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Control Freak


Posted Sept. 20, 2007
I’ve loved INSTEON—a clever, award-winning technology that allows you to control lights and appliances remotely via a plug-in controller—since its debut two years ago. Now, suddenly, it’s even more consumer-friendly for the non-tech-geeks among us, thanks to the introduction of something called RemoteLinc, a sleek new, easy-to-program handheld controller that comes in a starter kit with the gear needed to control two lamps wirelessly. (Additional modules, for even more control, are $35; each plug-in module is about the size of two stacked cigarette packs.) Setup takes just a few minutes, and you can make INSTEON do cool stuff like turn off certain lights and dim others to a preset level that’s perfect for, say, watching TV.

$119.99 for the RemoteLinc Starter Kit at Smarthome.com.

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