Welcome the two newest additions to the Belkin Wemo product lineup, the Wemo Dimmer and the Wemo Mini, a smart plug solution. Belkin’s Wemo line seeks to provide home automation users with an easy-to-use integrated smart home system. Personal Assistant users rejoice – the Wemo Dimmer works with the Google Home and Amazon Echo using simple voice commands. But that’s not all these new products in the Wemo line have to offer.
In addition to being able to turn off the switches from anywhere with a WiFi signal, Belkin has introduced a “long pressing” feature. This feature allows the user to turn on or off multiple Wemo-connected devices via one Wemo device, such as the Wemo Mini or the Wemo Dimmer, simply by pressing and holding the switch for more than two seconds.
This press and hold action triggers the reaction between the device you’re pressing on and your other Wemo devices. Belkin boasts that long pressing can trigger an away mode for all of your Wemo gadgets or simply turn off every Wemo device with just the one action. This makes for a totally convenient power-saving strategy, though Belkin Wemo products don’t tend to use very much electricity at all.
Belkin Wemo Dimmer
The Belkin Wemo Dimmer allows you to set specific brightness levels on a schedule in a feature called “Night Mode.” This feature, according to Belkin’s press release, is “ideal for middle-of-the-night bathroom trips or checking on the kids when they are asleep.” Avoid stubbing your toes in the hall or worse – interrupting your meridian cycle with harsh light resulting in an inability to fall back to sleep.
Using a touch-capacitive control rather than a physical switch, making the Wemo Dimmer a sleek and modern addition to the home. Via the app, switch, or voice commands, you can adjust light levels to your preference. The switch uses WiFi to connect and can be used to control any bulb with dimming capabilities whether incandescent, CFL, or LED . Set an away mode to randomize what lights turn on and when, giving the illusion that someone is home, or a smart timer to turn lights on or off at sunrise or sunset. The Wemo Dimmer works with Google Home, Amazon Echo and Dot, IFTTT, and the Nest Learning Thermostat.
Convinced yet? You’ll have to wait to get your hands on this dame, as she doesn’t start shipping until spring of 2017. The retail price has not been decided upon yet, so keep your eyes and ears peeled for more information as it becomes available.
Belkin Wemo Mini
The mini-me to the larger Wemo Switch, this smart plug transmutes ordinary objects into their smart counterparts. Plug your lamp into the Wemo Mini, and your “dumb” light bulb can be controlled by your phone or through voice commands. The Wemo Mini, like the Wemo Dimmer, can be paired with Google Home and Amazon Echo – a major plus. You can also use the Wemo Mini to control the Nest Learning Thermostat’s “Home” and “Away” modes.
The tiny design allows for two smart plugs – Wemo, Eve, or otherwise – to draw power from a single outlet. It’s about half the size of the original, with a sleek white casing and a slimmer design. Rectangular in shape, the Wemo Mini is an attractive and unique looking smart plug. It has a thermal cutout as well, which prevents it overheating. Good call, Belkin.
As mentioned before, Wemo Mini can be turned on or off from anywhere with a WiFi signal or via mobile internet. This fact has been tried and tested. When reviewing the Wemo Switch, our reviewer turned the switch on and off from fifteen miles away, causing the light to flicker rapidly and confuse the person in the room. He did succeed.
Like the Wemo Dimmer, you can set schedules that coincide with the sunrise and sunset, turning the Wemo Mini off or on. The Wemo Mini is $34.99 list price, and can be found online at Wemo.com and Belkin.com.