Did you know you can save $2,000 on a home automation system by installing the system yourself rather than getting it professionally installed? Wemo has an easy DIY setup and is much less expensive than professionally installed home automation systems. You can use that $2,000 to rig your home with Wemo home automation devices and have some money left over (depending on how big your home is). Read our Belkin Wemo review to see if this company has all the features you want in a home automation provider.
Belkin’s Wemo line of home automation products includes light switches, lightbulbs, smart plugs, cameras, and more. All Wemo devices can be controlled remotely through your smartphone or tablet. Most home automation systems require a hub to connect the entire system, but Wemo doesn’t. Instead, Wemo uses your Wi-Fi network to connect each device together and let you control what the devices do through Wemo’s app.
Wemo vs. Z-Wave vs. Zigbee vs. Insteon
One question many users have is what the difference is between these four technologies. Z-Wave, Zigbee, and Insteon are all forms of wireless home automation protocols that operate independently of Wi-Fi frequencies. Wemo is not a protocol like the others. Instead, it’s a technology that uses your home’s existing Wi-Fi network to allow all connected devices to communicate with each other. That means that unlike Z-Wave or Zigbee-enabled systems, Wemo requires Wi-Fi to be enabled at all times for it to work.
Hubs and systems that work with Wemo
Unlike with many home automation companies, you do not need a hub to use Wemo. However, if you already have one of these hubs listed below you can integrate Wemo devices with it. Wemo’s key integration system is through IFTTT (If This Then That). IFTTT is a free web-based service that lets you create series of preset device commands called recipes. For example, you can set the lights to turn on at sundown, get a ping on your smartphone when the cat’s litter box is full, or switch your Crock Pot to its warm setting when your food’s ready. Customers rave about Wemo’s IFTTT integration because there are so many possible recipes.
Wemo home automation devices
Below are some of the equipment options Wemo offers. Keep in mind that when you choose Wemo you don’t need a hub, so the device you purchase won’t need anything else besides the free Wemo app and an internet connection to use it.
Wemo Wi-Fi Smart Dimmer
Wemo Wi-Fi Smart Light Switch
Wemo Mini Smart Plug
Wemo Switch Smart Plug
Wemo Insight Smart Plug
NetCam HD*& Wi-Fi Camera with Glass Lens and Night Vision
NetCam Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision
If you want to use the camera for home security, we’d recommend upgrading to the HD version with the glass lens because the footage will be clearer.
One way to use it in conjunction with the Switch is to have your coffee pot plugged into the Switch and have it turn on if motion is detected by the camera. That way, your coffee starts brewing the moment you step in front of the camera.
What do customers think of Wemo devices?
What Wemo users rave about the most is the ability to use IFTTT recipes to customize their devices to fit their needs. Some customers experience app issues, but Belkin is good about responding to customer complaints. If you run into any issues, Belkin will likely be quick to help you out. We recommend reaching out to Belkin on its website if you experience any issues with a Wemo device.
This a great product, but the only thing is that 3 of my light switches doesn’t have a natural wire so I can’t put this switches in those location. I hope they will make switches that don’t need a natural wire to work. – Tazman64, 5/2017 Belkin (in regard to the Wi-Fi Smart Light Switch)
Great camera. Feel very safe. I did have to adjust the sound very low – it is very sensitive and my first day I received over a thousand notices from sound in the next room. (one for every seven second.) Once adjusted it worked out perfectly. – Leslie F., 5/14/2017 Belkin (in regard to the NetCam HD+ Wi-Fi Camera with Glass Lens and Night Vision)
I’ve had three different brands and I have been waiting for the wemo ones. My God are they perfect. The touch controls are excellent. The lights don’t flicker. And they don’t need a hub. I’m in love with them. I’ve replaced all my switches with wemo switches and two of those are dimmers. Get this one. It was worth the wait. – jasonjohncoward, 5/30/2017 Belkin (in regard to the Wi-Fi Smart Dimmer)
I have been trying for over an hour to get the plug onto my network. The app crashes every time it attempts to connect to my wifi. I’m using an iphone with the latest update as of 05/18/17. Piece of garbage. Should’ve went with the clapper. – aggitated, 5/18/2017 Belkin (in regard to the Mini Smart Plug)
Since their last update, they force you to have Internet and if you live in rural areas you take up bandwidth watching your own video stream from you own computer on the same network. Trying to get help on the Community Site is useless. I would not purchase again. – Benjamin, 3/2017 Belkin (in regard to the Netcam Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision)
I bought these lights since the wemo light switches work so well, I figured to try out a starter pack. Wow are they terrible. Mainly for one reason. They turn on randomly, usually in the middle of the night!!!!!!! I only have them programmed to come on automatically from 8-10 pm, but that is it. One of the two lights just turned on randomly again, prompting this review. I paid $40 for two light bulbs that turn on randomly, mainly in the middle of the night, costing me more money to power and then waking me up. At the very least, the light bulb should have a log so I can see the events to know why this is happening. So now I need to go buy some new LED bulbs to replace these. – angryman, 1/2017 Belkin (in regard to the LED Lighting Starter Set)
Wemo’s strongest asset
Wemo offers multiple equipment options to get the job done so you can customize how your home’s automation works. Since there’s no hub required for Wemo, there’s one less piece of equipment you have to purchase. You can spend that extra money on automating your home further.
Does Wemo have everything you’re looking for in home automation or is it missing something?