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Promoted 08-03-2016 by qwikwit at 11:14 AM View Original Post
Monoprice has Insteon Smart Labs Home Automation Starter Kit (2244-244) on sale for $99.99. Shipping is free. Thanks rucrazee2

Includes:
  • Insteon Hub
  • Insteon Thermostat
  • Insteon Wireless IP Camera
  • Insteon Motion Sensor
  • Insteon Open/Close Sensor

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Edited August 3, 2016 at 10:12 AM by TattyBear
Monoprice is running a deal on the Insteon Smart labs Smart Home Automation Starter Kit (which includes Thermostat, WiFi Camera, Motion Sensor, On/Off Module, Open/Close Module, and Hub) for $99.99

List price is $299.99. Linky [monoprice.com]

Not a ton of reviews on Amazon for this specific kit, but I found this here [amazon.com]. Generally the Insteon products have good ratings.

I just bought the SmartThings starter kit from the previous deal, but I think you get more bang for your buck with this.
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Except you'll be stuck in a proprietary closed system.
If you are new to home automation, I would not recommend a Insteaon starter kit. If you've already got X10/Insteon installed, this is a great deal to expand your network.

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I just bought the SmartThings starter kit from the previous deal, but I think you get more bang for your buck with this.
Except you'll be stuck in a proprietary closed system.
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terrific deal. in for 2.
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If you are new to home automation, I would not recommend a Insteaon starter kit. If you've already got X10/Insteon installed, this is a great deal to expand your network.
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Except you'll be stuck in a proprietary closed system.
I'm actually in the process of switching from zwave to insteon because it is a closed system. I have so much zwave crap that doesn't work with each other properly. It's anything but a standard and I'm done wasting my time.
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I'm actually in the process of switching from zwave to insteon because it is a closed system. I have so much zwave crap that doesn't work with each other properly. It's anything but a standard and I'm done wasting my time.
I totally agree about that. I've said the same myself. More so for Zigbee. Pretty much the only standard is the communication channels. The protocol.... not so standard. Every company has it's own little take on it. The key is not to use "closed" open systems. Get a usb dongle so you have direct access to the devices yourself. Then you can compensate for all the little differences.
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Is this compatible with Alexa and if so, is it well implemented?
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Is this compatible with Alexa and if so, is it well implemented?
Check the amazon link for q&a, I believe I saw some responses there
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Thinking about getting into home automation, can anyone help explain if there's any reason to go with Insteon instead of the more popular Zwave standard devices? TIA
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You can save $10 over at ebay.
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Nice find! This is a great deal to get all of these products if you need them. Been using insteon for years now. Great quality, things work well. Support is responsive, and the app they have now makes things a lot easier than it was when I started using the system 4 years ago.

Like others have said, the closed system isnt bad. Everything works as it should because of that.

I feel like the best bet is to use two systems, one for home automation of lights and devices and another for safety and security. I havent found one company that does both really well yet. As long as you dont mind having 2 apps to work with, its the way to go.
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Also will the hub let you control x 10 switches and devices?
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Is this compatible with Alexa and if so, is it well implemented?
Depends on which Hub is included in this kit. The original Hub does not work with Amazon Echo, but the newer version (2245-222) does, and that is the version I have. You can't tell the width of the Hub in the photo for this kit, nor can I see where it lists which version is included.

http://www.insteon.com/support-kn...ub-version


Edit: Looks like it might be the old version (aka NOT compatible with the Echo)

https://www.amazon.com/SMARTLABS-...B00K1BIB18
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Nice find! This is a great deal to get all of these products if you need them. Been using insteon for years now. Great quality, things work well. Support is responsive, and the app they have now makes things a lot easier than it was when I started using the system 4 years ago.

Like others have said, the closed system isnt bad. Everything works as it should because of that.

I feel like the best bet is to use two systems, one for home automation of lights and devices and another for safety and security. I havent found one company that does both really well yet. As long as you dont mind having 2 apps to work with, its the way to go.
What would be a good safety and security system?
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