After years of using the Insight, I finally decided to snag a Lightswitch. Specifically, I was looking for a timed switch, that will make sure it turns off when someone leaves it on--a perfect job for Auto-Off Timer, right?
Turns out that subsequent presses of the switch simply reset the timer. Say I have the Auto-Off rule set for 1 min. (The switch is a closet light). I go in, do my thing, and then turn the light off as i'm leaving...NOPE! We're back to a minute. OK, so I'll turn it off in the app, NOPE! same functionality.
So how about it Belkin, can we at least have the choice of what subsequent button presses do with auto-off timer? I can see use cases where you'd want to reset the timer, but it seems like the more practical one, is that you override/cancel the timer...you know use a light switch like a light switch? (Keyword: switch...to change state). The thing with smart switches, is I want them to function like a switch, but to be smart about it. This is not how to be smart about it.
The lowest calibration setting for Wemo dimmers is still too bright for most LED dimmer setups. I realize this was probably an intentional design decision to prevent support calls due to flickering / buzzing issue. But I feel this should be enabled for power users who request it. Maybe it could be hidden behind an "are you sure" type warning.
If Wemo were to allow us to set the same rules for long-press that we have for short press we could finally have 3-way switching! One Wemo switch would be hooked up to the light, the other would be capped of and not hooked up to a load. On the second you'd simply set a rule to toggle the first switch. Bingo - 3 way switch capability!
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.
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.
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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
One of the drawbacks of the WEMO system, is the inability for the switches to go back to the state they were in before a power failure. (If on turn back on). So as a work around, I use IFTTT, and I tested the applet by unplugging the outlet switch, and used the notify me if the smart plug turns off. It worked!! Unfortunately it will also work when the daily rules turn them off. If Belkin can create an applet that detects a power failure or network change/resynch with the network, that should alert you that you need to manually turn things back on. You could also sell the applet as a Power failure alert for sump pumps, dehumidifiers, vacation homes, etc. Not optimal, but doable, and gets you around the safety liability of turning them back on. Possible????
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
I had a power outage at my vacation home, and I can not controll the lights any more and my neighbour informed me that my lights have been turned on continously for the last 3 days. How can I resolve the problem and get them to turn off ? Or do I have to go on a vacation to turn them off ?
My biggest idea for these plugs is some basic reliability. Every app update that comes through comes with enhancements for coffee pots and crockpots and yet every week often times multiple times my switches drop off the network, the names get muddled, pictures disappear. Why is all this effort being added to other devices when you cannot even get the basics right?
You want us to 'Wemo That' and make everything Wemo but I will certainly not be spending any more money on the switches given their reliability and in fact really want a refund for them but I doubt this will be forthcoming.
If you can nail the reliability then these will be fantastic products that would be highly recommended. These products feel like you have released the product and forgotten about it, ongoing support is essential as is actual product improvement, especially when you want us to trust you with electricity in our homes.
An iPhone 6 optimised app is also a bare minimum, the iPhone 6 has been out for nearly a year now and yet it still is not optimised? Much much smaller companies had apps ready for day 1 and yet nearly a year later you have nothing? Again this feels like a product you released and given up on. The least you could do would be make the SDK open like Philips Hue so at worst and you truly have forgotten about this then others can take up the challenge and release better apps and improve the relaibility.
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!
I hope you guys can revive your support for your Belkin hardware. The mediocre app can be dealt with by Google or a 3rd party dev (if u allow it) but let's get the switches, lightbulbs, and cams ready for the big cheese won't you?
I know you didn't take the Echo seriously even though it's sold like hotcakes and most people who use it (myself amongst that) find it works great with your switches.
Now if you don't take Amazon seriously (even when they advertised you front and center on their pages), maybe Google coming online will get your attention that your products need some tweaking to be ready for the IoT prime time.