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Windows-Powered App Automates Your Home
6/12/2014

Windows-powered Insteon app interface.
(Source: Insteon)
Windows-powered Insteon app interface.
(Source: Insteon)

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AnandY
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Re: Advantageous to some point
AnandY   6/25/2014 3:22:18 AM
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The windows powered app is a welcomed thought in terms of new technology and easement the lives of people by making it easier. Home automation can be at times very cumbersome, having to switch off alarms manually very early in the morning can't be described as fulfilling. The app really helps ease up things, having just to be able to view and control the security of you home using your phone, tab or PC.

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Elizabeth M   6/17/2014 6:45:23 AM
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This is interesting, Cabe. I just filed an entire slideshow about home automation and ways people's homes are becoming smarter than them. I mentioned Nest but not this app. This stuff is really making control of devices and other things around the home easier, but as others point out, it still may be a bit out of reach for a lot of consumers. But we're getting there.

Mydesign
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Re: Still too pricey
Mydesign   6/16/2014 5:55:39 AM
"I know that I'm a cheapskate, but I'm still waiting for the Insteon stuff to get cheaper before going there.  My old X10 stuff did its duty for years, as poor as it performs, but I can't justify the price for the new Insteon stuff!"

Jim, pricing is really an issue. I don't know how they are justifying for fixing this high end prices.

Mydesign
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Re: Creating Dependency
Mydesign   6/16/2014 5:53:34 AM
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"In this case you always have a backup of controlling your appliances through the hardware switch if the software goes down. So this app can nicely fit in and ease the way you control your appliances, and even if the windows gets corrupt, you have nothing to lose."

Daniyal, thanks for the clarification. So apart from software control, you have the hardware control also through switches.

Trenth
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Re: Still too pricey
Trenth   6/13/2014 6:44:08 PM
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The x10 worked great till everyone got one.  Then it became useless.  Once burned, I would go with wifi or bluetooth.  

Jim_E
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Still too pricey
Jim_E   6/13/2014 10:06:57 AM
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I know that I'm a cheapskate, but I'm still waiting for the Insteon stuff to get cheaper before going there.  My old X10 stuff did its duty for years, as poor as it performs, but I can't justify the price for the new Insteon stuff!

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Re: Creating Dependency
tekochip   6/13/2014 10:06:26 AM
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There's another article discussing the end of Windows XP support.  I wasn't too concerned about the end of support but I never considered that the ATM I use to access my life's savings may be running an unsupported OS over the Ethernet. 
 
The FDIC may start to get some claims.


Daniyal_Ali
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Re: Creating Dependency
Daniyal_Ali   6/12/2014 1:10:44 PM
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Rightly said MyDesign. But i guess it's different than the Atms in India you mentioned as those are only dependent on the software. In this case you always have a backup of controlling your appliances through the hardware switch if the software goes down. So this app can nicely fit in and ease the way you control your appliances, and even if the windows gets corrupt, you have nothing to lose.

Mydesign
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Creating Dependency
Mydesign   6/12/2014 6:16:17 AM
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"Insteon fans can enjoy the easy-to-use Windows 8 interface, and as long as Windows doesn't force the premature download of its newest update, users can enjoy the functionality of one of the most popular OSes around."

Cabe, from our previous experience we found that dependency is a major issue with OS. Now most of the ATMs in India are running on Windows XP and recently windows stopped the updates and support for XP. According to the recent study XP based ATM machines are prone to attack and vulnerability. Similar thing can happen for windows based home automation system too.

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