Sorry about your ControLink bad news.
I just wanted to pile on here and say that I finally got a chance to play
around with KeyPadLinc and Insteon Scenes this weekend and everything is
working very nicely thanks to the work of Gregg and Jason. Using Gregg's
documentation it was a relatively painless process.
You guys are awesome and I really, really appreciate what you have done with
Insteon and MH. The WAF is on a high for the time being, at least until I go
and break something again.
From: Dave Stenhouse [mailto:dave@...]
Sent: Sunday, September 21, 2008 7:55 PM
To: The main list for the MisterHouse home automation program
Subject: Re: [mh] controlink V2
Gregg Liming wrote:
> Dave Stenhouse wrote:
>> Since I clearly don't have the requisite skill to add support for it,
>> I guess it sucks to be me, at least for the moment. If you feel like
>> tackling it, I would be quite willing to lend you mine for testing.
> Usually, I am quite willing and want to add support or to help others
> add support for insteon devices. This device, however, is in a
> different category. If you're familiar with insteon i1 devices (which
> are most of them) eventually evolving to i2, then you realize how much
> of an improvement that i2 will bring. That being said, i1 still has
> to be supported for the time being even though they are obviously
> inferior from the stand point of memory management. The ControLinc
> seems to slightly pre-date i1 and, is IMO a bit of an albatross due to
> the requirement to treat it differently at rather low levels.
> I do have a ControLink and it sits unused on a shelf. I don't have
> plans to ever use it; so, if anyone wants it for the cost of shipping,
> then let me know off-list. The RemoteLinc and KeypadLinc "in a box"
> are comparable solutions that are physically more compact and can
> serve similar/equal functions. I do recall while implementing all of
> the linking support that trying to also provide support for the
> ControLink would be "stepping backwards" and I deliberately avoided
> it. Adding support for it now would not be all that easy.
> Sorry to be the bearer of what is likely bad news for you.
Well, Greg, you've crushed my dreams of using the ControLink I already own,
but that's OK. I've been eyeing the RemoteLink with bad intent since the
day they released it. I also certainly understand your reasons for not
supporting the ControLink. I was early in line for Insteon stuff, I think
that the ControLink was the hybrid to the fuel-cell of Insteon (OK, that may
be pushing it a little). Maybe the Stanley Steamer to the Insteon
Anyway, I appreciate the frank and clear explanation of the challenges
involved, and I really appreciate the work you and Jason have done to make
Insteon a really powerful protocol within the Misterhouse framework.
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