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Wemo Insight WiFi Enabled Smart Plug, with Energy Monitoring, Works with Amazon Alexa (Discontinued by Manufacturer - Newer Version Available)
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- Works with Alexa for voice control (Alexa device sold separately)
- Turn appliances and electronic devices on and off from anywhere + monitor and control energy usage and costs from anywhere. How much is that power hungry space heater or air conditioner costing me? Heat up, cool down and turn on/off up from anywhere!
- Easy to install and simple to use, Set schedules and receive customized notifications
- Works with any smartphone or tablet running Android 4.1 and higher or iOS 8 and higher. Electrical Rating120V/15A/60Hz/1800W
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Remotely switch off your appliances and monitor energy usage from anywhere.
Wemo Insight Switch
At a Glance:
- Remotely turn appliances and electronic devices on and off.
- Monitor and control energy usage and costs from anywhere.
- Set schedules and receive customized notifications.
- Control using the free Wemo App on smartphone or tablet.
Wemo Insight Switch
Wemo Insight Switch lets you turn electronic devices on and off, set schedules, or monitor energy usage right from your phone. Simply plug it into an outlet and plug your device into the Insight Switch. It's that easy.
Compatible with Apple (iOS 8 and higher) and Android (4.1 and higher), Insight Switch works with your home Wi-Fi and router via 3G or 4G networks. Also works with iPod touch (5th generation and later), iPhone (4 and later), iPad (3rd generation and later), and the latest Android tablets.
What's in the Box:
- Wemo Insight Switch
- Quick install guide
Never Worry You Left Something on Again
Insight Switch can turn anything plugged in off and on automatically like lamps, fans, space heaters, and other electronic devices. Set worry-free schedules to match the rhythms of your home.
Know What's Driving Up Your Electricity Bill
With the Wemo App, you can monitor energy usage of any device plugged into Insight Switch right from your phone.
Put a Light to Work While You're Away
Away mode makes it look like you're home even when you're not with preset lighting schedules. Lights go on and off automatically or can be controlled remotely from your phone.
Know When and What Devices are in Use
Insight Switch can send alerts directly to your smartphone if a connected device is turned on or off. So now you can know things like if the kids are watching TV instead of doing their homework, or when a wash cycle is finished.
It's a Mod, Mod World
One of the beauties of Wemo is its modularity. Control one lamp or all of them. Dip a toe into smart-home tech, or dive in headfirst. There’s a Wemo for every situation: Light Switches for your porchlight or those swanky recessed ceiling lights in the man-cave. Switches for your plug-in lamps and fans. Insight Switches for devices you want to monitor for energy savings. Control them all from your app, with no hub. Go forth and modulize.
Works with Amazon Alexa
Wemo Switch, Insight Switch and Light Switch work seamlessly with Amazon Echo, Amazon Dot and Amazon Tap to give you hands-free, vocal control over your stuff. Want to turn off the fan? Turn on the floor lamp? Shut off the TV in the kids’ room before their brains melt? When Wemo and Alexa work together, all you have to do is speak your mind. Literally.
Wemo works with Nest Learning Thermostat
Nest’s 'home' and 'away' modes can tell your Wemo switches what you’re up to. If you’re out, your desk fan turns off so the cat doesn’t lose another inch of its tail. When you return, that fake Tiffany lamp your Grandma left you is burning brightly to welcome you home. And you can adjust basic Thermostat settings without leaving the Wemo app, thus conserving valuable thumb-tapping time.
Works with IFTTT
'If This, Then That' is a free web-based service that lets you do an amazing array of things with your Wemo. Visit the website to find 'recipes' for making Wemo turn lights on and off based on real-world events, send you push notifications about device activity, or take advantage of your phone’s geo-fencing capabilities to know if you’re home or away.
The WeMo Insight Switch works with the free WeMo app to give you wireless control of your appliances and electronics; turn on a space heater to get the room nice and cozy before you get there, be at ease that you turned off the hair straightener or iron after the morning rush or bring on the holiday cheer and turn on the holiday lights! Put your little ones to bed and turn off the reading lamp and turn on the nightlight as you tuck them in. Modular system. Users can add additional switches easily any time. Control as much or as little of the home as desired. Plugs into any regular 120V wall outlet.
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In the past Belkin support has offered to send me a replacement device, but they couldn't guarantee that if wouldn't arrive with the same buggy firmware. Also, any future firmware update could brick your device, but Belkin will only replace it if it is within the warranty period. Seems to me that if you update your firmware, that should start the warranty period over again. Belkin's suggestion was that if I receive an update notification from the WeMo app, I should call Belkin support, and find out if it is going to brick my device before I apply the update.
If this were the only device of it's kind you would be stuck, but it isn't. There are other manufactures and devices that provide similar functionality.
UPDATE: Belkin reached out to me, so I contacted them via email. A couple of days later I got a response by email asking me for various pieces of information, including the firmware version of the WeMo device. The problem is, that if you can't get the device connected to the WiFi, you can't get the firmware version. Consider this point for a second. The iOS or Android app will talk to the WeMo device, but it can't query the devices firmware version. Likewise, the app can't update the firmware in the WeMo device.
So let's say you do eventually get the device to connect to a WiFi network. It is going to see that a firmware update is available. Great. There is no information on the firmware update. Like a version number or date. Also, if a firmware update causes you to lose connection to your WiFi network there is no way to back it out. There is no way to revert to a previous working firmware version. Doing a reset of the device will not restore it to the original firmware version, just the current firmware version.
I realize that most of what I'm suggesting, if implemented in the WeMo device would not work with the current hardware. But most of these features can be implemented in the WeMo app. The WeMo app could download a specific firmware version and then update the WeMo device with out having the WeMo device connected to the internet.
I have been a Belkin Wemo Insight owner from when the Insight Switch first came out several years ago as I have places that are hard to get to (specifically my landscape lights) that are controlled from a switch in the crawlspace (for the front) and a detached shed (for the back)—until the Wemos I had manual timers installed which required periodically crawling under the house to reset. I also historically used the Wemos to turn off TVs at certain times so my kids couldn’t watch them too late (yes the plugs are where the kids can’t get them easily without major gymnastics). Over the years I have had issues with the Wemo switches as they periodically lose contact and I have to reset them (I would say this happens on average every other month) or that they temporarily lose contact with my wifi and don’t show up on the Wemo app (this usually happens for the ones in the crawlspace and the detached shed, so I assume it is a wifi range issue). When the Wemos temporarily lose contact they usually fix themselves in several hours, but sometimes this causes the Wemos to not turn on/off in time. They other issue I have had with the Wemos is that they aren’t password protected and so my kids could put the Wemo app on their phone and turn the TVs back on (luckily they hadn’t figured that out yet). I have also experienced (periodically) where the Wemo schedule seems to “detach” and I have to delete the schedules and put them back in to get them to work again. On the positive side the Wemos do have a “sunset” and “sunrise” time feature that ties into our local sunrise/sunset which makes programming the landscape lights a breeze. I would add that I am an “advanced user” for wifi and I have 2 access points and a range extender in our house.
Therefore when I saw the Edimax Smart Plugs I thought I would give them a try. I have been running 4 Edimax plugs for about a month now (in place of our 4 Wemos) and have observed the following in comparison to the Wemos: (1) they seem to get better reception and don’t drop like the Wemos do, (2) they are password protected which is very easy to set up from the app, (3) the Edimax’s firmware is updated by logging into the same wifi network that the Edimax plug is on and using Edimax’s firmware update tool. Originally it was hard for me to find this tool on Edimax’s website and I had to do a google search to be able to find it and download it (hopefully by the time you are reading this Edimax has fixed this). Once I found the firmware update software it was very easy to use. In comparison to the Edimax, the Wemo will tell you periodically if it needs its firmware updated. Although this is a good feature on the Wemo, I have found to be buggy over the years and sometimes the update wouldn’t take/work easily (requiring resets of the Wemo), (4) they take 2 different approaches to programming. The first level for the Edimax are the days and you have to program each day. The first level for the Wemo is the rule and then you can decide which days to apply it to. If you want to have the same rule run the same on each day, the Wemo is easier/better, but if you want to run different rules on different days the Edimax is easier/better.
In summary the comparisons between the Wemo Insights and the Edimax Smart plugs are:
- Ease of app use—a tie
- Rule programming—a tie, but if the Edimax had a sunrise/sunset feature I would personally give it the advantage
- Sunrise / sunset feature—only on the Wemo, advantage Wemo
- Password protection—only on the Edimax, advantage Edimax
- Stability (e.g. not having to reset the plugs periodically)—so far (1 month), advantage Edimax (as I have had 2 years of buggy Wemo experience)
- Size (the Wemo Insight plugs are a bit smaller)—advantage Wemo
- Wifi range / connectivity—so far, advantage Edimax
- Firmware update—a tie; as the Wemo does it from within the app (e.g. notifies you that it needs to be updated automatically), but is buggy and unstable in my experience; the Edimax update software was hard to find and doesn’t automatically tell you if it needs to be updated
- County of manufacture (Wemo: China; Edimax: Taiwan)—advantage Edimax as I have found stuff manufactured in Taiwan to be more predictable on quality
- Time synch—advantage Wemo (it is automatic on the Wemo, and on the Edimax it asks you if it should synch with your phone time. This is a small feature difference in my opinion, but if you travel and open the Edimax app you have to make sure not to select synching with your phone time if you are in another time zone)
In summary, the Wemo has been around for a while and still seems to not have been able to produce a stable (not buggy) platform. The Edimax plug has been around for a shorter time and seems to be more stable. I give the Wemo a 3 rating due to its buggy nature with the need for periodic reboots and re-install and lack of password protection (if it would be more stable and have password protection it would get a 5). I give the Edimax a 4 as it lacks a sunrise/sunset feature and is slightly less user friendly to update the firmware (if it had a sunrise/sunset feature I would be torn to give it a 5 and if it at least had a feature to tell you if its firmware needed to be updated I would definitely give it a 5).