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Turn Insteon Devices On and Off with Visual Basic 6

Make sure you have already followed the instructions to Add Insteon Support to Visual Basic.

You should already have the following code:

Option Explicit
Dim WithEvents sm As SDM3

Private Sub Form_Load()
    ' create a new instance of the SDM
    Set sm = New SDM3Server.SDM3
End Sub

' this sub will be called when the
' PLC receives an Insteon Event

Private Sub sm_OnText(ByVal Text As String)
    Debug.Print Text
End Sub

Now we are going to add a command button, and put the command to turn a light on to 100% brightness:

Private Sub Command1_Click()
    ' tell the device to turn on
    sm.SetOnLevelText "07.B1.12", "100%"
End Sub

The function SetOnLevelText is used to turn a device on and off. Simply pass the device ID as the first parameter, and the desired level as the second parameter, followed by the % sign.

You are now ready to create a project that will control the Insteon in your house using Visual Basic.


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Wednesday, 20-Jun-2018 12:09:47 PDT