Python API for controlling Insteon PowerLinc Modems
This is a Python package to interface with an Insteon Modem. It has been tested to work with most USB or RS-232 serial based devices such as the 2413U, 2412S, 2448A7 and Hub models 2242 and 2245. Other models have not been tested but the underlying protocol has not changed much over time so it would not be surprising if it worked with a number of other models. If you find success with something, please let us know.
This insteonplm package was created primarily to support an INSTEON platform for the Home Assistant automation platform but it is structured to be general-purpose and should be usable for other applications as well.
- Python 3.5.3 or higher, 3.6 or 3.7
- Posix or Windows based system
- Some form of Insteon PLM or Hub
- At least one Insteon device
You can, of course, just install the most recent release of this package using pip. This will download the more recent version from PyPI and install it to your host.
pip install insteonplm
If you want to grab the the development code, you can also clone this git repository and install from local sources:
cd python-insteonplm pip install .
And, as you probably expect, you can live the developer’s life by working with the live repo and edit to your heart’s content:
cd python-insteonplm pip install -e .
Any user account that you want to be able to access the PLM will need permissions to access the USB or Serial device in /dev. In Linux, you’ll probably want to do something like this:
sudo usermod -a -G dialout <username>
In FreeBSD, it’ll be something like:
sudo pw usermod <username> -G dialer
You may find that you have to log out and log back in as that user for the change to take effect on existing sessions.
When the module starts it reads the IM’s All-Link Database to find linked devices. In order for this module to communicate with a device, it must be linked to the IM. For help with linking please see the section on the Command Line Interface below.
After the module loads the All-Link database it queries each device to identify what type of device it is. This can take quite a while (5-15 sec per device). Once it identifies the devices it saves them in the WORKDIR so that future startups are faster.
Currently there is an issue with the command line Tools not finding battery operated devices since they don’t respond to device information requests. This is being addressed in future releases. This is not an issue if used with Home Assistant through the use of device overrides.
The package installs a message monitor and a command line interface.
You can monitor messages flowing across your INSTEON network with the monitor command line tool. To invoke the monitor use the command:
insteonplm_monitor --device /dev/ttyUSB0 --workdir /home/username
Command line options for the monitor are:
-h, --help show this help message and exit --device DEVICE Path to PLM device --verbose, -v Set logging level to verbose --workdir WORKDIR Working directory for reading and saving device information.
Command Line Interface
The command line tool creates an interactive session to allow certain functions to be performed on the INSTEON devices. To invoke the command line tool use the command:
`insteonplm_interactive --device /dev/ttyUSB0 --workdir /home/username`
Command line options for the interactive tool are:
-h, --help show this help message and exit --device DEVICE Path to PLM device -v, --verbose Set logging level to verbose --workdir WORKDIR Working directory for reading and saving device information.
Inside the command line tool use help to obtain a list of available commands. The current list of available commands is:
- add_all_link Add an All-Link record to the IM and a device. - add_device_override Add a device override to the IM. - add_x10_device Add an X10 device to the IM - connect Connect to the IM - del_all_link Delete an all link record from the IM and a device - exit Exit the tool - help List available commands - list_devices Print a list of the available devices - load_aldb Read and load a device All-Link database - on_off_test Test a device with simple on/off commands - print_aldb Print the All-Link database for a device - running_tasks List tasks running in the background - set_device Set the IM device path - set_log_level Set the log message display level - set_workdir Set the WORKDIR to load and save device info - write_aldb Write a record to the device All-Link database !!!! BE CAREFUL WITH THIS COMMAND !!!!!
For help with a specific command type help command_name.
How You Can Help
- First and foremost, you can help by forking this project and coding. Features, bug fixes, documentation, and sample code will all add tremendously to the quality of this project.
- If you have a feature you’d love to see added to the project but you don’t think that you’re able to do the work, I’m someone is probably happy to perform the directed development in the form of a bug or feature bounty.
Testing, Feature Requests and Issue Identification
- If you’re anxious for a feature but it’s not actually worth money to you, please open an issue here on Github describing the problem or limitation. If you never ask, it’ll never happen
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