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It's here! Indigo 6 is now available! And . . . it now handles the Z-Wave protocol along with the well established X10/INSTEON protocols it has always natively supported. Visit the Indigo Domotics site to read all about the great new features in Indigo 6. And . . . if you're just starting out, be sure and consider either the Indigo / INSTEON Starter Kit or the Indigo / Z-Wave Starter Kit at dollars off Indigo and your first devices.
Owner of a Prior Version of Indigo?
If you are a previous purchaser of an Indigo version 4.x, 5.x, or 6.x Lite, then you are entitled to an upgrade discount. To determine what that discount is, go to the verification page on the Indigo Domotics site to enter your current Registration Code under the Upgrades paragraph on that page.
With Indigo 6 you can:
- Control lights, fans, appliances, etc., from a variety of handheld remote controls (like the INSTEON Mini Remote) Create schedules to automatically turn on or off devices even if you are not at home
- Incorporate motion detectors to turn on lights or other devices
- Automatically send emails based on events, like power failure or motion detection
- Automatically turn on landscape or holiday lighting at sunset and off at sunrise
- Create different lighting scenes, for example “Party,” “Movie,” “Sleeping,” “Away,” for perfect multi-room lighting levels at the touch of a button
- Incredible flexibility for thousands of other uses -- use your imagination!
iPhone Native App
Yes, it’s here to rave reviews! Indigo 6 (both Lite and Pro) includes compatibility with the free iPhone App called Indigo Touch. If you have an iPhone or iPod touch, then check out this best ever feature of the Indigo software. Read all about it on this Indigo Domotics page. You will be amazed at how seamlessly the App works with Indigo 6.
The Leader in Mac Based Home Automation
Since 2003 Indigo has set the standard on the Macintosh platform for providing sophisticated, complex home automation functionality in straight forward, friendly user interface screens and menus. Indigo 6 has raised the bar even higher.
You can use this comparison chart on the Indigo Domotics site for further detail on the Pro versus Lite versions.
Indigo 6 Pro is an intelligent home control server that integrates an assortment of popular X10, INSTEON. and Z-Wave hardware devices to provide unprecedented control of your home. Indigo was the first Mac home automation software to support the PowerLinc USB interface which finally offered a Mac home automation solution that did not need costly USB to serial adapters!
Using Indigo’s intuitive user interface you can quickly define complex control logic to automate your home.
Home Automation 101
Indigo communicates with X10, INSTEON and Z-Wave devices (like appliance or lamp modules) via one of the PowerLinc Modem or Z-Wave Controller interfaces. The PowerLinc and Z-Wave Controller interfaces are USB devices that connect to your Mac and allow Indigo to both send and receive commands. Without a PowerLinc (or other interface like the CM11) or a Z-Wave Controller, there is obviously no way for Indigo to "hear" or send the commands on the power line or via RF. Therefore, you must have this hardware interface module along with your Indigo. See below for more detail on the various interfaces.
To communicate with BOTH X10 and INSTEON compatible devices, Indigo interfaces with the INSTEON PowerLinc Modem (2413U) sold on this site. And, to support your Z-Wave devices, Indigo 6 now supports the Z-Stick Series 2 from Aeon Labs.
Interface Controllers Supported
Here is the list of interface controllers that Indigo supports :
- PowerLinc Modems 2412U and INSTEON PowerLinc Modem (2413U) (X10 and INSTEON devices)
- Z-Stick Series 2 (Z-Wave devices)
- INSTEON PowerLinc 2414U (X10 and INSTEON devices) (NOTE: This controller has been discontinued effective April 2012 by the manufacturer and will not support the latest firmware found on many new INSTEON modules)
- INSTEON RF USB Adapter 2448A (INSTEON devices)
- PowerLinc Controller 1132CU (X10 only device - discontinued)
- ActiveHome Pro CM15A (X10 only device)
- ActiveHome CM11 (X10 only device)
- LynX-PLC (X10 only device)
We highly recommend the PowerLinc Modem 2413U and/or the Z-Stick Series 2 as your controller (s) of choice.
Note that Indigo does NOT support the INSTEON Hub (2242) — it requires a USB connected PowerLinc (2413U).
In Summary . . .
Here's a comparison table that shows the relationships/functionality that Indigo has with the various powerline interface controllers: Indigo/Interface Feature Comparison Matrix
Indigo 6 Pro is a client/server application to allow remote control and configuration from anywhere. The Indigo 6 Pro server can run headless (no UI) in the background on your Mac while consuming minimal CPU resources. The client can be run on the same machine or on another Mac on your home LAN. Take that iBook with the Indigo client installed anywhere in your house and still control your house - - - wirelessly.
Indigo requires a Mac with either an Intel or PowerPC G4 (or higher) processor, and Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.
MacHomeStore only handles Indigo sales for the United States and Canada. If you live anywhere else you can go to this International Purchase link to buy Indigo.
And Finally . . .
Be aware that Indigo is downloadable software. As soon as your credit card clears, then you will be emailed the download link along with your unique Indigo unlock key. Refunds can not be issued for Indigo once the email is sent. If you have any doubts on the applicability of Indigo to your home automation needs, you can always go to this link and obtain a free 30 day trial of the Indigo software for your evaluation purposes before you make your purchase decision.