Originally Posted by herdfan
IMHO, having SL as the only source for Insteon products will hurt them in the long run. QC problems are a big issue with these switches. I have had numerous failures and as a result, I am moving over to Leviton's Z-Wave switches as soon as they become available.
What kind of problems have you had? I Know that the initial hardware releases were a bit buggy, but its my understanding that they have spent alot of time solidifying the hardware (which is probably why that remote isn't quite out yet).
I am in a similar spot as i am remodeling a home and have gone through all the choices. I have also settled on Insteon and I bought a starter kit to install in my rental here to futz with it. One large problem that I overlooked - each dimmer and keypad needs its own neutral, and this house was built in the 50s - hence no neutral.
On the bright side though, I really like the feel of the paddles vs the other ones I have played with - HAI, Leviton, UPB and even Lutron. All the paddles are engineered the same way to click up and down, except the Insteon had the least amount of play side to side. I actually thought that the others seemed really cheap - and at $100+ per switch, the switch should feel nice and not rattle. The Insteon seems to have tighter tolerances (though this doesn't speak to the HW quality of course).
Regarding the type of starter kit - they are all pretty much the same and they just vary on what kind of lights you want to control. The table top controller is really intended for a master bedroom nightstand. The lamp controllers for table lamps and the kitchen kit has a fluorescent switch in it. I chose the kit with a keypad controller, and a couple paddles - then accented with a lamp dimmer and an appliance controller for some halogens. The bottom line is, you need to have 2 rf enhancers, and then just count up what kind of lights you want to control and pick the kit(s) that save you the most money.
my 2 cents....