• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect way to light up the room

    Traipsing through the house in the dark to get to the light in the corner is no fun; especially when you're prone to trip on toys the dog left in your path. However, with the Belkin WeMo app I can activate the light from my iPhone ... simply brilliant. The device is inexpensive enough that I've picked up a few for other rooms and added one module with the motion detection feature to the garage.

    Setup was a breeze and I like the ability to be able to schedule on/off times. The only issue I've run into was the light came on after I turned it off manually because there was a schedule that was supposed to turn off the light a few hours later. However, I just have to remember to disable the schedule if I go to bed early; and re-enable the schedule the next day. But that's a small inconvenience. Fix this issue and I'll gladly increase my rating to 5 stars.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love them

    I purchased 2 of them and i am loving them. it is nice to be able to turn them on and off from where ever i am. i can also set a timer for them to turn on and off when programmed.

    8 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The perfect solution

    Happy to say that unlike many reviewers here, the WEMO devices I installed work flawlessly. I did have an issue with one, but after a firmware update, that was fixed. The WEMO switches have been paired with a new Echo from Amazon too, so now all of the switches can be controlled by voice command - which just ROCKS! Love this setup.

    If you find you have trouble, here are some basic tips that allow ours to work well.

    First, make sure your wifi signal is strong and reliable. These devices rely on good wifi to work properly, and if your coverage at home is spotty, you're not going to have much success with this. We use a couple of new airport extremes, and they're working well. Measure the strength of your wifi signal with your iphone at each outlet you want to install a wemo device. That will help determine whether the location is viable or not. Next, if you're replacing an in-wall switch with a wemo switch, make sure you've wired it correctly. At first I did not, and subsequently the wemo didn't work. And finally, confirm that a device you're trying to control wemo with will turn back on when it has been turned off. Some electronics won't do that. If power goes out, they stay off until the power switch on the device is pressed again.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    DO NOT BUY

    I have had two of these units now and both just stop connecting to the network and won't reconnect until you power cycle them. Absolute rubbish for a remote control product. I just finished wasting hours setting a newer one up hoping they would work better now and nope, exactly the same even after the dodgy firmware update. I lost my temper and smashed the unit to pieces and will never buy anything from Belkin ever again.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Had this for 6 months and finally had to throw it away

    The initial setup was easy and the scheduling worked well but it became frustrating when the WeMo app would randomly insist it couldn't see the switch on the local wi-fi network and I would have to change to 3G just to turn it on or off.

    Firmware updates seemed to make the problem worse until I was having to do manual resets every couple of weeks just to keep the switch working.

    It finally became unresponsive a few days ago and wouldn't even connect to my iPhone to perform a clean setup so regretfully I've had to get rid of it.

    Great idea, shame about the reliability.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Won't connect to my wifi

    This device refuses to connect to my wifi network because there's spaces in the password. Thoroughly useless.

    6 of 10 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Belkin WeMo Update

    I noticed quite a few people writing about the updates and thinking that the product is bad when it starts updating and seemingly would not recover. Well I just wanted to add my 2cents, I experienced the same thing and thought that I had a bad product as well. However, I left it in it's "update" mode overnight and tried accessing it the next day and it was fine. The problem is the update takes much longer than anyone knows or is saying. So just wait it out and it will work fine afterwards.
    My problem is that I cannot access mine from outside of my home. Overall I like it for the rules that I could set on it and for my wife coming home to a well lit front door and home.

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very useful

    Have 2 and have had them for 5 months.......use the timer device flawlessly to turn lights on and off. One thing I found during setup, If you have a router EXTENDER, turn the EXTENDER OFF during setup so it connects to the main router, then the set up goes smooth. I can access these from my home network, another network, and cellular just fine

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Far too expensive

    Way to expensive not quite worth the money for only controlling one thing at a time.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Used every day!

    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

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    I really wanted to like it but .... Not quite there.

    After hours of mucking around I managed to get it working by using port forwarding. Everything else works with my network without that sort of hassle. Now it works fine - although I can't ever have more than one because of the forwarding rules. Because they have tried to make it simple to use there are no settings to tweak on the wemo - so if it doesn't work it is your network that has to be changed.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great concept, very buggy app and device

    Love the concept, bought two for the office. Lots of issues getting it to connect to our Wireless N only network (connected to others ok) which has a very long Key. Never did connect. Once connected to another WLAN sort of works but isn't reliable and saving schedules on the APP is quite buggy too.

    Love the quality of the device but it's not ready for prime time just yet.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    It simply doesn't work.

    I've had the exact same experience as so many on this thread. Belkin knows this product simply doesn't work, and yet they continue to market it. Is it really operator error on all of our parts? My four devices worked okay after I agonized though the setup process. By "worked okay" I mean there was about a fifty-fifty chance the app would recognize my devices without my having to do multiple refreshes. Now, two of the devices simply won't show up (after the latest firmware patch). I've been struggling with these for months. The product just doesn't work.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Wemo - Never again

    I bought a wemo and it worked about a month. Last time used, it would not turn off remotely and burnt up a small water pump to drain my basement when away. Could be a DANGER to use this unit.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very buggy and unreliable

    Given the high price you would expect it to be somewhat reliable. 90% of the time the app say the devices can't be detected and yet I can ping them. App constantly crashes especially after a firmware update on the switch. Belkin seems very complacent as No other major vendors have bothered with smart switches yet, otherwise I would switch so quick

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    absolute garbage

    another supoosed network connected product that is so difficult to set up, almost impossible to make connect to your network and doesn't work even when it is connected. Absolute rubbish that's really expensive.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Utter Junk!

    Like most people who've written a review, I had nothing but trouble from these since I bought them. I bought 2 and they wouldn't join my network, constantly disconnected and generally caused me angst. Resetting does nothing helpful. Since buying them I've moved house so I lost receipts etc so no chance to return them. The only pleasure they gave me was when I destroyed them with a hammer!

    Apple need to look at this product and decide if it meets Steve Jobs's credo of "it just works". In this case, it doesn't.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very impressed

    I bought 4 of these to control various lights at our house, one being the outdoor landscape lighting. They work great.

    I am an average computer user, I understand how things work and that's about it. No problem at all setting it up. They detected my networks right away.

    Our house has 3 Airport Extremes, and these are spread out on different airports (same internet provider, it's just that one airport can't send the signal to all the places so we needed 3). They all show up right away on my iPhone app.

    I set up the outdoor landscape lighting to turn on at Sunset, off at 1AM. Works great. Very nice to have that feature.

    The rules you can set are pretty neat. If you are using it as a "somebody's home security feature" you can set the rules to turn lights on and off at different times on different days. And it's very easy. Those other timer type things from Lowes take forever to program. This took about 30 seconds. Programs just like the alarm clock on the iPhone.

    Overall, great product so far. I could see adding a few more of these to the house.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

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

    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.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works perfectly, exactly what I needed

    I've had the WeMo switch for 3 days and, although it hasn't been long, I'm happy with my purchase. The set up was as easy as the instructions on the box. I liked that even though I set a rule, I could turn the light on at any time and it would still turn off as per the rule's instructions. I've tested it with my phone internet and it's worked perfectly too. I also appreciate that I can buy each additional switch separately as the need arises; right now, I only need the one and that suits me fine. Only (slight) downside is that the unit takes up a little space; even plugged into the top of the outlet, it's made it hard to plug 3-prong items into the bottom. But it's a small price for the convenience it gives.

    3 of 5 people found this useful