Hi - just got off the phone with Wemo Support. Agent tried his best and actually got to someone who could answer the questions. However - the answer CONFIRMED my suspicion that WEMO devices have a major design flaw. Basically anyone with the WEMO APP who can get on the same WIFI network as your devices will be able to control them. The APP (and devices) are designed to automatically detect each other - even if they've never been set up to work together. Sure my wifi has WPA2 with a complex pasephrase, but anything can be hacked (HOME DEPOT Credit Card scandle anyone). At very least if the devises had to belong to a user account with user name, password and maybe even 2-step verification (Google Authenticator is free), it would considerable increase the security and solve a few other problems...namely Multi-location control.
Security risks aside...which I don't event want to think about in too much detail...This design flaw makes setting up 2 locations (which already requires a workaround - take your pick of the options) impossible for anyone with even basic home automation aspirations (probably WEMOs target market). The minute you connect to the WiFi at your secondary location (even if the phone has never been there) it autodetects the Wemo devices on the local WiFi and puts all the devices in the Primary location (which you probably want to control remotely, since you are not physically there...) in not detected mode. WEMO's solution: go on cellular data or use the "Guest Network" oh wait...now all the other home automation or media stuff I have in my secondary location (AppleTV, Chromecast) can't be accessed becasue i'm not on the same SSID...anyone find this completely ABSURD????
Why don't the WEMO devices come with a massive warning lable about this stuff?
This shoudl be an easy fix...I can thank of so many solution (and others have it fixed - NEST has no issues with multiple locations and it controls your HVAC and Smoke Alarms and a host of Cameras, it even organizes them neatly into differen locations - all work perfectly).
Come On BELKIN - stop messing around with stupid little upgrades and actually fix the major design flaw in the whole WEMO system.