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- Control nearly any low-voltage electronics device via smartphone or tablet with free WEMO app
- Knowledge of electrical wiring required
- Use triggers from a variety of sensors with the WEMO Maker
- Works with IFTTT for customization and unique use-cases
- Not compatible with Amazon Echo
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Use WeMo Maker as a controller, sensor, or manager.
At a Glance
- Wirelessly control nearly any low-voltage electronics device
- Basic circuitry knowledge required of electrical wiring is required
- Use triggers from a variety of sensors
- Free WeMo App available for Android, iOS, and Kindle
- Integrates with IFTTT for limitless customization
- Works with other WeMo products
Connect, Control, and Check on Devices from Anywhere.
WeMo Maker lets you connect, control, and check in on low-voltage electronic devices from anywhere. Just connect WeMo Maker to your device and to your home Wi-Fi network to enjoy full visibility and control of the device using your smartphone or tablet. Turn your electronic devices on and off, put them on a schedule, or create automated rules to fit your needs and preferences .
Automate as much of your home as you like with WeMo's growing product line. With the help of the free WeMo app, you can use different WeMo products with each other. Use a light sensor with WeMo Maker to automatically trigger your WeMo LED Bulbs to turn on when it's getting dark. You can also use a reed switch sensor on a window with WeMo Maker to automatically trigger your WeMo Insight Switch to turn on or off if the window is open or closed. The integration of WeMo Maker with the rest of the WeMo products is limitless.
Note: connecting WeMo Maker to electronic devices requires basic circuitry knowledge.
What's in the Box:
WeMo Maker, micro-USB cable, universal home charger, quick install guide.
Use your smartphone to open the window blinds in your living room at sunrise.
Connect WeMo Maker to research robotics and control them from your smartphone.
Create a trigger to open the pet door when you log out of your work email for the day.
Use as a Controller, Sensor, or Manager: Some Assembly Required
WeMo Maker was created for DIYers and tinkerers who know their way around electronics and electrical wiring and enjoy taking things apart. WeMo Maker can connect to nearly any device that has a DC switch (24v at 1 amp, max 24 watts). After you've hooked up the device, you can monitor a variety of 5v digital sensors.
To control WeMo devices using a smartphone or tablet, download the free WeMo app, available for iOS, Android, or Kindle. With the app, you can turn the devices on and off, create schedules, and set up rules based on the status of a WeMo Maker sensor.
If Maker is used in connection with a garage door opener to be operated remotely (i.e., not in direct view of the garage door), regulations may require that the garage door have certain features including, but not limited to, a trap sensor, a siren, and a strobe.
Additional regulations may apply depending on the jurisdiction and what device(s) you connect to the Maker. It is solely your responsibility to ensure that your use of the Maker in connection with any device is in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.
Ideal for DIY Automation
WeMo Maker lets tech-savvy users add any low-voltage devices to their WeMo home Wi-Fi network. Since the system is modular, you can choose to automate as much or as little of your home as you'd like and connect different components when the time is right.
WeMo Can Be as Flexible as You Need It to Be
An expanding WeMo ecosystem makes it possible for you to automate different parts of your home. The WeMo ecosystem now includes WeMo Insight Switch, WeMo Switch +Motion Sensor, WeMo Light Switch, WeMo Switch, and WeMo LED Starter Set.
Endless Possibilities Thanks to IFTTT Integration
WeMo Maker works with IFTTT, a service that lets you create powerful automations based on a simple premise: IF This, Then That. You can use any data source on the web to act as a trigger. For example, IF the sun rises, then open the window blinds; or IF you log out of your work email for the day, Then open the garage door.
Additional Technical Requirements
- A strong understanding of electronics and electrical wiring required
- All connections via screw terminals
Relay Technical Specifications
-0-24VAC/DC @ 1amp
-Relay contacts isolated
-Not for use with standard household appliances
Sensor Technical Specifications
-Low: 0-0.8V DC
-High: 2.4-5V DC
-Normally High (Optimized for sensors with open collector outputs, using internal 4.7k Ohm pull-up Resistor)
-Powered by maker PSU or self-powered sensors
-5V 100mA max, power supply
-Self-powered sensors: requires voltage isolation between sensor and WeMo Maker
- Logic output can be inverted in electronics, or within rules in the app
- Size (LWH): 3 inches, 3 inches, 6 inches
- Weight: 4 ounces
The WEMO Maker is the perfect accessory for any DIY'er looking to turn their low voltage electronics or robotics into a WEMO enabled device. The WEMO Maker works with your home Wi-Fi Network to give you full control of your devices, so you can turn them on/off from anywhere or put them on schedules, all from your smart phone. It's also modular, so you can control as much or little of your home as you like. With a basic understanding of electric wiring, you can connect your WEMO Maker to integrate it with IFTTT and all your other WEMO products. The WEMO Maker works with any 120V wall outlet and connects to the Free WEMO App.
Top Customer Reviews
My home was built about a year or two before internet connected garage door openers become readily available. The other off-the-shelf option for this purpose is a new garage door opener with wifi (about $200 to $300) or the Chamberlain MYQ-G0201 MyQ-Garage accessory. The MyQ Garage product does not work with all non-Chamberlain devices. It essentially sets up another wireless remote via a hub that works with a wireless door sensor. It works on iOS and Android devices with a proprietary application. It costs around $99. It involves no wiring but has a compatibility list of openers.
I decided to go with the WeMo Maker for a few reasons. First, I thought I could automate the garage door and set up alerts for when the garage door is open and closed. I also have several WeMo devices. I like the WeMo iOS interface. I also like the flexibility of the IFTTT (if this than that) rules that can be set up. Unlike other options like the MyQ Chamberlain etc., you can integrate this Wemo device with other Wemo devices. You want a rule to turn on your Wemo lights when the garage opens (or anything plugged into a Wemo outlet)? No worries. Want to get a text message? Sure. That is not as easy or possible with the standalone options for garage automation. The Wemo was also a bit less expensive than the MyQ, even after the door switch, as Belkin runs 20%-35% coupons with free shipping periodically. Lastly, I wasn't sure the MyQ would work with my opener since the builder used a Viper/Marantec which wasn't mentioned on the compatibility list. I found out a few months later that the MyQ device does not work with any Viper/Marantec openers and that is what my builder used. The WeMo does involve some minimal (low-voltage) wiring and therefore is likely more time consuming to install than the MyQ.
In summary, I am reasonably happy with the result. I did find the WeMo Maker to be a pesky source of radio frequency interference. I mounted the Maker next to the opener. This was probably not the best location but I didn't have another option. Initially this placement resulted in a significant range reduction to the integrated garage door transmitters in my vehicles. I isolated the interference to the WeMo since when it was unplugged the range reverted to about 100'. With the WeMo plugged in the range was about 30'. I first moved the Maker closer to the ceiling. This seamed to increase the range of the transmitters slightly but I still wasn't happy. To overcome the interference from the Maker, I did several things at once with an ok result. Since I just wanted to minimize trips up and down the ladder, I did all the interventions at once. I am not sure which worked or maybe they all had some effect: I added a ferrite core to the garage power cord, I added an RFI outlet plug to the garage opener, I put a piece of 16G plate steel between the Maker and antenna on top of the opener and extended the wire antenna several feet with small gauge wire. I also used a metal internal hard drive cage around the Maker (see image). I doubt many people would have to do all this to mitigate RFI and the resulting affect on transmitter range I experienced. No doubt the Maker gives off some RFI but I mainly fault the craptastic Viper/Marantec opener that the builder used. The range of the transmitters is now in the 60-75' range which is acceptable.
Ideally, the Maker should probably be as far away from the opener and on a separate circuit to avoid RFI. However, I did not have power near the wall switch for the opener and only had one outlet on the ceiling. Also, it is probably worth noting that any appliance or device can be a source of RFI so I'm not sure I would have had better luck with the MyQ in my application.
The following instructions are the ones I used. I'm sure there are others and maybe better ones. I welcome any thoughts on WeMo Maker Garage door optimization in the comments section:
1. The Maker
2. Overhead Door Switch (sensor). I used the Potter Amseco ODC-59A. It is sold here on Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/Potter-Amseco-ODC-59A-Overhead-Switch/dp/B000GUSNQW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1417724519&sr=8-1&keywords=Potter+Amseco+ODC-59A ). This switch has a range of 2" and the bar is magnetic and can stick right to the top of the garage door. You don't need a switch to control your door but without one you will not know if the door is open or closed when you activate the Maker and you cannot get notifications whether the door is open or closed.
3. Some wire to attach the overhead door switch to the Maker and to attach the leads of your opener to the maker. I used 22 gauge fire/security shielded 2 conductor wire. It was 20 cents a foot and I bought 20'.
4. Good Wifi signal where you put the Maker
5. An outlet near where you put the Maker
6. Adhesive plastic clips or something to hold the wire.
7. Two drywall anchors and screws or some type of adhesive tape for the Potter Amseco sensor that goes on the wall near your garage door.
Determine where you are going to put the Maker. You will need a good WiFi signal and AC power. Check the WiFi signal with your phone where you intend to put the Maker. Ideally, given my problems with interference, I would recommend a place as far away from the opener as possible (though I didn't do this). You will need access to the wall switch wires that open the door. They can be accessed either from the wall switch or the opener. The rest of these instructions presume you will access the wires at the opener.
Find the leads on your garage opener that control the door. These should be labeled but otherwise you may need to trace the wires that go from your wall switch. Mine were not labeled and there was another wire that ran from the electric eyes that looked exactly the same. To determine which is which, take both conductors of the wire out of your terminals on the garage opener and short the wires briefly. If the door opens, you found the right wire. Now put them back on the terminals.
If there is more than one set of wires, only take one wire off at a time. If you take the electric eye wire off the terminals too and try and short the other wire, it won't open the door even if you found the right wire. You are dealing with low voltage so as long as you don't put the wires in your mouth or something, you will be fine.
Now go inside your house next to your router, plug in the Maker and get your phone and add it to your WeMo application. You will probably need to update the firmware and you don't want to be doing all this on a ladder. When you set up your Maker with the WeMo application, set the "Switch Type = Momentary" and "Sensor = Yes." Once that is done, unplug the Maker and go back to the garage with it.
Take the shielded 22 gauge 2 conductor wire and put one conductor on one of the terminals you just found and put the other on the other terminal. Run that wire to the Maker RELAY terminals. It does not matter which conductor goes to which terminal on the Maker remote terminals...just one conductor to each of the two RELAY terminals. Remember you are leaving the wire from the wall switch on the opener terminals. You are just adding the 22G wire to the same terminals.
Line up the Potter Amseco sensor on the wall so the bar part of the switch is attached to the door somewhere. I put mine on the wall above the door and put the magnetic bar on the top of the garage door. The bar comes mounted to an aluminum L bracket. The bracket gives you adjustment capability but if your garage door is like mine, I didn't need the bracket and just used its magnetic properties to put it on the top of the door. It holds firmly and I didn't need any screws or tape on the door. Make sure the bar is within 2" of the sensor and is approximately between the arrows on the sensor when the door is closed. Mount the sensor on the wall with drywall anchors and screws.
Take the 22G wire and extend the black and green wire of the Potter Amseco to the Maker. I put the green wire to the Negative SENSOR terminal on the Maker. The black wire went to the S terminal on the Maker. The third SENSOR terminal on the Maker is not used for this application. I ran the extension wire from the Potter Amseco on top of the track of the garage door opener to get to the Maker with some adhesive plastic clips.
Power up the Maker now that everything is hooked up. Hitting the large button on the front of your Maker should open and close your garage door.
Go back to your WeMo app, make sure you see the Maker and it works. Then set up rules for notification. Two rules will be set up for the Maker:
The first rule is set up like:
WeMo Maker Sensor (or whatever you renamed it) not triggered,
"Garage door is open" (or something similar)
how often: 5 min
The second rule is set up like:
WeMo Maker Sensor triggered,
"Garage door was closed" (or something similar)
how often: 5 min
Keep in mind this may be somewhat counter-intuitive for those unfamiliar to normally closed switches. The switch is actually triggered when the door is closed. The WeMo alerts will appear on the lock screen. They are also accessible by pulling down the home screen. As long as the last alert says "The Garage Door was closed", I know the garage door is closed. These alerts will fire regardless of how the door is opened or closed (wall switch, vehicle transmitter, remote transmitter or WeMo). Now go to France and open your garage via the internet and impress your friends.
UPDATE at about 1 year of use.
I continue to use the Maker for garage door automation. The WeMo app for iPhone and firmware updates seem more stable now. When I initially set the Maker up (and other WeMo devices) there were occasional connectivity issues. I have not had issues for several months with any of the 8 WeMo devices I have.
Here are few other things I have noticed that may be relevant that I did not state above.
1. You may only have one WeMo app that controls your devices outside your wifi network. This can be resolved with a hub like Smartthings and the mobile app that works with WeMo. Within your wifi network, there are no limits on the number of devices that can control the Maker.
2. One Maker per garage door
3. Notification of door opening occurs more quickly than door closing since the sensor is on the top of the door and the door will need to fully close to trigger the sensor.
Amazon Echo is great with voice integration of many WeMo devices but there is no voice integration with the Maker as of October 2015. If you are looking for voice integration with the Amazon Echo, your option currently is Garageio.
UPDATE at about 2 years of use:
I continue to use the Maker for garage door automation on one of my garage doors. The WeMo app for the iPhone has been bulletproof for me. I have not had any connectivity issues. One thing I really like is triggering the garage before I arrive home. You can do this via the app or by setting up a IFTTT geo-fence. Since I installed the Maker I got a tall SUV. It's nice not having to come home and wait for the door to open all the way while I'm sitting in front of it.
I also installed the Linear wifi garage opener on my other door. It's sold here on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/GoControl-Linear-GD00Z-4-Z-Wave-Controller/dp/B00M75TEIU
I like it. It was way easier to install since it has a remote sensor. It integrates with the Smart Things hub and works equally well. It may be another option for some.
Just wanted to add a couple comments to AaronR review. The WeMo app is good. You can install it on multiple phones and it will automatically learn of all the devices and rules once the additional phone attach to the WiFi. Please be aware that if you have more than one WiFi, or multiple houses, the Wemo app seems to only work with one verses the other. Not both. I also found that the notifications provided by the WeMo app for the garage door opening or closing are iffy at best. The notifications were unreliable even before I installed the app on the second phone. In any event, the "sensor triggered" or "sensor not triggered" is totally reliable on the WeMo app so use that if you gotta know if your garage is opened or not. "Sensor Trigger" means it is closed, "sensor not triggered" means it is opened.
It is highly recommended that you also install the IFTTT app for additional automation capabilities. The notifications recipes on IFTTT are also not very reliable just like the WeMo app, and additionally they sometimes come in much much later after the action occurred. But the reason you want IFTTT app is to setup "geo fencing". I set it up to open the garage door when I am at the end of my street and it has worked every single time. As I pull up, the garage door just starts opening. A+++. You can also set it up to close your garage door, but I did not do that for a couple of reasons. First, IFTTT only let's you setup one trigger. So if your garage door was already closed and you leave the geo fencing area, it would end up opening it. There is another app called Conjure that is under development that is supposed to have multiple triggers so you can test the garage door condition.
That said, I wish this wasn't so expensive. I held off on buying it for so long because I didn't feel it was worth $80. I still don't think for most people it's worth the cost, and I definitely could have achieved my same goals with a $30 Raspberry Pi and the IFTTT Maker channel. It's definitely easier to setup than another Raspberry Pi, though so I am glad I made the purchase.