• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Simple app controlled outlet

    • Written by from Mineola

    This is a simple way to control a power outlet via an app. Take the switch out of the box, plug it into a power outlet, set your wifi to the WeMo, configure it in the app, hit the "done" button after the app finds it, and then you can turn the outlet on/off or make timer rules for it to go on and/or off. I'm using it to control an air conditioner, so I can turn it on about an hour before I get home, so it'll be nice and cool. Additional security features would be an improvement ... anyone on the same SSID with the WeMo app can control any outlet on that network.

    172 of 195 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Product. Wanting more now...

    • Written by from Ontario

    I just got home with my new WeMo switch. Easy to hook up. Secure once married to your wireless network. I wasn't sure it would work away from home, but it works awesome over 3G / 4G with my VPN to home. It is like I am just there at home.

    Wish it was a little cheaper in price, but works as advertised. The rules work good. I was worried the app would have to stay open to make it turn on and off with a rule. It looks like the switch has some smarts and knows what time it is.

    Now I want about 10 more for the house.

    141 of 169 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Nifty little switch

    • Written by from Philadelphia

    I have to hand it to Belkin, the WeMo Switch is a pretty nifty little device. The device itself is a little bigger than I was expecting, but setup was a lot simpler than expected. I had no problems getting it up and running, nor connecting it with IFTTT, which was a very nice surprise to see. Plain and simple, it's a very simple device with a fair amount of potential. That said, it /is/ a little limited in what it can do right now, hence the 4/5. Other than that, no issues with it at all.

    119 of 140 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.

    75 of 80 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Solid product

    • Written by from Calgary

    I use this device to control my espresso machine, which works best if it warms up for 1/2 hr before I use it. The WeMo works great as a timer outlet, scheduling the machine to turn on before I wake up in the morning. But the real value to me is being able to start the machine from my phone if I am out and decide I want a coffee when I get home. No more waiting for warm up.

    Works well with Time Capsule wireless router. And is much cheaper than other home automation solutions. Very fit for purpose.

    63 of 67 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Finally

    • Written by from MONT-SAINT-HILAIRE

    I have been looking for a device like this one for a while. Even when I'm half way across the globe it works perfectly.

    59 of 65 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Cool!

    • Written by from Oak Ridge

    This device is really neat! It was much larger than I had expected, but the functionality is awesome! I'm really happy I purchased this and will be getting more in the future!

    57 of 64 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product!

    • Written by from Rancho Cucamonga

    Picked this up at my local Apple Store. I have one room in the house where I'm constantly forgetting to turn off. And normally, I don't think about it until I'm about ready to fall asleep. I just pickup my iPhone, open the WeMo app, and turn off the lamp. And set up was a breeze too! Great product. Good for those who constantly forget to turn off the light. There are only 2 complaints. 1, the price. $50 is fine if your going to use 1 or 2 of them, but try to populate your house with these and they get expensive. 2, size. Due to the size of the WeMo, you can't plug 2 into the same outlet, which is bad if you have 2 items you would like to use WeMo for on the same outlet.

    Great idea, and a few improvements will make it amazing.

    50 of 58 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Device

    • Written by from SAINT AUGUSTINE

    I travel a lot and I have 3 of these running the lights in my house. Easy to set up and nice to have different time schedules for the week and the weekend. If you are using multiple timers, there is a feature that allows you to take a picture of the room they are in so that you can distinguish them on your iPhone.

    46 of 53 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Good in theory

    • Written by from Minneapolis

    I reallly wanted to like/love this contraption... and based on how many I purchased, my wallet thinks I love them.

    That's where the love ends.

    Everything will work well with these devices until they roll out a new app update or a new firmware update. Then brace yourself for 15 minutes worth of work for every device you have. The 15 minutes per device will be used to reset all the settings so that you can once again access them when you're not at home

    Mind you. Belkin has updated the software at least 4 times since I purchased them this fall. ('12)

    Multiply that time 9 devices and 4 updates and you have the hours of frustration that have resulted from something that isn't cheap and was supposed to make my life easier.

    Don't believe the other reviews listed here. They're cheerily suspicious. Check out the reviews written by publications for a better sense of this product.

    Thus ends my scathing review. Just wish I'd waited to buy the new Hue light bulbs now at Apple. No wait, I did also buy them and surprisingly, they work!

    51 of 65 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Second switch install tricky

    • Written by from White Lake

    Love these devices and would have given a 5 star but setting up the second device was a little more difficult, even though I selected "remember network" on first device I had to enter the network again, then it selected the guest network anyway! Also on the first device I got an error message pop up installing the firmware update yet the device was fine afterward. Writing rules are easy but I wish there was an option to vary the on/off times per rule, say the times can vary by n number of minutes on a random basis to avoid the set schedule and make it look more like someone is home. No need for a motion switch so no comments about it.

    32 of 35 people found this useful

  • 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.

    30 of 32 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Sounds great but far from it.

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    I read the reviews of this item before buying it so I expected slight difficulty in setting up this product. I'm very tech savvy so I was up to the challenge. I purchased two switches and a motion switch. After about 2 hours I had all three up and running plus created rules within the WEMO app. After about a month Belkin released a firmware update for the switches and an update on the app. At that point I was no longer able to control my switches unless I was on my home router. (Which defeats the entire sales pitch you can check if you turned things off after you left.) I then 3 weeks ago installed a new router and after 3 weeks of trying, holding down the connect button to reset the switch and the app crashing non stop I finally got one of the switches connected to my new router. I was able to control it with the app and then I unplugged it, moved it 20 feet to the living room and it no longer works on the network. (One of the set up trouble shooting suggestions was to move it closer to the router to program and then move it back.) Until Belkin can fix all the bugs, and there's a lot, with this product stay away. At this point I wish I never bought this product.

    31 of 34 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not working as advertised

    • Written by from Del Mar

    Remote access can not be enabled in a multiple router / range extended network environment. Belkin's servers require the switch(es) being bound to one router MAC for the remote access to work. Premature release of a poorly thought through and developed product. Works nicely when controlled from device that is operating on the same WiFi.

    33 of 38 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy Set Up

    • Written by from Santa ana

    This is a great product that requires no technical skills. You can control your lights from anywhere you have WIFI or 3G connection. APP is nicely designed and simple. Highly recommend this product.

    31 of 35 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    It's like the folks at Belkin aren't even trying.

    • Written by from Memphis

    I really don't know how this has such a high rating here. I have owned two of the Belkin WeMo switches. Connection is a nightmare. Nothing more fun than waiting and waiting and waiting to have these things either not be able to find a network or join a network. As a former Apple employee with network certification I do know how to set up a robust network in a home. I have great signal strength over at my neighbors house but with these Belkin switches it is hit or miss at best. Once you have one plugged, assuming you can it to be functional, never ever unplug it again. Never change any setting and never have a power outage. If you do you will find yourself spending hours trying to get the thing working again. Seriously don't bother buying this piece of plastic junk.
    Additionally these things are huge. They pretty much cover up a duplex outlet and make a quad gang outlet with access to one outlet and you better have a pretty tiny plug to use for that outlet. Of course this troglodyte design problem only matters if you can get the switch to connect and then become functional, which is unlikely. Or you can do what I do and just leave them unplugged in the hopes that someday Belkin will get there act together, rewrite their lousy software, and upload a firmware fix that does actually fix this piece of junk.

    27 of 30 people found this 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.

    24 of 27 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Switch it up

    • Written by from West Palm Beach

    I just got this and think it is just the coolest little device I've seen in a while. It's efficient and unique and works like a charm. It has many different uses and you can use it on the go for at home from any of your iOS devices. Now that I have one I want more. You can set it up on a timer , or just use your IPhone to control the switch from wherever you are. I highly recommend it to anyone.

    28 of 35 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Almost there

    • Written by from San Francisco

    These are great and in my opinion well worth $50 in order to stop using the wonky legacy light timers ("tic, tick, tic...") or other systems that are not as reliable. Give one of these a try and you will never go back!

    27 of 33 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Got it, love it, and want a few more!!!

    • Written by from San Diego

    So, don't hesitate if you're into app-enabled products.

    27 of 33 people found this useful