11-13-2016 09:02 AM
Hadn't thought of the vacation home thing. Didn't realise they could potentially bridge back to other stuff either. And I guess others accessing a camera in your home is more of an isse than turning lights on and off. Fair enough then. Thanks for the explanation.
11-14-2016 02:40 PM
11-19-2016 02:42 PM
I just ordered my very first wemo switch. It should arrive on Tuesday. What's the best way for me to set it up from the start to avoid people (besides me) being able to access it? I don't have a guest wifi account, not even sure how to get one.
My family members who don't live with me, and a few friends have my wifi password for when they're at my house. Would that mean if they have the wemo app on their phones they will be able to control my switch, even if they're not here? Or would they have to be here at some point in order to log into my "system"? It's not that I don't trust them, but I don't like the idea of having something ANYone else can control, especially remotely.
As you can see, I don't even know if I'm asking the right questions.
11-19-2016 04:47 PM - edited 11-19-2016 05:01 PM
The only way to stop people controlling your WeMo is not let them have access to your network - impractical I know but reality. Your router may offer a Guest Network and if so enable that and only allow them to connect to that rather than your main network. Failing that, never mention WeMo to them so the chances of them installing the WeMo App while they are connected to your network (the only way they can gain access to your WeMo) and discovering your WeMo is vanishingly small. If they do, they will be able to control your WeMo while they are on your network and you have no control other than asking them not to do so. If they enable Remote Access while connected, then when they leave your house they will be able to control your WeMo remotely. If they don't stop when you ask them, they are no longer friends and you can disable their remote access using the WeMo App in Settings!! Equally, when they are connected locally they could disable your remote access.
11-19-2016 05:13 PM
I found out how to set up a guest router account through my internet provider. I wish I'd known about that a long time ago! Anyway, since my friends and family already know the password to my regular account, I'm thinking of just setting up the WeMo on the guest account, all by itself. It seems easier than changing the password on my regular account, and making everyone change the settings in their phones and laptops when they come to visit.
Does that make sense? Any drawbacks?
11-19-2016 05:29 PM - edited 11-19-2016 05:33 PM
It would work but why not use the Guest Network for what it was designed for? If you have your WeMo on the Guest Network and you connect to your normal network you will always be trying to control your WeMo remotely - also you will need to connect to your Guest Network to even set up WeMo in the first place. If it were me, I would (if I were concerned about my "friends") just change the main network password, use WeMo on that and have your visitors use the Guest.
if you don't take that route consider what other things (which are potentially much more sensitive then a switch) they can see on your network
11-28-2018 10:39 PM
Your wemo insight switches can be controlled using an app. However, if you invited someone to see your switches on the network that might be the #1 reason. #2 Secure your network by setting it's security mode to WPA/WPA 2 Personal & never share your network.