WeMo Switch Smart Plug, Wi-Fi, Works with Amazon Alexa
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- Works with Amazon Alexa for voice control (Alexa device sold separately)
- Wemo is home automation the easy way: Plug in a Wemo Switch, download the free app, and start controlling your lights and appliances from anywhere in the world, right from your phone. No hub or subscription required.
- Why come home to a dark house? Why let the fan run if nobody’s home? Set on and off times for your lights and small appliances. Sync lights to sunrise, sunset, and other external events automatically. Create schedules from your phone and change them easily, whenever the mood strikes.
- The Wemo Switch protects your home better than a mechanical timer. In “Away Mode”, your lights will turn on and off randomly to confuse potential intruders and make it look like somebody is home.
- Works with Nest Thermostat so your lights and appliances “know” when you’re home or away, and respond automatically. 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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At a Glance:
- Remote control devices
- Set schedules/timers
- Away Mode
- Works with Alexa
The Wemo Switch Wi-Fi Smart Plug uses your existing home Wi-Fi network to provide wireless control of your lights and appliances. Using the free Wemo app, you can turn on a space heater in your garage or a fan in your kitchen, even if you're miles from home.
No subscription or hub is required: simply plug Wemo Switch into an electrical outlet, connect a device to the Smart Plug, and wirelessly control your device using a tablet or phone. This makes it easy to put a living room lamp on a schedule or – for peace of mind – randomize your home lights when you're on vacation so it looks like you're home.
What's in the Box:
- Wemo Switch Smart Plug
- Quick Start Guide
Set Schedules and Timers
Using the free Wemo app, you can schedule a lamp to turn on at sunset, or keep your house comfortable in the summer by scheduling a fan to turn on at noon.
Turn Off Appliances Remotely
If you have a habit of accidentally leaving an appliance – such as a curling iron – on, Wemo Switch Smart Plug offers peace of mind by allowing you to turn it off, even if you're already halfway to the office.
Protect Your Home with Away Mode
Using Wemo ‘Away Mode', you can create the illusion that you’re at home even when you’re away. 'Away Mode' turns plugged-in lights on and off in a random pattern.
Hands-Free Control with Alexa
When paired with Amazon Alexa, the Wemo Switch Smart Plug gives you hands-free voice control over your devices. Turn your lights, appliances, or an entire room on or off using just your voice.
Compatible with Nest
The Wemo Switch Smart Plug pairs with Nest’s Thermostat to offer a range of automatic control options. The Thermostat detects when you’re home or away and syncs with Wemo Switch. Use Nest compatibility to turn a fan off when the house is empty, or have your lights switch on when you come back home.
Add More Features with IFTTT
'If This, Then That' is a free web-based service that lets you do amazing things with your Wemo. Turn lamps, coffee makers, fans and other electronics on when you’re almost home or off when you leave. With IFTTT, Wemo can even schedule the lights to turn on automatically when you open the garage. Visit the site to find 'recipes' for your Wemo Switch.
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Did you forget to turn off the window A.C.? How about that curling iron? Want the living room lamp to turn on when the sun goes down—automatically? The Wemo Switch gives you control of your lamps and small appliances whenever you want, wherever you choose, with tons of options for scheduling and automation. Paired with Amazon Alexa, you can control your lamps and appliances with just the power of your voice. When Wemo works with Nest Thermostat, you can set your lights to turn off automatically when you leave the house, and on when you get home again. No central hub or subscription is required. Wemo also has an on/off switch on the unit, in case the Wi-Fi goes down. Compatible with Apple iOS 8 or higher and Android 4.1 or higher. Electrical Rating 120V/15A/60Hz/1800W. 24-hr Wemo support is available at 1-844-745-WEMO.
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It's been in use for over 5 months at the time of this review (19SEP16).
OVERVIEW: I use this (and several other Wemo devices) with my Echo (aka Alexa!)- which means I only use this device "locally". (I don't have any application where I count on this device to respond to me when I'm abroad.) This Wemo outlet works flawlessly when house-power is stable (See •• below). I have other Wemo devices that I have programmed on/off times of day... my personal application of this switch does not require any daily routines to be programmed.
My only interaction with this device is voice commands (e.g. "Alexa, turn TV off").
>>The outlet controls the power to the TV. There are times when the TV has been left on and the remote is not within eyesight. Walking through the room I can simply command Alexa to turn off the TV - and walah! for a one-time expense of 40 bucks I have solved the family conflict of "where's the *+=#$*@ remote. (and the buttons on the new TVs are too stealthy for me).
Part of the Wemo family- Wemo's simple *but stable* cloud programming allows me to set up times of day to turn my device on or off. Times of day can be absolute (e.g. "11:00 PM- TURN OFF") or can be relative (e.g. "Turn off 30 min after sunset"). Really... if you aren't familiar with Wemo power in your home- read up or just buy a single device to test it out. Simple home automation done affordably well.)
• Large protrusion from the outlet, bulky on the wall. (As you can see- I gave it 5 stars because I don't care about the bulky protrusion- but this "feature" still exists).
•• Doesn't always recover from a power outage. A power outage can be hard on devices, since it's often not a clean drop in line voltage... but more of a "brown out" situation (low voltage still present/not cool for electronic components)- or worse-a surge in power before a brown out. This condition also impacts my wireless router (randomly)- so the inability for the switch to come back online following a power outage is also affected by my router's ability to come back online. In the 5 months I've had this switch I've had to walk over an manually press the reset button on the rear of the device. No biggee- unless I used this device in a remote-control scenario). Again- this feature hasn't diminished my 5 star rating.
Net Evaluation= none of the cons take away from why I purchased this device. It's stable, provides lots of flexibility and IS a recommended buy.
Would I buy another one? The $40 price tag drives a fair amount of "need" on my part before I'll part with the cash. I've tried other competitors with a slightly lower price, however the cloud support & set up doesn't hold a candle to Wemo.
DISCLOSURE: Wemo (nor anyone else) gave me a single nickel to write this review. It's absolutely unbiased- I'm motivated only by the desire to share a good thing with others when I come across it. Happy Automating.....
I’m editing my review because I now own both the outlet switch and light switch.
I like the idea of having switches that don’t require a hub like so many others do. I own this light switch as well as the version that plugs into an outlet, see my review of that one as well. I think that the WeMo platform is stable and well thought out although I do wish there was a laptop/desktop (non-mobile) interface. If you only have a few switches it is fine, but if you had like 3 or more it would get cumbersome.
Don't let the other reviews scare you if you are technology competent. I hesitated to buy this because of the connectivity problem in other reviews. I can only conclude that those people are more like my grandmother than myself. I will say that installing the light switch requires a bit of electrical knowledge (or at least willingness to learn) and a bit of patience with the WiFi setup. I also had to switch WiFi networks at one point and it was a bit of a hassle and required a decent amount of googling around forums. There is a helpful video on this page. No, it isn't absolutely an easy 1-2-3 set-up, but I don't really have any complaints either. This thing does what it says it does, has a good app, and works well for me.
In the app you can also set up more complicated rules for on-off, so it isn't like your light go on and off at the same time every day, making it obvious they are on a timer, you can use sunrise/set. I also like that you can disable rules without deleting them. So I can basically have a set for when I'm home, and a set when I'm out, and it is a simple transition from one to the other.
What I like about the light switch as opposed to the outlet switch is that you can use it without the app. You can just press the switch and never have to care that it is a WeMo switch if you want. This is nice because with the outlet switch you have to leave the lamps on and control it only with the app (yes there is a button, but it is inconvenient). This means that guests or anyone else has to learn about your nutty setup just to turn on a lamp. This light switch fixes this problem and I really enjoy that.
I travel a lot for work, and so I use these mostly as a light timers just so it isn't so obvious when I'm not home. What I like is that when I am in a hurry out the door I don't have to bother setting anything, and I can just do it once I'm waiting at the airport. You can do all kinds of nutty stuff like setting it up with a motion sensor, but for me it is just a controllable light timer. It should be noted that this literally 16x the price of a normal light timer, so you pay a hefty premium for all of this.
I have the light switch installed in my bedroom and I use it to help myself wake up. I’m a heavy sleeper and having the lights turn on is a huge help.
By the time you are reading this I will assume that you know that the light switch will require a neutral wire and a deep electrical box. This is almost guaranteed in newer construction, but you should check you switch box before purchasing. Obviously this doesn’t apply to the outlet switch.
An often overlooked aspect of the WeMo platform is the IFTTT integration. I think this provides two huge opportunities. The first is that you can add “Do” buttons to your lock screen. This means you can control the lights without unlocking your phone or opening an app. It’s just like swiping up and opening the camera. I’ve included a picture of what this looks like. The second nice part of the IFTTT is that you can utilize the actual “if” functionalities. For example: I have mine setup so that if I lose my phone I can press and hold the light switch and it will call me.
HOWEVER, I bought the light switch when it was $42 and it has been going up in price. I think that as it approaches $50 the competition really opens up and the alternatives are worth consideration. This is a 20% price hike and I think that is substantial.
Also, two minor complaints First, the outlet switch itself if huge. I feel like it should be 1/3 the size it is. Also, the light switch has an indicator light on it which is a bit bright for my tastes. You can see in one of the pictures that I have a bit of card stock taped over it to make it dimmer.