Originally Posted by ChrisCicc
That's not true, INSTEON is not a cloud-based product, nor is Z-Wave or ZigBee. Once you buy them, you own them and can use them, regardless of what happens in the market. If you want your computer to be the controller for these protocols, take a look at CastleOS or HomeSeer.
Also, INSTEON has actually been selling digital smart home equipment longer than any of the others you are looking at, and Z-Wave and ZigBee are standards (like WiFi, LTE, etc.), so they aren't going anywhere. While INSTEON isn't registered with an international standards organization, the protocol is an open standard that anyone can use in hardware or software.
Edit: the INSTEON hub is
cloud based, but it's also designed to run without the cloud with software like CastleOS and HomeSeer. So, internal hub software = cloud, external hub software = no cloud. It effectively allows customers to upgrade to more advanced software when ready/needed. This is the only cloud product INSTEON sells, and again, it's an option, not a requirement.
Before posting I called Insteon, and here is my chat transcript:Chat Transcript
10:05:30 AM [ME] Can you check your IP cameras when not at home?
10:05:40 AM [Ryan C] Hello Chris. I’ll be with you in just one moment. Thank you for your patience.
10:07:12 AM [Ryan C] Yes you can, you just need to configure port forwarding during the set up processes.
10:07:17 AM [ME] With mia casa verde it requires you to use their website. My fear is they go out of business. Is Insteon using my computer IP to control my home via the web?
10:12:01 AM [Ryan C] No it uses a separate IP address for your Insteon controller, however our IP cameras can actually function as stand alone cameras without the need of an Insteon controller as well.
10:12:31 AM [ME] So, and I don't wish this, if Insteon goes out of business, I could still remotely control my home?
10:15:03 AM [Ryan C] For the cameras at least yes. Though if Mi Casa Verde or Insteon were to go out of business most likely you would not be able to control the lighting devices.
10:15:17 AM [ME] Thanks.