I have a set of Wemo switches for my cable modem, wifi router and vonage phone hub in order to make it easy to restart the devices when the cable acts up (I have Optimum from Cablevision and it seems that every once in a while their modem needs a restart).
I have issues with the switches when I have to install a firmware upgrade as they need to download the firmware and then restart which because they use Wifi, can't complete the process properly. As a workaround, I attach the cable modem and the wifi router to a power strip when doing the upgrades.
Could it be possible to create a new version of the switch that uses bluetooth for firmware updates? e.g. Stage the firmware on my iPhone and then apply the firmware in a point-to-point manner instead of having the switch pull it over the wifi network.
Also it would be nice to have the ability to operate the switch from a secondary wireless network in case Wifi is down...
or...Alternatively use the Wifi peer 2 peer functionality (similar to what Apple is using in its AirDrop technology) so that I can still operate the switch and update it without having a full Wifi network hosted from a router.
Android Wear integration (turn on/off lights from a watch!)
Cloud backup (so multiple devices are all synced up)
I'll post any updates when I get around to them but in the meantime if you have any suggestions or feedback let me know.
The downside is the app can only run locally. So you still need the basic WeMo app to provision devices. Set them up in your home network and fire away. If someone from Belkin reads this, if you allow me access to the API I would gladly integrate it!
It would be nice to be able to set "on for X amount of time then turn off".
My personal use cases: It would be useful to have exterior lights (entryway) automatically turn off after 5 minutes when initated from the momentary switch or remotely, or set defined run times for elements like heaters or bathroom fans.
I have a product that has a set of terminals with 24 VAC that if open turns off the product and if switch it closed turns on the product. Can the WEMO Maker just open and close "switch" to turn this product on and off? Thank you.
I'd like to unplug the motion sensor and replace it with a push button to trigger events to other wemo devices/ Ifttt. Is this possible? And if so, how might the wires be connected to allow for this alternative use of the motion sensor receiver?
Problem - Unable to update FW on all 3x external switches & 1x wall switch. iOS app sometimes shows "FW upgrade successfull" and "Update Complete" , but reloading app gives "new FW available.
Solution - Disconnect/power off OpenVPN server on local network, reboot router, FW upgrade successful.
Why this works (IMHO) - From what I can tell, the Wemo upgrade process involves connecting to Amazon Web Service (the cloud or AWS) and then establishing a Open VPN connection to the Wemo upgrade servers. In my router, I could see a established connection to AWS, and then a 'waiting' connection to 10.8.0.1 (default IP for OpenVPN). But, since I have OpenVPN running on a server inside my LAN, Wemo's were attempting to connect to MY OpenVPN server @ 10.8.0.1. After I shut down my server & rebooted my router (to clear ARP cache), Wemo's were able to sucessfully update.
Recomendation: Perhaps Wemo could set their Open VPN server up on something other than the default IP??
The logic behind "FW upgrade successfull" need to be MUCH stronger. Perhaps the App could give some feedback, something like "Unable to connect to Wemo servers"???
P.S. "WeMo Cares" on twitter responded to me quickly, but they eventually passed me off to "2nd tier" support, which I never heard from (it's been 2 days).
I have a 2Gig Go Alarm system that is able to control my Z-Wave Locks/Lights/Thermostat but I would to also intergrate some Wifi Devices. I honestly didn't see how it would be possible unless someone makes a Z-Wave/Wifi Bridge; or some other type of device. I wonder if it would be possible to use the We-Mo Maker to do some sort of intergration. The 2Gig panel has a few wired sensor inputs and an open collector output and an external bell output. The Specs for the open collector output specs are:
SOLID STATE OUTPUT The Control Panel provides one (1) solid state output that can be programmed to activate during various conditions. The output can switch up to 250 mA @ 16 VDC to ground.
It seems the We-Mo Maker only does 12v DC or 24v DC output but I wonder what else can be done with the relay/sensor ports with the right programming.
suretyCAM offers a quick tutorial on adding automation rules to your Alarm.com account. Specifically, this video shows how to set it up so that your zwave lighting is turned on whenever your alarm goes off. www.suretyCAM.com
With wemo insight capabilities in the wall switch, one can receive alerts when the security sensor lights controlled by the switch are triggered. Also need an off-standby trigger as has been noted for the insight. Convert security lights into smart lights...
I have cordless mowers, edgers, hedge trimmers and blowers and mow on weekends. It is not good to have batteries continuously charging, especially in a hot garage.
I would like to start charging the mower battery and garden tool batteries on Thursdays so they'll be fully charged for Saturday or Sunday yardwork. Afterwards, I put the batteries back in the chargers and let Wemo stop charging Monday morning and then start recharhging again on Thursday.
Of course, other good ideas have been asked regarding checking status of the device. It would be nice to check from the app that a power outage hasn't disabled the charging schedule.
I'm assuming I won't be able to use the wemo light switch in the outlet I wanted to. In the box I have a black, white and ground wire coming into the box. There is no load wore. Am I correct to assume I can't use the Wemo light switch?
byScott10-16-201410:10 AM - edited 10-16-201410:10 AM
I would like to see WeMo multi-colored light solutions such as replacements for 75-watt incandecent bulbs, BR30, and light-ropes. A plus would be for the light ropes to be weatherproof.
To step it up, I would really like to see low-voltage options too for landscape lighting via MR16 LED bulbs, and PAR36 "well light" replacements. It would be really nice to be able to set scenes or ad-hoc lighting changes.