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INSTEON Alert Module

Alert Module
INSTEON Alert Module

The INSTEON Alert Module emits a loud sound, which is useful when one wants audio notifications. When the module is on, it makes a sound; when it's off, it's quiet. Using a button on the case, one can select different alerts (different tones and cadences).

Alert Module Device Description

The Alert Module Device has an input terminal (1) for turning the module on and off, and an output status terminal (1S), which shows the state of the module. If the "1" terminal is on, the module makes a sound. If the "1" terminal is off, the module is quiet.

Generally, the "1S" status output will track the state of the "1" terminal. If the module malfunctions or is out of INSTEON range, the "1S" terminal will not track the "1" terminal. The "1S" terminal is useful when one needs to know the actual state of the module.

Installing an Alert Module

Create the Alert Module Device by running the AlertModule Script. The parameters for the AlertModule Script are:

address :

port_location :

  • this parameter is only necessary when there is more than one INSTEON network. The port_location is the USB port of the network's INSTEON modem. It is used to differentiate INSTEON networks. In *nix systems, this is in the /dev directory with a name like /dev/ttyUSB0 or /dev/cu.usbserial-00001004. Type "ls -lrt /dev/*" for hints. On Windows systems, the location is COMx where "x" is a number (1,2,3, etc.).


To add an Alert Module Device with ID "alert" and INSTEON address "12.56.CD" to a system with one INSTEON network, run the AlertModule Script with the following parameters:

id: "alert"
address: "12.56.CD"

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