• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Works sporadically at best!

    • Written by from Maudsland

    It could be so good, but isn't. After many attempts to get the switch working, several switch restores, several phone and router resets, I managed to get it working. It worked fine until I quit the app and started it again, then it couldn't find my switch. I set it all up again, (same issues as before), worked fine for a few minutes but same issue arose when I quit the app. I tried everything the troubleshooting guide said, Googled the issue only to find out that it is a widespread issue so returned it for a refund.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Badly limited device due to Belkin's short sighted thinking

    • Written by from Portland

    WeMo could be phenomenal. It could be a switch you could trigger via hotkey on your Mac, but it isn't. It could be a switch you could teach your universal remote to trigger. But it isn't.

    Instead, WeMo is a switch you trigger using an iPhone app. It sounds like a neat idea at first, but once you've used it, you realize how annoying it is.

    If you want to use WeMo for a lamp, you're better off buying Philips Hue light bulbs. With Hue, you can use Mac apps, iOS apps, or you can write your own code. The API is open. I created hotkeys on my Mac that turn my Hue lights on in various settings (plus 'off' of course) and I use BetterTouchTool to map those keys into my Apple Remote. In other words, remote control for my lights. SWEET! Ah, but I can't do any of that for WeMo because it never occurred to Belkin that a phone might not be the best way to access a switch.

    Don't expect Mac apps for WeMo any time soon. Belkin specifically states that users and developers may not "Copy, decompile, reverse engineer, disassemble, attempt to derive the source code of, modify, decrypt, or create derivative works of the API and its parts" ...in other words, the best you're going to get with WeMo is an iOS app. Do you really want to have to go get your phone and then scroll through apps to turn on a switch?

    Even the hardware is trash. It's a big bulky 1980's looking switch that takes up so much physical space. It uses one outlet and blocks the other because it's so big and poorly designed.

    WeMo is garbage. Maybe five to ten years from now, Belkin will try again. All I can say is that the hardware is cheap, the software is insanely limited, and the functionality is needlessly poor. I'd give WeMo zero stars if that were an option.

    37 of 39 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    you cannot have WeMo in more than one location !!!! really

    • Written by from Newark

    if you want to have WeMo at home and one somewhere else, or even (in this, the 21st century) in more locations you will need to buy multiple iPads or iPhones !!
    you can have multiple WeMo switches, but they must all be at ONE location, since the WeMo software will not work for multiple locations. Is hard to believe there is such an obvious shortcoming - its never mentioned in their adverts, but they have been promising fot over a year to remedy this situation, don't hold your breath.

    23 of 25 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Great idea. But only that. Stay away from WeMo until fixed.

    • Written by from Cromer Heights

    Well, if you want to save yourself a lot of grief and wasted time and ton of frustration, don't buy it and stay away from Belkin's WeMo until Belkin provides a fix. Here is why.

    This may not apply to you. If you buy only one switch and connect it to a very simplest home WiFi network, chances are you'll be fine. My context is different.

    I bought 6 (six) of the switches. My network has one central Apple Extreme router and then it is extended by four other Airport Extreme and Airport Express routers to ensure strong signal and great wireless coverage throughout my home. I'd consider my network both modern and complex (although setting it up is a breeze with the Apple routers.) Well, in this network context the six switches do not register properly with Belkin's cloud. And that's where the nightmare starts. Registering, resetting to factory settings, re-registering ... You need to follow this a number of times per each switch until it's done. Each switch may take up to 10-15 minutes if lucky to get fully registered. And you need to understand all possible tricks of killing the WeMo app, switching networks from wireless to mobile carrier and back. It takes time, patience, the workarounds how to get it working in case the stubborn switches do not register properly are not documented anywhere.

    The problems above stem from the fact that with the current firmware in WeMo switches and the overall Belkin's cloud architecture, if your home wireless network has range extenders you're practically hosed. There is no way to tell the switch to register with the central router, and if it is not, it will not register in a way it can be then located on the 3G/LTE mobile carrier network outside of your home.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    If you want to be frustrated beyond belief this is what you want.

    • Written by from Erinsville

    In this world of technology every piece of techno hardware has an Achilles Heal, in the case of the WEMO and the NETCAN from Belkin the Achilles Heal is two fold. One is the ISP and the second is the local power provider.

    I have had no end of problems with both of these items. The power goes out for an extended period during a storm and WEMO’s lost when the power comes back. My ISP looses their DNS servers and the folks at my ISP’s Customer Service are too dumb to know that because they are in India reading a script and after another prolonged period the WEMO’s I have turn stupid yet again. They can’t find my wifi, they can’t connect, they just sit and blink orange crying for help.

    As it turns out the NETCAM is no smarter. It too under the same circumstances as above also turns stupid and blinks away wanting to be rescued.

    For a while I thought much of this had ended. I even commended Belkin for their improvements but in the last few weeks I have had to reinstall, and reinstall, and reinstall, and reinstall, and reinstall, and reinstall, to the point my patience is exhausted.

    X10 products are far more reliable, and I am putting them back into service replacing ALL of my Belkin products. In this rural environment of unstable power and an ISP (Bell Canada) who couldn’t care less about their customers or if their products actually work, and as they are a monopoly, they are my only choice, the WEMO and NETCAM are simply poor choices because they rely so heavily on wifi to perform their duties.

    15 of 16 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Wemo stopped working

    • Written by from Reading

    I have 3 WEMO switches, all was fine until I decided to upgrade to an Airport Extreme Timecapsule today. I go the TC working very quickly and have both the 5GHz and 2.4GHz networks working. My Apple TV, iPhone 5 and iPad work well. Plus my Macbook Pro is connected at about 450Mbps! Time for the Wemo devices - I reset them all to default and my iPhone 5 can detect them. Once I have configured them they fail to appear as a Wemo device, apart from on my old HTC desire S. C'mon Apple - it must be down to you guys?

    13 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work.

    • Written by from Getafe

    The app doesn't detect the device. I have to unplug the thing every time I want it to work which kind of negates the point of the whole exercise, being switching on and off remotely. And I paid €50, not $50!! Fool me once shame on you.... You're not fooling me twice. Bad Belkin.

    14 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Firmware Issues

    • Written by from Monroe

    Purchases the WeMo Switch without motion detection for $49.99 yesterday. Took only a few minutes to set it up which I was impressed by. Simply opened it up, plugged it in, along with my desk lamp, connected to it through the wifi settings on my iPhone, downloaded the app and that was it. Easy. The problem started when I was unable to change settings because of the outdated firmware. I proceeded to update the firmware which is ABSOLUTELY necessary if you wish to actually use this thing to its full advantage. After a five minute firmware upgrade the WeMo app cannot detect the WeMo switch. I have reset router, unplugged the switch, restarted iPhone and reinstalled the app. No resolution at this time.

    22 of 27 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Never worked

    • Written by from Santa Maria

    I never got this thing to work did what belkin told me to do, and still just sits and sits starts blinking orange right outta the box not sure what to do with this pile of junk. Its been 30 days so i assume its not worth taking back. This thing doesnt do what it says it does for me at least what a waste of money

    18 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Wifi drops and switch needs to be manually reset

    • Written by from Tullamore

    Easy set up and worked well initially but every time my Wifi drops the switch has to be manually reset, not much good if I am away from the house.
    Now I cannot see the switch over the internet, it will only work over the Wifi.
    Would not recommend or buy another one of these products. Great idea but not working as I had expected and Technical Support poor.

    19 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Stopped working after update

    • Written by from Scarborough

    Bought 2 that worked well until I updated them. Now they show up and connect when set up but after that do not show up in the app. Since the app itself won't identify I guess there will not likely be any way to get to the firmware to fix it.

    15 of 19 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible product

    • Written by from Bridgewater

    If you check the communities you'll find that almost every user has an issue with this device connecting to their home network. People report it taking hours. This is not acceptable for simple product like this. What a shame. Belkin doesn't seem to be doing much to correct the issues.

    17 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    WEMO Remote Access Problem

    • Written by from SAN FRANCISCO

    The first time I set this thing up it worked fine. Now, for some reason, I cannot get it to enable Remote Access, which renders it useless to me.
    I've done a complete reinstall. No dice.

    Just noticed the review which mentioned that remote access doesn't work if the router is linked to another downstream router. Why not?

    Hope Belkin fixeds this problem. Do these guys debug things before they send them to marketing??

    17 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    WARNING not 802.11 compliant

    • Written by from Gherang

    In particular WPA/WPA2. It will not join a network with some special
    characters in the key (e.g. ",'). 802.11n specifies all printable characters
    special and alphanum.

    It would appear Belkin have known about this for at least 6 months
    but still have not fixed it. It makes you doubt the value of the "WIFI certified"
    logo on the box. Also they should warn you in the documentation.

    Would advise waiting until device meets standards and software
    is more mature.

    That said if you are prepared to reset all your devices (laborious)
    to a less secure key the remote access is useful.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    iOS app painfully slow

    • Written by from DALLAS

    The app sometimes has to "look for sensors/switches" for several minutes before finding the switch, which happens to be 2 feet from my iphone and 10 feet from my wifi router. Also, sometimes the app indicates a device is on when it's off and vice versa.

    Wish I would've spent the $ elsewhere.

    Belkin - please refine the software.

    26 of 29 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Big let down

    • Written by from detroit

    I got the device home and plug it.... it took a few good tries before it showed up on my network. After playing around with it i got it to work right... 3 minutes late it stop working all together.... it still does not show up on the network until I do the quick unplug and plug it back in trick... the device will will not stay on the network for more then 3 minutes before it shut down again. I must got a bad unit....

    21 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Where do I start?

    • Written by from Mt Claremont

    Bought 2 of these. 1st one worked fine. I then made the big mistake of installing the second. What a shame I did. The dreaded "cannot find device" comes up every two days or so. I've given up rebooting the devcie as I have far more important things to do in my life.
    Schedule can only be setup incorporating BOTH switches. What use is that?
    Firmware keeps updating on one of the switches but it never completes.
    Wifi range is very poor. Belkin state: "WeMo devices should have the same or better range than most other Wi-Fi devices". This is not true in reality. Another Belkin statement: "Some routers take multiple attempts to acquire a connection". That's right blame it on other equipment. I've NEVER had to try and connect other devcies multiple times.

    If you have a boring life and need something to occupy your free time I strongly suggest you buy 3 of these. You will NEVER be bored again as instaaling them will take you ages and they cause errors every few days just to keep you active.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Just doesn't work

    • Written by from Natick

    If you can get it to join your network, which is NOT as easy as Belkin say, it disconnects constantly. No other devices on my wireless have this problem. I strongly recommend against buying this. It's not ready for prime time.

    25 of 35 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not Now!

    • Written by from Riverside

    Good idea but not there yet:
    1. You can not set it up remotely. In case your iPhone App crashed (or else), you cannot set WeMo up remotely. No web access, telnet..etc.
    2. You cannot have more than one locations and controlled by the same App on iPhone.
    3. Tech support not good. I emailed the (first) question above, they simply direct me to online support web page, which is useless.

    I am returning my WeMo.

    93 of 98 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Good idea

    • Written by from LEVÄNEN

    A good advertisement of the raw product. He worked for only two weeks. Then suddenly stopped working.

    13 of 21 people found this useful