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To replace a defective device, you must first add the replacement device
See this page for step-by-step instructions: [[ISY-99i/ISY-26 INSTEON:Replacing a Device|Replacing a Device]]
Then right mouse click the device node/name with the defective device.  Select Replace menu and choose the replacement device from the menus of compatible or available devices.
'''Known issue 1:'''  As of version 2.6 firmware, there is no requester message directing the user to put into "Programming Mode" any RemoteLincs included in scenes of which the Replaced device is a controller.  Therefore, it will be necessary to do this at the beginning of the "Replace....with" process, even though no requester message is presented.
The RemoteLinc is placed into Programming mode by simultaneously holding down the "Bright" and "Dim" buttons for 10 seconds or until the status light begins flashing.
'''Known Issue 2:'''  As of version 2.6 firmware, this command will leave programs that have used the Replaced device's name in an unspecified state for that device.  To fix this, after performing the "Replace....with" command, review all programs that have used the "Replaced" device's name, re-select the proper device, and re-save the program.
==Add to Scene==
==Add to Scene==

Revision as of 14:56, 12 March 2010

General Information

This device node is located as a branch under the ISY node. Expanding the ISY node (My Lighting), will show the devices within the network.

Figure 33. ISY Node branch expanded showing devices.

Non-Dimming Devices

Non-dimming devices are effectively treated as dimming devices but, of course, they ignore any dimming or level commands.

Dimming Devices


Selecting a device in the INSTEON Device branch will show the device properties in the view pane.

The tree at the right side of the view pane shows the scenes the device belongs to both as a controller and as a responder. Clicking on a scene in this tree will bring up that scene's overview.

Device Membership

The center pane will also have controls by means of a slider or buttons. These controls allow the user to directly control and setup the device via the computer. Currently the ISY supports all SmartHome lights, switches and dimmers. Depending on the device that is linked to the system, you will be presented with the permissible control action the system can help you perform and automate. For example in Figure 32 the “Entry-1 Overhead” light was selected and its properties are shown in the view pane.

Local on level and ramp rate adjustment are controlled with a slider control. Select and hold the slider control, move it to the level or ramp rate your desire. As you change the brightness the device will proportionately change the lamp brightness.

Ramp rate sets the amount of time it takes to reach 100% ON level from OFF and from 100% ON to OFF. Using lower levels reduces the time proportionally.

Unlike manually setting the ramp rates and ON levels, you need not press the Set Button to store the set values but you may need to power cycle the device.

Figure 34 – Device Properties

Buttons available are ON, Fast ON, OFF, Fast OFF, Brighten and Dim. ON or OFF Buttons, turns on/off the lights using the preset ON/OFF levels and ramp rate. This action is similar to pressing the switch once.

Fast ON/OFF Buttons, turns on/off the lights to full ON/OFF at the fastest ramp rate. This action is the similar to quickly tapping the switch twice.

Brighten and Dim Buttons, begin the Fade commands. Release the button to end the fade. It takes about 4 1/2 seconds to fade completely from 0% to 100%


Setting the device properties (local level and ramp rate) via the ISY will require you to reset switches before they take effect. You can cycle the circuit breaker or pull the set button on a switch for a few seconds.


Setting the device properties via the ISY will require you to reset the module before they take effect. You can cycle the circuit breaker or unplug the module for a few seconds.


KeypadLincs do not need a power cycle to change the local level and rate.


Right mouse clicking on an INSTEON device node, presents a menu as depicted in Figure 36.

Figure 36 – Device Menu


Choosing this option causes ISY to query the selected device. The ISY will retrieve the status of the device and present the status on the view pane. This operation usually takes between 5 to 10 seconds depending on the device.


Choose this option to rename the selected device.


Choosing this menu option completely removes the highlighted device from ISY, deletes all the associated timer, triggers, and dissociates it from all the scenes it may have belong to. In case of “Remove from Scene”, choosing the menu option removes the selected device from the Scene within the context of which it was selected.

  • The device must be removed from any folder it is in before this operation can be selected.


This menu option allows you to replace a defective device assigned to a device name with a new device. The ISY takes care of removing the defective device address from the device name and adding the new device address into the existing device name. It will swap all the linking information from the defective device to the new device.

Figure 37. Compatible device replacement list.

See this page for step-by-step instructions: Replacing a Device

Add to Scene

When there are many devices, using the drag and drop method sometimes becomes challenging. Choose this menu option to drop a device into a scene manually.

Restore Device

There might be cases where, for a variety of reasons (such as manual linking), a device does not perform as represented in ISY. In these cases, choose this option to restore all the links and reprogram the device to what’s logically represented in ISY.

Copy Attributes

This menu option allows you to copy attributes from one device and paste them into another. Attributes are such things as On Level, Ramp Rate, Set Point, etc.

Paste Attributes

This menu option allows you to paste the attributes which were copied into the selected device.


The purpose of this dialog box is to add additional information for each node (device) such as the location and the description.

The isLoad check box can be used to show whether or not this device is actually controlling or physically connected to a load. The information gathered here is included in the HTML file created in Generate Topology Menu

ISY-26 INSTEON / ISY-99i Series INSTEON : User Guide : Main Tab Layout : ISY Node