04-30-2018 08:40 AM
Big suprise! They responded to my e-mail.
Your concern had been escalated to the engineering team. They informed us that they are working a future enhancements related to the reported wemo case.
Obviously this is not a satisfactory response.
04-30-2018 01:16 PM
Well, that's answered your question then.
I've given you a Kudo for your perseverance and sticking to the thread. Doubtless if you have any further queries, you'll "shoot them an email" as they so commonly request!
04-30-2018 06:59 PM
05-01-2018 08:21 AM
if they don't have any engineering/dev team anymore... are they just giving up on new products? who is managing current firmware updates? we just need that guy to drop the DNS server in the next update... that'd suffice for now.
05-01-2018 05:56 PM
05-01-2018 06:02 PM
05-01-2018 06:43 PM
The belkin firmware name even contains the string OWRT - wemos changed from a closed custom RTOS to this open source OS a few years after their first release. A bit ironic since I understand the roots of OWRT were to get away from a propriety manufacturer OS, and it was built using linksys source 'cause linksys used GPL software which forced them to publish it...
When I reverse engineering the wemo procotol (which was psuedo open but never officially published) I noticed a number of freeware component log entries being created by their app as well. This wasn't a confidence builder and convinced me I was on the right track in making home automation run in a completely closed/isolated network environment.
The other vendors have various sortcomings as well, mostly to do with security and access to their external cloud servers (which record your personal information even with remote access disabled). Above all avoid the inexpensive cloud only devices flooding the market! They all run through far east based servers and you have absolutely no privacy procection. They support alexa but I'd be very wary of sharing your account info with them!
If your goal is to use alexa without enabling any skills (including home assistant) you might want to look at my app. I have no skills... I mean no need for amazon skills . I bridge through the echo natively when possible, and via IFTTT or Google when it's not. So you can use your router firewall to completely block the smart devices from the internet yet they can still respond to voice and remote access.
If you don't mind some DIY work you can safely fill your home with ESP8266 based devices for the same cost (and components) as those overseas sourced devices and a fraction of the cost of the big name vendors.
05-12-2018 01:36 AM - edited 05-12-2018 01:37 AM
I would expect the communication skillsets of those with increased seniority examining this fora may well institute change management with regards to the level of assistance offered by the actual purchasers of the plethora of hardware on offer when they are providing direction to a tertiary site. (let's see the translate result for that sentence!).
Is there are more independent location where written communication may happen with more open-minded (and perhaps technically-capable) oversight? What sites would you recommend, MikeP?