12-06-2016 07:38 PM
Yep. It may not make sense to use the wemo here at all... it probably uses as much or more power doing nothing than the vizio uses on standby. And even at 0W it'd probably be 25 years before you saved enough to make up for the cost of the wemo.
12-15-2016 09:16 AM
Agree on Harmony! I have my TV's set to turn on and off at certain times. You have more flexibility as not only can you turn the TV on, but you have have it change to a specific channel, adjust the volume, etc all on a timer.
Most modern TV's will not turn back on after a power failure.
12-23-2016 06:17 AM - edited 12-23-2016 06:35 AM
I have the same question- I'd like to use my wemo with my Vizio, and want to know if it's possible. I know that all that you say in your replies is true, but I have a use case that none of your suggestions will solve, and wanted to know if it's possible.
So, again, any ideas on the original question?
(And before you ask, the use case that my IR on my TV doesn't work, so I just want to turn the TV on and off. I don't need any of the other IR functions in daily use. I turn it on and off currently by the switch on the TV (which all work). I've troubleshooted it with Vizio support, even using phone camera to make sure that the IR signal is getting sent. But the IR receiver on the TV is shot, and it costs too much to replace, and the TV itself is in excellent condition.)
12-23-2016 09:21 AM
If it switches on if you unplug it and then replug it in then WeMo will work - highly unlikely.
I actually found two ways to do this. One that will work with WeMo and get around the problem, and another that I'm probably going to use that allows Kodi to control it, taking the WeMo out of the equation, and not needing the IR.
First, the way around the problem:
TO ENTER SERVICE MODE TO VIZIO TV
This apparently lets you change the behavior of the TV so that it will automatically turn on when power is applied, thus allowing you to use the WeMo.
The other way is to use HDMI-CEC.
This is apparently what HDMI-CEC was meant to do- allow you to control HDMI devices without IR.
Hope that helps someone!
02-09-2017 07:36 AM - edited 02-09-2017 07:36 AM
Unfortunately, you'd have to try it to see. I ended up using hdmi-cec and Kodi, because it game me several options other than just turning it on and off.