• Insteon 2342-232 Mini Remote 4-Scene Keypad - Controls On/Off & Dimming, Rechargeable Battery (White)
  • Insteon 2342-232 Mini Remote 4-Scene Keypad - Controls On/Off & Dimming, Rechargeable Battery (White)
  • Insteon 2342-232 Mini Remote 4-Scene Keypad - Controls On/Off & Dimming, Rechargeable Battery (White)
  • Insteon 2342-232 Mini Remote 4-Scene Keypad - Controls On/Off & Dimming, Rechargeable Battery (White)
  • Insteon 2342-232 Mini Remote 4-Scene Keypad - Controls On/Off & Dimming, Rechargeable Battery (White)
  • Insteon 2342-232 Mini Remote 4-Scene Keypad - Controls On/Off & Dimming, Rechargeable Battery (White)
  • Insteon 2342-232 Mini Remote 4-Scene Keypad - Controls On/Off & Dimming, Rechargeable Battery (White)
  • Insteon 2342-232 Mini Remote 4-Scene Keypad - Controls On/Off & Dimming, Rechargeable Battery (White)
  • Insteon 2342-232 Mini Remote 4-Scene Keypad - Controls On/Off & Dimming, Rechargeable Battery (White)
Insteon 2342-232 Mini Remote 4-Scene Keypad - Controls On/Off & Dimming, Rechargeable Battery (White)
Insteon 2342-232 Mini Remote 4-Scene Keypad - Controls On/Off & Dimming, Rechargeable Battery (White)
Insteon 2342-232 Mini Remote 4-Scene Keypad - Controls On/Off & Dimming, Rechargeable Battery (White)
Insteon 2342-232 Mini Remote 4-Scene Keypad - Controls On/Off & Dimming, Rechargeable Battery (White)
Insteon 2342-232 Mini Remote 4-Scene Keypad - Controls On/Off & Dimming, Rechargeable Battery (White)
Insteon 2342-232 Mini Remote 4-Scene Keypad - Controls On/Off & Dimming, Rechargeable Battery (White)
Insteon 2342-232 Mini Remote 4-Scene Keypad - Controls On/Off & Dimming, Rechargeable Battery (White)
Insteon 2342-232 Mini Remote 4-Scene Keypad - Controls On/Off & Dimming, Rechargeable Battery (White)
Insteon 2342-232 Mini Remote 4-Scene Keypad - Controls On/Off & Dimming, Rechargeable Battery (White)

Insteon 2342-232 Mini Remote 4-Scene Keypad - Controls On/Off & Dimming, Rechargeable Battery (White)

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  • Provides wireless remote control for Insteon-controlled lighting and appliances
  • Raise and lower lighting levels or recall a favorite lighting level for up to four lights or scenes - wirelessly!
  • Use as a portable handheld remote or mount it on the wall for use as a keypad
  • Rechargeable battery operated - requires no external power or communication wiring
  • 50 ft range to nearest Insteon dual-band device or Access Point

Customer Reviews

Range OK, Functions a bit different than the controls on the dimmer.I have tried this with only on dimmer switch, the Insteon Dimmer 2477D. Using the rocker on the dimmer, you can set it up so that you have 3 levels: off, on and dim mode. The level of dim mode can be preset using a long press of appropriate length and releasing when it is the right level. Then if you use the dimmer rocker and press the top or the bottom of the rocker momentarily, the light level will toggle between the 3 levels. With the Mini remote, it only allow incrementing either up one level if off and down one level when on. i.e. if it is off, pressing the up arrow places you in dim mode. Pressing up arrow again does nothing..... it leaves the unit in dim mode. You can get to full on by holding down the up arrow, but this changes your dim mode preset to full on. This mini remote is better than nothing, but will annoy you if you like the 3 way toggle using the dimmer rocker to toggle between 3 levels.4Like it but there are limitations.First, this DID NOT come with the wall mounting bracket and plate as is shown in the picture and it does not say anywhere whether it does or doesn't. I feel this is a misrepresentation of the product.I'm a little bit surprised that this is the only kind of remote for Insteon. You get 4 or 8 scenes. I'm migrating from X-10 and I had those 16 button remotes all over the house which you can turn something on, off or dim it and control 16 devices. The rechargeable feature is nice for now but all rechargeable batteries have a lifespan of only a few years so what will happen when that dies? I really do not like the way it works with it configured as an 8 scene controller. I bought 2 of these for my master bedroom with one being at bedside and the other at the entry door and I want control of same lights from both. You end of having to press the button twice sometimes because one button is in a different state than the other.I am using them with an ISY-994i controller and I did discover that I can configure it so that each button is independent and always generates an "On" signal. So with that setup then I can write a program for button "A" to set a device "on" and button "B" to turn it off. That is better but much more work and you lose the ability to dim the device. I'm not crazy about the idea of scenes either. I have a few where I do turn on multiple lights at sunset but I usually want to control one light from my remote to turn it on, off or dim it. Time will tell if this works more reliably. My outside fountain didn't turn off like it was supposed to last night. Remote was useless because with only 4 combos for on and off (A/B, C/D, E/F, G/H), there isn't any more room. I did load the mobillinc app on my android phone and was able to turn it off that way or would have had to boot my computer to do it.I want an remote which has buttons built in for On/Off/Dim like I had with my X-10 system.4Close to greatnessIt's almost there. If you are doing ad-hoc automation this remote works fine, but if you're using a Hub you may be a little stuck. I needed to use the HouseLinc software (free, from SmartHome) to configure the remote, annoying and I can't control it from the app but it works. Aside from that:* The size is brilliant, it fits into a Decora-style wall plate.* The range is...interesting. It really depends on how many RF INSTEON devices you've got installed. I was able to use it from the far side of my apartment with only devices diametrically opposed.* You have the option of beeps and lights as feedback.* You can apparently convert this from a four-scene on/off remote to an 8-button remote via HouseLinc* There is a visor clip and desktop stand in addition to the wall mount option.* It's got a rechargeable battery with a standard micro-USB charger rather than a button battery.The only improvements I'd like to see:* Add Hub support.* Add a finger groove behind the top button, otherwise it's impossible to know if you've got it right side up.* Include a few stickers for labels.* The wall mount has no back, this isn't a problem for mounting directly to the wall but you may want to glue a Decora blank to it if mounting in an electrical box.4Noticeable improvement over older X10 remotesI purchased two of these mini remotes to control Insteon 2477D dimmer switches in the living room and MBR. I was having issues with the old X10 remotes, where transmitted powerline signals were often missed, so that I would have to press the remote switch multiple times before the responder would take action. Very frustrating, to say the least. These mini remotes are much more reliable since they communicate directly with the 2477D's through RF signals. They work the first time. No more repetitive button pressing until the lights dim. I've programmed each remote "on" key for specific light intensity levels, including 25%, 50%, 75%, and 100%. Press one key and you're done. If I ever need an in-between intensity level, I can hold down one of the remote keys to get the desired intensity, but most of the time, I don't need to do so. The process has been greatly simplified. The remotes are also much smaller and are described as being sealed, which could become an issue down the road, but hopefully I'll get ten years or so out of the lithium batteries. If I ever need to replace the batteries (after the warranty has long expired), I think I could disassemble it fairly easily because there are four release tabs on the sides of the remotes, so perhaps they're not "sealed" after all. Overall, I'm impressed with these mini remotes in terms of their ease of use and reliability.5Very compact, but not 100% reliable and toggling is an awkward interface or InsteonThe 8-button toggle is an awkward interaction with Insteon controllers as the response is frequently delayed, or ramping is unintentionally on (controllers seem to sometimes reset to default ramping mode even after disabling it?). Combine that with unreliability and you frequently hit the button twice, sometimes toggling off what you just turned on (or vice versa), or just waiting and not being sure. If you are trying to turn the light on in another room before going there, you don't know if you have light or not.Even though it's only 3 feet from one controller and the controllers in the house are separated by less than 20 feet, button presses, especially initial ones after the unit has been idle for 24 hours, are often lost.The four-unit rocker (left on, right off) switch is substantially easier to use than this one.Still, this usually works, it's quite compact. I like the USB charging aspect of it (YMMV). Setup is easy (though you have to visit every controller, would be nice to have a clone mode). It's better than using the tablet app, which frequently disconnects and often requires 30 seconds or so to reconnect just to turn on a light (this is when all other tablet apps stay connected and are fine, so it's some unique problem with the Insteon hub).3It has its limitations, but very usableThis is a tiny Insteon controller with 4 toggle buttons (A-D) which can provide dim/bright, On/Off for 4 devices. If you use this with a home controller, like the ISY994i, then you can do a lot of things beyond the 4 devices, such as toggling on/off for 8 devices.A great feature of this device is that its battery is rechargeable via a standard port on the bottom - I recharged it using an Android phone cable plugged into my PS3.I have three of these, I use them with my ISY994i, basically a His and Hers controller to do different things, and one for the home theater. My wife uses hers to control the bedroom ceiling fan, for example. I am recovering from surgery and so programed the "C" switch as a Panic Button, I can hit either side and the ISY sends out a text message to both of our phones requesting immediate help.As for resilience, yesterday, I threw my pants in the laundry and started the washer. A few minutes later, we both started getting the Panic text messages. We checked the washer and found my mini-remote, some how sending out Panic requests! I turned it off, shook out the water as best I could, it still worked but spent the next couple of days in a rice bath. I am amazed that it could send a signal out of the washer, but I realized that plugged into an outlet on the other side of the wall is a dual-link device, so probably not more than 5 feet away.It is small, small battery - short range, but that is not a problem for since we have so many devices all over the house. It also can be hidden, and so lost, easily, but ours are either in our pockets or on the nightstand. I also found out that our label maker creates perfectly sized labels with just a bit of trimming.-----Update - After using these for a while, the following problems have surfaced. First, they tend to be unreliable - after some use, the buttons stop responding. We charge these regularly, so power is not the problem. My wife often has to click many times to get a response from the system, and the remote is only a few feet from several dual link devices. The log of the home controller shows that it is not receiving the click events. My remote, the one that went through the wash, works about the same way. Our third unit in the theater is about 15 feet from several dual link devices and is more reliable. I suspect that the small size, hence small battery, means low power transmission, and so less reliable communication.The second problem is that it being battery powered and RF only, it turns itself off when not in use. This makes linking with our home controller difficult. I believe its size is based on the size of a "Leviton" style wall switch.The controller could be improved ... I could easily deal with a larger device, even if just thicker, to accommodate a larger battery for a more powerful transmission. Also, if when plugged in to recharge the battery, it would stay powered on to simplify programming.3Nice slim remote control for lighting.I bought this along with the Insteon 2475DA1 In-LineLinc Dual-Band Remote Control In-Line Dimmer and Insteon 2444B4 RemoteLinc 2 Wall Mount bracket. I was adding overhead lights in a large room and did not want to have to run a dedicated switch line to control these lights. This combination installed easily and worked as expected. The combination of the switch and the wall mount bracket allow you to either mount this alone or next to an existing switch. Once the wall plate, which is not included, is installed you would never know this is a remote switch. I mounted it next to an existing switch with a dual opening wall plate and it looks perfect.The fact that the batteries are rechargeable via a standard micro-usb just make this even better. We have plenty of those chargers around the house so it is very easy to pop the switch out of the bracket and charge it up.5I purchased two of these, one for the Kitchen and one for my workshop. Awesome! I'm giving these devices a rating of 5 because of the quality of the product (it blows my mind that I can turn my Insteon devices on and off from this remote), and the outstanding customer service I've experienced through Amazon. I have purchase Insteon products directly from Smarthome, and had issues with prolonged refunds. It got to the point, I had to dispute the charge while waiting for my refund from Smarthome. This incident has since been cleared up, but I learned a valuable lesson. If it's expensive, and it's a Smarthome product, buy it through Amazon. The customer service is second to none! 5A handy add-on to your Insteon system.Great accessory if you cannot hardwire a switch in because you only have two wires, or live in an apartment. Programming is a bit tedious, as you have to manually set each item you want to control, one at a time. The current versions of the apps for the Hub cannot access this switch in anyway. On the other hand, it means you don't need to have a hub. Make sure to manually set the brightness level and ramp rate of the modules of your lamps when you are setting the switches, if you don't you might get strange results. Overall the switch works very well, and has pretty decent range. It is a bit counter intuitive that the on/brighten button is on the right and the off/dim button is on the left. In order to mount this I used 2 gang switch plate next to an existing switch, and a damage free tab to hold it in place (like the kind you use to hang hooks or frames on the wall). It sticks out a bit more than I'd like, but nobody really notices but me.4READ THIS BEFORE BUYING!I am very pleased with this product (hence the 5-star review), but you REALLY need to understand how they work before you buy the wrong combination of units for your application. I highly recommend visiting Insteon's forums and reading up a bit before you hit that buy button.This item is the 2444A2 - It is not indicated specifically in the description, but this is a "Single-Band" device. It only communicates via RF. It will only communicate with certain Insteon devices specifically labeled as Dual Band (like the 2477D switch and 2443 Access point). They take the RF signal provided by this RF switch and convert it to a power line signal that non-dual-band switches (like the 2476S and 2476D) can understand. The Dual-band switches like the 2477D CAN BE controlled directly by this RF unit.To make these products work, you MUST have a Dual Band unit installed in your house that translates RF signals from the transmitters and sends it to switches like 2476D and 2476S (among others) via the power line. I had to go on the forums to learn this.Also, another fun fact for laymen like myself. The 220V power coming into your house is split at your breaker panel into two halves. That's why all your standard outlets are 110V. Your dryer outlet receives power from both halves of the panel, which is why that's a 220V outlet. I mention this because the company that makes this and experienced installers recommend that you have at least one dual band unit on EACH HALF of your 220V system to improve reliability of remote signals.My point is, know what you're buying and do some research to properly map out your circuits and your need for dual band devices (2477 etc.), single band (2476D, 2476S, etc.), access points (2443, etc.) and RF switches (2444A2 (this one), 2444A4, etc.) before you buy to save yourself some confusion and frustration with this product.End result is great though!5It would be so nice to have a 16-button version of thisI'm torn between rating this three and four stars. I'm slowly migrating an X-10 installation to Insteon (making them coexist is sometimes painful but not always, though the newer Insteon stuff not supporting X-10 commands is making it more painful), so I end up comparing the two systems.This thing is one place where Insteon feels like it falls short. Yes, it works, and setup is not terrible, and it integrates easily enough. No, I don't expect it to do X-10 controls (what documentation I have seems to lead me to believe it does not). The biggest problem I have is that this thing doesn't cover enough devices. There are eight buttons, and if I want sensible dimming behaviour (one button on/bright and one dim/off) it only covers four devices -- compared to the common X-10 handheld controller that manages 8 devices (16 if you don't mind flipping a switch). While this support an 8-scene mode, the controls are much more fiddly -- if the last action on a button was on/bright, tapping it will turn if off and holding it will dim it; if the last action on a button was off/dim, tapping it will turn it on (go to the configured 'on brightness') and holding it will brighten. The control is nicely symmetric, with only minor differences on one end to figure out which way is 'up'. Trying to use this in low light is a great way to hit the wrong button, and not remembering what a button did last is a great way to get the wrong result.The rooms where I am using Insteon and X-10 devices have several devices each, and while the 'scenes' concept is nice, I sometimes want to control specific devices. Having one of these to control scenes would probably be great -- then the eight buttons could be used for eight different 'moods' or other 'scenes' and would probably seem pretty good. Trying to control 8 devices (three of them dimmable) with it is a pain; it would require two of these to get the same intuitive feel I get from a single X-10 pad.For example, in my living room, I am still resorting to X-10 compatible Insteon devices to control my dimmable devices (so I can use an X-10 pad) and using an ISY-994i to translate X-10 on/off to the appropriate Insteon commands for the Insteon on/off modules that control power to TV or gaming console or BD player or audio devices. Unhappily, I have not been able to reliably translate X-10 dim/bright sequences to something that works on Insteon devices, even with the help of what feels like needlessly complex scripting on the ISY-994i device.If someone made a 16-button Insteon pad like this, I would love that. It would give me the same capabilities I have in the 'technologically inferior' X-10 devices, and would encourage me to finish moving to Insteon more aggressively (instead of aggressively searching for Insteon dimming modules that are X-10 compatible so I can still use the X-10 pads that are more versatile when single-point addressability is desired).4
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Description
  • Provides wireless remote control for Insteon-controlled lighting and appliances
  • Raise and lower lighting levels or recall a favorite lighting level for up to four lights or scenes - wirelessly!
  • Use as a portable handheld remote or mount it on the wall for use as a keypad
  • Rechargeable battery operated - requires no external power or communication wiring
  • 50 ft range to nearest Insteon dual-band device or Access Point
Reviews

Customer Reviews

Range OK, Functions a bit different than the controls on the dimmer.I have tried this with only on dimmer switch, the Insteon Dimmer 2477D. Using the rocker on the dimmer, you can set it up so that you have 3 levels: off, on and dim mode. The level of dim mode can be preset using a long press of appropriate length and releasing when it is the right level. Then if you use the dimmer rocker and press the top or the bottom of the rocker momentarily, the light level will toggle between the 3 levels. With the Mini remote, it only allow incrementing either up one level if off and down one level when on. i.e. if it is off, pressing the up arrow places you in dim mode. Pressing up arrow again does nothing..... it leaves the unit in dim mode. You can get to full on by holding down the up arrow, but this changes your dim mode preset to full on. This mini remote is better than nothing, but will annoy you if you like the 3 way toggle using the dimmer rocker to toggle between 3 levels.4Like it but there are limitations.First, this DID NOT come with the wall mounting bracket and plate as is shown in the picture and it does not say anywhere whether it does or doesn't. I feel this is a misrepresentation of the product.I'm a little bit surprised that this is the only kind of remote for Insteon. You get 4 or 8 scenes. I'm migrating from X-10 and I had those 16 button remotes all over the house which you can turn something on, off or dim it and control 16 devices. The rechargeable feature is nice for now but all rechargeable batteries have a lifespan of only a few years so what will happen when that dies? I really do not like the way it works with it configured as an 8 scene controller. I bought 2 of these for my master bedroom with one being at bedside and the other at the entry door and I want control of same lights from both. You end of having to press the button twice sometimes because one button is in a different state than the other.I am using them with an ISY-994i controller and I did discover that I can configure it so that each button is independent and always generates an "On" signal. So with that setup then I can write a program for button "A" to set a device "on" and button "B" to turn it off. That is better but much more work and you lose the ability to dim the device. I'm not crazy about the idea of scenes either. I have a few where I do turn on multiple lights at sunset but I usually want to control one light from my remote to turn it on, off or dim it. Time will tell if this works more reliably. My outside fountain didn't turn off like it was supposed to last night. Remote was useless because with only 4 combos for on and off (A/B, C/D, E/F, G/H), there isn't any more room. I did load the mobillinc app on my android phone and was able to turn it off that way or would have had to boot my computer to do it.I want an remote which has buttons built in for On/Off/Dim like I had with my X-10 system.4Close to greatnessIt's almost there. If you are doing ad-hoc automation this remote works fine, but if you're using a Hub you may be a little stuck. I needed to use the HouseLinc software (free, from SmartHome) to configure the remote, annoying and I can't control it from the app but it works. Aside from that:* The size is brilliant, it fits into a Decora-style wall plate.* The range is...interesting. It really depends on how many RF INSTEON devices you've got installed. I was able to use it from the far side of my apartment with only devices diametrically opposed.* You have the option of beeps and lights as feedback.* You can apparently convert this from a four-scene on/off remote to an 8-button remote via HouseLinc* There is a visor clip and desktop stand in addition to the wall mount option.* It's got a rechargeable battery with a standard micro-USB charger rather than a button battery.The only improvements I'd like to see:* Add Hub support.* Add a finger groove behind the top button, otherwise it's impossible to know if you've got it right side up.* Include a few stickers for labels.* The wall mount has no back, this isn't a problem for mounting directly to the wall but you may want to glue a Decora blank to it if mounting in an electrical box.4Noticeable improvement over older X10 remotesI purchased two of these mini remotes to control Insteon 2477D dimmer switches in the living room and MBR. I was having issues with the old X10 remotes, where transmitted powerline signals were often missed, so that I would have to press the remote switch multiple times before the responder would take action. Very frustrating, to say the least. These mini remotes are much more reliable since they communicate directly with the 2477D's through RF signals. They work the first time. No more repetitive button pressing until the lights dim. I've programmed each remote "on" key for specific light intensity levels, including 25%, 50%, 75%, and 100%. Press one key and you're done. If I ever need an in-between intensity level, I can hold down one of the remote keys to get the desired intensity, but most of the time, I don't need to do so. The process has been greatly simplified. The remotes are also much smaller and are described as being sealed, which could become an issue down the road, but hopefully I'll get ten years or so out of the lithium batteries. If I ever need to replace the batteries (after the warranty has long expired), I think I could disassemble it fairly easily because there are four release tabs on the sides of the remotes, so perhaps they're not "sealed" after all. Overall, I'm impressed with these mini remotes in terms of their ease of use and reliability.5Very compact, but not 100% reliable and toggling is an awkward interface or InsteonThe 8-button toggle is an awkward interaction with Insteon controllers as the response is frequently delayed, or ramping is unintentionally on (controllers seem to sometimes reset to default ramping mode even after disabling it?). Combine that with unreliability and you frequently hit the button twice, sometimes toggling off what you just turned on (or vice versa), or just waiting and not being sure. If you are trying to turn the light on in another room before going there, you don't know if you have light or not.Even though it's only 3 feet from one controller and the controllers in the house are separated by less than 20 feet, button presses, especially initial ones after the unit has been idle for 24 hours, are often lost.The four-unit rocker (left on, right off) switch is substantially easier to use than this one.Still, this usually works, it's quite compact. I like the USB charging aspect of it (YMMV). Setup is easy (though you have to visit every controller, would be nice to have a clone mode). It's better than using the tablet app, which frequently disconnects and often requires 30 seconds or so to reconnect just to turn on a light (this is when all other tablet apps stay connected and are fine, so it's some unique problem with the Insteon hub).3It has its limitations, but very usableThis is a tiny Insteon controller with 4 toggle buttons (A-D) which can provide dim/bright, On/Off for 4 devices. If you use this with a home controller, like the ISY994i, then you can do a lot of things beyond the 4 devices, such as toggling on/off for 8 devices.A great feature of this device is that its battery is rechargeable via a standard port on the bottom - I recharged it using an Android phone cable plugged into my PS3.I have three of these, I use them with my ISY994i, basically a His and Hers controller to do different things, and one for the home theater. My wife uses hers to control the bedroom ceiling fan, for example. I am recovering from surgery and so programed the "C" switch as a Panic Button, I can hit either side and the ISY sends out a text message to both of our phones requesting immediate help.As for resilience, yesterday, I threw my pants in the laundry and started the washer. A few minutes later, we both started getting the Panic text messages. We checked the washer and found my mini-remote, some how sending out Panic requests! I turned it off, shook out the water as best I could, it still worked but spent the next couple of days in a rice bath. I am amazed that it could send a signal out of the washer, but I realized that plugged into an outlet on the other side of the wall is a dual-link device, so probably not more than 5 feet away.It is small, small battery - short range, but that is not a problem for since we have so many devices all over the house. It also can be hidden, and so lost, easily, but ours are either in our pockets or on the nightstand. I also found out that our label maker creates perfectly sized labels with just a bit of trimming.-----Update - After using these for a while, the following problems have surfaced. First, they tend to be unreliable - after some use, the buttons stop responding. We charge these regularly, so power is not the problem. My wife often has to click many times to get a response from the system, and the remote is only a few feet from several dual link devices. The log of the home controller shows that it is not receiving the click events. My remote, the one that went through the wash, works about the same way. Our third unit in the theater is about 15 feet from several dual link devices and is more reliable. I suspect that the small size, hence small battery, means low power transmission, and so less reliable communication.The second problem is that it being battery powered and RF only, it turns itself off when not in use. This makes linking with our home controller difficult. I believe its size is based on the size of a "Leviton" style wall switch.The controller could be improved ... I could easily deal with a larger device, even if just thicker, to accommodate a larger battery for a more powerful transmission. Also, if when plugged in to recharge the battery, it would stay powered on to simplify programming.3Nice slim remote control for lighting.I bought this along with the Insteon 2475DA1 In-LineLinc Dual-Band Remote Control In-Line Dimmer and Insteon 2444B4 RemoteLinc 2 Wall Mount bracket. I was adding overhead lights in a large room and did not want to have to run a dedicated switch line to control these lights. This combination installed easily and worked as expected. The combination of the switch and the wall mount bracket allow you to either mount this alone or next to an existing switch. Once the wall plate, which is not included, is installed you would never know this is a remote switch. I mounted it next to an existing switch with a dual opening wall plate and it looks perfect.The fact that the batteries are rechargeable via a standard micro-usb just make this even better. We have plenty of those chargers around the house so it is very easy to pop the switch out of the bracket and charge it up.5I purchased two of these, one for the Kitchen and one for my workshop. Awesome! I'm giving these devices a rating of 5 because of the quality of the product (it blows my mind that I can turn my Insteon devices on and off from this remote), and the outstanding customer service I've experienced through Amazon. I have purchase Insteon products directly from Smarthome, and had issues with prolonged refunds. It got to the point, I had to dispute the charge while waiting for my refund from Smarthome. This incident has since been cleared up, but I learned a valuable lesson. If it's expensive, and it's a Smarthome product, buy it through Amazon. The customer service is second to none! 5A handy add-on to your Insteon system.Great accessory if you cannot hardwire a switch in because you only have two wires, or live in an apartment. Programming is a bit tedious, as you have to manually set each item you want to control, one at a time. The current versions of the apps for the Hub cannot access this switch in anyway. On the other hand, it means you don't need to have a hub. Make sure to manually set the brightness level and ramp rate of the modules of your lamps when you are setting the switches, if you don't you might get strange results. Overall the switch works very well, and has pretty decent range. It is a bit counter intuitive that the on/brighten button is on the right and the off/dim button is on the left. In order to mount this I used 2 gang switch plate next to an existing switch, and a damage free tab to hold it in place (like the kind you use to hang hooks or frames on the wall). It sticks out a bit more than I'd like, but nobody really notices but me.4READ THIS BEFORE BUYING!I am very pleased with this product (hence the 5-star review), but you REALLY need to understand how they work before you buy the wrong combination of units for your application. I highly recommend visiting Insteon's forums and reading up a bit before you hit that buy button.This item is the 2444A2 - It is not indicated specifically in the description, but this is a "Single-Band" device. It only communicates via RF. It will only communicate with certain Insteon devices specifically labeled as Dual Band (like the 2477D switch and 2443 Access point). They take the RF signal provided by this RF switch and convert it to a power line signal that non-dual-band switches (like the 2476S and 2476D) can understand. The Dual-band switches like the 2477D CAN BE controlled directly by this RF unit.To make these products work, you MUST have a Dual Band unit installed in your house that translates RF signals from the transmitters and sends it to switches like 2476D and 2476S (among others) via the power line. I had to go on the forums to learn this.Also, another fun fact for laymen like myself. The 220V power coming into your house is split at your breaker panel into two halves. That's why all your standard outlets are 110V. Your dryer outlet receives power from both halves of the panel, which is why that's a 220V outlet. I mention this because the company that makes this and experienced installers recommend that you have at least one dual band unit on EACH HALF of your 220V system to improve reliability of remote signals.My point is, know what you're buying and do some research to properly map out your circuits and your need for dual band devices (2477 etc.), single band (2476D, 2476S, etc.), access points (2443, etc.) and RF switches (2444A2 (this one), 2444A4, etc.) before you buy to save yourself some confusion and frustration with this product.End result is great though!5It would be so nice to have a 16-button version of thisI'm torn between rating this three and four stars. I'm slowly migrating an X-10 installation to Insteon (making them coexist is sometimes painful but not always, though the newer Insteon stuff not supporting X-10 commands is making it more painful), so I end up comparing the two systems.This thing is one place where Insteon feels like it falls short. Yes, it works, and setup is not terrible, and it integrates easily enough. No, I don't expect it to do X-10 controls (what documentation I have seems to lead me to believe it does not). The biggest problem I have is that this thing doesn't cover enough devices. There are eight buttons, and if I want sensible dimming behaviour (one button on/bright and one dim/off) it only covers four devices -- compared to the common X-10 handheld controller that manages 8 devices (16 if you don't mind flipping a switch). While this support an 8-scene mode, the controls are much more fiddly -- if the last action on a button was on/bright, tapping it will turn if off and holding it will dim it; if the last action on a button was off/dim, tapping it will turn it on (go to the configured 'on brightness') and holding it will brighten. The control is nicely symmetric, with only minor differences on one end to figure out which way is 'up'. Trying to use this in low light is a great way to hit the wrong button, and not remembering what a button did last is a great way to get the wrong result.The rooms where I am using Insteon and X-10 devices have several devices each, and while the 'scenes' concept is nice, I sometimes want to control specific devices. Having one of these to control scenes would probably be great -- then the eight buttons could be used for eight different 'moods' or other 'scenes' and would probably seem pretty good. Trying to control 8 devices (three of them dimmable) with it is a pain; it would require two of these to get the same intuitive feel I get from a single X-10 pad.For example, in my living room, I am still resorting to X-10 compatible Insteon devices to control my dimmable devices (so I can use an X-10 pad) and using an ISY-994i to translate X-10 on/off to the appropriate Insteon commands for the Insteon on/off modules that control power to TV or gaming console or BD player or audio devices. Unhappily, I have not been able to reliably translate X-10 dim/bright sequences to something that works on Insteon devices, even with the help of what feels like needlessly complex scripting on the ISY-994i device.If someone made a 16-button Insteon pad like this, I would love that. It would give me the same capabilities I have in the 'technologically inferior' X-10 devices, and would encourage me to finish moving to Insteon more aggressively (instead of aggressively searching for Insteon dimming modules that are X-10 compatible so I can still use the X-10 pads that are more versatile when single-point addressability is desired).4
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