Universal Devices ISY994


The ISY994 is a home automation controller that is capable of controlling Insteon and X10 devices. Some models of the ISY994 can even control Z-Wave devices. The ISY994 controller is manufactured by Universal Devices.

There is currently support for the following device types within Home Assistant:

  • Binary Sensor
  • Climate
  • Cover
  • Light
  • Fan
  • Lock
  • Sensor
  • Switch

Basic Configuration

Home Assistant is capable of communicating with any binary sensor, cover, fan, light, lock, sensor and switch that is configured on the controller. Using the programs on the controller, custom binary sensors, cover, fan, lock, and switches can also be created.

To integrate your ISY994 controller with Home Assistant, Go to the integrations page in your configuration and click on new integration -> Universal Devices ISY994.

You may also configure the integration manually by adding the following section to your configuration.yaml file:

# Example configuration.yaml entry
isy994:
  host: ISY_ADDRESS
  username: ISY_USERNAME
  password: ISY_PASSWORD

Configuration Variables

host string Required

The host entry should be in full URL format, e.g., http://192.168.10.100:80

username string Required

The username that used to access the ISY interface.

password string Required

The password that used to access the ISY interface.

sensor_string string (Optional, default: sensor)

This is the string that is used to identify which devices are to be assumed to be sensors instead of lights of switches. If this string is found in the device name or folder, Home Assistant will assume it is as a sensor or binary sensor (if the device has on/off or true/false states). This is only necessary for nodes that are not automatically detected as sensors by Home Assistant. Insteon door, window, motion and leak sensors should all be detected automatically.

variable_sensor_string string (Optional, default: sensor)

This is the string that is used to identify which Integer or State Variables are to be added as sensors. If this string is found in the device name, Home Assistant will assume it is as a sensor.

ignore_string string (Optional, default: {“IGNORE ME”=>nil})

Any devices that contain this string in their name (or folder path) will be ignored by Home Assistant. They will not become entities at all and will not fire control_events.

tls string (Optional)

This entry should reflect the version of TLS that the ISY controller is using for HTTPS encryption. This value can be either 1.1 or 1.2. If this value is not set, it is assumed to be version 1.1. This is the default for most users. ISY994 Pro users may likely be using 1.2. When using HTTPS in the host entry, it is best practice to set this value.

restore_light_state boolean (Optional, default: false)

If disabled (default behavior), lights turned ON from Home Assistant without a brightness parameter set, will turn on to the on_level set within the physical device. For example, on Insteon devices this would be the same brightness as if the switch/device was turned ON. If this setting is enabled, lights that are turned on from Home Assistant will go to the last known brightness value. Both the on_level and last_brightness values are available as attributes if needed for device-specific customization.

Once the ISY controller is configured, it will automatically import any binary sensors, covers, fans, lights, locks, sensors and switches it can locate.

Sensors

An Insteon door/window sensor will show up as a single Binary Sensor rather than two discrete devices like it does in the ISY994 admin panel. Note that when in “Two Nodes” mode, the sensor will have an UNKNOWN state until the sensor changes for the first time since the last Home Assistant reboot. If you do not use Insteon scenes that are controlled directly from the door sensor, you may prefer to set the sensor to “One Node” mode using the ISY Admin Panel.

Each Insteon leak sensor will also show up as a single Binary Sensor as opposed to the two nodes seen in the ISY994. The name of the device will be based on what the parent node is named in the ISY994, which is typically the one with “-Dry” at the end of the name. This may be confusing, because “On” means wet in Home Assistant. You can rename this node in Home Assistant to be more clear, see the Customization section of your configuration.

If your leak or door/window sensor supports heartbeats, a new binary_sensor device will be added to Home Assistant to represent the battery state. The sensor will stay “Off” so long as the daily heartbeats occur. If a heartbeat is missed, the sensor will flip to “On”. The name of this device will be based on the heartbeat node in the ISY.

Integer and State Variables from the ISY can be used as sensors by setting the variable_sensor_string and adding it as part of the variable name in the ISY. For example, if you have a variable named HA.my_variable and a variable_sensor_string of "HA.", it will be automatically added as a sensor in Home Assistant.

Handling Insteon or Other ISY Control Events

A Home Assistant isy994_control event is emitted for every “control” event in the ISY’s device network (as long as the device has not been ignored or disabled in Home Assistant). This allows you to write automations that trigger based on events such as Insteon button presses. You can also trigger off of the unique Insteon/Zigbee/Z-Wave events, such as double-presses, long-holds etc.

automation:
  - alias: turn off living room on double tap lightswitch
    trigger:
      platform: event
      event_type: isy994_control
      event_data:
        entity_id: light.lr_track_lights_front
        control: 'DFON'
        value: 255
        formatted: "On"
        uom: "100"
        prec: "0"
    action:
      service: light.turn_off
      entity_id: light.lr_track_lights_rear

All isy994_control events will have an entity_id and control parameter in its event_data. You’ll need to refer to ISY994 documentation for the list of every possible control type, but the common ones are:

  • DON: On button.
  • DOF: Off button.
  • DFON: “Fast On”, usually from double-tapping an On button.
  • DFOF: “Fast Off”, usually from double-tapping an Off button.
  • FDUP: “Fade Up”, usually while holding down an On button.
  • FDDOWN: “Fade Down”, usually while holding down an Off button.
  • FDSTOP: “Fade Stop”, when releasing a long-held button.
  • BRT: “Brighten”, from controllers that issue a single command to slightly brighten a light.
  • DIM: “Dim”, from controllers that issue a single command to slightly dim a light.

Insteon Scenes & Keypad/Remote Buttons

All Insteon scenes configured in the ISY994 will show up as a switch in Home Assistant, as they do not support dimming or setting specific brightness settings as Home Assisstant’s light component.

Insteon Secondary Keypad buttons and Remote buttons are added to Home Assistant to allow support for using Control Events in Automations. These devices are added as sensors since they cannot be directly controlled (turned on/off); their state is the last ON level command they sent, in a range from 0 (Off) to 255 (On 100%). Note: these devices may report incorrect states before being used after a reboot of the ISY. Secondary Keypad buttons may be turned on or off using ISY Scenes (refer to ISY Documentation for more details).

Services

Once loaded, the following services will be exposed with the isy994. prefix, to allow advanced control over the ISY and its connected devices:

  • Entity services for Home Assistant-connected entities: send_node_command, send_raw_node_command, set_on_level, and set_ramp_rate.
  • Generic ISY services: system_query, set_variable, send_program_command, and run_network_resource.
  • Management services for the ISY994 Home Assistant integration: reload and cleanup_entities.

Service isy994.send_node_command

Send a command to an ISY Device using its Home Assistant entity ID. Valid commands are: beep, brighten, dim, disable, enable, fade_down, fade_stop, fade_up, fast_off, fast_on, and query.

Service data attribute Optional Description
entity_id yes Name(s) of entities to send the command, e.g., light.front_porch.
command no The command to be sent to the device, e.g., "fast_on"

Service isy994.send_raw_node_command

Send a “raw” (e.g., DON, DOF) ISY REST Device Command to a Node using its Home Assistant Entity ID. This is useful for devices that aren’t fully supported in Home Assistant yet, such as controls for many NodeServer nodes. Refer to the ISY (or PyISY Python Module) Documentation for details of valid commands.

Service data attribute Optional Description
entity_id yes Name(s) of entities to send the command, e.g., light.front_porch.
command no The ISY REST Command to be sent to the device, e.g., "DON"
value yes The integer value to be sent with the command, if required by the command, e.g., 255
parameters yes A dict of parameters to be sent in the query string for controlling colored bulbs or advanced parameters, e.g., { GV2: 0, GV3: 0, GV4: 255 }
unit_of_measurement yes The ISY Unit of Measurement (UOM) to send with the command, if required, e.g., 67

Service isy994.set_on_level

Send an ISY set_on_level command to a light Node to set the devices’ local On Level.

Service data attribute Optional Description
entity_id yes Name(s) of entities to send the command, e.g., light.front_porch.
value no The integer value to set the On Level to in a range of 0-255, e.g., 255

Service isy994.set_ramp_rate

Send an ISY set_ramp_rate command to a light Node to set the devices’ ramp rate. Refer to the PyISY documentation for the available values.

Service data attribute Optional Description
entity_id no Name(s) of entities to send the command, e.g., light.front_porch.
value no The integer index value to set the Ramp Rate to in a range of 0 (9.5 minutes) to 31 (0.1 Seconds), e.g., 28

Service isy994.system_query

Request the ISY Query the connected devices.

Service data attribute Optional Description
address yes ISY Address to Query. Omitting this requests a system-wide scan (typically recommended by UDI to be scheduled once per day), e.g., "1A 2B 3C 1"
isy yes If you have more than one ISY connected, provide the name of the ISY to query (as shown on the Device Registry or as the top-first node in the ISY Admin Console). Omitting this will cause all ISYs to be queried, e.g., "ISY"

Service isy994.set_variable

Set an ISY variable’s current or initial value. Variables can be set by either type/address or by name.

Service data attribute Optional Description
value no The integer value to be sent, e.g., 255
address no The address of the variable for which to set the value, e.g., 5
type no The variable type, 1 = Integer, 2 = State, e.g., 2
name yes The name of the variable to set (Optional, use name instead of type and address), e.g., "my_variable_name"
init yes If True, the initial (init) value will be updated instead of the current value, e.g., false
isy yes If you have more than one ISY connected, provide the name of the ISY to query (as shown on the Device Registry or as the top-first node in the ISY Admin Console). If you have the same variable name or address on multiple ISYs, omitting this will run the command on them all, e.g., "ISY"

Service isy994.send_program_command

Send a command to control an ISY program or folder. Valid commands are run, run_then, run_else, stop, enable, disable, enable_run_at_startup, and disable_run_at_startup.

Service data attribute Optional Description
command no The ISY Program Command to be sent, e.g., "run"
address yes The address of the program to control (optional, use either address or name), e.g., "04B1"
name yes The name of the program to control (optional, use either address or name), e.g., "My Program"
isy yes (Optional) If you have more than one ISY connected, provide the name of the ISY to query (as shown on the Device Registry or as the top-first node in the ISY Admin Console). If you have the same program name or address on multiple ISYs, omitting this will run the command on them all, e.g., "ISY"

Service isy994.run_network_resource

Run a network resource on the ISY.

Service data attribute Optional Description
address yes The address of the network resource to execute (optional, use either address or name), e.g., 121
name yes The name of the network resource to execute (optional, use either address or name), e.g., "Network Resource 1"
isy yes (Optional) If you have more than one ISY connected, provide the name of the ISY to query (as shown on the Device Registry or as the top-first node in the ISY Admin Console). If you have the same resource name or address on multiple ISYs, omitting this will run the command on them all, e.g., "ISY"

Service isy994.reload

Reload the ISY994 connection(s) without restarting Home Assistant. Use this service to pick up new devices that have been added or changed on the ISY since the last restart of Home Assistant.

Service isy994.cleanup_entities

Cleanup old entities no longer used by the ISY994 integrations. Useful if you’ve removed devices from the ISY or changed the filter string options in the configuration to exclude additional items and they were not properly removed by Home Assistant.

Creating Custom Devices using ISY Programs

Using the Programs tab in the controller’s Administrative Console, custom devices can be created that will appear natively inside of Home Assistant. Home Assistant will scan the following folders and build the device to the associated domains:

My Programs
├── HA.binary_sensor
|   ├── Movement In House
|   |   └── status
|   └── Garage Open
|   |   └── status
├── HA.cover
|   ├── Left Garage Door
|   |   ├── actions
|   |   └── status
|   ├── Living Room Blinds
|   |   ├── actions
|   |   └── status
├── HA.fan
|   ├── Desk Fan
|   |   ├── actions
|   |   └── status
|   ├── Living Room Fan
|   |   ├── actions
|   |   └── status
├── HA.lock
|   ├── Front Door
|   |   ├── actions
|   |   └── status
|   ├── Back Door
|   |   ├── actions
|   |   └── status
├── HA.switch
|   ├── Dining Lights
|   |   ├── actions
|   |   └── status
|   ├── Sleep Mode
|   |   ├── actions
|   |   └── status

A device is created by creating a directory, with the name for the device, under any of the following root directories:

  • HA.binary_sensor will create a binary sensor (see Customizing Devices to set the sensor class).
  • HA.cover will create a cover.
  • HA.fan will create a fan.
  • HA.lock will create a lock.
  • HA.switch will create a switch.

A program, named status, is required under the program device directory. A program, named actions, is required for all program devices except for binary_sensor. Any other programs in these device directories will be ignored. The status program requires that you create a variable with the name of your choice. This variable will store the actual status of the new device and will be updated by the action program.

The status program in this directory is what indicates the state of the device:

  • binary_sensor on if the clause returns true, otherwise off.
  • cover closed if the clause returns true, otherwise open.
  • fan on if the clause returns true, otherwise off.
  • lock locked if the clause returns true, otherwise unlocked.
  • switch on if the clause returns true, otherwise off.

The actions program indicates what should be performed for the following device services:

  • cover the THEN clause is evaluated for the open_cover service, the ELSE clause is evaluated for the close_cover service.
  • fan the THEN clause is evaluated for the turn_on service, the ELSE clause is evaluated for the turn_off service.
  • lock the THEN clause is evaluated for the lock service, the ELSE clause is evaluated for the unlock service.
  • switch the THEN clause is evaluated for the turn_on service, the ELSE clause is evaluated for the turn_off service.

The example program above shows how to control a legacy X10 device from Home Assistant using an ISY controller.