OpenHAB 2.2 and Insteon PLM Database Download Unsuccessful

  • Platform information:
    • Raspberry Pi 3B
  • Platform information:
    • Raspbian Stretch:
  • OpenHAB version:
    • OpenHAB 2.2
  • Java
    • Oracle Java 1.8 161 (Tried Zulu and Oracle Java 1.8 101)


My original installation of OpenHAB stopped working. The issue appears to be a timeout of the when downloading the InsteonPLM database. (modem database download unsuccessful, restarting!). The odd thing is that this suddenly occurred. The first I became aware of it was when my timers stopped working. At any rate, I decided to rebuild it to rule out the possibility of a faulty config due to a bad update. However, I still see the problem. Do I really have a broken PLM, or is there something else to look at?

pi@openhab2:~ $ openhab-cli showlogs
==> /var/log/openhab2/audit.log <==

==> /var/log/openhab2/events.log <==
2018-04-15 16:51:51.948 [vent.ItemStateChangedEvent] - Sunrise_Time changed from NULL to 2018-04-15T06:26:00.000-0500
2018-04-15 16:51:51.953 [vent.ItemStateChangedEvent] - Sunset_Time changed from NULL to 2018-04-15T19:36:00.000-0500
2018-04-15 16:51:51.955 [vent.ItemStateChangedEvent] - Azimuth changed from NULL to 256.80
2018-04-15 16:51:51.958 [vent.ItemStateChangedEvent] - Elevation changed from NULL to 31.44
2018-04-15 16:51:51.960 [vent.ItemStateChangedEvent] - Diffuse_Radiation changed from NULL to 115.07
2018-04-15 16:51:51.963 [vent.ItemStateChangedEvent] - Total_Radiation changed from NULL to 375.92
2018-04-15 16:51:51.988 [hingStatusInfoChangedEvent] - ‘astro:moon:home’ changed from UNINITIALIZED to INITIALIZING
2018-04-15 16:51:51.990 [hingStatusInfoChangedEvent] - ‘astro:moon:home’ changed from INITIALIZING to ONLINE
2018-04-15 16:51:52.024 [vent.ItemStateChangedEvent] - Total_Radiation changed from 375.92 to 375.90
2018-04-15 16:51:52.072 [vent.ItemStateChangedEvent] - MoonPhase changed from NULL to NEW

==> /var/log/openhab2/openhab.log <==
2018-04-15 16:51:53.921 [INFO ] [basic.internal.servlet.WebAppServlet] - Started Basic UI at /basicui/app
2018-04-15 16:51:53.994 [INFO ] [arthome.ui.paper.internal.PaperUIApp] - Started Paper UI at /paperui
2018-04-15 16:51:54.075 [INFO ] [panel.internal.HABPanelDashboardTile] - Started HABPanel at /habpanel
2018-04-15 16:51:54.192 [INFO ] [nding.insteonplm.InsteonPLMActivator] - Insteon PLM binding has been started.
2018-04-15 16:51:54.462 [INFO ] [g.insteonplm.InsteonPLMActiveBinding] - dead device timeout set to 3000s
2018-04-15 16:51:54.466 [INFO ] [g.insteonplm.InsteonPLMActiveBinding] - config: port_0 -> /dev/ttyUSB0
2018-04-15 16:51:54.471 [INFO ] [b.core.service.AbstractActiveService] - InsteonPLM has been started
2018-04-15 16:51:54.482 [INFO ] [g.insteonplm.InsteonPLMActiveBinding] - devices: 0 configured, 0 polling, msgs received: 0
2018-04-15 16:51:54.512 [INFO ] [g.insteonplm.InsteonPLMActiveBinding] - config: -> org.openhab.insteonplm
2018-04-15 16:51:54.606 [INFO ] [onplm.internal.driver.SerialIOStream] - successfully opened port /dev/ttyUSB0
2018-04-15 16:53:54.728 [WARN ] [onplm.internal.device.ModemDBBuilder] - modem database download unsuccessful, restarting!
2018-04-15 16:55:54.731 [WARN ] [onplm.internal.device.ModemDBBuilder] - modem database download unsuccessful, restarting!


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Sounds like a borked PLM.


Thanks Tom

Does anyone on the forum have any suggestions where I can get the PLM repaired, or am I better off buying anew unit?



Bernd Pfrommer has a really nice description on how to repair these when their failure is due to bad caps:

Replacing the PLM will require you to link the new PLM to all of your devices which if you have more than a few can be pretty time consuming. So I guess it depends on your solder skillz.

Hi Tom,

Thanks. I read that. I’m not confident in my soldering skills so I’d rather pay a professional. I Googled a bit and didn’t find anyone directly. However, there was a suggestion in one thread that I ran across that a local electronic repair shop could probably handle the repair. I also found a company called Smartenit. They offer a repair service for their out of warranty devices. I know they sell (or perhaps used to) Insteon devices of their own brand.