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Scott Goffman
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13 days ago
Scott Goffman
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From reading other forum posts and experimenting, it looks like CastleOS does not support Insteon Mini Remotes directly.

If it's possible (that is, if they behave enough like other Insteon Controllers for this to work) I think it would be a great feature to add support for them as Triggers.

Specifically, my use case is for a theater, where I want to use a Mini Remote to turn the whole system (including Insteon lights, projector, amplifier, etc.) on or off. I can hook up everything I need to a CastleOS Scene, but can't trigger that scene with the mini remote.

I can't just link the mini remote to the lights device and use that to trigger everything else, because the lights need to be turned OFF while everything else remains on.

The only solution I've come up with so far is to add a second Insteon device (e.g. an ApplianceLinc), link the mini remote to it, and use its state as the scene trigger. This just seems like a silly waste of a device that will have nothing actually plugged into it. smile

Please let me know if I'm missing another way of making this work.

Thanks,

-Scott
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Scott Goffman
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13 days ago
Scott Goffman
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I tried to use my workaround method, but it's a no-go; I linked the remote to an ApplianceLinc, but using it to turn the ApplianceLinc on/off doesn't trigger the event.

Turning the ApplianceLinc on/off through CastleOS does trigger the event, so I know it's working on that front.

-Scott
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Chris Cicchitelli
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10 days ago
Chris Cicchitelli
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Did you do a two way link of the appliancelinc back to CastleOS after you linked it to the mini remote? That could be it..

Regarding the mini remote more generally, I'll have to acquire one and test it to see what's going on..
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Scott Goffman
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9 days ago
Scott Goffman
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Chris Cicchitelli wrote:
Did you do a two way link of the appliancelinc back to CastleOS after you linked it to the mini remote?


If you mean using the "Link Device" button in CastleOS to link it back to the PLM, then yes, I did do that. Or are you saying I should NOT do that?
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Chris Cicchitelli
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9 days ago
Chris Cicchitelli
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Yes, but be sure to do it both ways. You need the Device to CastleOS link in order to get updates from the device. CastleOS to device allows CastleOS to control the device.
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Scott Goffman
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9 days ago
Scott Goffman
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"the Device to CastleOS link": Is that created with the "Link Device" button in CastleOS?
"CastleOS to device": Is that simply adding the Insteon device in CastleOS?


I've done both of those; if there is another step required, please give more details.
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Chris Cicchitelli
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9 days ago
Chris Cicchitelli
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No other steps, and you can test it by pressing the switch manually without the remote. It should update CastleOS. If that doesn't work, I'll have to see if we can support the remote directly.
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Scott Goffman
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9 days ago
Scott Goffman
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Looks like it's a problem with that particular device; it's a very old ApplianceLinc (rev 1.1), and the linking back to CastleOS just never seems to work.
I tried the same method with a newer ApplianceLinc (rev 4.6) and it works as expected.

I need to find a less annoying hobby.
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Chris Cicchitelli
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9 days ago
Chris Cicchitelli
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Glad you got it working though!
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Scott Goffman
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9 days ago
Scott Goffman
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Well...
I've linked the mini-remote so it controls the ApplianceLinc on/off.
I've linked the ApplianceLinc to CastleOS up so that switching it on/off manually (using the Set button) is reported correctly to CastleOS (and events are triggered).
But if I turn I turn the ApplianceLinc on/off with the mini-remote, the state change is NOT reported to CastleOS.
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Chris Cicchitelli
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9 days ago
Chris Cicchitelli
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Ah, hmm, so we're back to the mini remote then...
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