Computer Interface Module
USB Communication Modules
to Configure and Control Any UPB Devices
The UMC series are plug-in modules designed to convert serial USB signals into highly-reliable, Universal Powerline Bus
(UPB) signals. They provide a bridge between the PC/controller to
the powerline via the module's plug-in AC connection. This enables
computer-based configuration and control (use UMC-DB9 for
control) of lighting scenes, switches, modules and other UPB
devices, over the power line. UPB devices such as switches, multi-
button controllers and schedulers are easily integrated in to a new
home or can replace switches and timers in an existing home. UPB
technology requires no new or special wiring, it provides a flexible,
low-costs alternative to hard wired or RF home lighting and
The UMC-USB-W is ideal for an installer configuring any UPB
devices with a laptop personal computer (PC) using UPStart
software, since it plugs in to the popular USB port. The UMC-USB is not recommended for connection of home automation controllers.
The UMC-DB9-W is ideal for controller applications since it uses the
highly reliable RS-232C serial interface; common to most desktop
PCs, home automation controllers and alarm panels. The UMC-DB9 can also be used to configure any UPB devices.
Two alternatives are available to the UMC-USB. First is the
Scheduler-Timer (model UCS-01) with Computer Interface Module
(CIM) mode. It provides all of the functionality of the UMC-USB plus
it will control 99 scheduled events and links for up to 250 UPB
devices. The scheduler is easy to use and has an impressive list of features including celestial clock and vacation mode, so it can control
outdoor and indoor lighting while you are at home or away. Second is
the Pocket Programmer (model UPP-20) with the CIM mode. It
provides all the functionality of the UMC-USB plus a programming
display – providing 80% of the UPStart configuration software capability
without the use of a PC. The pocket programmer is only recommended
for installers who are proficient with UPStart software.
Installation of the UMC is simple: the module is plugged into a standard
120VAC outlet. The serial or USB port of the computer or controller is
connected to the module using the standard cable provided. With the
appropriate software, such as UPStart (available for download), the computer or
controller can then be used to configure and control UPB devices in the
home. There is a wide variety of third party PC programs and controller
options available, all of which utilize the UMC series of modules (see
FAQ for a current 3rd party
The potential applications for the UMC series and UPB devices
seem endless – "only limited by one's imagination." Custom scenes
(connecting up to 250 switches) in your living, family or great room,
kitchen, study, master bedroom/bathroom, office, patio or garage.
Turn on all lights in your home at the touch of a button.
Automatically (scheduler-timer, model UCS-01) turn on/off/dim
outdoor garden or security lights, heating and AC, or provide night
light convenience anywhere in your home. Timer functions enable
bathroom fan, heat lamp, exit lighting or energy savings
applications. From simply adding a multi-button switch and lamp
module that provides more/multiple lights/controls in a room, or
creating a virtual 3-way switch anywhere in your home, to turning
on a group of lights when your garage door is opened,
entertainment system is powered on, or doorbell or phone rings
(I/O module, model UMI), Simply Automated offers a vast array of
simple and flexible solutions.
Residential security is enhanced by turning on one, two or a group
of lights when there is an access/break-in alarm, fire alarm or panic
button push. Door contacts and motion sensors can turn lights on
automatically for convenience and safety (stairway/hallway).
Energy savings is realized by automatically turning off/on lights and
turning back the thermostat when arming/disarming the security
system. Switches can now be pre-set for dimming levels to save
energy and prolong bulb life. Compatible with a long list of home
automation controllers, alarm systems and PC based software
packages, see FAQ for a current listing
and more home lighting automation and control solutions.