WeMo Review – Installation, Guide, Tips around the Belkin WeMo Series: : How they Work – What they can do for You!
Easy Installation – Unlimited Possibilities!
This is why the combination of a Wifi Light Switch, a Remote Power Switch and a Wireless Motion Sensor are a perfect start for your home automation. These home tech items belong to our 3 different recommended basic setups. To learn more about a good start read our – How to Start – The Easy Way! – guide. They are – one of the smartest ways to get things rolling; if you combine them with a motion sensor you can really improve convenience and style of your SmartHome!
I know what you think! ‘Only a boring controllable power-switch? Is this even a real home tech device? How can I create a home automation with this?’
Okay let me tell you a short story – just imagine how it will be:
It’s a beautiful, sunny morning in winter. Your radio starts playing your favorite song to slowly wake you up. After a few minutes you get up and lightly touch a switch near your bed, then stroll into the bathroom where your electrical heater already warmed the room to your most convenient temperature. When you come back from the bathroom , the lights in your house are already on. The music has switched from your bedroom to your kitchen and you hear it as a gentle background sound. You go to the kitchen and the smell of freshly brewed coffee awaits you. You take a sip of your marvelous fresh coffee. A clicking sound: Ahh your toast is already done for you …. You take a bite and smile:
Life is Good.
And as you leave your home, right before the door snaps you hear the starting sound of your washing machine. With one soft touch of your fingertip on your smartphone all lights and radios turn off …. Relaxed you start the engine of your car and you know:
This will be another Great Day!
‘THIS IS SO AWESOME!’
With an intelligent set up you can achieve the above scene with our ‘Starter-Bundle’ (under the review). You even pay under $150 for the whole fun: 1 motion sensor / 2 smart-switches / 1 wall wifi switch for remote-action! YES! this is really all it needs! Save money with our ‘Starter-Bundle’ – under the WeMo Review!
WeMo Review ‘Starter WeMo-Setup’
WiFi Light Switch – Remote Power Switch
& Wireless Motion Sensor
Belkin International is a company dedicated to create products that help people realize the power of technology – since our inception in 1983. Founded by CEO, Chet Pipkin, in his parent’s garage, today it has the three main brands – Belkin, Linksys and WeMo.
Our todays review will be about all three products because they should be installed together to create the most convenient and helpful experience in your home automation.
Installation – all items can be installed very easy. Of course, the remote power switch and the wireless motion sensor are as easy as plug and play. Just plug them into any power socket. Download the WeMo-App and they easily connect via wifi to your router – done! The WiFi light switch must be installed manually and replaces a classic in wall light switch, so you have to be able to 1. turn of the power and 2. connect cable. During our WeMo Review we could see, even for beginners – normally no problem. Note: it only will work in a single switch setup. If another classic switch is connected to the same lights it won´t work – solution: you can replace the other classic switch as well!).
Functionality / Possibilities – are really limitless and only depend on your imagination! The combination of the remote power switches with the motion sensors gives you a great automation variety for your smart home. The WeMo series is fully compatible to the Amazon Echo Speaker for voice control – hands free convenience. Especially when you combine them with the ‘if this than that’ (IFTTT) platform ‘recipes’ the possibilities are limitless! A special article with tips on how to use the powerful variety of this platform will be linked in a few days for you. If you want to take a look by yourself: https://ifttt.com/recipes/ you find an endless supply of ideas.
Pricing – as we recommend these items as a good starting point, of course they are quite affordable. We created a bundle for you that includes all the items you see in the picture above plus an extra remote power switch – this will give you the opportunity to re-create the setup from our story at the beginning of the page. You even can compose your own bundle. Like always, they are not cheap, but the gain in convenience just has its price.
Our own Experience and User Feedback – depends strongly on when someone purchased his products of the WeMo series. Belkin has improved their products in the last few month and updated the WeMo-App. We had old switches from the first series and we personally knew the old App. Both were awful – but they really improved their WeMo-series. As there are other companies with similar products and the same challenges to make them work smooth and properly, Belkin has already done a good work on the WeMo series. Functionality and Setup is easy and with a little bit of fantasy you can achieve nearly anything in your home automation plan – that you can imagine. Therefore we can recommend these products for a basic home tech installation.
– Conclusion –
The WeMo-Series is quite a good start. Especially when you make up your mind to the endless possibilities that are given by the IFTTT – Recipes, this is a good start to create a better and more convenient life! Our only real wish from Belkin is re-working the WeMo-App, which seems a little bit out of time. But we are sure – You will have a lot of fun with this – and your neighbours will be jealous if they see your new system work. For about $150 you will not find a better combination of wifi light switches and remote power switches. The smart motion detector – is not necessary for a basic setup; but boosts your possibilities.
Save money with the ‘Easy-Starter-Bundle’:
* you can customize your personal Bundle after a Click on the button.
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A Sneak – Peak after our WeMo Review:
What can you achieve with home tech ?
What can be your goal with connecting a lot of Hometech devices?
Even if this is our “Get Started”-Guide you should have a vision, that drives you further in your home improvement! If you do not have one yet – perhaps you like this one! – JUST – to get an idea of the Comfort and Style you can achieve with a fully installed SmartHome!
Your comments are welcome – If you have any experiences with these products, or ideas you want to share or discuss, I would love to connect. Just leave a comment below and I will answer as soon as possible. Tell us what you liked about our WeMo Review. Looking forward to our exchange of experiences.
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Belkin WeMo Switch, Light Switch, Insight Switch
Build Quality7.8 /10
Possibilities/Product Range9.5 /10
Price/Value - (Quality Issues)8.2 /10
- Installation quite easy
- Wide Product Range
- Easy to Control
- Highly Compatible
- Works with IFTTT & Echo
- App has improved but...
- Build Quality (plastic feeling)
- Connection not reliable