Microsoft Partners With Insteon for Home Automation Offering – Security Sales

Unlike many products on the market, the system features a built-in Web server, eliminating the need for cloud services and associated fees.

The downside to that scheme is that the system requires port forwarding for remote access, which is neither simple to configure nor particularly secure.

That will change, Dada says.

Why Did Microsoft Pick Insteon?

Dada says the Microsoft partnership entailed some good ol’ fashioned luck. A top exec at IT giant Ingram Micro (later Synnex) happened to live near Smarthome’s Irvine, Calif., store and was a customer and later good friend of Dada’s.

Synnex is a major Microsoft partner and one thing led to another.

Dada confesses that he had never used Windows 8 before but picked up a phone when the Microsoft deal looked like a real possibility.

He was surprised how much he liked the tiling and says the interface is “very suited to us.”
Insteon devices and kits will debut June 1 at and by early July they will be available in most of Microsoft’s retail stores across the U.S.

The stores will offer a Starter Kit, Home Kit and Business Kit, as well as five standalone devices, including the Insteon Leak Sensor, door/window sensor, LED bulb, plug-in module and Wi-Fi camera. Prices will range from $29.99 to $79.99, with kits starting at $199. 


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