Wemo hardware is good. Wemo concept is good. The software? Ummmmm.
There are tons of messages on the support forums complaining about the difficulty of replacing a router or even simply following security best practices and chaning the password. It requires every Wemo switch to be reset! If you have one device that's a hassle. If you have 20 devices, it's a nightmare.
ALL THAT IS REQUIRED IS THAT THE DEVICE STORE TWO NETWORK CONFIGURATIONS! This is not rocket science. I should be able to use the app to:
1) connect to the current network. 2) go to a menu item (e.g. Network Options) and then a) specify a "primary" network configuration (generally the current network) b) specify a "fallback" network configuration. c) swap (a) and (b) if desired
d) select the devices to be updated from a list (defaulting to "all")
e) press a button to have the current and (new) fallback network configurations updated on all the selected devices.
This would make changing the wifi password trivial: a) choose the new wifi password, b) tell the devices what it will be and make it the new primary network configuration, and then c) change the actual password on the router.
This would make changing networks trivial if done in advance or when both networks are still operational.
If you want people use lots of Wemo devices to control their homes, you must make it practical to do so.
Two Wemo Smart Plug/Outlets installed and linked to Google Home. Worked originally. Then one stopped responding and the other a acouple of weeks later. Verbal commands result in "It looks like the <device name> isn't available right now.". Have unlinked Wemo from Google home and relinked it, several times (including today after the indication that all systems were patched).
Have asked Google Home to sync which does not result in anything working.
It would be very helpful for WEMO to develop 3-way switches that can be used to control a single light from multiple locations. I am surprised that WEMO does not already have this type of switch in its offerings. The lack of 3- and 4-way light switches forces users including myself to other manufacturers. Leviton has this functionality in their wifi capable switches. Their switch can have up to 4 additional locations besides the main switch. The other 4 locations require companion switches that are only about $27.95 each with the main 3-way costing about $45.00. Please develop this if you are not already doing so. If need be, purchase the Leviton Model DW15S-1BZ main switch and the DD0SR-DLZ companion switch and reverse engineer your own.
I have a Wemo switch on most single pole light switches in my home. I would love to wire up my 3 and 4 easy switches, but you don't support it. Please fill this need. You could use ad-hoc wireless communication to communicate the state of each switch to the others in a group.
The rules option needs to be able to tell me at a glace which mini switch is using what rules intead of oppeing each rule to remember what switch does that rule. Very frustration if you have like 7 mini plugs at 2 locations
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.
If you are a consumer like me, there's a chance you bought the WEMO dimmer thinking the blue light below the timmer looks great as shown in most marketing materials. Well to my surprise, that light goes away when dimmer is all set up, and there's no way to change the behavior of the indicator light!
My suggestion is to allow end users to choose what the indicator light below the dimmer does. In my case, i'd like to make the indicator light below the dimmer stay on all the time or when the lights are off.
In addition, since that's an RGB light, it would be awesome to let us use a color wheel to change the color as well.
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!
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.
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.
A single plugin to a circuit that will alert you when the power goes out. This could alert you to outtiges for refrigerators, freezers, home security, ect. It could include a failsafe power back-up for a mobile alart system.
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????