Belkin’s WeMo Light Switch, smart by way of Wifi, is the first piece of home automation to be installed in our Dream Home “Smarter Home Automation” Project. That means we started it this past weekend. March 8th to be precise. I’m calling it a two year project. We’ll see how that plays out. But, back to the this cleverly named WeMo “Light Switch.”
I am going to write up a full review with images of the installing the WeMo, and more, in review format, but here’s a taste to get you all excited.
The WeMo Light Switch as Belkin calls it, communicates with your iPhone or other iOS device, or the android equivalents. It accomplishes this by talking to your Wifi.
Several of Belkin’s WeMo devices arrived last week while we were on vacation, waiting for my return. I got back Friday night. Saturday I woke up ambitious and decided to install some.
Belkin sent me three different WeMo devices, the Light Switch which replaces the usual flat toggle light switches, The second item is an external outlet that plugs into a wall outlet to give control of whatever’s plugged into it. It comes with a companion piece that also plugs into a wall outlet. That piece has a motion sensor attached. No doubt with great resolve, Belkin risked it all to come up with a mind blowing name for this device. Not to be outdone by the brilliance of Light Switch, Belkin came through with: Switch + Motion. Simple, says it all. Using the two components you could plug a lamp in to
Let me mention that all the WeMo devices I install show up on the same App. That’s nice. As I put in a few more Belkin pieces I’ll let you know if its easy to navigate through them all. Renaming helps of course, so I labeled my first Light Switch “Theater Lights”.)
All considered, I think Belkin has a pretty cool product in terms of the Light Switch, and it’s just one of Belkin’s first solutions to ship. They’ve got more WeMo products coming, as well as smart lights (Zigbee compatible) and more. The obvious strength is that Belkin really made things simple.
I realize there are going to be lots of different competing products, although most most devices are designed to work with systems such as Z-wave and Zigbee Alliance, which use controllers. In this case, though, most of us can just buy a few WeMos and quickly be up and running thanks to already having wifi in our homes – or businesses. The Belkin Light Switch in just 3 days has already delivered on the Smarter. It’s saved me time (and effort), and I know that I’ve already checked and once turned it off remotely, from elsewhere, so it’s saving me some pennies too. -art