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UPB Pocket Programmer

Item # SAUPP20

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Product Description

This UPB Pocket Programmer was developed to help installers with field configuration of UPB devices.

The Pocket Programmer eliminates the need to have a PC with UPStart software and a Computer Interface Module (CIM) at every jobsite.

With the UPB Pocket Programmer, an installer can walk through a house and plug-in the tool where ever a power outlet is available. It makes configuring UPB Devices from room-to-room, quick and easy. This item also doubles as a Computer Interface Module.


  • Offers the installer a convenient, handheld UPB network & device configuration tool
  • Eliminates the need for a PC at the jobsite
  • Supports the majority of UPStart software functions
  • Identifies & sets up UPB network devices
  • Allows user to configure UPB network, change device settings & links
  • Includes trouble-shooting tools to monitor network activity
  • Supports download of software updates in the field
  • Doubles as a Computer Interface Module (CIM) allowing connection of a PC with UPStart to a UPB network
  • Includes power cord and a handy carrying case
  • Downloads

    • 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

    More Info

    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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