is now available, and superior in my opinion.

    http://www.smarthome.com/2486pwh.html

    That said, if we get a lot of demand for controllinc support, it is something we can look into.

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