It would be very cool to have Bluetooth embedded (along with existing tech) in order to have a phone or bluetooth type pendant switch the device on or off...
The way it would work, is that you pair the wemo to the bluetooth device, and decide on a signal strengh that will set off the trigger. This would give specific users access to switch the devices on or off.
In other words, its diferent from the motion sensors, in that the lights wont go on or off with every movement of the kids, dogs and whathaveyou. With a bluetooth device (Even a WEMO Keychain Pendant with an on/ off) you can set certian devices to go on or off as well....
WEMO Bluetooth Pendant on Dog Collar:
Opens dog door for dog, turns on back porch light for dog when using restroom outside, etc.
Dog pendant wont turn on all of the lights, since you program it for certian lights only--- And IFTTT could alert you that its the dog triggering devices, so you know its not your neighborhood burglar.
Entry: Turns on hall lights when at the front door, or through the house.
Walk Though: Lights up certian areas as you walk through them in an office building
The idea is to have a controlled proximity trigger that you can quickly toggle on or off.
Since im on about a possible WEMO Pendant, how about 2 buttons... 1 on/off for it,,,but also 1 manual trigger to turn it Toggle on/off Manually..
So, if you walk into the bedroom with wife sleeping, and you forgot to turn it off, you can quickly push the button to turn off the switch you turned on (active via proximity) A fast and effective way to trigger without pulling out the phone and opening the app or widget
New product: a wall mountable Central Control Station for your wemo devices. Maybe about the size of a mini Ipad...which yes you smart guys, you can do if you wanted to dedicate a $400 device...something more economical...LCD screen...there's times your mobile device is just not at hand!😆
I used the WeMo Maker (and magnetic switch) to control my garage door. It works like a charm... However, I would like to automate this further by creating one of the following IFTTT rules:
if the wemo switch is NOT trigerred and I enter the area OPEN the garage door by "turn relay on momentarily"
if I eneter the area "turn relay on momentarily" only if the switch is NOT triggered
As far as I see the IFTTT does not allow the creation of the AND condition. I explored possibility of using the two rules, 1st checks one condition and if this condition is met it triggers another rule to check for another condition, but I cannot figure it out (sending an email and acting on the email is not an option due to long lag in receiving an email)
Any suggestions? Maybe WeMo or IFTTT could incorporate new condition and actions to their WeMo Maker possibilities.
I cut the cord on the water alarm, put the alarm side onto the relay side of the maker & the water sensor part on the "-" & "S" connectors. If I touch the water sensors with metal, the alarm works great. If I set it in water, it doesn't trigger. Any ideas if this setup is even possible?
As I add more Wemo devices to my home, just wondering if its possible to create a better UI for managing large numbers of these devices...For example the ability to group these devices into "folders" or some sort of organization facility would help to avoid me having to scroll through a number of devices.
Also some sort of search (perhaps integrated with the built-in iPhone search) to allow me to quickly find the switch or device and turn it on or off.
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