Belkin WeMo Switch makes home automation easy

From staff reportsNovember 1, 2012 

The Belkin WeMo Switch is home automation made simple and inexpensive. It is smart home 101, but the despite the simplicity the WeMo offers some sophisticated capability. With the WeMo and free companion app, you can turn on a lamp for example from the other side of the house and even while out of town using an iOS device running iOS 5.0 or higher.

After opening our test unit from Verizon ($49.97), we had it running in under three minutes. Set up is a breeze. Plug the WeMo Switch into a regular outlet and install the free WeMo app. Via the Wi-Fi settings you connect to the WeMo network and launch the app. Thats it.

After set up, you can switch on or off any device you can plug into the WeMo from anywhere over Wi-Fi or your carrier's wireless network. A lamp is an obvious candidate, but other handy uses might be fans, heaters, or the lights on your Christmas tree.

The app lists each switch. They can be switched on and off manually in the app, and each can be individually scheduled to activate autonomously - great for a bare-bones coffee maker. There is also a hardware button mounted on the module itself.

What's missing is an Android app, and why not desktop control?

Nonetheless the WeMo Switch is a cool gadget that offers an incredibly flexible solution for those in need of some basic home automation.

Verizon also offers the WeMo Switch plus Motion to expand your home automation a bit further.

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