So you are living in the 21st century, but like most people, is your house still stuck in the 20th century? One way to bring a little technology into your home is with the use of Belkin’s Home Automation products. I currently have several different Belkin devices that I think could make your home just a little smarter, but in this post we’re going to specifically take a look at the WeMo devices I use. First, let’s take a look at the following WeMo video so you get an idea of how these devices will work in your home.
Now that you get the idea of how WeMo works lets take a look at the Belkin WeMo Switch + Motion. The Belkin Wi-Fi enabled WeMo Switch and WeMo Motion Kit makes it able for you to control the power to your home electronics right from the WeMo app on your phone. The sensor (must be powered separately) will detect motion up to 10 feet away and will then sends a signal to the WeMo Switch to turn the connected device either on or off. (The WeMo App is available on Android 4.0 and higher or Apple devices with iOS 5 or higher) The possibilities are endless with this device!
Some possible uses include:
1) You can set lamps to come on when you come home or when your pet walks into a room.
2) Always have a timer set to turn off the iron.
3) Turn the space heater on 30 min before you arrive home.
4) Have lights come on and off while you are on vacation.
5) Remotely control the power to devices in the kids room.
6) Have your hair curler to come on when you come on when you walk in the bathroom in the morning.
The list goes on and on…
*One thing to note is that if you no longer have the need of the motion option you can easily just use the WeMo Switch without it and still turn your devices on or off from the WeMo App.
Here are the specs from Belkin:
- Use motion to turn electronics on or off.
- Operates over Wi-Fi and mobile internet, at home and away.
- You’ve already got everything you need: WeMo works with your existing Wi-Fi router and any smart device running Android 4.0 or later and iOS 5 or higher (iPod touch, iPhone, iPad)
- Put your electronic devices on a schedule.
- Modular system. You can add additional WeMo Switches easily, any time.
- Control as much or as little of your house as you want to.
- 6 ‘power cord and 10’ motion sensitivity range allow for optimal placement of WeMo Motion sensor.
- Plugs into any regular 120v wall outlet.
- Intuitive, easy set up. Easy to use.
- Free WeMo app for Android and iOS
- 1 Year limited warranty
Now let’s take a look at the WeMo Insight Switch. This switch gives you the same capabilities as the regular WeMo Switch, but for only a $10 bump in cost, will provide you with some really cool additional benefits. The biggest benefit is that the WeMo Insight Switch can help you to lower your home energy bill! You are able to access the WeMo Insight Switch right from the WeMo app and set schedules and monitor how much energy you are using on the device that is plugged into it! What is also great is that WeMo can let you know that you have left a device on so you can remotely cut it off (as long as your on a connected device). Are you always worried you left the iron on or if the kids are actually playing on their video game system instead of doing their homework? Now with the WeMo Insight Switch you can find out! This device truly let’s you control the electronics in your life by simply being able to create rules on when things should be on, and have notifications set up for when it operates outside of your set parameters.
Here are the specs from Belkin:
- Turn electronics on or off — from anywhere
- Monitor your electronics’ usage/cost and receive custom notifications • Put your electronic devices on a schedule or have them respond to Sunset and Sunrise
- Works on multiple smart devices simultaneously
- You’ve already got everything you need: WeMo works with your existing home Wi-Fi network and mobile Internet (3G/4G)
- Modular system. You can add additional WeMo Insight Switches easily, any time
- Intuitive, easy set up and easy to use
- Works with the entire family of Belkin WeMo products
- Works with IFTTT, connecting you to a whole world of Web apps
- Free WeMo App for Android and iOS operating systems
- One-year limited warranty
For more information on WeMo click on the below image
Disclosures: I received the Belkin WeMo Switch + Motion from Belkin at no charge for review of the product. I purchased the WeMo Insight Switch. All opinions are my own. Images / Video courtesy of Belkin.