The Wemo switch is a device that you simply plug into your home outlet.
Whatever home electronic you have, you will plug on top of it and it will be toggled off and on through your iPhone, iPad or iPodTouch (iOS 4.3). Pretty handy!
I decided to give a try and bought a first switch, I want to use it for our entry lamp up the stairs.
There’s no much in the box but the switch and a nice “welcome to Wemo” note.
A little light on the face will tell you what’s going on in your switch.
. Blinking orange-blue, awaiting instructions
. Flashing blue, starting up. Let it work
. Blinking orange, no connection
. Solid orange, poor connection bring it closer to your wifi network
. Solid blue, all fine, let’s play
Making it work is super easy
. Plug the switch in the outlet
. Download the free Wemo app on the iTunes Store
Open the app on your iPhone and follow the instructions
. Go to your phone “Settings” and “Wifi” and choose the “Wemo-xxx” network
. Go back to the Wemo app
. The Wemo App, will ask you to select your wifi network and enter the password
. The Wemo switch will then connect itself to your wifi network
. You’ll have the possibility to customize your switch icone, I took the picture of my lamp
So now that all is set, time to play! From your couch you have the control! I love it.
Basically your switch works with your wifi network and your phone is the remote that uses whatever network available (3G or wifi) to interact with the switch.
ChaseIt or BChased ?
. it’s a great product that will easy your daily life
. it’s not an expensive device and it comes with a 2-years garantee
. you can link as many switch as you want
. you can push it further with the IFTTT (IF This Then That)
If you are concerned about the electricity consumption, the Wemo plug uses less than 1,5 watts (less than a clock radio).