Building an advanced smart home is a complex task. Indigo is a complete solution that can be used for the full spectrum of automation tasks, from simple to advanced. We've made ease-of-use one of our fundamental principles. However, to solve complex problems it must also necessarily be complex in some ways. We provide several different ways to get you the help you need to use Indigo for solving all types of tasks:
All of the extensive Indigo documentation is available online. If you just bought Indigo or downloaded the trial, then be sure and read the Getting Started Guide. You can also access these documents via the Help menu from the Indigo Mac Client application.
Just starting out? Not sure which version of Indigo to buy or what you need? Installation question? See the FAQ for answers to the most common questions about using Indigo.
Find answers and step-by-step tutorials in our How-To Wiki. If you have a contribution to the wiki, send us an email with a brief description of your contribution.
Have a question about how to use or configure Indigo? Which hardware to buy? We have one of the most active and helpful user communities in the smart home market. Read and post to our online user forums to quickly find the answers you need to get your smart home started.
Indigo software downloads, for both the most recent and legacy versions, can be found on our download page.
Visit our library of user contributions to search for and download plugins, Python scripts, AppleScripts, icons/graphics, and apps that extend Indigo's functionality to work with numerous hardware devices and other sources of information. These are contributions from our very active user community and so they represent a wide range of solutions.
Indigo 7 requires Mac OS X 10.7.5 (Lion) or greater — any Mac capable of running Lion will work.
Yes, Indigo includes a Indigo Touch for the Web that will allow you to fully control your Indigo system. Indigo Pro also provides easy-to-create graphical control pages.
Our Indigo Touch development efforts are currently focused on the iOS platform and on the Web app for other platforms. There is, however, a 3rd party Android client available.
Our development efforts are currently focused on the Mac OS X platform.
Yes. Most modern Macs use very little power when idle and with only the Indigo Server running the Mac will be idle most of the time.
The default installation of the Indigo Server requires that the admin OS X user account under which it
was installed be logged in and running. However, as detailed on the online forums,
it is possible to run the Indigo Server under other user accounts with some file/folder permission changes.
Note, however, that this is an
As detailed on the online forum, it is possible to run the Indigo Server before any OS X user account is logged in. There are limitations, however, to launching Indigo Server in this fashion. For example, Z-Wave, AppleScript and plugin support will be disabled. Note also that this is an unsupported configuration.
A better (and supported) option is to setup a separate user account that runs Indigo. Then, with fast user switching, you can switch between individual user accounts while keeping the Indigo-specific account (and Indigo Server) running in the background.
Indigo communicates with Z-Wave, Insteon and X10 compatible devices, such as light switch modules, sprinkler controllers, and appliance modules, to both control your home and get the status of devices in your home (motion and temperature sensors, garage and other doors and windows, energy usage etc.). Most Insteon and X10 devices use your existing home wiring to communicate although some use wireless radio frequencies (RF). All Z-Wave devices communicate via wireless RF.
Indigo also has over 100 3rd party plugins, many of which add other device types (Philips Hue, LIFX, Honeywell Thermostats, etc.) to Indigo.
Yes! Indigo communicates with many Z-Wave devices via the Aeotec Z-Stick Series 2 USB interface or the HomeSeer Z-Troller (aka EZController) serial interface (this one requires a serial-to-USB adaptor for use with your Mac).
See the Supported Z-Wave Devices List for many Z-Wave devices that have been tested with Indigo. Others may work as well but have yet to be reported as working with Indigo.
Both! Note, however, that we only support Insteon in the US and Canada where Smarthome makes USB interfaces. To communicate with Insteon and X10 compatible devices, Indigo supports the PowerLinc (2413U) and the Insteon Portable USB adaptor (2448A7 - Insteon) home control interfaces. Indigo also supports several X10 home control interfaces such as the ActiveHome Pro (CM15A), CM10/11, and the W800RF and MR26 for X10 RF.
See the Supported Insteon Devices List for all Insteon devices that Indigo supports.
No — Indigo needs to be running to control the automation of your smart home. See our wiki article on standalone controllers for details.
No — Indigo is compatible with the PowerLinc 2413U or the Insteon Portable USB adaptor (2448A7) for controlling Insteon devices. See our wiki article on standalone controllers for details.
Indigo currently supports hundreds of devices via the Z-Wave, Insteon (US/Canada only), and X10 protocols. In addition, there are 100+ 3rd party plugins, many of which support other devices and technologies (i.e. Philips Hue, LIFX, Honeywell Thermostats, etc.). We continue to evaluate additional smart home and internet of things (IoT) standards as they become available.
For some reason the signal cannot reliably get to that Insteon or X10 device. We have a wiki article that talks about some of the common causes and solutions to power line signal issues.
For some reason the signal cannot reliably get to that Z-Wave device. We've found that the orientation of your Z-Wave interface can often greatly effect the range of your network. Try using an active USB hub to reposition your interface. For the Aeon Labs Z-Stick Series 2, we've found that positioning it vertically with the button facing the most distant device seems to help considerably with the range.
You may also need a Z-Wave extender/repeater to help extend the range of your network.
Note: The PowerLinc 2414U will not work with Insteon devices shipping after March 2012. These devices use a new firmware version that is incompatible with the 2414U. Smarthome has discontinued the 2414U.
Have another question? Search through our How-To Wiki for step-by-step solutions for common automation tasks. If you don't find what you're looking for there, then join the Indigo user community on our searchable online user forums. You'll find hundreds of tips, suggestions, and great examples.