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    Hi All,

    I put together an Insteon PLM Component. The PLM (firmware version .63) is very robust relative to the PLC. Only 1 lockup over many months of use. The component supports a wide range of Insteon devices including support for both I1 and I2 engines (ie extended command devices).

    The component has been in development for a little over 3 years and now is about 25000 lines of code!

    Brief PDF Help file http://www.mediafire.com/?kmrqngn4nqi

    Version .836 https://www.mediafire.com/?i8pwyfb85aj1jti

    Bug fixes for smoke sensor

    Version .834 https://www.mediafire.com/?24pa4x2dltwje6r

    Smoke Bridge early support
    Micro On/Off support


    Version. 824 https://www.mediafire.com/?pdsxjmla3i7lomb

    T stat fixes

    Version .821 https://www.mediafire.com/?xbksulkil542kbl

    Fixes for leak sensor
    Venstar T Stat changes ? maybe fixes?

    Version .818 https://www.mediafire.com/?2z2503b36bg0u60

    Leak sensor support

    Version .815 http://www.mediafire.com/?iedzn2pox2o5rg8

    Added window coverings devices
    Added 2 wire switchlinc

    Version .811 http://www.mediafire.com/?n3ay216tiu9u84d

    Fix for dual band dimmers

    Version .804 http://www.mediafire.com/?37ld3z2n82azisc

    Added work around for ApplianceLincs that do not follow the Insteon protocol correctly.
    Additions thermostat support.

    Version .802 http://www.mediafire.com/?7cdpq16wqbv2lxx

    Bug fix for Keypadlinc and setting toggle/non toggle modes
    Bug fix for PLM AllLink command result reporting


    Version .800 http://www.mediafire.com/?1lp776cjkdtaa6e

    thermostat and rf small bug fixes

    Version .797 http://www.mediafire.com/?z7r4rhgm6rbd3nh

    Small Radio device fix.

    Version .796 http://www.mediafire.com/?saxti3xpwpraoyd

    Support for latest thermostats
    Support for Insteon light bulb

    Version .782 http://www.mediafire.com/?d3izrja27fnsbcl

    Support for new Insteon I2CS devices
    Misc bug fixes.

    Version .768 http://www.mediafire.com/?9tl8xoc73cexiw2
    dui bug fix for Globals page


    Version .764 http://www.mediafire.com/?uwkunm8ng48cter

    EZUIRT support
    Added ability to easily replace failed devices. On the devices tab, see Replace. This will copy all settings from the old device to the new for DevCat 1 and 2 devices, including all keypadlinc settings. Big time saver for replacing bad devices
    Misc bug fixes


    Version .754 http://www.mediafire.com/?euhe3mffs4asacf

    More improvements in link read/writing
    Updated support for new devices



    Unzip into the Girder\luascript\component directory. Restart Girder. Goto the Component Manager, Enable, See Under the Lighting tab on the left.

    Please post comments and problems to this thread.
    Last edited by Mike C; June 11th, 2014 at 08:43 PM.

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    Hey Mike, good to hear from you again...so could you explain what this PLM Component will do for me?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmbraben View Post
    Hey Mike, good to hear from you again...so could you explain what this PLM Component will do for me?
    Hi,

    The primary feature is reliability. The PLM is much more solid than the PLC/SDM combo.

    In terms of the component design it offers greater flexibility and support for current and future devices including both the Insteon 1 and 2 Engines. You can download and look at the plugin without PLM to see the various options etc.

    I haven't compiled a feature list... in short there really is no comparison between the 2. For the first time, I have actually been happy with the Insteon devices in my home.

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    Mike,

    Great work. I'll try out your plug-in as soon as I can get a PLM from smarthome.

    Peter

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    Thank You!!

    Just ordered the PLM. I'll be so happy to get rid of SDM and it's lock ups every 3-4 days.

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    This news makes my day. I can't wait to order a PLM.
    Beware of the robot.

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    quick features list.

    Works with PLM only. Firmware version .63 is recommended.

    Designed to allow for future powerline interfaces with minimal work.

    Supports greater than 1 powerline interface (not extensively tested at this time)

    Comprehensive link management including support for I1 and I2 remote record/link retreival, editing, and addition. Easy group/scene management and setup.

    Sophisticated error recover when trying to read/write remote records. Ability to restart and recover failed device writing even between Girder restarts.

    Easy ability to rebuild lost links as the component tracks all links that it discovers or builds.

    Autofail over for I2 to I1 reading/writing when extended data commands fail (happens when an I2 device is > 2 hops from the sending device)

    Comprehensive device monitoring which can be set for each device.

    Autodevice discovery and spidering of new devices from existing links.

    Command throttling and paring for rapid commands for changing light levels - automatically scaled to the device location in the network.

    Device command hop and transaction time monitoring - to allow seeing how well each device on your network is receiving commands from the PLM, and to allow you to see how changing location of network bridges and/or noise filters changes powerline communication.

    Comprehensive setup of Keypadlinc devices, including button configuration etc. Note: may need some work with newest firmware keypadlincs and changes as these devices start using the I2 engines.

    Sending Alllink Commands can be set to wait for all cleanup messages to be completed or can interupt these for greater speed.

    Remotelinc programming and control. Ie. can setup remotelincs to send heartbeat messages, LED settings, Beep settings etc.

    Tracks load presence/absense for devices that have this functionality.

    Extensible archiecture to make add new devices fast and easy.

    Group/Scene state tracking for all devices.

    Integration for the G5 Device Manager (all device and group control is done this way).

    I am sure there are a few other things in there as well...

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    Mike,

    Fantastic feature list. I ordered a PLM and am really looking forward to this new component.

    Peter

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    Quote Originally Posted by vitello View Post
    Mike,

    Fantastic feature list. I ordered a PLM and am really looking forward to this new component.

    Peter
    Great... it better work well for you then

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    at 10 posts, so some screenshots are attached.



    First tab shows the transports (ie powerline interfaces in available to the component).

    On this page, you specify

    1. the default interface to use for send commands to/from devices.

    2. the default group to autolink devices as responders. default is group 254. so sending an alllink command to group 254 controls all of these devices. you do not need to autolink if you do not want to.

    3. autolink devices as controllers allows the component to receive instant updates when the devices change states (with some exceptions most notably the lamplincs etc).




    this tab is used to configure PLM's. you need to name each PLM you want to attach and select the correct serial port. no other settings here but you can see the PLM's ID, and link state - ie. if you press the SET button to enter link mode.




    on this tab you can sell all of your devices and their status (ie ok or not). you also set the component to automatically get their status when the component starts. global device monitoring is set here and the rate (in seconds) is also configurable. spidering of device links means that new device's discovered in another devices link database are automatically added to the components device list.



    the device tab is one of the most important. it gives you an comprehensive look at a device's status and in particular performance of the device on the insteon network. you can see reliability, average hops, average transaction times and number of transactions. this gives you the opportunity to play with noise filters and signal bridges to improve device performance. you also can see the device specific device categories and insteon engine. a list of all links in the device's database is also shown. unwanted links can be removed. the status of the components read of the database is shown. you can request the database to be updated using the update records database. this is done automatically if a device's link delta (also shown) changes. note: if the link database status is in error, then the component will not attempt a reread - you have to manual request the database be updated.

    the update button rereads the device type and any specific device settings. mostly this should not be required. the ping button can be used to test a device and to see how it responds.

    source is how the device was found by the component.

    interface selects which powerline interface to use to communicate with the device - as mentioned above, the use of the component with > 1 PLM has not been extensively tested.

    monitor is used to select the frequency a device is polled.
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    Last edited by Mike C; July 1st, 2008 at 07:40 PM.

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