I purchased the WEMO Dimmer recently after waiting patiently for it's release to market. So far I have been pleased with it in general, but the lack of an IFTTT channel for the Dimmer has halted my ability to be as creative as I wanted to be with it and been dissapointing for the $80 sticker price of the device.
When will there be an IFTTT Wemo Dimmer specific channel? The Wemo Light Switch channel will not do what I am primarily looking for.
Specifically I wanted to be able to control:
Dimmer % amounts
It's movie time! Dim the lights to 10%
Allow us to have it turn on and fade up to x%
Only if the light is already off
Allow us to have it fade off from the current level
Only if the light is alread on
Turn on (Available on Light Switch)
Basic turn on to the last dim level
Turn off (Available on Light Switch)
Basic turn off from the current dim level
Toggle (Available on Light Switch, but not wth fade option)
If on, turn off. If off, turn on.
Allow a flag to have it toggle fade in or toggle fade out
I would love to see a Wemo 3 Way light switch. I have multiple locations in my home where I have 3 Way switches and I would love to be able to control those lights with my iPhone, preferably with HomeKit. And if you could also figure out a way to make it dim dimmable that would just be awesome!!!!!
Creating the web app that could access our devices through your WeMo server would eliminate the need for building apps across multiple devices and platforms. I currently have some wifi cameras from another company and they provide both apps for iPhone/iPad and the web based interface that I can use from a PC or Mac or another tablet that has a browser.
You'd have thousands of developers almost overnight if you open sourced the firmware. Look at all of the companies out there that are doing just FINE with open source. Red Hat, PuppetLabs, Ubuntu. Belkin, you make the hardware and let the hacking community make the best firmware possible.
I have a video security system that supports 16 power over Ethernet cameras (POE). The system also supports 16 external component inputs via Normally Open or Normally closed contacts NO/NC. The provides me with a way to set up door and window contacts as well as motion sensors. I even have my analog doorbell system set up to give me a signal. Even my mailbox has a sensor for open and closed door.
The 16 video cameras can be configured to alert you via email if someone or something crosses a defined area in the camera view. These alerts are are often unreliable because they are triggered by the wind, birds, and moving tree branches.
The devices on the 16 NO/NC inputs are solid and always give positive alerts and also send me emails when there is an alert from each of those 16 channels based on how you configure them.
The issue is that the video security system (aka NVR) has a very weak app. I can see the video live from the app. I can also replay recorded video. I can even turn video alerts on and off from the app. However, I can't control the external input alarms unless I log into the system. When I come home and start tripping devices my phone goes off like crazy with alerts and continues as I open and close doors and windows throughout the day.
So, I bought a 16 channel relay board for $15 dollars on Amazon and bought a single 12v relay for about $7 dollars that turns the 16 channel relay board on and off. I wired all my 16 alarm inputs from the various devices through the 16 channel relay. Plugged the single relay into the wemo and connect the single relay to the 16 channel relay board. Now I have a way to arm and disarm the 16 inputs. I can walk into my house and tell Alexa to turn off the system. This kills he power to the single relay pulling the 16 channels to ground and open. In this condition alarms can't go from the devices (door and windows sensors and motion sensors) to the NVR. I can tell Alexa to turn on the system when I leave which powers the single relay and switches all the 16 relays to closed and allows alarms to go through to the NVT. Or, if I forget to arm the system when I leave home I can turn it on via the wemo app.
I understand that the current app only has the ability to control one location remotely. However, this seems to be a silly restriction and significantly limits the functionality of the product.
I have two properties that are several hundred kilometers away. Right now if I want to control both properties remotely, I need two separate devices, one for each property, which is ridiculous. If one device breaks or I lose it, I lose any ability to control one property. And if I happed to lose the device that controls the property that is truly remote, the only way I have to reconnect a new device is to physically drive 2-3 hours just so I can connect to the wifi and restablish connection. Again, this is ridiculous.
Both locations go to the cloud before they go to my device. Therefore, it should be fairly simple to be able to select different locations from within the app. From the app on a single device, I should be able to switch back and forth between property A and property B.
As a point in reference, I have a wifi thermostat in each property. I am easilty able to control each property from a single app on a single device. In addition, there is a web interface which I can use if my device breaks. This is not rocket science. I have had these wifi thermostats for 3 years. Please consider adding this basic funcationality to your app.
It would be nice if the WeMo modules could be configured to use a default ON state after a power outage, such that lights would come back ON when the power returned.
Firstly, I believe that ON/OFF state should be remembered even after a power outage anyway, so that if a light was on, it comes back on when the power returns. IMHO this should be the "normal" behaviour since this is what would be expected if WeMo switches weren't being used. Right now, after a power failure, any WeMo connected lights remain off.
Additionally, however, I would like to see an optional setting that could be used to have lights turn ON, regardless of previous state, following a return of power to the WeMo modules. This would not only be useful for things like actual power outages, but also switched outlets -- allowing a lamp to optionally be controlled by the wall switch. In this case, turning ON the wall switch would turn on the WeMo which would turn on the attached lamp.
Hi, Can I please put in a request to add a "Auto-On" option in the rule set, This can be used after blackouts (after power is applied to Wemo device, the output turn on after time x).<br>Also if the device is triggered, I.e. If the output of the device is turned off from the App, Device button, IFTTT, etc. After x time the device automatically turns the output back on. Can be used as a reset for the connected device.
We all have wall warts everywhere. Enough already! They don't look good.
I understand why you've gone the direction you've gone with respect to plugging into electrical outlets. Doesn't require an electrician (I'd argue swapping a receptical doesn't require an electrician either). For every device designed to plug into a receptical, I'd like to see an comparable wall-plate version. For recepticals, those could be proud of the wall by as much as 1/2 inch in my opion, if package size isn't available.
A perfect example is the motion sensor. If there were a decora compatible in-wall version, you could sell me at least a half dozen for integration with the Light Control Switch. One can easily add a (2)-gang box where a 1-gang box existed (or 3-gange where 2 existed, etc.). Then a motion sensor could be installed adjacent to the swith location OR adjacent to a wall receptical. It's just cleaner installation overall and one could better utilize Light Control Switches elsewhere in my home.
While I'm on the subject, the product line could benefit from a Light Control Swith with integrated motion sensing as well. That mimics a common switch on the market. I'd pay as much as $20/switch more for the additional functionality.
Same thing with the receptical switches (of which I own 4)...I'd much rather they were integrated into the wall and didn't take up limited recepticle space. After all...if one has children, those are probably all occupied by a transformers with a multitude of different plugs associated with an even wider variety of stuff.
Here's an application that's an annoyance in my home built in the 90's: the wall wart that is the CO detector. How about a 3-gang, WeMo enabled CO detector? Cut some drywall and swap out a 1-gang for a 4-gang at a wall receptacle...wire into power...nice clean installation. And besides the alarm, with WeMo and IFTTT integration, one could have bedroom lights flash or something.
At some point you're going to have to deal with new construction. Dangling off an outlet isn't a great plan and other companies have more integrated options. I'd buy integrated product for remodeling my own home. Haven't at this point because the consumer adopted standard doesn't seem to have settled, and I don't want 10 more things dangling off my router either.
That app on the phone seems a little slow and not as smooth or fluid as i would liek a home automation product to be. if there wa a desktop app to set rules and possible web browser access when away. That may aleeviate some of my frustration with the app.
It would be nice if Belkin were to partner with a manufacturer that already provides a wall plate ceiling fan control that could also tie into IFTTT. Example such as "If the outside temp goes below 75 degrees, set the bedroom fan to low". This way when it cools down while you're asleep, you won't be chilly because the fan is too high.