• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    The world according to Belkin

    • Written by from Leighton Buzzard

    Just received this WeMo switch and have tried to set it up. ...BUT it will not connect to a network where the WPA pass phrase contains spaces. You get an error advising you of this.

    Come on Belkin, you really have to be kidding me. I teach Grade 6 students who learn that adding spaces to a pass phrase is good practise because it increases the password permutations and therefore reduces vulnerability to hacking. Belkin you need to get your engineers to go rejoin Grade 6 and learn about how WPA works!

    This is not the first time in several years that I have purchased a Belkin product to find that it is non-standard and will not work with non-Belkin (or even other Belkin) devices.

    I am certainly not going to re-configure the other 46 wifi devices on my network to remove the spaces from the network pass phrase. This Belkin device is going back for a refund. In future I will avoid Belkin products.

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Simply does not work

    • Written by from London

    TRied 2 devices now, it just doesn't connect to tour wifi network, and I'm using a state of the art latest Apple time capsule router. All Belkin support is saying, try again. Good luck.

    2 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    New password restriction renders useless

    • Written by from London

    I just had to reset my device, and now find I can no longer connect it to the network it was connected to before for months because, after firmware/app updates, the WeMo app now refuses passwords with spaces in it.

    I'm not changing the password on all the untold other devices in the house because Belkin's engineers are incompetent, so I guess this gets tossed in the bin. Avoid -- even if this doesn't affect you, you can't rely on them not breaking something else at some point.

    Be aware also that its wifi reception is not great -- I've had it fail to connect in the past in areas where my cell phone is getting a medium-level 3 bar signal.

    7 of 14 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Beware if your WiFi Passphrase Contains Spaces and Other Characters.

    • Written by from Northampton

    I've just received my Switch from the Apple store, however, what none of the reviews or the website states is that when configuring your switch, it doesn't currently support passwords/phrases with spaces.

    You get a helpful message from the WeMo app advising this, but I feel limitations on password strengths and support should be explicit from the outset.

    I'm configured with WPA2, and means I have to reconfigured 30 other WiFi enabled devices around the home with a new router passphrase.

    So as of yet, I'm not able to test it's effectiveness and debating whether to send the switch back to Apple.

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Used every day!

    • Written by from Bromsgrove

    We have two WeMo switches and they have worked flawlessly now for over 6 months since we got them. Easy to set up, easy to configure; certainly no issues through a BT Homehub anyway.

    They tell you they need updating and that's happened a couple of times without drama. I love the fact you can take pictures of the devices they control so you know what's what.

    Much better than a timer as they can have scheduled on or off switching regardless of their status at the time and you have remote control of course. Very much recommended!

    2 of 2 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.

    17 of 20 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Cannot see device when connected to same WLAN

    • Written by from Billingshurst

    Yes these are great devices and a fantastic idea, but mine just doesn't work as it should - so I will not be buying anymore. The set up is very simple and once configured I could see it on my iPad4 and my iPhone5, but after a day or so, it disappears from the App when I am connected to my home network - if I go on 3G, or connect to someone else network, they appear - this is really frustrating, and the only way to see it again is to unplug it and plug it back in.
    Support is quick to reply but could not fix my issue - also the support website is poorly set out and difficult to navigate.
    Next time I will go for the Lightwave RF equipment, more expensive but there is a lot more choice.

    11 of 14 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product concept but more stability needed

    • Written by from Lewes

    I have 3 WeMo switches and have used them for around 3 months. The WeMo app is on 3x iPhones (2x 5's and 1x 4S) and 2x iPods (2 and 4).

    He WeMo is a great concept, set up is easy and the app is nice and simple. Setting up rules is easy too (eg to activate at a certain time of day or day of week). Also the Internet (rather thang just local WiFi) is. Really neat easy to use feature.

    However there is a major problem.

    At least one of the three WeMo switches over the three month period i have had them goes wrong and needs manually re-booting every week. The reliability just isn't there for any remotely serious use.

    Come on Belkin - get your act together! Great concept but very poor execution. You can, and must, do better.

    18 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Good idea

    • Written by from LEVĂ„NEN

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

    13 of 20 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    WEMO PROBLEMS WITH RANGE EXTENDERS

    • Written by from St John

    Basically Wemo is a really useful product but beware if you have more than one switch, and you have a range extender in your house. If one switch is logged via the range extender & the other is on the main router, they may not both show up, especially when you try remote access. Belkin say that they have not fixed this problem 'yet', so maybe a software upgrade will fix this sometime in the future.

    23 of 23 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    worked first time, easy to use

    • Written by from London

    This switch gives complete remote control of electrical appliances. I bought this switch so I could remotely control the light in the front room so not to return to a dark house in the evening. Works perfectly and have now though of many more uses: electric blanket, slow cooker, room heater. This is a revolutionary idea and Belkin has done it right. It is a little bulky but no more than any other timer. Well done.

    13 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Simple and superb

    • Written by from Maulden

    This white plug-in-plug adapter is a very simple gadget to set up. Previous experience with these WiFi enabled things has been patchy, but this was incredibly easy. Plug it in, press the button and then configure the WeMo through the easy to use App. Simple. I was expecting a tricky part, but there wasn't one.

    If you are keen to explore further, you can set rules from the App itself and activate, or deactivate them remotely, simply switch it on and off remotely, or if you are really adventurous, you can register for "If This Then That" which is a web-based system which enables you to link the WeMo to external "Actions", like a website reporting that the sun is setting in your area, or that the temperature will be below zero that day...

    Unbelievably simple, and the possibilities are almost endless.

    Get one. Then see how long it takes before you are thinking about getting another...

    70 of 75 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Brilliant

    • Written by from Rochdale

    Received this product today. Easy to set up. Product works exactly as it says it should. Tested it via my home WIFI and over 3G and both work perfectly. WIFI is instant on and off, over 3G there is a slight pause but only a second or two. The list is endless what can be done with this product and now I've tried and tested it I will be purchasing a few more.

    28 of 30 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Brilliant

    • Written by from Narberth

    Brilliant product. So useful and simple to set up and use. Better than those light timers when your away. I even use it to switch lights off when the wife is home to make her jump. Worth getting one for that!

    93 of 99 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Superb gadget

    • Written by from HARTLEPOOL

    I'm not sure who answers the questions on these products but I can only assume they haven't bought one and are purely speculating. Let's clear up the UK 220V issue straight off. It IS 220V and works perfectly in the UK. Any mention of 110V is for the US plugs and is nothing to do with the UK plug. If you walk into an Apple Store and take a look at the bottom of the box it makes it quite clear that the plug is a 220V version.

    Unfortunately Apple are using the US photos which doesn't help the confusing but trust me, it's the UK plug and will work fine.

    Onto the device. It's a fairly bulky thing and very similar to the old plugs you'll have seen for turning your lights on and off when on holiday. Well this of course does exactly that but it works remotely so you can be switching your lights on and off from anywhere in the world. The other very useful feature is the ability to set times for the switch to come on and off and at set times including picking specific days. As you add more switches you just give them custom names and before you know it you've got home automation in the palm of your hands.

    This really is a great device that does exactly what it says on the tin.

    123 of 134 people found this useful