Right now the rules are so basic that the devices are more of a gimmick than anything else.
To make them really useful and actually earn the title of 'automation' there really needs to be the ability to use at least 2 conditions for a rule.
IF after sunset AND I enter my suburb, THEN turn the front lights on.
If I leave home turn the coffee machine off.
I know you can use IFTTT, but that is limited again to a single condition and the fact that its geolocation rules don't work with Andriod systems is widely complained about all over the web (with no response or support from them).
If you could implement a system like this the possible uses of your already existing devices would skyrocket!! There are so many things that would be actually useful and not just 'cool' that I could then do!
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.
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.
SiriKit enables your iOS 10 apps to work with Siri, so users can get things done with your content and services using just their voice. Belkin WeMo...release a new version of the app with Siri integration asap!
IFTTT wemo lighting channel is great, but there's no toggle action. The switch has toggle, but the lighting only is on or off. So you have to make a separate recipe for on and off, which is annoying, especially for the Do app, where you only get 3 buttons
IFTTT is only good for simple applets. There is far more flexibility in Stringify. Please partner with them so that WeMo devices can be included in Stringify experiences, They are FAR more robust than IFTTT and easy to create. Thanks
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.
Hi there - I was directed to this site from getsatisfaction.
I was hoping to get some insight (excuse the pun) on when or if there is an iPad app in development. It is really frustrating to have no access to landscape mode, especially when that is exactly how the netcams want to work. I have my iPad wall mounted as a control station, and this feature would be awesome
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.