Installing mControl v3

So the Dell Zino I ordered was delivered yesterday and finished installing all the Insteon devices. After much debate I decided to install Windows 7… Well I did not like how it turned out and today I installed Microsoft Windows Web Server 2008 R2 64-bit. Much better, because most of the time the Zino will be setting in a corner headless, and I will use Remote Desktop for configuration and installing updates.

Now it is time to set up mControl. Setup is quite easy, but here are the steps I took for you review:

  1. install Windows Web Server 2008 R2;
  2. install Dell device drivers;
  3. apply all patches and updates (there were lots and this took a LONG time with multiple reboots!);
  4. download and install FireFox;
  5. download and extract Insteon Modem Driver, install via Device Manager;
  6. enable remote desktop login;
  7. download and install .Net Framework 4.0;
  8. add the IIS 7 role to your server;
  9. add .Net Framework 3.5.1 Features feature;
  10. run from command-line “%windir%\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v4.0.30319\aspnet_regiis.exe -i”;
  11. shake your head that you still have to run aspnet_regiis.exe after all these years (and that you still forget!);
  12. install mControl;
  13. run mControl Service Manager and make sure that the Insteon setting are “SERIAL” and the COM Port is right (mine was COM3);
  14. run mControl Editor and add each device to mControl;
  15. if the Editor displays the error “Could Not Load Type ‘System.ServiceModel.Activation.HttpModule’” then run from command-line “%windir%\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v4.0.30319\aspnet_regiis.exe -iru”;
  16. install the iPad app (another very easy thing to do) and play.

I am still waiting for my Serial to IP Converter and Thermostat to come in. For the serial server I have decided to go with a NPort 5250A which will have 1 port for RS232 and 1 port for RS485. The RS232 port will be connected to my DSC security system. The RS485 port will be connected to my ION6200 power meters.

For the thermostat, I have decided to purchase the Proliphix IMT550w Network Thermostat. mControl does not currently support this thermostat (but they will soon). It was very hard finding the right thermostat for my American Standard HVAC system, because it is a dual fuel system with a 2-stage heat pump and a 2-stage, variable speed gas furnace. I did an exhaustive search for about 2 weeks!

Now it is time to enjoy the long weekend, stay tuned…

4 thoughts on “Installing mControl v3

  1. How are you planning to integrate the NPort 5250A? Will you be working on a driver specific to the DSC and ION6200? Or will you be working on a generic Serial over IP driver. Are you planning to share such a driver with the world 🙂 ?

  2. The NPort 5250A will communicate to mControl via TCP/IP.

    As for the DSC mControl already has a driver but I will need them to modify it. Currently the driver only support 2 partitions, my security system has 4 partitions.

    For the ION6200 I plan to develop a generic Modbus/RS485 driver this way many different Modbus devices can be supported int he future. Along with the ION6200, I also will be installing 2 Crompton Ci3 meters ( and the West House project ( has a PowerLogic BCPM ( that will need to be supported, too.

    Any drivers that are developed as a part of my research with become features within mControl that anyone can use.

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