I believe there are multiple reasons that Belkin should provide a web interface for managing an indivisulas WeMo network. Here are some of the reasons I would like it, I am sure others have some good reasons also.
1)Cell phones become obsolete too quickly to be used as the only manager for a product that should be expected to be in use for many years.
2)I use my WeMo device in remote locations, some are hours away but accessable remotely. If I lose/break/upgrade my phone, it is unrealsitic to have to travel to all of my remote sites to get my network back on my phone. A web interface would not only allow for me to continue to control the network, but could possibly allow for me to push my network to the Belkin App on my new phone.
3)Phone operating systems update so frequently, requiring frequent application updates, which can only lead to issues for us users.
4)Belkin should have no issues with constructing a web interface considering they have been in the networking game for years.
I for one have a number of light switches I would love to replace with WEMO's however the switches in question are 3-way. While I understand if the WEMO devices don't talk to each other, but neither do the analog switches I have today. Please consider adding 3 way switches this way your customer won't have to look at other products such as z-wave devices.
I have had WeMo since the first year they came out. Most of the time we set them up and forget the set up, because they work so well! This week I changed my home network to a Linksys Velop. So I had to reinstall all of my 8 WeMo switches and light switches. I had forgotten how to do so!
Since I finally figured it out again with some help from WeMo, I thought I would post steps here for all, as WeMo demos don't cover it well.
I love WeMo! Good luck!
Set up only one device at a time! Unplug all, except installed light switches to start.
Set up switch Unplug all. Hold down top reset button while plugging in. Hold for 5 seconds. Let go. Switch will cycle through color lights. Wait for flashing blue - gold. Then plug light into WeMo switch. Go to iPad settings. Select wi-fi. Look for WeMo switch. Select it and then wait for check mark and full bars at top. Open WeMo app and it should take you to switch set up. You will choose your switch name. (Add atop, instead of WeMo name), your network and password, add email address and then hopefully see WeMo device on WeMo list. If any step fails, go to iPad first. Double click on home button. Close all open apps and then repeat all steps from beginning. This should solve.
Set up light switch after installation by electrician. Press reset button (bottom right one) for 1 second. Release. Then press and hold bottom left button for 5 seconds. Look at iPad settings to see if you find WeMo light switch. If so, proceed as above with switch steps from here. If not, close all open iPad apps as described above. Then repeat button pushes to find WeMo on settings and complete all steps.
Grouping rules Choose rules. Choose two or more devices with checks. Set time on and off for entire group. Works great!
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.
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!!!!!
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 ?
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 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.
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.
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.