Insteon has once again expanded the reach of its connected-home systems, this time by adding the ability to control Sonos multi-room speakers using Insteon’s hubs, remotes, and wall-mounted keypads.
In addition to performing basic functions such as volume control, Insteon customers will be able to incorporate Sonos speakers into home-automation “scenes,” so that music can be paired with changes in lighting. A morning scene, for instance, could open your motorized blinds at dawn, turn on your coffeemaker, and begin playing a light jazz playlist.
Insteon users will also be able to assign basic functions such as volume up/down and station changes to buttons on Insteon remotes and existing or newly installed Insteon wall panels. The company also plans to introduce pre-printed keypad buttons specifically for Sonos functions.
This Sonos integration will be made available only to iOS users first, via an update to Insteon’s app that should come sometime this week. Insteon says Android compatibility is not far off, but the company gave no timeline for its release.
Why this matters: This announcement could be great news for people who own both an Insteon connected-home system and a Sonos multi-room audio system—provided the execution is done right.
If you haven’t jumped into the connected-home market yet, this integration could make Insteon’s platform more attractive. The company has been in this space longer than almost anyone else, and it has a very deep catalog of products to offer. While its dual-band (radio waves and powerline) mesh network is proprietary, Insteon continues to work hard to render its system compatible with third-party products and platforms.
This Sonos partnership is one of several that Insteon has announced over the past several months. Insteon’s connected-home devices also now work with Amazon’s Echo, the Nest Learning Thermostat, Logitech’s line of Harmony remote controls, and Apple’s HomeKit ecosystem.
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