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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.

Selecting a device in the INSTEON Device branch will show the device properties in the view pane. The 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. On level and ramp rate adjustment are controlled with a slider control. On level sets the amount of light within 0 and 100%, where 100% is full brightness or ON. Ramp rate sets the amount of time it takes to reach the set ON level from OFF to ON and from ON to OFF.

Setting the device properties via the ISY does not require you to press the set button on the device. Unlike manually setting the ramp rates and ON levels, you need not press the Set Button to store the set values. All you need to do is set the sliders to the desired level or ramp rates.

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, adjusts the light level by 5% for every click of the button. If you press and hold the button the level will change at 5% step for every second it is held.

Mutually Exclusive Button allows you to group the buttons in Exclusive OR state. This button select is only available with the KeypadLinc Devices. The idea is you group a set of buttons so that only one button will be in ON state at any time. For example, you group buttons A and B, where A is assigned as All ON and B as All OFF. The state of the status LED in each button will be as follows:

When All ON (button A) is pressed the status LED is Lit. Button B LED is not Lit.
When ALL OFF (button B) is pressed the status LED is Lit. Button A LED is not Lit.

Refer to the KeypadLinc User’s Manual Grouping Button section for more information. The ISY creates groups by creating a scene. This is accomplished by selecting Mutually Exclusive Button on the GUI and dragging the device buttons into the Mutually Exclusive Button 1 or 2. Refer to Figure 35.

Figure 35. Mutually Exclusive Buttons.

Button Toggle Mode sets the button state to toggle from ON to OFF and vice versa, or stay always ON, or always OFF. Assigning a button for toggle OFF sets it to either always ON or always OFF mode setting. The ISY will ask you to physically set the button to ON or OFF (key status LED ON or OFF) in the process. Refer to the KeypadLinc User’s Manual Toggle Mode section for more information.

Select and hold the slider control, move it to the level or ramp rate your desire. As you change these settings the device will proportionately change the lamp brightness or ramp up/down time of the lamp.

The tree at the right side of the view pane shows the scenes the device belongs to and as a controller switch showing which devices it controls.

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.


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 devices to the new device.

Figure 37. Compatible device replacement list.

To replace a defective device, you must first add the replacement 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.

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

User Guide  : ISY Node  :