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UPB - USB Computer Interface Module or PIM - UMC-USB-W



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Control your lights and appliances without getting up from your computer! The Computer UPB Interface Module is a plug-in module that enables computer-based configuration and control of household lighting, appliances and other devices over the powerline using the highly reliable Universal Powerline Bus (UPB) technology.

By plugging in the Computer UPB Interface Module and connecting it to your PC via the included USB cable, you'll be capable of communicating with UPB plug-in modules and/or other UPB devices (sold separately) to control virtually anything that can be connected to existing wiring anywhere in the home, all via your PC.

With the free, downloadable UpStart software, the computer can then be used to configure and/or control UPB devices.

Model UMC-USB provides a USB interface with a USB cable, for configuration of UPB lighting only. The UMC-USB is not recommended for home automation controller interface applications (e.g. alarm system, PC or whole home controller).


UPB technology delivers exceptional reliability and noise immunity at a much lower installed cost when compared to hardwired and RF solutions, and you'll experience no interference from adjacent homes. UPB technology is not X10 compatible.

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, 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.

  • Plug-in module connects to PC via USB cable
  • Computer can program any UPB-enabled electrical device in the house


  • Power: 120VAC +/- 10%, 60 Hz
  • Always On Outlet:
    • Max Load: 15A Max.
    • Input Current: 83mA
    • Operating TemP: 30-120°F (0-50°C)
  • Computer Interface: USB
  • Physical:
    • Dimensions: 2.8x2.3x1.25" (71x59x30mm)
    • Weight: 8oz (220g)
    • Mounting: Plug-in


  • FREE Download! UPStart Configuration Software, read more about the perfect tool to unlock all of the advanced features of your Universal Powerline Bus (UPB™) devices.

  • As always, we offer free technical support on all our products, so call us if you need help using this software! 1-888-843-9103

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More Information:

What is UPB?

a technology that provides an inexpensive and reliable solution for residential and commercial powerline communications applications. While other powerline communcations technologies exist, none compare to UPB in cost per node, functionality and reliability.

Advantages of UPB?

Highly Reliable - The UPB method of communication is 100 ~ 1000 times more reliable than current X-10 technology and 10 ~100 times more reliable than CEBUS or LONWORKS powerline technologies. Reliability is defined as the percentage of transmitter/receiver pairs that correctly operate upon initial installation. The UPB test units are randomly installed in the environment typical of the target market. This market is defined as the single-family residential market in the US . This environment is defined to be the existing base of homes, without any modifications. This means that there should be no "fixing" the electrical system of the residence by adding couplers, repeaters or filtering. The first version of UPB will be over 99.9% reliable (>100 times X-10). Current X-10 is around 70%~80%.

No New Wires – 100% powerline communication, no new wires.

Affordable - The incremental cost to add two way communications transmitting and receiving components to a microprocessor-based application circuit is approximately the same as the cost to add X-10 type transmitting / receiving components. This cost is less than $4.00 in US parts and anticipated royalty costs.

Higher Speed – 20 to 40 times the speed of X- 10 in terms of data transmitted. This is equivalent to over ten full commands per second. The average latency of command to action is less than .1 second.

Two Way Communications – Hardware, software and protocol design allow for two-way communication in all products.

House Separation – Multiple houses on one transformer will be separated by means of an addressing scheme allowing for at least 256 systems (houses) on each transformer. UPB system incorporates over 64,000 total address space vs 256 for conventional X-10. There will also be applicable encryption incorporated into the DLL layer and if necessary at the higher network layers.

Interaction – UPB communication can be used in the presence of all X-10, CEBus, or LonWorks compatible equipment with no interference between either UPB equipment or X-10, CEBus, or LonWorks equipment. The UPB technology uses a completely different frequency range than any of the wide-band, narrow-band, or spread spectrum technologies. The physical method of UPB communication is entirely different than the modulation-demodulation techniques of all X-10, CEBus, or LonWorks.

Peer to Peer – No central controller necessary for single point-to-point control or group (scene) control.

Simplicity – the UPB solution uses "off the shelf" components for transmission, receiving and control circuits, including standard microprocessors. No ASIC's (application specific integrated circuits) are necessary.

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