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The Hub Pro is priced at $149.99. This is relatively expensive compared to other HA hubs which, when bundled in starter kits, cost between $30-$50.

Since there really aren't many true HomeKit devices available, I'll be testing the Insteon Hub Pro with three supported products Insteon shipped in the review kit:

  • Insteon Lamplinc 2457D2 Plug-in Lamp Dimmer Module ($49.99)
  • Insteon 2635-222 On/Off Module ($49.99)
  • Insteon 2672-222 LED Bulb ($29.99)

There's really not much to talk about when it comes to the physical product. Most of the HomeKit "secret sauce" is in the Insteon+ app. The Hub Pro itself includes Apple HomeKit chip I talked about earlier. The Insteon Hub Pro is built in a glossy white plastic box measuring 1.5" H X 7.0" W X 3.75" D. On the front top left corner, there's a single multi-color LED that indicates status. On the rear, there's a single 10/100 Mbps Ethernet port, two USB 2.0 ports that are reserved for future use, a reset button a set button used for linking some devices and AC power connector. The callout below shows the front and rear panel layouts.

Insteon Hub Pro front and rear callouts

Insteon Hub Pro front and rear callouts

The Insteon Plug-in Lamp Dimmer Module measures 3.2" H X 2.05" W X 1.05 " D and comes in a glossy white plastic case that matches the Hub Pro and the On/Off switch. On the bottom, there's a two pin polarized outlet. The callouts below show the set button and the Up/Down switches which can be used to manually dim lights up/down, or turn the lights on/off. The module has a maximum load capacity of 300 W.

Insteon Plug-in Lamp Dimmer callouts

Insteon Plug-in Lamp Dimmer callouts

The Insteon On/Off module looks very similar to the dimmer module. Its dimensions vary slightly as it uses a three pin grounded plug and a three pin NEMA 5-15 outlet for the control socket. It measures 3.24" H X 2.08" W X 2.02 " D. The load rating for general appliances and resistive loads is 15A Max. For incandescent lights, it can handle up to 1800 W Max. It can also be used to switch on motors up to 1 HP maximum. The callout shown below is functionally identical to the dimmer module with the exception of the ground plug and receptacle.

Insteon On/Off Switch callouts

Insteon On/Off Switch callouts

The Insteon light bulb is slightly wider and taller than a traditional light bulb. It measures 2.8" (72mm) diameter and 4.7" (119mm) tall. According to the Insteon spec sheet, a regular bulb measures 2.66" diameter and 4.28" tall. The bulb is a 60W equivalent device that draws 9 W. The color temperature is rated 2534K - warm white. LED life is rated at 52,000 hours.

While the bulb supports programmable ramp rates, that feature is a custom feature not supported by the Hub Pro or Insteon+ application. While most Insteon bulbs and dimmers support ramp rates, that is not part of the HomeKit specification. So Insteon didn't include that feature, to remain consistent with other HomeKit devices.

Inside

The Hub Pro is about twice as large as Insteon's Hub (2245-222). That's power board is on the right in the FCC ID photo below. The crude-looking thing on the left is a temporary RF shield that had to be cobbled together during FCC certification testing to get the unit to pass. I didn't open my review sample, but persumably, that's been neatened up in production units.

Insteon Hub Pro inside

Insteon Hub Pro inside

Here's a bettter view of the logic board without the big shield on the left. That little board again crudely tacked on, has RF filters that needed to be added.

Insteon Hub Pro boards

Insteon Hub Pro boards

Most of the components that do the work are on the underside of the logic board. That's another tacked-on shield, covering a Microchip PIC16F9 something (the whole part number was unreadable) 8 bit microcontroller that could be a custom model.

Insteon Hub Pro logic board bottom

Insteon Hub Pro logic board bottom

There's also a Microchip PIC18F25J10 8 bit microcontroller on the bottom of the power board highlighted in red. The other components were not clear enough to identify.

Insteon Hub Pro power board bottom

Insteon Hub Pro power board bottom
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