How to Configure a RemoteLinc – Insteon Wireless Remote Control

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This article describes how to configure a RemoteLinc Insteon wireless remote control using the ISY-99i Home Automation Controller to manage other Insteon devices.

I use the RemoteLinc to control the lights around my home. The “All On” button makes for a nice panic button if kept by the bedroom nightstand.

The RemoteLinc makes a pleasant beep and the LED illuminates when a button is pressed.

RemoteLinc #2440 - Insteon Wireless Remote Control

RemoteLinc #2440 – Insteon Wireless Remote Control

The RemoteLinc is perfect for controlling Insteon scenes while seated comfortably on the couch in front of the TV.

The RemoteLinc package includes the remote control, a one sheet Quick Start Guide and four AAA batteries.

RemoteLinc 2440 Remote Control Kit

RemoteLinc 2440 Remote Control Kit

The RemoteLinc has four rubber feet on the bottom, a nice touch so it doesn’t slide around on the table when you press a key. The Insteon device address is inside the battery compartment.

RemoteLinc 2440 - Rear View

RemoteLinc 2440 – Rear View

Linking a RemoteLinc: ISY-99i Administrative Console

You don’t need an ISY-99i Home Automation Controller to link and control other Insteon devices with the RemoteLinc. Just follow the instructions in the Quick Start Guide and you’ll be ready in minutes.

I happen to have an ISY-99i controller by Universal Devices, Inc. and the setup is easily done via the Administrative Console. The Universal Devices Wiki page is very helpful, too.

Follow these steps to link a RemoteLinc and control scenes:

Step 1: Click Link ManagementLink a RemoteLinc on the Admin Console menu.

Step 2: Put the RemoteLinc in Communications Mode by pressing and holding the Dim and Bright buttons for 10 seconds or until the RemoteLinc LED starts flashing.

Step 3: Enter the RemoteLinc address in the “New Insteon Device” dialog box. Click OK.

The ISY-99i will add the RemoteLinc to the My Lighting inventory, creating an instance for each of the six keypad buttons named [address].1, [address].2, …, [address].6 as illustrated here:

ISY-99i Admin Console - Link a RemoteLinc

ISY-99i Admin Console – Link a RemoteLinc

Step 4: Rename each of six RemoteLinc Buttons

I prefer to name Insteon devices something more meaningful than the device address. Right-click on each of the six button instances and rename it to your liking. I simply named my buttons “RemoteLinc Btn N” where N is 1 to 6.

Rename the RemoteLinc Buttons

Rename the RemoteLinc Buttons

Step 5: Add a RemoteLinc Button to a Scene

Right click on a RemoteLinc button under My Lighting and then click Add to Scene…

Choose a scene from the popup dialog.

The Confirm Add dialog box is displayed with a progress bar.

Add a RemoteLinc Button to a Scene as a Controller

Add a RemoteLinc Button to a Scene as a Controller

Step 6: Test the Button

The RemoteLinc button is shown as a controller in the scene. Click the RemoteLinc button to confirm the target device operates correctly.

Scene with RemoteLinc Button

Scene with RemoteLinc Button

Repeat Steps 5 and 6 for the other buttons.

Create Custom Button Labels

It’s simple to create custom button labels using the Microsoft Word template at SmartHome.com. Just edit the template, print the page and cut out the new label with scissors. Gently pry off the dust cover, insert the new labels and snap the dust cover back in place.

RemoteLinc Custom Button Labels

RemoteLinc Custom Button Labels

The RemoteLinc is great because of it’s ease of use and portability.

Take care,

Bob Jackson

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14 Comments

  1. Insteon September 22, 2009 at 10:13 pm - Reply

    This is a great guide for all those just getting into home automation! I love my ISY-99, although I’m considering having it take a backseat to a more advanced solution involving speach recognition.

    Are you still using the ISY for your primary setup?

    • Bob Jackson September 23, 2009 at 4:26 am - Reply

      The ISY-99i is working great!

      Speech recognition be interesting, wonder how it would avoid interference from the TV and other conversations?

  2. Insteon October 8, 2009 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    I believe the most common setup is to use a command word, something unique that triggers the system into a listening mode. You would say the word prior to any commands and it would wait for 3-5 seconds of silence following to process the command.

    I’ll post again once I’ve had a chance to play with it a bit.

  3. joe renehan November 19, 2009 at 3:02 pm - Reply

    can this thing be used for other appliances such as both electric shades and lights, possibly projecter and electric screen for a conference room? and is it pretty much as simple as installing a receiver at the existing wallswitch?

  4. Bob Jackson November 19, 2009 at 6:53 pm - Reply

    The RemoteLinc can control Insteon devices for all of these applications. There is a wide variety Insteon relays, switches, dimmers and more that replace an existing wall switch or electrical receptacle. See the related articles on this site or surf over to http://www.smarthome.com for products and tutorials.

    Thanks
    Bob Jackson

  5. Pete December 22, 2009 at 6:58 pm - Reply

    I came across your site somewhat by accident while trying to find out more about my RemoteLinc and my I99Y. Your descriptions are wonderful, but I am left with one question. When linking the RemoteLinc to my I99Y, how do I find the address of the RemoteLinc?

    • Bob Jackson December 22, 2009 at 10:06 pm - Reply

      I’m pleased you liked the website.

      The RemoteLinc address is on the label inside of the battery compartment. The battery compartment accepts four (4) AAA batteries. The address label is behind the battery at the bottom of the case, on the sidewall. You have to “stand up” the RemoteLinc to see the address label. They didn’t make it easy to find, but it’s easy to see once you know where to look.

      Thanks,
      Bob Jackson

  6. Cory April 2, 2010 at 8:57 am - Reply

    Thank you for all the information. I was wondering if I could train my HomeLink universal remote control system in my car with the RemoteLinc and turn on my outside lights from my car. There are three buttons in my car’s HomeLink universal remote and one of them controls the garage door. I was able to train that channel with the garage door remote. I am hoping to do that with the RemoteLinc. Do you know if RemoteLinc complies with HomeLink specifications?
    Thank you very much,
    Cory

    • Bob Jackson April 3, 2010 at 2:31 pm - Reply

      Hi,
      I’ve not researched the HomeLink solutions by Johnson Controls, but I believe it’s not compatible with Insteon by SmartLabs.

      X10 RF transceivers seem to be your best bet: http://www.smarthome.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=477

      You could do just about anything if you have an ISY-99i Home Automation Controller, it’s Insteon and X10 compatible. The idea an Insteon / X10 compatible switch would receive your HomeLink / X10 RF commands and the ISY-99i would generate the corresponding Insteon (or X10) commands to control your lights.

      Try posting your question to these forums:
      * Universal Devices Forum
      * SmartHome Forum

      Thanks,
      Bob Jackson

  7. ALEJANDRO DELGADO CASAS July 15, 2011 at 6:57 pm - Reply

    MI REMOTELINC #2440 NO FUNCIONA. ME LE HICIERON UN DIAGNOSTICO Y ME DIJERON QUE NECESITO UNO NUEVO. ¿ COMO PUEDO VERIFICAR EL DIAGNOSTICO Y EN SU CASO DONDE ADQUIERO EL CONTROL NUEVO ? VIVO EN LEON GTO. MEX.

    (English translation: My #2440 REMOTELINC isn’t working. MADE A DIAGNOSIS AND TOLD ME I NEED A NEW ONE. HOW CAN I CHECK THE DIAGNOSIS AND WHERE YOU PURCHASE THE NEW CONTROL? LIVE IN LEON GTO. MEX.)

  8. ALEJANDRO DELGADO CASAS July 15, 2011 at 6:59 pm - Reply

    ESPERO ME PUEDAN AYUDAR

    (English translation: Hope you can help me.)

  9. miracledancer October 28, 2011 at 10:43 pm - Reply

    Awesome content on your website dude, very useful to me and everyone.

  10. gw January 29, 2015 at 1:12 am - Reply

    Hi,
    I have a Remotelinc 2440 and the sticker with the address code in the battery compartment has worn off. I need to link it with my ISY system. For some reason it doesn’t link as easily as Switchlincs do. For those you must put into learn mode and the ISY detects the address on the network.

    Wish the ISY would do the same when I try to add this unknown RemoteLinc to the network.

    I guess I will have to tear it open and look for more address info inside.

    thanks
    gw

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