ISY-99i/ISY-26 INSTEON:Link Management Menu

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Just as you manually link a pair or multiple INSTEON devices to allow them to communicate with each other, the ISY needs to be linked with all the INSTEON devices it needs to manage or communicate. This menu allows you to link the ISY to all or selected INSTEON devices.

Please see Figure 7 for all Link Management menu options.


Figure 7. Link Management Menu

Common Options

Remove Existing Links

This will clear all the existing links in the device. It is useful on new or used devices to ensure that no stray links are left in the device.

Add devices found in links and remove existing links

This option will automatically add all the other devices linked to this device and then delete the links from the device. You can then use the ISY to create all new scenes with no fear of ghost links remaining.

Note: This option does not generate the links between devices nor does it regenerate the scene/group memberships. It simply finds and links devices found.

Add Devices Found in Links and keep existing links

This option is the same as “Add Devices Found in Links” except it does not overwrite the device settings, manual or otherwise. It will bring all the links found in each discovered device, try to make scenes out of the relationships, and maintain a copy of all the settings the device already contains.


Depending on the number of devices linked and the type of devices, ISY’s reprogramming of the devices may take roughly 10 seconds to 1 minute per device. Please be patient while ISY reprograms the devices and do not perform any operations on your INSTEON devices.


Start Linking

The basic method of linking an INSTEON device is to set a device as a controller in linking mode then going to the responder and set it to linking mode. The same method is true in linking the ISY to the devices. You set the ISY (the controller) to linking mode then go each responder and set those to linking mode.

Select this menu to start linking all devices, except the ControLinc, RemoteLinc and MotionSensor, to the ISY. The linking process allows the ISY to build a database of devices in the network and the relationships between each or multiple devices, and to program these devices.

When you set the ISY in linking mode, this sets it to multilink mode. In multilink mode, the controller is able to read or link with one device set in link mode, one after another. So as long as Link in Progress dialog is open, the ISY will be in multilink mode.

If you do not see Link In Progress dialog, then check trouble shooting section: If RX light is solid on, PLM or cable to the PLM is bad


Figure 8. Linking In Progress Dialog


To link devices:

  • Choose this menu option
  • Select the link option.
  • When “Linking In Progress” (see Figure 8) dialog appears, press the “Set” button on each new INSTEON device (light, switch etc.) for as many devices as you desire.
  • When you are done linking all the desired INSTEON devices, click on the “Cancel” button on the “Linking in Progress” dialog.

This operation performs the same action as the Start Linking button on the tool bar (Start Linking). When a linking session is in progress, the icon for this button changes to (Cancel Link). The new device(s) should automatically show up on the ISY GUI when they are linked.

Link a ControLinc

Choose this menu to link a ControlLinc. Enter the Insteon address in the requester. Then click on the “Ok” button (see Figure 9).

Note: You cannot discover or find other devices linked to the ControLinc using this option.


Figure 9. Link a ControLinc Dialog

Link a RemoteLinc

Choose this menu to link a RemoteLinc.

  • The Insteon address is on a sticker inside the battery compartment.

When the “Link a RemoteLinc” dialog appears, press and hold the “Bright" and "Dim” buttons for 10 seconds or until the RemoteLinc’s light starts flashing. Then click on the “Ok” button (see Figure 10).


Figure 10. Link a RemoteLinc dialog.

Enter the Insteon address of the RemoteLinc and press okay.

Figure 10a. Link a RemoteLinc dialog.

When done linking communication mode can be quit by pressing the Dim or Bright button.

Add Button to IRLinc Receiver

Adding a button to IRLink

Add Sensor to EZSnSRF

Add Sensor to EZSnSRF

Add X10 Device to EZX10RF

Add X10 Device to EZX10RF

Advanced Options

Only available in firmware version 2.6.13+

Smarthome has introduced a new protocol which uses extended messaging called i2. This is intended to make communication faster and more reliable. Some devices introduced during the changeover have both protocols enabled and can sometimes report as i2 although the protocol is not fully implemented. Universal Devices has added, for firmware version 2.6.13, an option to select the original Insteon communication protocol, termed i1, in case the Automatic option fails. This option should normally be left on Automatic which uses a query into the device database to determine the best way of communicating.


Advanced Options

New INSTEON Device

Choose this menu if you already know the INSTEON address of a device and if you do not wish to use the regular linking method of pressing the “Set” button.

After selecting this menu option, the “New Insteon Device” dialog appears as shown in Figure 11:

  • Enter the INSTEON address of the device using the following format where A, B, and C are the address parts as depicted on the INSTEON device itself
    • A B C or
    • A.B.C
  • Optionally you can select the Device Type from the drop down list
  • Click on “Ok"

This operation performs the same action as the New INSTEON Device button on the tool bar (New Inteon Device).


Figure 11 New Device Dialog


Link a KeypadLinc

Linking a KeypadLinc

Link a Motion Sensor

Linking a Motion Sensor

Link an I/OLinc

Linking an I/O Linc


New Scene

Creating Scenes in ISY allows the user to set ramp rates, set on level, link or group devices without physically going to each device(s) to manually set, link or group them. Let’s say you want to link a device in a bedroom to a device in the kitchen. When manually linking these devices, you will have to physically go to the bedroom device set it to linking mode then go to the kitchen device set it to linking mode. This process can be done via the ISY by creating a scene, naming it, then placing the bedroom and kitchen devices into the scene. The system will automatically link and program the devices.

Once you select this menu you will be presented with the “New Scene” dialog (see Figure 12) requesting a name for the new Scene. Enter the name you prefer (the name can be changed at a later time) and click on “Ok”. The new scene will be added to the tree view on the left pane.

This operation performs the same action as the New Scene button on the tool bar (New Scene).


Figure 12. New Scene Dialog


You can drag and drop any one of the devices already linked to the system into any scene. If you click and drag correctly you will see a plus sign next to the device you are dragging. Dragging devices to scenes will not remove it from the master list of devices (ISY Node) or from other scene(s) they already belong to. As such, each device may belong to many scenes. You can select multiple devices by holding down CNTRL key and selecting the devices with the mouse pointer. Drag the selected devices and drop them into the scene folder. A prompt screen to set which device is the controller or responder will be presented. Select the device then click on the “Controller/Responder” button to set the device. This button toggles between responder and controller.


Figure 13. Confirm Add dialog or prompt.

A device assigned as the controller of the scene is the device that initiates the scene. This device will control the responders according to the level and ramp rate settings.

It may take roughly 10 seconds to a few minutes to reprogram the device(s) to become part of a scene depending on the complexity and the number of other devices, and especially controllers/masters, for that scene.

This operation performs the same action as the New Scene button on the tool bar.

Refer to Scene for more information about Scenes.

Restore Device

If a device was previously linked with the ISY and later was manually set with a new scene or linked to other new device address, the ISY will not contain these manual settings. Re-linking the device with this option activates the ISY to compare the device database with its database searching for a new device address. If a new device address is found, the ISY will save the new address into its database. It will then remove, overwrite or clear the device with the configuration found within ISY. This means that whatever was manually entered is now lost.



ISY-26 INSTEON / ISY-99i Series INSTEON : User Guide