Those don't specifically mention the SignalLincs. Considering that there were no Insteon RF remotes until now, I never assumed that the SignalLincs would be the RF receivers (maybe that's the skeptic in me). I was under the impression that they were only for repeating powerline Insteon signals to another branch of the powerline.
Interesting. Some of us may have been operating under a different misconception. Given that the Signalincs *are* RF receivers, why wasn't it logical for us to believe they were the future basis of wireless insteon device communication?
Here is the description on Smarthome's site: "SignaLinc RF creates your dual-band INSTEON network by simultaneously transmitting and receiving INSTEON messages across both radio frequency and your home's existing wiring. When used as a pair, the SignaLinc RFs also couple the two different electrical phases of your home. "
Now, I don't know about you, but when I read "creates your dual-band INSTEON network", that actually suggests something to me...
And when I read "simultaneously transmitting and receiving INSTEON messages across both radio frequency and your home's existing wiring" that suggested to me that these devices actually would receive a wireless signal and repeat it over the wireline (and vice versa). That's why I bought 4!
In fact, though you say you thought they were ONLY for phase coupling, Smarthome actually describes that as an ADDITIONAL function ("also couple").
The most likely situation is that as development progressed, SmartLabs discovered that they could not transmit/receive the RF properly, so they were forced to develop a different product. But they don't want to voluntarily swap out all of the Signalincs for free. (Quite some time ago, a "secret developers only" roadmap of devices was briefly broadcasted about...does anyone know whether these access points were on that list?
Smarthome's Solution: Offer a $15 (engineering sample) remotelinc as a $50 item; then Then give it to you "free" when you buy the "refurb" access points.
So, to recap, originally I spent $100 approx. on 4 signalincs...now, I have to pay $60 for the initial pair of "refurb" access points...but I can then send in all 4 signalincs...and in the end, I will have 4 access points and 1 remotelinc...total cost: $160 plus a good bit of additional shipping.
The way I see it, in the end, they are making me pay $60 for the remotelinc (whether I want it or not)...so I don't see this as a feather in their cap.
Worse, in what has now become standard SmartLabs OP, they aren't releasing any other device that uses the access points...and won't say when/if they will.
IF I actually take them up on this offer, I figure there is a 50/50 chance I will end up having to swap out the access points due to firmware issues once they start producing RF products...