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Overview: The USB INSTEON PowerLinc Controller is a stand-alone home
automation interface for controlling lights, appliances, heating/air
conditioning systems and alarm systems. The PowerLinc Controller stores over
1,000 commands in its 32KB of memory. An on-board clock keeps accurate time, all
the time, with an integrated 10-year battery backup.
Operating System Compatibility: The PowerLinc Controller USB works
with all USB-aware versions of Microsoft Windows starting with Microsoft Windows
98se and above, with exception of Windows 2000/2003 Server. PowerLinc V2
Controller USB uses the Microsoft Windows Human Interface Drivers that are
already in use and installed on all versions of Microsoft Windows 98se and
later. This means there are no hardware drivers to install or conflict with
other hardware or software.
Note: The PowerLinc USB is also compatible with Mac operating
systems using optional Indigo 3.0 software (sold separately).
USB Port: Unlike other home automation interfaces, which use the
slower RS-232 communication protocol, the PowerLinc Controller transfers data at
much higher speeds because it plugs into any USB port or expansion hub so there
is no need to plug and unplug other peripherals like PDAs, scanners or printers
when you need to update the programming. In fact, many new computers, in
particular laptops, don't include serial ports any longer, which will make using
serial-based interfaces expensive and difficult to use.
Note: It is advised that you unplug your PowerLinc when playing
games that use Microsoft's DirectX system while using USB input devices like
AC Outlet Pass-Through: The PowerLinc Controller includes Smarthome's
innovative pass-through AC outlet on the front of the unit. This outlet that
allows you to plug in additional AC devices. While the outlet does not have any
control features, it really helps against "power strip buildup."
Safety Tested and Factory Certified: The PowerLinc Controller is
safety tested and approved. The assembly lines for SmartLabs Design Products are
ISO9001 certified. In order to meet the ISO 9001 standards, the entire factory
underwent rigorous inspections of procedures and policies before being
thoroughly audited. The certification received was based on its dedication to
high quality management systems and strict adherence of quality systems and