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INSTEON Hub II is arriving soon

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tinkererguy

Very strange rollout strategy, since it's not on amazon.com or smarthome.com yet.

There’s also more good info about how they hit this price point, over here:

11-19-2014, 10:41 AM

Hey Guys,

The Hub II is currently only available in Menard’s stores. It will be available through other retailers within the next couple of months. Have a great day!

Taylor

Insteon Support

and later on in the same thread here:

11-21-2014, 01:33 PM

Hey Guys,

Here are some answers to those questions.

1. Is this device being sold for $39.99?

Yes, but at launch it will only be available in starter kits.

2. Has this device dropped X10 legacy support and if so why?

Yes, it has been dropped. Back in 2005 when Insteon was first launched, it was the backwards compatibility that helped existing X10 users upgrade at their own pace. Now that we have 10 years behind us, it’s time to look to the future.

3. Will this device at any point in time be able to add House Link diagnostics and conditional logic?

There are no plans for HouseLinc support. Conditional logic is a feature that is being looked at but I don’t have information to share beyond that.

4. Will this new HUB II be ready and able to support Apples Home Kit as it was stated in Smartlabs announcement page?

We are working on a HomeKit bridge device which is different from Hub 2.

5. Can this device ever be updated to be used locally with out the aid of the cloud?

Not at this time.

6. It was mentioned this newly released HUB II is more powerful in COM’s can you confirm this and if so what is the output now?

The range has been increased by over 50%

Taylor

Insteon Support

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schoondoggy

Menards must have offered up an exclusive deal.

Their headquarters is 90 minutes from my house, in Eau Claire WI.

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RobR

I have been wanting to try  home automation for a while. I have been looking at Insteon and SmartThings, but have been leaning toward Insteon due to their Windows Phone and Windows Surface RT support. I saw that Menards had the new hub's in stock and decided to pull the trigger. So the journey begins.... :)

 

Rob

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schoondoggy

SmartThings has Windows Phone support. Insteon is very good as well.

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