Today I’m reviewing the Belkin WeMo Switch.
When you go away on vacation, it’s a good idea to have some type of mechanism that turns a light on and off to give the impression that someone is home. In the past, this job was done by the old fashioned timer that you would plug into your outlet, then plug a lamp into the timer. These were a bit cumbersome to set an accurate on time and off time. Those of you who have used them know what I am talking about.
So fast forward to 2014 and lots of new technology exists to help make that job easier.
The Belkin WeMo Switch is a reasonably priced solution to the problem.
The item is nicely packaged, and the instructions are clear and concise.
There are only a few steps to proper setup:
1. Plug in the switch
2. Download and install the app (Google’s Android or Apple’s IOS)
3. In the settings of your phone, link to the new WeMo network created.
4. Launch the app and connect the switch to your home network.
I then plugged a lamp into the switch and I was able to turn the lamp on and off from the app in my phone.
When you are traveling, this gives you complete control over the lights in your home, and you can also setup an on/off schedule or set it up to activate by motion in the room.
All in all a great product so far. We will do further testing away from the house to simulate how it will respond when we are travelling.
Feel free to comment if you already have this product. We’d love to hear your thoughts!