Belkin WeMo Switch Review
This week, we decided to get our hands dirty and break down the WeMo Switch from Belkin. This device gives you the combo of remote on/off switching and a way to create rules based on specific occurrences.
Setup is quite simple. All you have to do is plug the device into an electrical outlet and connect a light or appliance. Then, using your smartphone, pair (connect) the WeMo over a Wi-Fi connection. Start by downloading the free app on either iOS and Android platforms. Then connect your phone to WeMo’s Wi-Fi network. Once you are able to communicate with the module, then connect to your home’s larger wireless network.
The Belkin WeMo Switch itself is a little larger than a standard outlet wall plate and protrudes about an inch or two from the wall as shown below.
Once you’re in the app, you can then begin to set up your “Rules”. However, once you've used the WeMo app to set everything up, we suggest going into the WigWag app and using that Rule Builder as there are way more possibilities and options for setting up your rules. It really opens up the possibility of this switch and the many use cases that are out there -- as well as potential rules yet to be created.
Some use cases for these rules include instances such as automatically turning the WeMo Switch on or off at a specific time. The app itself is pretty navigable within the interface and allows for quick toggling of their rule options they offer.
You can also use their “Away Mode” to set specific times for when you will not be around so your devices will not waste energy and money while running when they do not need to be. Here’s a quick screenshot below showing how easy it is to set a specific time using the “Away Mode” feature in their mobile app.
It also included using the motion sensor to activate the WeMo Switch on when it detects movement. The range on the motion detector seems to only be about 10 feet.
You can even set the device to then turn on after motion has not been detected in a certain time period window. We liked how the sensitivity level can be set within the mobile app as well although it seemed to sometimes go off when no one was around -- might have been the sunlight?
We wanted to put it to the test in our office so we set a rule to where when someone walks into the office, a light turns on. Needless to say, that got a little repetitive and distracting with all of the traffic in and out of our office so we disconnected that rule rather quickly but it was fun while it lasted.
We've also tried some other use cases such as programming digital frames to start on stop at specific times of the day and even syncing them up to be inline with each other. Turns out that having them connected was actually pretty cool and made for a nice touch in the home.
Unfortunately, there are only three different types of rules to use with this device:
Toggle (turn off or on only)
Turn on, then off
Turn off or on when motion is detected
Thankfully, when paired with our WigWag Relay, more specific rules can be setup and used with this WeMo Switch. And, with our mobile app, you can control this switch and many of your other smart home devices -- all from one easy location.
Overall, the WeMo is somewhat short on features out of the box but when paired with our Relay or when used with IFTT, the possibilities really open up to some exciting potential. Between the WeMo app and the WigWag app, this switch can really come in handy in making sure your smart home performing at it's best.